CAMO 2014 Wrap-up!

In it’s eighth season, Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities continued to develop and implement recreational and wellness programming for active duty and retired military personnel injured while serving their country. Winter Programs CAMO programs take place mostly in Snowmass, CO.  Why do people come to Snowmass?  The SNOW!  The 2013/2014 saw some fabulous snow and our

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REC Updates!

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve written a blog post – I figured I’d take some time to update you on the highlights from our programs department! We’ve got 48 days left in the 2013-14 ski season. The snow has been amazing, and we are on track to break the Challenge Aspen record

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Fundraising for a Non-Profit

Working for a nonprofit means always looking for ways to raise funds. While being creative is key, it’s only half the equation. Having a fresh exciting event is great, but pulling it off successfully should be your main focus and goal. A successful event means you reached your financial expectations, provided excellent service and an

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Perks of Being an Intern

There are many perks of being an intern at Challenge Aspen. The two that I am recently grateful for are: Operation X C.A.M.O. (Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities) Camp that provided us with an amazing time at the X Games and the 20+ inches of fresh pow pow! The Operation X C.A.M.O. Camp was a men’s

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You Can’t Triple Stamp a Double Stamp

At the end of last summer, I ventured on a road trip from Chicago with some friends to explore the Great West. After barely having enough service in Rocky Mountain National Park for a phone interview and pretending to be in an airplane in a parking lot in San Francisco during my video interview, I

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Fire Department Safety Training

Challenge Aspen and the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Department recently hosted a training on evacuation plans for people with disabilities. We are helping hotels and businesses throughout the area come up with individualized evacuation plans that address how to safely evacuate someone with a disability. Check out the powerpoint below to learn more and make sure your

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A New Way to Ride

Rich and I met puzzled stares from passersby with strained smiles as we carried the heavier-than-usual snowboard down the Snowmass Mall towards Fanny Hill. As we walked, I wondered exactly how much less a newer titanium version would weigh. Before we reached the snow, D saw us and jumped up to say hi. She’s super

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Physics of Skiing

To understand how to teach skiing, one must first understand how a ski/snowboard/tool interacts with the snow. There are many factors to this that include the design of the ski/snowboard, how it might be tuned, how the rider is setup on this tool, snow conditions, and many other factors. One thing remains the same though:

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Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata. Even if your favorite Disney animated feature is Cars, Toy Story, or perhaps the old masterpiece Fantasia, you’re probably still familiar with this famous maxim. It means no worries. For one young man with whom I had the pleasure to ski recently, there was no comparison to the movie that originated this proverb,

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