CAMO WINTER PROGRAM


Winter 2018/19 Retreat Calendar 

When the Aspen/Snowmass ski areas open, so do our CAMO retreats!  We are excited to offer the following retreats beginning in December 2018 and ending in April 2019.  If you are a veteran with a physical and/or cognitive disability and fulfill eligibility requirements, please choose a retreat you would like to attend.  To get started, all you have to do is fill out the on-line application!

The dates listed for each retreat include travel and activity days. We fly veterans from their closest major airport to Denver. (Due to higher costs, we cannot fly participants from regional airports.)  We drive our CAMO van to Denver to pick everyone up and drive to Snowmass.  We generally have 4 days of ski/snowboard instruction and then we drive back to Denver for your flights home.

CAMO accepts participants based on our eligibility criteria.  If you would like a copy of the eligibility requirements, please send an inquiry to:  john@challengeaspen.org

**PLEASE NOTE:  If you are applying for a Couples Retreat, both partners attending will need to fill out the Participant Intake Form (PIF) and the DSUSA waiver.

Sarah Williams Memorial Women’s Mountain Retreat  –  December 1 – 6, 2018  —  Completed!  Everyone had an amazing time!

In loving memory of  the innovative, compassionate spirit of Sarah Williams Volf, CAMO is hosting the 11th anniversary Women’s Mountain Retreat.  This retreat offers an opportunity for female active-duty or retired veterans with a physical and/or cognitive disability to share resources, network and grow through skiing, snowboarding or snow-biking.

Learn to Ski/Snowboard I  –   December 10 – 15, 2018.  This retreat is filled.

The learn to ski, snowboard or ski-bike retreats are open to active-duty or retired servicemen and women with a service-connected physical and/or cognitive disability.  This is an opportunity for “never-ever” skiers/snowboarders to learn a new skill or bring folks with some snow-sliding experience to bring your ability to new levels!  All level of riders are invited to attend based on eligibility.

Couples Retreat I  –  January 5 – 10, 2019.  This retreat is open to 5 couples.  (This retreat is filled)

The CAMO Couples retreats are a fantastic way for couples to step away from the day-to-day stresses of life and an opportunity to meet other couples sharing similar circumstances.

Couples Retreat II  –  January 12 – 17, 2019.  This retreat is open to 5 couples. (This retreat is filled)

The couples retreats offer an opportunity for partners to learn and grow together through outdoor activity.  It’s a chance to share in mind/body wellness opportunities that can be brought home and worked on together to build  stronger relationships.

 Estes Park Backcountry Expedition – February 18th – 22n, 2019 

This CAMO satellite program, which takes place every year in Estes Park, is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery and rustic charm of Estes Park, Colorado.  This years event is shaping up to be the best one ever! 

The trip is a backcountry yurt expedition.  Arrive in Estes Park on Monday, 2/18 and meet the rest of the group.  We will get backcountry trekking gear – All-Terrain skis, cross-country skis or snowshoes – and head out to Never Summer Nordic Yurts for a two-night stay. Tuesday and Wednesday we will ski, snowshoe and sled. We’ll also build an igloo!  Thursday morning we’ll return to Estes Park for hot showers, a yoga session and final group dinner.

This is going to be an amazing adventure!  It’s a chance to get “off-the-grid” in the best sense of the term!  We can accommodate up to 20 people, so apply today!

Learn to Ski/Snowboard/Ski bike II –  January 21st – 26th, 2019 (This retreat is filled)

Our 2nd of 4 “Learn to Ski, snowboard or ski bike” events of the 18/19 Winter Season!  Join us and experience the opportunity to learn a new skill or grow in your chosen snowsport!  Spend quality time with other active-duty or veterans both on and off the snow.  We’ll incorporate physical challenges and mental health and wellness sessions each day.

Cheyenne VA Retreat  –  February 1 – 5, 2019

This retreat is open to active-duty or retired servicemembers who attend the Cheyenne, Wyoming VA facility.

Couples Retreat III  –  February 7 – 12, 2019.  This retreat is filled.

The third and final couples retreat of the 18/19 winter season offering the chance for couples where one or both spouses has a physical and/0r cognitive disability.   Couples grow and learn through shared experiences of snow-sliding, breathwork, yoga and sleep therapy.

Golshim L’Chaim (Ski to Live) Retreat  –  February 26 – March 4, 2019

CAMO and the Aspen Jewish Community partner in this incredible event!  The AJC hosts approximately 12 disabled veterans from the Israeli Defense Forces for a phenomenal week of adaptive ski and snowboard instruction through the CAMO instructors.  It’s a wonderful example of fun, learning, camaraderie and teamwork!

Naval Wounded Warrior Program Safe Harbor – March 6 – 11, 2019  This retreat is open to members of NWWPSH.

This is our inaugural retreat partnering with participants from the Naval Wounded Warrior program based in Washington, DC.   We are excited about this new opportunity!

Operation Roll Call   –  March 13 – 18, 2019  (This retreat is filled)

This retreat is a private retreat and is invite only.  It is an opportunity for Marines who served together in Iraq to reunite and share ski and snowboard experience.

Learn to Ski/Snowboard/Skibike III –   March 20 – 25, 2019.  This co-ed retreat has 2 spots available!

This retreat offers adaptive ski/snowboard and ski bike instruction by some of the best adaptive ski/snowboard instructors in the world!  Their combination of expertise and compassion give participants an opportunity to gain knowledge, confidence and strength through four days of on-hill challenges.

Learn to Ski/Snowboard IV  –  April 6 – 11, 2019.  This co-ed retreat has 4 spots available.

Spring skiing offers many challenges, so step up your game and join us for the third and final “learn to ski/snowboard” retreat of the CAMO winter season!

 

 

 

 

Click below to view a sample winter itinerary.  The itinerary for all of our programs are very similar.  

Our focus is holistic wellness using adaptive recreation and  mind/body therapy.  We spend 6 hours each day with one-on-one professional instruction from the best, compassionate and highest certified PSIA adaptive pros in the country.  Every other afternoon we provide breathwork, yoga and sleep therapy sessions.  Each evening we take the opportunity to break bread together so groups can  network and share experience and resources. 

The CAMO Couples Retreat I, Couples Retreat II, Couples Retreat III, Learn to Ski/Snowboard I, Learn to Ski/Snowboard II, Navy Wounded Warrior Program Safe Harbor Retreat, Operation Roll Call Retreat, Veterans Affairs Cheyenne Retreat, and Women’s Mountain Retreat are funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.