CAMO WINTER PROGRAM


Winter 2019/2020 Retreat Calendar 

Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) is very excited to announce the adaptive ski/snowboard retreat schedule for the upcoming 2019/2020 winter season!  This will be our 19th year of winter programs!

The dates listed for each retreat include travel and activity days. For instance, the Sarah Williams Volf Memorial Women’s Mountain Retreat is on the calendar for December 1st – 6th.  That means we fly participants in the Denver airport on the 1st, travel to Snowmass and get everyone checked into the hotel.  The next 4 days are the ski/snowboard instruction days.  The 6th is the travel back home day.

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 application and waivers!

Sarah Williams Volf Memorial Women’s Mountain Retreat  –  December 1 – 6, 2019 (This retreat is filled)

In loving memory of  the innovative, compassionate spirit of Sarah Williams Volf, CAMO is hosting the 12th 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 learn adaptive ski/snowboard/ski bike.  Each afternoon, after ski instruction, we gather for breathwork, yoga and sleep therapy sessions.  Each evening we share a group dinner at an Aspen/Snowmass restaurant.

Couples Retreat I  –  December 14 – 19, 2019 (This retreat is filled)

CAMO couples retreats offer an opportunity for couples (where one or both partners have a physical and/or cognitive disability) to share a fantastic learning experience away from the issues at home.  It is a chance for couples to learn new coping skills that, once they go home, they can use to strengthen their bond.

Couples Retreat II  –  January 6th – 11th, 2020 (This retreat is filled)

Our second of four couples retreats for the winter season!

SOCOM  –  January 13th – 18th, 2020 

This retreat is open only to SOCOM members.

Cheyenne VA Retreat – January 19th – 24th, 2020 

This retreat is a closed retreat specifically for active-duty or retired servicemembers who attend the Cheyenne, Wyoming VA facility.

Estes Park Backcountry Expedition – February 3rd – 7th, 2020

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.  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.  The final day is 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 10 participants.

Fort Campbell Retreat – February 3rd – 8th, 2020  

This retreat is a closed retreat specifically for servicemembers who attend Fort Campbell VA.

Couples Retreat III  –  February 10th – 15th, 2020 (There are spots for 2 couples remaining for this retreat)

Our third of four scheduled couples retreat for this 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.

Couples Retreat IV – February 16th – 21st, 2020 (There are spots remaining for 3 couples)

Our final couples retreat for the season!

BLESMA retreat – February 24th – 29th, 2020

The retreat this year will bring 5 limbless veterans from Great Britain and 5 veterans from the United States together to learn adaptive ski/snowboard/ski bike techniques, breathwork, yoga and sleep therapy and exchange resources and therapies between the two countries.

Golshim L’Chaim (Ski to live) Retreat – March 4th – 10th, 2020

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!

Learn to Ski/Snowboard/Ski Bike I – March 16th – 21st, 2020 (We are not accepting any more applications for this retreat)

The “Learn to Ski/Snowboard/Ski Bike” retreats are an opportunity for any level snow rider to improve!   Whether you have never been on snow, or are an mid level snow slider, our one-on-one instruction will take you to new heights!

Learn to Ski/Snowboard/Skibike II –   March 23rd – 28th, 2020 (We are not accepting any more applications for this retreat)

The 2nd of our Learn to Ski/Snowboard/Ski Bike retreats offers professional adaptive instruction from 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/Ski Bike III – April 5th – 10th, 2020

Our final retreat of the 2019/20 winter season promises to be a blast!  Learn adaptive techniques from Aspen Ski Co pros!  Learn new coping skills – breathwork, yoga and sleep therapy – to better interact with family, spouses and community!

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.