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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Accessibility and Inclusion in our Community

As the new Community Relations Coordinator for Challenge Aspen, I have been working to improve accessibility and inclusion throughout Aspen and Snowmass. Most recently I created a pilot program at the Aspen Recreation Center that provides adaptive aids for people with disabilities, so they can fully participate in a class. It is our hope that […]

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REC Department Updates

Winter Report: We’re off to a phenomenal start to the season. The snow has been great so far but we can always use more…so THINK SNOW! In camp news, the Tennessee School for the Blind brought out their senior class in early December to ski with Challenge Aspen for the 15th consecutive year. After 3 […]

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Snowmass based non-profit hosts summer camps and programs

SNOWMASS VILLAGE — Snowmass Village resident Adam Ross has been participating in Challenge Aspen summer camps for many years. He doesn’t join in the winter camps, which focus around skiing, but he has developed a relationship with people at the nonprofit and has even taken a part-time job there, running errands and taking care of […]

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