Commitment, Teamwork, Integrity
A Spring Season of Celebration!
This past month has been a busy one! AVSC recognized and thanked many loyal friends and supporters at our 75th Anniversary Party, celebrated outstanding sportsmanship, academics and athletic achievement at our Awards Banquet, and wrapped up a terrific 2011/2012 winter season. Don't miss out on more fun this summer as the Club offers a full slate of summer programs from Mountain Biking to On-Snow and Water Ramp Camps! Read on to discover that some of them are even happening right here in our backyard!
|AVSC Alpine Coaches Kent Towlerton, Pat Callahan and Greg Needell at the Awards Banquet with J3 Champion Sky Kelsey (plaid shirt)|
|AVSC Alpine Gets Some Bonus Spring Training at Home!|
Who says the season's over? Thanks to some great collaboration between AVSC and Aspen Skiing Company, members of AVSC's Alpine team including Pascale Augspurger (left) got some bonus training in at Buttermilk this past weekend! AVSC thanks Rich Burkley, Susan Cross, Travis Benson, the SkiCo Snowmakers who helped build the X Games Jumps, the SkiCo Cat Drivers who moved the jumps to build the course, AVSC coaches Kent Towlerton, Torey Greenwood and Pat Callahan and the parent volunteers who helped shuttle the athletes to the top all day long!
|Thanks to SkiCo for a Great Surface!|
Read more about how this all came about in the Aspen Business Journal here!
|AVSC Salutes Legends and Honorees at 75th Anniversary Event!|
When you have been a part of the community for 75 years, you get to throw a great party to celebrate! A large, enthusiastic group of locals spanning generations made sure AVSC's 75th Anniversary Party on March 31st was one for the ages!
|Dave Durrance, David Stapleton Sr. and Klaus Obermeyer celebrate 75 Years of AVSC!|
The Club honored 13 individuals (or families) and Aspen Skiing Company for their legacy shaping the Club, but as Executive Director Mark Cole remarked, this was just the beginning. Moving forward, AVSC will pay tribute to more people who left their mark on the organization with a rejuvenated Hall of Fame. Each year more names will be added to Hall of Fame roster.
The turnout at was great and the food and atmosphere at Bumps Restaurant made for a truly memorable evening. Thank you to everyone who joined us! If you couldn't make to the party you can still watch GrassRoots TV's coverage of it by clicking here!
|AVSC Named USSA's 2012 Adaptive Club of the Year, Mika Named Int'l Coach of the Year|
The United States Ski and Snowboard (USSA) announced that Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club has won the 2012 Adaptive Club of the Year award. AVSC Adaptive Head Coach Jonathan Mika was also named USSA's 2012 Adaptive International Coach of the Year.
|AVSC Adaptive National Champion Tyler Walker|
According to a letter from USSA President Bill Marolt, "[AVSC] is to be congratulated for your club's commitment to adaptive sports." This marks the second year in a row that AVSC has won the Adaptive Club of the Year award.
Read more about the awards here!
|AVSC Athletes Showcase Club Core Values at the 2012 Awards Banquet|
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club's core values of Commitment, Teamwork and Integrity were on full display at this year's Awards Banquet on April 12th at Bumps Restaurant.
|Julia Mueller-Ristine Wins 2012 Andy Mill Award|
Both younger and older AVSC athletes won awards in each core value category. AVSC alpine athlete Kevin Hartmann was the overall winner of the Willoughby Award for excellence in both athletics and academics and Julia Mueller-Ristine (right) won the 2012 Andy Mill Award for athletic achievement. Congratulations to our outstanding athletes and their dedicated and wonderful parents!
Click here to watch GrassRoots TV's excellent coverage of the Banquet Awards Ceremony!
|Former AVSC Administrator and Volunteer Ruth Whyte Passes Away at Age 84|
AVSC wishes to note the unfortunate passing of Aspenite Ruth Whyte at the age of 84 on April 8th.
According to the Aspen Times, "She was the youngest of four daughters born to Jessel S. Whyte and Ruth Johnson Whyte in Kenosha, Wis. Ruth grew up in Kenosha and attended Kemper Hall for high school and she attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In the early 1950s, following college graduation, she moved to Aspen and became a physical education teacher. Ruth lived in Aspen until 2000 when she moved to Denver for long-term health care.
Once settled in Aspen, Ruth began to volunteer for many organizations and became active in philanthropic endeavors important to the then emerging ski town."
Ruth left a lasting impact on generations of skiers through her work at AVSC. Ruth was an extraordinary and tireless volunteer for the Club and we send our sincerely condolences to her family.
|Connect the Dots - Come Together on May 5 for a Day of Climate Awareness!|
On Saturday, May 5th, something big is happening in Aspen! Around the world, thousands of people are gathering for Climate Impacts Day, to highlight the connections between our changing climate and changing weather patterns already impacting our communities. Join us as we connect the dots to protect our winters and save our snow!
|Connect the Dots in Aspen!|
What: Connect the Dots in Aspen
When: Saturday, May 5th, 2012
2:00-5:00 PM Activities, speakers, and photos at Gondola Plaza
5:00-7:00 PM "Chasing Ice" film screening, followed by music at Belly Up
Where: Aspen, CO, at the base of Aspen Mt.
* The Climate Challenge Snowless Ski Race - "The toughest ski race in the world!"
* Climate Impacts Photography Contest and Gallery
* Kids' Activities - Arts, Crafts, Bounce House, Farm Animals and More
* Free Snow Cones
* Inspirational Speakers & Live Music
* Food and drink specials at Ajax Tavern
* Educational Booths
***PLEASE WEAR WHITE to symbolize the missing snow in our group photos! ***
Climate change is having extreme effects on Colorado's high mountain communities - from pine beetle infestations and wildfires to negative impacts on our ski and tourism industries. Let's highlight these impacts and call for action!
RSVP here or on Facebook, and please invite friends and family to come along. To register for the Snowless Ski Race, click here. To enter the Climate Impacts Photography Contest or to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit www.350Colorado.org.
|AVSC Thanks Cracks and Racks!|
| Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club wishes to thank Cracks and Racks for helping AVSC repair the windshields of our vehicle fleet. After a full season of driving in a wide variety of conditions, we're grateful to have Cracks and Racks expert service to undo the damage done by rocks and other debris.|
Not only do they give us a great deal on repairs, Scott and the crew recently made a donation in support of our mission and programs! No need to leave the area for great service, just call Cracks and Racks at 866-925-2287 or visit them online!