Trouble viewing this email? Click Here.
BOEC's Inspirations
The Official Newsletter of the BOEC
October 12th, 2020
Dear Friend of BOEC,

October brings with it the anticipation of changing seasons doesn’t it? The leaves have fallen from the Aspens and a refreshing chill fills the air. I’m sure that you, just like us here at BOEC, are excited about the coming winter season, and with it, the ability to get back out on the slopes or XC trails that we all cherish and love. 

BOEC is planning for a busy winter season albeit a somewhat different one than we are all used to. To help us in our planning and preparation we have consulted healthcare professionals and industry leaders, are working closely with our partners at Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts, have spoken to participants, staff, volunteers and others to gauge interest and concerns and we are developing protocols and policies that will be in place in time to offer safe access to adaptive ski and ride programs this winter.  

Our goal, as always, is to ensure the safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers during this upcoming winter season. With that said, we are eager to welcome back those who rely on BOEC for access to skiing and riding. Please check out the BOEC COVID-19 Response page on our website for more information about the policies and procedures we have put in place and how to make a reservation for a lesson this season. 

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of BOEC’s Inspirations as we share great stories of those who inspire us to do what we do every day. Please find an uplifting story of Nichole Lutz and Maddie Pipkins’ friendship, united and bolstered through giving to BOEC. We honor Barb and Todd Rankin of Cornerstone Real Estate Rocky Mountains who give of their time and resources to support the work we do every day. Also check out Agape Roaster’s Coffee or the Sheba La Beba Children’s book for more ways to give back to BOEC. 

We are grateful and inspired by the many volunteers, donors, supporters and participants who are each contributing to our ability to make it through this challenging time. Thank you for sticking with us as we navigate this together. We look forward to seeing you this winter! 

Stay safe and stay healthy,
Sonya Norris
Sonya Norris
Executive Director
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Nichole Lutz on Friendship and BOEC Fun
Nichole Lutz’ favorite BOEC memory is a tossup between racing her best friend and college roommate, Maddie Pipkin, down the timed course at Breckenridge and going down black diamonds together. Nichole shares, “It's important for me to give because you guys make such a difference. Maddie was a huge athlete before she got injured and I think being able to do a sport like this makes her feel just kind of normal again. Also she just looks so happy doing it. And you guys do that for so many people; help them to enjoy something that they used to enjoy or even that they've never done before. I think giving to BOEC monthly contributes to Maddie and my friendship because it helps you guys keep doing what you're doing which in turn allows Maddie and I to keep skiing together. It's a fun activity that I'm glad we can enjoy together because of y'alls help. Also it gives her more of a reason to come visit :) “

This is what true friendship and the BOEC spirit is all about!
Barb Rankin - Cornerstone Real Estate
Barbara grew up in a military family and served in the US Air Force herself and therefore lived all over the country early in her life and career. However, she has called Summit County home since 2005. As the BOEC board vice-chair, co-owner of a local business, Cornerstone Real Estate Rocky Mountains, a veteran, and a family member of a participant in BOEC Programs, she has a deep commitment to the BOEC mission and helping the organization thrive, succeed and continue to be a vital part of our community. We cannot thank her enough for her time, energy, and funding commitment to our operations.
Interested in Volunteering this season?
We are so grateful to individuals who have volunteered with the BOEC over the past five decades and who have dedicated thousands of hours collectively to BOEC.

BOEC has now updated its communication systems, so if you are interested in volunteering this season, or you would like to receive communications about future volunteer opportunities, please be sure to update your volunteer profile. Start by clicking the volunteer interest form below. For additional volunteer questions, please reach out to BOEC's Volunteer Coordinator, Steve Rubin at or 970-453-6422.

Buy Coffee & Support BOEC

Need a coffee to warm you up before hitting the slopes? 100% of the proceeds from Agape Roasting coffee sales will go directly to BOEC from now through December. Thank you to BOEC volunteers and passionate coffee roasters Jen and Brad Baltz!

Local Author Supports BOEC

If you are a lover of animals, Breckenridge, or the BOEC you will love this story. Especially since author Diane Jaffee is donating proceeds from the sale of Sheba La Beba directly to BOEC. 

The mission of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational and inspiring outdoor experiences.
BOEC is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit