Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2009 Stars of Tomorrow Youth Ski and Ride Camp, Steamboat Springs, CO

Eighteen super-excited children (ages 6-16) arrived in Steamboat this past Friday for the 1st Annual Youth Ski and Ride Camp at this kid-friendly resort. Whether accompanied by family or coach, everyone had the same goal in mind, to rip it up! Six local skiers joined the 12 others from 5 different states to make a diverse group of abilities and experience.

Unlike the camp's adult counterpart camp in January, "never-evers" were welcome at the youth group thanks to our new partner and Steamboat's new non-profit adaptive sports program STARS who brought some of Steamboat's long-time adaptive experts like Liz Leipold, who helped start the Steamboat Adaptive Program in the early 1970s. STARS has taken over Steamboat Adaptive with the hopes to not only grow and improve the existing adaptive ski program (formerly operated by Steamboat Ski Area) but to add to the currently short list of sports and activities that kids with disabilities can try in Steamboat. Their instructors were invaluable at this camp for tethering sit-skiers and teaching the basics to the many beginner skiers at the camp.

Adaptive Adventures (Evergreen,CO), founders of the Stars of Tomorrow Youth Camp Series, were excited to finally bring this camp to Steamboat, and had a wonderful list of long-time volunteers they count on for expert coaching, including Mau Thompson who brought some of her "Team Mau" racers to the hill to show off their skills. Keep an eye out for 2014 Olympic hopefuls Stephanie Moos and Christopher Miller in a few years!!

By leaning on very loyal local donors as well as expanding the local support list, we were able to continue to offer Steamboat's camp series at a very reasonable price to the campers.

To view more pictures of this event, please visit our Flickr Album for this event.

This was a wonderful event and we hope to see everyone back next year, it was great meeting all these adventurous souls!

Please allow us to extend a very special thanks to:

Adaptive Adventures


Steamboat Ski Area

Resort Quest

Resort Group

Hampton Inn & Suites

GO Alpine

Tid Bits

Photo Express House

Egg & I

Fireside Catering

The Drunken Onion

Creekside Cafe

Sport Stalker

Colorado Event Rentals

Old Town Hot Springs

Mazzola’s Majestic Italian




City Market

Colorado Bagel Company

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