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Adaptive Ski and Ride Center Expansion

Posted January 28, 2013 by Bruce

The BOEC Adaptive Ski and Ride Center at the Breckenridge Resort received a much-needed expansion and makeover this fall. The space, located in the Village at the base of Peak 9, was expanded to the tune of 1,000 square feet, an addition that nearly doubles the size of the Center. The remodel captured the previous outside deck and corridor area as interior space, re-placed interior walls, installed new doors, heaters, new paint and carpet throughout. There is even a new flat screen monitor to display lesson assignments. 

At 1,200 square feet, the previous space just wasn’t enough to outfit a growing number of students, and to accommodate the staff, volunteers and equipment.  Gene Gamber, who’s going into his 14th season as ski director, notes that the program has grown in his time here from 1,800 lessons in his first year to more than 3,000. On busy days, there could be 30 students, 30 instructors, 15-20 volunteers, plus parents and staff from other groups all crowding into that 1,200-square-foot office.  There wasn’t enough room for lockers, offices, and in particular, all the gear needed for adaptive skiing. In the past, that was all stored outside in the day and moved into the office each night. Gene anticipates that the new space will now accommodate all this activity and provide a higher level of service to our students and staff.

The BOEC owes a huge thank you to our partners, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Vail Resorts, and the town of Breckenridge. The School space is owned by Vail Resorts, who will continue to donate the use of this space at the Village.  The Town and its planning department generously approved the agreements and permits necessary to do the project, and waived all fees.

The project cost roughly $145,000, and thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses in the community, the full amount has been raised, both through cash and in-kind donations.  Particular thanks go to Steve West from West Brown Huntley and Hunter, P.C. who crafted the initial agreements and Marc Hogan and Jamie Pawlak from bhh Partners who drew up the plans, and to Jon Heckman of Heckman Constructors and Scott Downen of Columbine Hills Concrete who did the major construction work. On the cash donation side, John and Anna Sie and Phil and Barbara Gibbs anchored the cash donor list.  Many thanks to them and to everyone who contributed (see the full list below).

Leading the effort to secure the permissions required and raise the funds needed was Tim Casey, chairman of the BOEC Board. Tim spent countless hours on the project and is quick to point out that this project was truly a community effort, involving many generous donors, businesses, volunteers, staff and board members. The BOEC Adaptive Ski School expansion is an historic improvement to the services we provide to people with disabilities and special needs.  The expanded space will allow us to provide the very best in adaptive ski and ride lessons to those who would not otherwise have this opportunity.

The BOEC would like to sincerely thank all of the generous donors who contributed towards the renovation of our Ski and Ride School from July to December 2012.

Double Black
Breckenridge Ski Resort*
Town of Breckenridge*
Scott Downen/Columbine Hills Concrete*
John and Anna Sie
Tim and Patti Casey**
Jon Heckman; JLH Constructors*
Phil and Barbara Gibbs
CHuck Lenzmeier and Valerie Williams/Summit Foundation

Black
Suzanne Brody and Aris Sophocles
Bill and Susy Gillilan
Margaret T. Morris Foundation
Tom and Jeannie Morrison
Steve West/West, Brown, Huntley & Hunter, PC*
Jon Brownson/Breckenridge Building Center*
Marc Hogan, Jamie Pawlak/bhh Partners*
Strategem Construction Inc.
John and Jan Quigley/Quest Mountain Audio/Video LLC*
Chris Farley & Chris Hawks/Farley Plumbing and Heating Inc.*
Dragonfly Fund
Henry and Anne Flint

Blue
Whit Smith/Blue Bird Electric*
Greg Norwick; Everist Materials LLC*
Peter  and Cheri Sarnataro
Scott and Debbie Sodergren
Gary and Ruth Gallagher
Bob and Nancy Follett
Ted Lawson
Kristen Marron
John and Sheila Walker
Pat Campbell
Matthew and Donna Johnson Charitable Fund
Rick and Susie Grossman
Charlie Hatch/High Country Consultants*
Premium Panels* 

Green
Myron Buller/Chinstrap Construction*
Division 7*
Jim and Marty Trisler
Red, White & Blue Fire District*
Vivian Estey
John and Catherine Pershing
Mark and Deb Spiers
Barbara Hays
John and Linda Ebright
Ethan Estey
Don Crago
Linda Hammond
Dave Studebaker
Marci Sloan
Patricia Aden 

Our appreciation for the volunteers who helped in the construction:

David Altieri
Harry Backus
Phil Bannock
Jordyn Buller
Terry Bushue
Mark Daley
John Ebright
John George
Ted Lawson
Allison Myers
Ryan Sanders
Lee Sands
Jon Sawvell
Richard Shaw
Don Sullivan

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