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I’ve Gained Compassion & Empathy Enough to Outweigh Other Losses

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Rafting the Colorado River is part of BOEC's Challenge by Choice Adventure Retreat for survivors of an injury to the brain.
White water rafting is part of the Challenge by Choice Adventure Retreats

The following is from a letter written to BOEC program staff from a course participant after the Challenge by Choice Adventure Retreat, June 9-14, 2019, for survivors of an injury to the brain:

“Dear BOEC,

Thank you for the scholarship. I could not have attended camp without it.

This week I did so many things. We went rafting, cycling, and to a ropes course as our major events. Kayaking was especially fun and surprisingly relaxing. I can’t remember ever being more calm.

Everything about this camp was outside my comfort zone. I admit I was stressed out a lot. I definitely felt exhilaration from some of the activities, and pride from overcoming some of my fears; however, I think the hardest parts of camp for me were between events. I helped cook and nothing went wrong (or caught on fire). I helped set the table. I did dishes. I was useful. I don’t know how to explain how amazing that is.

I was asked if I had discovered any strengths this week. I certainly got along with everyone much better than I had expected. Perhaps I’ve gained compassion and empathy enough to outweigh other losses. Frankly, I was shocked at how easy it has been to accept, forgive, and have patience with fellow campers. This gives me hope that I can find a similar community at home, which is something I had give up on.”

If you or someone you know and love is interested in having an experience of a lifetime such as this, sign up for BOEC’s next two brain injury retreats; the Challenge by Choice Adventure Retreat II (July 7-12) and Challenge by Choice Adventure Retreat III (July 28 – August 2).

BIA course participant letter

After ATV accident left Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken paralyzed, BOEC helps her learn to love skiing again

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

As Amy Van Dyken rode up the Quicksilver chairlift at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Saturday, she described her mindset in the wake of a 2014 ATV accident that left her paralyzed. And, while relaying her experience, the American Olympic champion swimmer caught herself mid-sentence.

“I kind of felt like I wanted to do everything,” Van Dyken said. “But, at the same time, I knew that I was going to be limited — pardon me — I thought I was going to be limited.”

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Amy Van Dyken skis with BOEC
Photo Courtesy of Antonio Olivero, Summit Daily News

Adaptive Ski Lessons at Copper Mountain

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Copper logoThe Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center provides alpine skiing and snowboarding lessons to people with disabilities and other special needs at Copper Mountain Resort.   Lessons are conducted on a personalized, one-on-one basis, and include all instruction, on-hill guiding and support, specialized equipment and lift ticket.  All disciplines of adaptive skiing are provided, including four-track, visually impaired, three-track, mono-skiing and bi-skiing.

2019-2020 Rates Adaptive Ski & Ride Photo

Full Day:   $250
($225 for reservation 14+ days in advance)
Time: 9am – 3:30pm (1 hour off for lunch)
Half Day:   $165
($145 with 14-day advanced reservation)
Time: 9:30am – 12pm OR 1pm – 3:30pm

Prices above are per person. Customized lessons for groups are available upon request.  Payment in full is required to confirm reservations.

To Make a Reservation

Please call (970) 453-5633 or 1-800-383-BOEC to make a reservation. It is recommended that reservations be made as soon as possible, as we have limited capacity and our lesson days tend to fill quickly.

Please also feel free to contact us via email at

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)
Since 1976, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center has been providing empowering outdoor experiences to people of all abilities. The Center offers adaptive ski programs and adaptive outdoor education camps at a campus in Breckenridge and wilderness programs throughout Summit County and the region.  Activities are available year round and include skiing, snowboarding, ropes course, challenge activities, rock climbing, river rafting, canoeing and many others, all adapted to be accessible to all abilities.


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