Last winter our high mountain region was a winter wonderland from the sparkling trees to the white-capped Rocky Mountains. However, it wasn’t just beautiful, it also offered unforgettable experiences to many people through BOEC’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program. With the help of numerous instructors, volunteers, and interns, 976 individuals had the opportunity to ski and snowboard down the slopes. Over the 2,920 lessons that were taught, we watched participants of all abilities glide across the snowy slopes, breathing in the fresh mountain air and feeling the fluffy snow beneath their skis.
BOEC Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program Director, Jeff Inouye, says,
“The ski program had an incredible 2022-23 winter season. Thanks to all the staff, instructors, interns and volunteers that all contributed to creating life-changing experiences for our participants and their families. This winter we had 14 fantastic interns that worked extremely hard and continue to be a huge asset to the BOEC and the ski program. We ended the season with our Volunteer Appreciation Party to celebrate the success of the ski program and most importantly to recognize and thank all the incredible volunteers and staff that dedicate so much to our organization.”
To celebrate all of the individuals who made this experience possible for so many people from diverse backgrounds and of all abilities, BOEC awarded two Volunteer of the Year awards, a Rookie of the Year award, and two Instructor of the Year awards at the annual end-of-year volunteer and staff celebration barbeque. Considering the excellence of the many volunteers, instructors, and interns who spent numerous hours with the BOEC Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program, deciding who to select as the most outstanding amongst so many dedicated people was very difficult. Those recognized this year encapsulate the reason the BOEC family is so proud of what we do through their favorite memories of the season!