“Absolutely The Best” – these are the three words Debi and Denis Quintero use to describe the BOEC after 20 years of volunteering with the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program. This generous couple had a very meaningful introduction to BOEC in 1998/99 when Denis learned to ski in Breckenridge, Colorado with the BOEC. Denis was unable to ski using traditional methods due to an injury to his foot, from a motorcycle accident which left his foot paralyzed. His wife Debi, originally from Ohio, learned to ski when she was young on a typical Midwestern ski hill with 300 feet of elevation. Since Denis’s lessons with BOEC, he has been able to ski well with Debi, enjoying this sport together for the past 20 years. Denis has demonstrated his appreciation by giving back through volunteering at BOEC since 2004, dedicating many years to teaching other BOEC participants to ski and encouraging Debi to also join this volunteering endeavor.
At the age of 52, with encouragement from Debi, Denis really got hooked on skiing, purchasing SKI magazine and reading it from cover to cover, always looking forward to the next season. Since Denis’ first lesson with BOEC, he continued learning, visiting different adaptive ski programs including the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah.
On his initial visit to the National Ability Center, the instructor suggested that his skiing might benefit from the use of outriggers. Denis was initially resistant to the suggestion until the instructor made outrigger skiing a group activity amongst the two instructors and Denis. This piece of equipment was a game changer for Denis, since that day, he has never looked back and his skiing has improved immensely. Denis went on to continue lessons with BOEC with instructors Jeff Inouye, BOEC’s current Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program Director and Joe Kusumoto, longtime BOEC instructor and trainer.