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Veterans Day has always been a special celebration here at Challenge Aspen!

In fact, our Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) program celebrates veterans 365 days a year!
 
Challenge Aspen’s staff, grantors, volunteers, and program supporters are incredibly grateful to every veteran who has served our great country in any capacity. We are honored to be a part of the veteran community.
 
CAMO serves approximately 220 veterans living with disabilities each year. The stories these men and women share with us are incredible. They inspire us, they make us laugh, and they impact us greatly. We are lucky to work with and learn from this community. Our programs impact a small subset of the much larger veteran community. There are 19 million veterans in the United States, of which 5.4 million have a physical and/or cognitive disability. So, if you have a chance today, reach out to a veteran and thank them for their service! 
 
And from all of us at Challenge Aspen: thank you, thank you, thank you!

John Klonowski
CAMO and Winter Sports Director
Welcome CAMO Program Manager, Nate
Nate has spent his entire life playing outside—from the Appalachian Mountains in Central Pennsylvania to the Rocky Mountains of the West. He spent his college years pursuing a degree in Outdoor Recreation Management from Penn State University while leading high adventure expeditions, developing programming, and facilitating staff training for the school’s outdoor program. Nate spent several years instructing, and coordinating programs for the National Sports Center for the Disabled before taking over the role of Backcountry Program Manager for No Barriers USA, where he oversaw high adventure programs for Veterans, at-risk youth, and other differently abled participants. Nate is excited to continue his work as the CAMO Program Manager with Challenge Aspen; instilling new mindsets through recreation and camaraderie. Nate is an avid mountain biker, whitewater paddler, traveler, and skier/snowboarder - spending as much time as possible exploring the wilderness and world around him, and enjoying time spent with his community.

Swing by our office to welcome Nate, or email him here!
We Need YOUR Support! Check Out Challenge Aspen's Annual Giving Opportunities and Double Your Impact
A long time Challenge Aspen supporter is currently MATCHING every dollar up to $100,000! Give now and your donation will be doubled.

Other upcoming dates to remember:
Giving Tuesday: Tuesday, November 30th
Colorado Gives Day: Tuesday, December 7th


YOU can create possibilities for people with disabilities by donating here, contacting Emily, or calling our office at 970.923.0578.
Recreational, Educational, and Cultural (REC) Adventure Awards (Scholarships)
For more information about REC Adventure Awards, click here, contact Deb or Callie, or call our office at 970.923.0578.
Meet our 2021/2022 Winter Apprentice Pros
Arianna Asquini grew up in Italy and graduated from the University of Virginia; majoring in Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Religious Studies. Through her time on her college ski team, she learned about adaptive ski instruction, where she found her passion and discovered she wants to use her engineering degree to work on prosthetics!
Annabelle Baldwin is a recent UC Berkeley graduate, majoring in Anthropology and Public Policy. She spent the majority of her life in Costa Rica and is currently working as an archaeologist in Southern California. She loves skiing and surfing in her free time!
Olivia Niosi grew up in Portland skiing Mt. Hood Meadows. She came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2019 to be a Naturalist for ACES after graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Conservation Biology. She spends her summers as a Ranger for Pitkin County Open Space and loves biking, skiing, and cooking!
Abe Rogers grew up in Utah on the Wasatch Range of the Western Rockies. He has traveled extensively and still finds himself believing the Rockies are as good as it gets! Abe is currently finishing his engineering degree at UCLA. He loves swimming in high alpine lakes, mountaineering, backpacking, and all winter sports!
Anna Wright is from Northern Colorado, recently graduating from Regis University where she studied Peace and Justice Studies, Community Food Systems, and English. She is passionate about environmental conservation, accessibility in the outdoors, and education. She loves doing trail work, creating art, and playing in the snow!
Challenge Aspen is Hiring a Development Director
To learn more about our Development Director position, click here.
Calling Volunteers
Currently we have 76 volunteers signed up for the winter season, of which 46 are new! We will be closing our 2021/2022 winter volunteer application on November 30th. 
 
We will need 6-10 volunteers to help with our special event, Sensory Santa! Volunteers will be needed on December 19th, 21st, and 22nd from 3:30PM-5:30PM to assist with crafts and games while participants and their families meet Santa Claus at the Snowmass Collective! 

To sign-up for Sensory Santa or apply to become a volunteer, contact Erin or click here!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on participants, new activity offerings, and more! 
All disabilities. All ages. All seasons. #challengeaspen365
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-Got Stock? Make a gift to Challenge Aspen through Planned Giving today. Email Development and Marketing Manager, Emily Zeis for details.
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PO Box 6639, Snowmass Village Mall #309, Snowmass Village, CO 81615






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