Mountain Mentors’ March mentor of the month is Kris Eickhoff
March 19, 2014
I moved to Summit County in 1998 to finish college with an internship with the town of Breckenridge.
After graduating with degrees in recreation management and Spanish I decided to stay in the county and enjoy the many things it has to offer. I was a ski patroller with Keystone for the past 10 years. I have since "retired" from that position to save my knees.
In addition to patrolling, I have always worked in the food and beverage service. I continue to follow this path working as a server at the Mountain Lyon Cafe. When I am not working I can be found outside skiing, rafting, biking, hiking and hanging out with my dogs.
What led you to mentoring?
During high school and college I worked for the YMCA coaching youth sports. I did not have much direct interaction with kids after moving to Summit County. I missed that interaction and opportunity. My girlfriend, who was involved with the program when she was younger, always spoke highly of Mountain Mentors and encouraged me to become involved.
What do I enjoy the most?
I enjoy being involved in (my mentee) Emily's life and hearing about what she is learning in school, and the activities that she enjoys. It feels great to give her an opportunity to get out and enjoy the amazing things that Summit County has to offer. This can be as simple as a hike with the dog, a bike ride around the lake or any of the opportunities/activities the program offers.
How does mentoring fit into my life?
It hasn't been too tough to integrate mentoring into my life. It has simply been a matter of taking Emily with me while I do the things I love to do. This enhances my experiences, as I see things in new and exciting ways, through the eyes of a youngster. Oh, the things I would not have "seen" or considered had she not been with me.
What is the favorite thing we have done?
Skiing, perhaps because (we did it recently), but I loved teaching Emily to ski. It was one of the activities I was most looking forward to doing with her when I started the program. Unfortunately due to some knee issue on my part we didn't get to get out and enjoy that until a few weeks ago. It was awesome! She did great and it was fun to see how quickly she progressed in just one day!
Advice to future mentors
Give it a try! It will likely make you want to be a better person. It is an awesome experience for you and the recipient of your time. Definitely a win-win situation for all involved: you, the child, the community and the future generation.
Emily's Quote about Kris
"My favorite thing about spending time with Kris is getting to go outside and exercising and doing athletic activities."