BOEC moving forward with Keystone program |

BOEC moving forward with Keystone program

KEYSTONE – Keystone’s new adaptive skiing program moved into its new space in the Mountain House complex last month with phones for its two offices and little else.The new program is an expansion of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), which specializes in adaptive skiing and snowboarding programs for people with disabilities.Instructors are teaching lessons at Keystone by carting equipment, such as bi-skis and mono-skis, back and forth from the main office in Breckenridge.A fundraiser will be held Wednesday evening to help purchase ski equipment and office supplies so the Keystone program can get off its feet.Brian Smith, a Keystone resident whose son began taking adaptive lessons through the BOEC in the mid-1990s, is heading up a push to get locals involved. “The BOEC is a nonprofit. For them to be able to expand to Keystone, they’re going to need additional funding. Those of us who live in Keystone would like to be able to raise a significant amount of funds and also donate some of our time to make it a success over here,” Smith said.Smith sent postcards to second homeowners and rallied year-round residents to show their support for the budding program.So far, instructors have taught about two dozen lessons out of the Keystone office, said adaptive skiing director Gene Gamber. That’s a higher figure than Gamber expects for the remainder of the winter, attributing the rush to the busy holiday season. He estimated that a total of 50 to 100 lessons will take place in Keystone over the season, as opposed to the more than 2,000 that are held in Breckenridge.”We have lots of things to learn about Keystone before we go charging in there and try to do the kind of program we’re doing (in Breckenridge),” Gamber said.Goals include building a long-term relationship with the community to create a top-notch program and getting community members involved, Gamber said.Those interested in volunteering can attend an orientation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the office in the former Keystone Sports building at the Mountain House base area.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at nformosa@summitdaily.comBOEC Fundraiser When: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 28. A slide show of adaptive programs and participants will be shown at 6 p.m.Where: Mountain House at Keystone. Wine and light appetizers will be served.Parking: Free in the Mountain House lot after 5 p.m.Why: To raise money to fund the inaugural year of skiing and snowboarding for people with disabilities and special needs at Keystone Resort. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the new adaptive ski program facility. For more information or to contribute call Brian Smith at (970) 262-9398 or Gene Gamber at (970) 453-5633.

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