April 9th, 2016
Dear Ignite Family,
The 42nd season of Ignite Adaptive Sports is over and Spring is in full bloom down in Boulder. I hope you all enjoyed this ski season as much as I did. I was delighted to participate in the extra day for deaf students to close out the season. Twenty volunteers showed up April 2nd to host 12 deaf children while many of their parents looked on in delight. The day was warm and sunny and with some early morning coaching by Rilee Mielecki on sign language, we were off on a wonderful day of fun in the sun. The kids and parents were all very happy with the day’s lessons. Two of the moms said they would be back next season as volunteers. Hopefully we’ll have some training clinics on the use of ASL (American sign language) next year for the addition of deaf students to our program.
I want to give a huge expression of gratitude to all of our dedicated volunteers and our superb staff who made this season a great success. I was fortunate to work with many of our newer volunteers and juniors by coming up on weekends this year. The spirit and energy of these volunteers has energized our program in an exciting way. Of course I was also delighted to work with our long time instructors who return year after year to provide the best instruction available to the disabled community.
Although the Ignite ski season is over, there are still activities to come. A year-end party on April 30, a summer picnic in August, and hopefully a fall Gala Event in September are all on the schedule. I look forward to seeing most of you at these events and of course back again in the fall for another great season up at Eldora Mountain Resort.
Finally I want to thank EMR and in particular the helpful lifties who made our forty-second season possible. We could not have provided our excellent services without them.
Warmest regards for a great summer.
David Levin, President
Ignite Adaptive Sports at Eldora Mountain Resort
February 23rd, 2016
Stan Slater, front right in yellow.
Many of our students and volunteers knew Stan Slater. We wanted to let you know that Stan passed away died peacefully this week among family and friends from complications due to his long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Stan was a great friend to Ignite. His strong character, wit, and strength through adversity was a model to us all. Stan and his wife Paula were a regular Friday fixture at Ignite through many years. Stan served for many years on the Ignite Board of Directors, bringing his wisdom, southern charm, and patience to our organization. It was joyful for Stan to be at Ignite and it was joyful to have him here. The example Stan set for us all, and Paula’s amazing support for that, is something each one of us can take into our own lives and become something much better than we believe we can be. That’s a cause for celebration.
We will miss you Stan,
Your Ignite Family
February 8th, 2016
We are proud to announce that the Big Cheese, John Humbrecht, has been recognized by Boulder Weekly as one of the people in Boulder County that should be celebrated for the community work they do. Not only is he celebrated, he tops the list.
We are very proud of you John!
Read more about John and the other celebrated community members at Boulder Weekly
December 30th, 2015
Special Olympics comes to Eldora and Ignite Adaptive Sports. Join in the Fun!
We are revitalizing our Special Olympics Race Program! If you are interested in skiing in the Special Olympics Winter games this season, this is the message for you!
We have done some training with the Special Olympics Alpine Race Team and would like to pass on what we learned to our athletes. This includes exercises/drills to improve your skiing skills, preparation for running a racecourse and, finally, practice running the course. The Equipment Manager has purchased several more brush markers to set up the practice activities and race course practice.
Please contact Susan Rodgers at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in practicing racing this season.
Visit Special Olympics Colorado for more information on Special Olympics programs in Colorado.
December 15th, 2015
In the spring of 2015, Ignite Adaptive Sports offered the first our first time ever clinic for parents and caregivers of children with cognitive/developmental disabilities interested in skiing and riding together as a family. Based on feedback we received after that class, we are going for a repeat performance.
Make sure you sign up soon as the available slots will fill up fast.
“The students in the class happened to be three guys, which was a good thing in a sense. If I can ski down and maintain control with a 180 pound guy, I should be able to control the speed of my seven year old girl.” -Bob, father of an Ignite Adaptive Sports Student
Sign up by calling the scheduler at +1 (303) 506-8007 or email her at Scheduler@IgniteAdaptiveSports.org with any questions or suggestions you may have for the class.
- Your Abilities: A review of your skiing abilities as it relates to adaptive requirements.
- Terrain: How terrain choice can affect a positive experience for your child.
- Lifts: A review of lift loading and unloading procedures.
- Boundaries: Ski down or call Ski Patrol?
- Equipment: Explore adaptive equipment options.
- Safety: Learn about safety concerns at ski resorts.
- Activities: How to have a great day with your child on the hill.
This clinic will be led by two Ignite instructors with over 30 years of adaptive instruction.
Jacque Carbone has been with Ignite for over 30 years and holds a PSIA Adaptive Certification Level II. Jacque is also a registered nurse and has raised her own adaptive skiing family.
Keith Jimmerson, started instructing adaptive skiing in 1980 with cross country skiers. He guided one blind racer in the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. This is Keith’s sixth year with Ignite instructing alpine and cross country skiing. He is a PSIA level one alpine certified ski instructor and has instructed parents with their children in cross country skiing and have seen such joy in their parents eyes that they can now take their own kids out skiing. Keith was one of the instructors in last year’s clinic and observed the same joy in both students and caregivers.
Additional individualized guidance will be provided by other members of Ignite senior staff.
- Does not include lift ticket.
Lift tickets will need to be purchased at the Eldora Mountain Resort ticket office.
- Sunday, January 24th, 2016
- 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
- Ignite World Headquarters at Eldora Mountain Resort
- The clinic is limited to 10 participants
To register please send an email to Scheduler@IgniteAdaptiveSports.org.
We look forward to helping your family be independent on the mountain.
Please call +1 (303) 506-8007 or email Scheduler@IgniteAdaptiveSports.org with any questions you may have.
November 11th, 2015
The ski season is starting and we at Ignite Adaptive Sports started our first clinics this last weekend.
We ask all volunteers to help us get ready for the season to take at least two on mountain clinics. The more clinics that you take, the better we are prepared for all the wonderful students that we will teach this season.
Do you know someone that would enjoy volunteering with Ignite? Have them get in touch with Michelle at Volunteer@IgniteAdaptiveSports.org.
September 24th, 2015
Join Ignite Adaptive Sports at Upslope Brewing Company for a well deserved pint or your other beverage of choice on October 7th 2015.
We will have people at Upslope to tell people about Ignite and to socialize. Every pint sold that day will help support Ignite. Let your friends know and help support a local brewer and Ignite at the same time.
October 7th, 2015
2PM to 10PM
Upslope Brewery, Lee Hill Location
1501 Lee Hill Road, No 20
Boulder, CO 80304
September 24th, 2015
Join Ignite at our Orientation Meeting to learn more about the program and how you fit into it.
During this meeting you will have the chance to talk one-on-one with Ignite volunteers and staff to learn more about the organization, the people we serve and the community you are joining if you decide to join as a volunteer.
You will learn about
– Potential benefits
– Time commitment
– Possible roles
– Detailed overview of what we do
You make no commitment by coming to the meeting and the meeting is open to all, so bring your friends and family that you think might also be interested so you can learn about this great organization together.
Dates and Times
There are three meetings:
- Saturday, October 24th from 10AM to 12PM
- Wednesday, October 28th from 7PM to 9PM
- Thursday, November 5th from 7PM to 9PM
We look forward to seeing you at one of them. Attending all is unnecessary.
Jewish Community Center of Boulder
3800 Kalmia Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
Kalmia is one block north of Iris on 28th St. Head east to the end of the road. The JCC is on the right. The meeting is in the gym.
September 13th, 2015
We are in fill swing to prepare for the 2015-2016 season on the mountain at Eldora Mountain Resort.
There will be indoor clinics in November and on-snow clinics in December to prepare for the season.
These clinics help make Ignite Adaptive Sports the strong community that it is. We need as many people as possible to take as many clinics as possible to be better prepared for the start of the season. Which clinics do you want to or need to take? What are your goals for this ski season?
Clinic schedules will become available in November so stay tuned!
September 10th, 2015
Learn how you can help Ignite Adaptive Sport bring the pleasure of the mountains to more people.
Ignite has a booth at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market for the fall to recruit new volunteers and inform the local community about the great work we are doing.
Stop by the booth to learn more about the program, how it can serve you and how you can help us serve the community even better.
Current volunteers interested in manning the booth can sign up for shifts on the staff website, just as you would for a clinic.
Boulder County Farmer’s Market
Between Canyon and Arapahoe in Boulder
8AM – 2PM
Saturdays through November 21, 2015