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Ignite Adaptive Sports and Eldora Mountain Resort Break Ground on New Ski & Ride School Building

Ignite Adaptive Sports and Eldora Mountain Resort Break Ground on New Ski & Ride School Building


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NEDERLAND, CO – May 18, 2023 – Ignite Adaptive Sports and Eldora Mountain are excited to celebrate the
groundbreaking of a new Ski & Ride School building. An event attended by local officials and organization leaders
held yesterday marked the beginning of construction on the building project, slated for completion in 2024. The
building has been designed to increase the capacity for adaptive athletes at the mountain, and to create a more
accessible learning experience for both adaptive and young skiers and snowboarders in the region.

“We are thrilled to be starting construction on this new building at Eldora and getting that much closer to opening
the doors for our visitors,” said Brent Tregaskis, Eldora’s General Manager. “This project has been an important
priority due to its significant impact on the adaptive athlete experience, and for our young learners as well. Through
our Play Forever commitment, focused on supporting the community and protecting the environment, we continue
to invest a great deal in our partnership with Ignite, and are excited to collaborate with them to bring this beautiful
new building to life.”

Totaling 12,000 square feet, the first floor will house Ignite’s snowsports operations, while the second floor will
house Eldora’s Ski & Ride School. An elevator from the first floor to a bridge above the second floor will provide
adaptive access to the mountain.

“With this building comes the confidence of knowing that no potential athlete will be turned away due to space
constraints,” said Tom Kissinger, president of Ignite’s board of directors. “We continue to be grateful for our
partnership with Eldora Mountain Resort and their commitment to making mountain sports accessible to adaptive

Established in 1975, Ignite Adaptive Sports is the second oldest adaptive winter sports program in Colorado. The
non-profit program began when a small group of dedicated volunteers from the University of Colorado provided ski
lessons to 10 students with disabilities to enhance their lives with access to Colorado’s alpine beauty. Ignite has
seen tremendous growth and enthusiastic support from the Colorado community, and 100% of the organization’s
lessons continue to be provided by trained and passionate volunteers.

Collectively, Ignite’s volunteers provide more than 18,000 hours of service to deliver more than 1,200 individual
lessons to more than 300 students with disabilities each season.

The building will also create more space for the education of mountain athletes of all kinds. With Eldora’s Children’s
Ski & Ride School in this new facility, Eldora’s other instructional programs will gain more space in the existing Ski
& Ride School facility, Indian Peaks Lodge.

“Our instructors are thrilled to have a new space where they will be able to better focus on the individual learning
experience for young ski and snowboard students, thanks to the addition of this new building,” said Tim Kenney,
director of Eldora’s Ski & Ride School. “Adult learners will continue to be welcomed at Eldora as well, with more
space made available in our existing facility by the new building’s construction.”

To learn more about Eldora Mountain Resort’s Play Forever program, and the myriad ways the resort is focused on
expanding access to mountain sports, please visit eldora.com/playforever.


ABOUT IGNITE: Adaptive Sports: Established in 1975, Ignite Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)3 organization that
provides children and adults living with disabilities across Colorado’s Front Range with access to snow sports
including alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ski-biking. We use adaptive equipment such as
mono- and bi-skis and a full range of specialized gear and activities to make snow sports accessible to and
successful for our students. To learn more, please visit igniteadaptivesports.org.

ABOUT ELDORA: Just 21 miles west of Boulder and less than 50 from Denver, Eldora is the backyard mountain
for Boulder County and Colorado’s northern Front Range. From mellow beginner terrain to thrilling steeps and
glades, Eldora has terrain for every type of skier and rider, including world-class Woodward terrain parks and
progression-based learning. With its combination of proximity, fantastic learning terrain, low-key family-friendly vibe, and lesson programs for kids and adults, Eldora is known widely as Colorado’s best place to learn. Eldora also
offers uphill-skiing access, plus 42 kilometers of Nordic and snowshoeing trails. Eldora boasts affordable public
transportation from anywhere in the Denver metro region straight to its high-speed, six-person Alpenglow
chairlift. Check RTD-Denver.com for up-to-date fare and schedule info. Eldora is part of the POWDR Adventure
Lifestyle Co. portfolio. To learn more, please visit eldora.com.

ABOUT POWDR: POWDR is an adventure lifestyle company that inspires every human being with cool
experiences in awesome places. POWDR’s awesome places include Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort
in Colorado; Killington and Pico Mountain in Vermont; Boreal Mountain Resort and Soda Springs in the Lake Tahoe region of California; Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Snowbird in Utah; and SilverStar Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada. POWDR also empowers and inspires the next generation of action sports enthusiasts through summer camps, mountain experiences, and mountain centers under the Woodward brand that incorporate dynamic
programming and innovative environments: Woodward Park City, Woodward PA, Woodward Copper in Colorado,
Woodward Tahoe, Woodward West in Stallion Springs, CA. POWDR fuels a balanced life full of adventure through
a collection of experiences from the mountains to the valleys. Sun Country Tours in Oregon is POWDR’s river
rafting outfitter and Powderbird, based out of Snowbird in Utah, is POWDR’s heli-adventure operator. POWDR is
headquartered in Park City, Utah. For more information, please visit powdr.com.

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