ASPEN - Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club has raised $5 million for the Securing Our Future Campaign, one-third of the club's $15 million capital fundraising goal.
The announcement was made at the club's 75th Anniversary Celebration Saturday night at Bumps restaurant. The campaign will establish the $7.5 million Bob Beattie Perpetual Endowment Fund in honor of the legendary coach and ski racing icon and will provide the resources to construct several new training sites.
The Bob Beattie Perpetual Endowment Fund is designed to create a permanent source of funding for financial assistance for needy participants.
The club currently serves nearly 2,200 children throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Executive Director Mark Cole said, "In embarking on this effort, we realized that while we have not been turning children away, we are unable to provide opportunity to all those who wish to excel at the highest levels. We lack both the financial ability and the training facilities to enable many of those with talent to reach their full athletic potential."
A successful campaign will enable the club to create several training and competition sites for its athletes. Plans include boosting the snowmaking capacity on Aspen Highlands' Goldenhorn and adding a dedicated surface lift for alpine ski-racing training and competition.
The club also plans to construct a freeride and snowboard training site near the clubhouse featuring a foam pit for safe learning progressions. The club also will build a freeride and snowboard air hill at Aspen Highlands, including a series of snow ramps and an airbag. In addition, campaign donations will help build a new nordic jumping complex featuring jumps of 20 meters, 40 meters and 65 meters, perhaps at Buttermilk. Details of all training additions are currently being worked out with Aspen Skiing Co.
For further information about the Securing Our Future Campaign, call Cole at 970-205-5103.