SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Since 2001, Snowmass Village has hosted the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Now the town wants to thank the veterans for their inspiration.
The annual clinic kicked off on March 31 this year, and town Communications Director Kelly Vaughn decided to do something special to welcome the veterans back to the village.
Their impact on the community prompted Vaughn to buy a leather book from Kemo Sabe in Aspen, engrave the cover and have various Snowmass Village businesses and residents sign it. Most people thanked them for their service, and some even included stickers from their businesses and pictures.
The staff of Challenge Aspen, which used to host the clinic until it grew too big, filled a page with well-wishes. Jenni Petersen, director of finance and human resources, said the nonprofit is still available to the participants.
"Our programs are available for any of the veterans," Petersen said. "(Some) still come by and say 'hi.' ... We love it."
Lei Lani, an employee at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, told veterans in her note to stop by for some sweets.
"I just really appreciate what they do," she said.
Tim McMahon, at Incline Ski and Board Shop, said it's interesting to hear stories from the veterans, who overcome obstacles to participate in skiing and other activities during their time here.
"It's a very positive group of people," he said.
For Navy veteran Pete Scobell, of Snowmass Village, the clinic had special significance when he happened to return from deployment while it was going on.
"It was nice to see those guys," Scobell said. "It was a good transition."
Mayor Bill Boineau presented the book to clinic director Teresa Parks during the opening ceremonies on March 31, but it will be available for people to sign and view. To add your signature, email firstname.lastname@example.org.