AVSC coaches, staff and families " you rock! | AspenTimes.com

AVSC coaches, staff and families " you rock!

Dear Editor:

Even as a veteran of the Aspen Ski Club, I registered my 8-year-old Chapin for AVSC this winter with reluctance. As a Challenger, he would be skiing with his coaches Wednesdays and weekends from Thanksgiving through April, plus traveling to races. Could he handle that much? Would he not miss ripping with his mom and dad instead? Would he ” or his parents” be labeled as slackers for not always making the upvalley commute to practice?

Well, one pleasant surprise has followed another. Head age class coach Pat Callahan’s organization is amazing! The office staff’s e-mails are constantly relaying valuable information. Chapin’s J5 coaches’ enthusiasm, skills and energy are off the charts. You feel pretty good when your kid comes home from training two consecutive Sundays raving, “That was the BEST day of my life!”

Lastly, we are thrilled to be part of the incredible group of families who support and participate in AVSC. Not wanting to spoil our son with all brand-new gear his first season, we started asking around for hand-me-downs. Just yesterday, one couple offered us an old speed suit ” for free! That’s how excited parents are to continue Aspen’s tradition of producing ski racers.

With the women’s world cup back in town, it is great to see the spirit of skiing shared between generations and families who choose to live here. Thanks to the Aspen Skiing Co. and everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley for a great opening Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We’re thrilled to live here and be part of AVSC.

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