‘Tis the season | AspenTimes.com

‘Tis the season

May Eynon

Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) marked the arrival of the winter season with a cocktail party at the home of Frank and Cynthia Goldsmith. Newly elected board members were honored at the Nov. 8 reception by current and former board members, staff and coaches, parents of participants and longtime supporters.Catered by Piñons, the pre-holiday evening was festive with quite a few guests sporting ski sweaters. Excitement and anticipation about the coming season was evident, and conversations centered on training, racing and club activities.

AVSC executive director Mark Cole acknowledged former board president Mike Maple for his years of service. Maple’s successor, Andy Karlinski, echoed Cole’s sentiments for a job well-done. Welcoming new board members to the club, Cole and Karlinski also commented on how much they rely upon staff, board and National Council support to ensure success with the nonprofit organization’s mission.Susan Blakney’s absence was noted. The AVSC base camp director missed the get-together since she was downvalley at a potluck, recruiting Latino youth for winter programs.

Coaches, board members and alumni of the programs commented on the positive turn the club has taken over the years. Ryan Smalls and Travis McLain concurred that AVSC has become a leading academy in the nation.”The richness of the club’s history and traditions is truly remarkable,” said Mayor Helen Klanderud. The city financially supports the club through grants. “I am in awe of what they accomplish, the number of kids they work with, the direction and focus from the board, and all that they have achieved.”

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