Contributions Build Champions in Sport and Life

Mission, Vision and Values

Our organization is dedicated to providing opportunities and inspiring our youth athletes to attain their goals in sports and in life. 

With your help we are able to continue to service our community under our mission, vision and values.

  • To provide an exceptional youth program for athletes with diverse abilities in skiing, snowboarding and cycling.
  • To provide an athlete centered environment that fosters  competition, personal responsibility, sportsmanship, hard work and confidence.
  • Our Organization is dedicated to providing opportunities and inspiring athletes to attain their goals with exuberance

These goals become a reality through pillars of community, diversity, and education and are made possible by the generous support and contributions of our members, sponsors, and donors. 

Community

We love being an integral part of the Boulder and Front Range Community. With over 500 athletes participating in our programs throughout each year, we can have an impact and strive to make our community a better place.

  • Over 15,000 Athletes Served – Since EMSC’s inception in 1973 thousands of athletes from the Front Range and beyond have particpated and benefited from our programming.
  • Partnership with Protect our Winters (POW) – Annual ergathon to raise money and awareness for environmental connections to global warming and snowsports.
  • Annual Sample Sale  and Gear Swap – We invite local businesses to participate in our annual Sample Sale, giving them an avenue to sell sample products and advertise their brand . 
    • Our Gear Swap aims to keep equipment accessible to athletes in our program and community.
  • Trail Building Projects – athletes contribute 200+ hours seasonally to build and upkeep trails along the front range
  • Eldora Mountain Cleanup Day – members volunteer their time at our local mountain, Eldora, to promote recycling and removing trash from the mountain.
    • In 2019 over 4,000 lbs of trash and recyclables were removed from the slopes
  • Community Gardens – Over the summer months,  athletes volunteer at the community gardens and pick nearly  500lbs of produce to feed local families in need.
  • Homeless Shelter –  During the winter, athletes volunteer time and hours preparing dinners and meals at the local homeless shelter to help those utilizing these necessary community resources .

Diversity

We strive to be inclusive of those in our community and believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in our programs. We offer programming for a range of ability levels, economic backgrounds,  and  teach and encourage the athletes to have respect for the sport, others, and themselves.

  • Scholarships –  We provide low cost and no cost athletic opportunities to the youth of Colorado to get them active and improve their overall well-being. 
    • $35,000 of scholarships were awarded in 2020. Our goal for the 2021/2022 season is to be able to award nearly $50,000 in scholarship requests. 
    • Over $500,000 of scholarships have been awarded to athletes since EMSC’s start in 1973.
  • Diverse Abilities – our wide range of programming invites and encourages anyone with passion for sport to participate. We offer low coach to athlete ratios for additional athlete support. Our program pipelines give athletes choices of how competitive and involved they want to be.
  • Special Olympics – Winter athletes participate and volunteer with Eldora’s Special Olympic Games, assisting with event logistics, opening ceremonies, and cheering on teammates.
  • BVSD Lifelong Learning – Through a partnership with our local school district we offer affordable and a unique programming pipeline to introduce students to the sports of skiing, snowboarding and biking. Opportunities are made for families to continue to get more involved in the sport.
  • Expansion – Our team is always looking for additional ways to involve the various populations of our community through tactics such as removing the barriers to getting equipment, creating supportive group options such as “Cycling Sisters”, and taking the time to connect with individuals to help support their life goals through sport.

Education

We believe learning and personal growth can happen in any aspect of life. Skiing, Snowboarding and biking seem to be activities in which exponential growth comes naturally. Beyond the lessons that occur on the slopes and Singletrack we intentionally strive to expand our knowledge and understanding with education.

  • Avalanche Awareness and Certification Clinics – with a partnership through Colorado Mountain School we integrate the “science of snow” and encourage our athletes and coaches to learn about the wonders and hazards of  the outdoor environment of skiing.
  • Science of Skiing – presented by former United States Ski Team Technician, Ron LeMaster, leads Fall series of workshops and in season video opportunities for athletes to engage in movement analysis, incorporating the physics of the equipment, performance of ski and snow surface, body kinesiology and make the connection to improved performance
  • Video Analysis Program – video and photo support of athletes is provided throughout the season to be utilized for instruction, coaching, teaching and analysis. Our athletes and coaches even work alongside NCAA athletes through this process.
  • Mentorship – partnership with the CU Ski Team NCAA athletes – athletic and academic mentors make connections at the mountain in the winter, and on and off the snow through  Spring  and Summer camps and events.
  • Coach Education – Having an educated and motivated staff is a high priority. All winter coaches have at least one professional certification through US Ski and Snowboard,  The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association, or The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association. Additional educational opportunities are offered  through PSIA coursework, Fall and Spring Symposiums for education, in-house clinics, and training with other local entities.
    • Coaches receive certifications and training in concussion management, CPR/First Aid, Stop The Bleed Certification, Wilderness First Aid, and Safesport training.
  • Junior Coaching Pipeline – As athletes move through our programs and grow they have the opportunity to become a JR Coach. These athletes complete volunteer hours, training and receive support, mentorship and supervision from our Program Directors. They then have the opportunity to coach and mentor younger athletes and start earning income pursuing the sports they love.

Our organization strives to develop kids and young adults into strong individuals  and create opportunities for athletes to build the necessary skills for life that can carry them through their careers and all aspects of their lives.  As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt donations and the generous support of sponsors and supporters makes this possible. 

Thank you for being a part of our community and supporting the dreams of those we serve!