By Christine Holmberg, Executive Director
Summer is winding down. It happens every year but that doesn't mean I have to like it. The days are still sunny, warm, and inviting but it's the little things that remind us fall is right around the corner. Kids are returning to school, a few leaves are starting to change color, and the highest peaks received their first dusting of snow recently. Yep, that's right, the calendar may say summer but there was a bit of snow up high reminding us that before we know it winter will be here. And that's GREAT news for a ski program!
But before we jump into winter Foresight has plenty to celebrate about summer. We held our first two summer camps this year! Blind and visually impaired youth from the Front Range traveled to the Vail Valley for two-days of challenge recreation. Both camps were successful, and Foresight is well on its way to becoming a two-season organization, providing transformative experiences for blind and visually impaired individuals in the winter AND the summer. Now that's reason to celebrate! Read more on the summer camps below.
Now my attention turns to winter and wondering what kind of season we'll have. We had a wonderful ski season last year, despite COVID restrictions. We only guided adults, but we had a blast doing it and we welcomed two new adult VIPs into our program. I've said it before, I'm a glass half full kind of gal. I remain optimistic that we'll welcome back our school kids this upcoming season and look forward to seeing more of our adults return to Vail for fun and adventure on the mountain. We missed you!
Our mission remains the same; to promote fitness, athletic skills, personal achievement, and self-esteem for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. We provide challenge recreation opportunities by making snow sports easily accessible and affordable. And now we can add summer activities to our list of offerings. Foresight is committed to fulfilling its mission and we've proven we can do that even during a pandemic.
Enjoy the final few weeks of summer and what will, no doubt, be a beautiful fall. And know that in a few short months we'll be gearing up for ski season.
Bring it on!