The 2018-2019 ski season is well underway! The participants at AIM House partake in a ski trip every Friday to various resorts around Colorado. In addition to getting out in some powder, these trips create opportunities for participants to further bond with their housemates and staff, as well as to explore the state outside of Boulder.
The experience level of the participants (and staff!) varies from lifetime skiers and boarders to first-timers looking to learn their way around a mountain. The trips are led by AIM House lead mentor Tyler Wilkinson (a Colorado Native), who favors trips to the Loveland and Copper resorts. This season has been successful so far; AIM Housers have already had multiple “Bluebird” days. The number of participants interested in taking part in this activity has been steadily growing since the first trip in late November.
Wilkinson is planning a weekend long trip later in the season to either Winter Park or Copper Mountain. During this trip, everyone will stay up in the mountains at a slope-side rental, rather than trek back down to Boulder. The season is still getting started, and the AIM house community is, as always, excited to see what the rest of the season will hold!
AIM House participants and staff participated in a 3 day volunteer immersion at Mission Wolf, a wildlife sanctuary in Southern Colorado this month. Mission Wolf is non-profit, educational wolf sanctuary in the remote Colorado mountains. In addition to the focus on wildlife conservation and preservation, Mission Wolf focuses on sustainability -- the facility operates on solar power, and was built with recycled materials. AIM House has partnered with Mission Wolf for years and is happy and grateful for a facility in the state that is doing such incredible work.
While at Mission Wolf this trip, AIM participants and staff had the opportunity to help build enclosures for the animals. They worked to repair facilities. Of course they also got some time with the wolves. One participant said the most memorable moment of the trip was hearing all of the wolves call out to each other. “I won’t ever forget it!”
In addition to working hard, the AIM crew also enjoyed time camping out and staying warm around the fire. With so many members of our community coming from profound experiences in the wilderness, it was a welcome retreat back to nature.