English in Action helps immigrant adults living in the Roaring Fork Valley gain the English language and leadership skills they need to participate fully – as parents, as workers, as members of the community. On March 2, seventeen clients and mentors went snowshoeing atop Aspen Mountain and the enjoyed lunch at the Sundeck. Aspen Skiing Company donated footpasses, provided a 25% discount on lunch, and worked with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to donate snowshoe tours. Donating to English in Action is just one of the 100s of ways Aspen Skiing Company works to ensure the our local communities are places where all residents can thrive.
Lara Beaulieu, Executive Director, says:
“The day at Aspen Mountain is a wonderful way to get our participants involved in a new activity and to help them practice their English. For some of the students this was their first time on Aspen Mountain. Most work as housekeepers, nannies and restaurant and hotel staff. Often our snowshoe trip is one of the few “vacations” they get all year.”
One student, named Estela, said that last year was her first time snowshoeing. She had been going through a difficult time in her life and had been experiencing a lot of depression. Going snowshoeing with ACES and English In Action, helped to change her outlook. Looking around at the natural beauty that we live in helped her to see the positive things in her life. She has taken up snowshoeing (and running) on her own and just recently was in a 10 mile snowshoe race. This year Estela said, “Often people don’t realize how little things like this, can make a big difference in people’s lives.”
I think Estela is right; this activity really does make a difference in our students’ lives. It gives them a chance to enjoy the beautiful place we live in and to truly feel at home. The joy that they feel is clearly evident in their faces and I know that our tutors truly enjoy being able to have this experience with them. I really appreciate that the Aspen Skiing Company makes it so easy for us to offer this wonderful activity.”