English in Action

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.”



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About Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton is Aspen Skiing Company’s (ASC) Sustainability Director. He is also the Executive Director of the Environment Foundation, which has donated more than $2 million over the past 15 years. Matthew oversees ASC's community philanthropy, and runs ASC's day-to-day environmental programs, including the monthly Greenletter, and GREENTRACK, ASC's ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Matthew is also consultant with Aspen Sustainability Associates, and has lectured nationally and internationally on ASC's work. He currently serves as President of the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education, and on the boards of the Carbondale Tourism Council, Colorado Youth Corps Association and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Previously, Matthew was a Research Officer at The Piton Foundation, working with low income neighborhoods on issues of education reform, affordable housing and economic development. Prior to that, he worked for Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger anti-poverty group; the Independent Sector, a national association of nonprofits and foundations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (on a project called Enterprise for the Environment), for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and for Middlebury College. Matthew has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University where he focused on nonprofit management. During his free time he can be found on his bike spending time enjoying many of the local trails and back roads. He lives in Carbondale, Colorado with his wife Jen, and their children Boden and Beck.