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Founded in 1995 by snowboard-company pioneer Jake Burton, Chill started as a simple idea: to introduce inner-city kids and at-risk youth to snowboarding. Today the program has spread from Vermont to cities and states across the country, including Denver. Organizers work with 25 youth-service agencies -- including foster care and group homes -- to identify kids who might benefit from some time on the slopes. As local Chill outreach coordinator Daniel Ritchie explains, many teens have lived in the Mile High City their entire lives, yet never set foot in the mountains. This ski season, Chill had a roster of 170 kids who hopped on buses once a week to learn the ins and outs of boarding -- and got the chance to see life from a whole different perspective. Chill out.
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Sally Freed
Sally Freed

We have many at risk teens in our area, too, and we are 15-20 minutes fromMission Ridge ski area. My 13 year old 7th grade daughter is an avid snowboarder and we'd be inteterested in how you got this program going in other cities. Maybe Wenatchee, Washington and Mission Ridge Ski area could be one of your next venue cities.

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