Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Challenge Aspen creates life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life.
Challenge Aspen is an organic outgrowth of the individually conceived dreams of co-founders, Houston Cowan and Amanda Boxtel. Both experienced life-changing moments that solidified their connection to the adaptive recreation field. Each utilized their life experiences to formally establish Challenge Aspen in 1995 in Snowmass Village, Colorado. A strong working relationship with Aspen Skiing Company provides access to the area's four ski mountains. With a dedicated staff and a committed volunteer force, Challenge Aspen has provided access for all abilities to a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities.
Challenge Aspen consists of two main programs: Recreational, Educational, and Cultural (REC) Program and Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) Program. Challenge Aspen's REC program provides individuals and groups with physical and/or cognitive disabilities diverse opportunities to experience all that the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. After 9/11, the need for military opportunities in adaptive recreation grew dramatically, and Challenge Aspen established a military division developed exclusively for injured service members and their families. Today, Challenge Aspen's CAMO program is one of the largest military adaptive recreation programs in the country. Challenge Aspen has continued to listen to participant needs and has responded in kind with services and year-round offerings.