Teaching Life Lessons / Aldo Radamus: Today’s kids (and their parents) have never faced more challenges in their quest to compete on the slopes. Yet as the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club celebrates its 50th season, it counts more than 500 athletes in the program, the most ever. The turning point came a decade ago, when Executive Director Aldo Radamus led an effort to push beyond traditional alpine racing and strengthen programs and participation in snowboarding, freeskiing and Nordic, disciplines which now comprise half the club’s roster. VSSC also launched an academy in conjunction with the local school system that allows 166 of those athletes to train and compete full-time at about half the cost of similar programs. The club can point to 60-plus alums, led by Lindsey Vonn, who’ve made various U.S. Ski Teams, and hundreds who’ve earned college scholarships. But Radamus says the ultimate goal is to “give young people the opportunity to compete, and to learn about life through competition.”
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