Giving back to the Community
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Giving Back to the Winter Park Community: A Rendezvous tradition
By: Tyler Macleod
There’s something about mountain town living that seems to generate an overwhelmingly strong sense of community and camaraderie among its inhabitants and visitors. Perhaps it’s the result of residing in what many consider a paradise on Earth; a scope of positivity materialized from the surrounding mountain vistas and sprawling landscapes. Or maybe it’s the contrasting emotions that are created by those mountain vistas themselves – the sense of feeling so small beneath the towering behemoths of rocks and trees, while simultaneously feeling like a part of something much bigger than any words could ever explain.
The Winter Park and Fraser Valley Community
Whatever creates it, Winter Park and the surrounding Fraser Valley might be one of the closest-knit communities encountered anywhere on this green Earth. Just take a stroll down the street and a friendly local is sure to wave and smile – whether it’s the first or hundredth time they’ve met you. The people here look out for one another, whether they’ve just relocated to the valley or they’ve called it home for decades.
And local business and entities aren’t any different. They understand that Winter Park is a special place, and the only way to retain the charming and supportive nature that encompasses it, is to give back.
Rendezvous Community Gives Back
Which is why the Rendezvous community works tirelessly to remain engaged in community efforts throughout all four seasons of the calendar year. Whether it’s giving back to various non-profit organizations during the ski season, or supporting community events in the summer months, Rendezvous is fully invested in strengthening the threads that bind their close-knit population, and working to provide a supportive community – whether you live here full-time, vacation here for parts of the year, or are just visiting for the first time (and hopefully not last).
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
One of the strongest partnerships is that with the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Each year, Rendezvous donates backing through monetary funding and volunteer support to assist with a vast variety of events ranging from the Stagecoach Classic – a cross country ski trek spanning from Devil’s Thumb Ranch through the Rendezvous property and into the old Idlewild trail system – to the annual Winter Park Uncorked Wine Festival each summer. During the former, Rendezvous grants access to their property, allowing Nordic skiers of all ages and ability levels the chance to ski into the Idlewild area for what the Chamber calls a gorgeous, “off the map” course. For the latter, Rendezvous works with both the Chamber and the Grand Foundation to provide volunteers in support of a day filled with food, live music, and of course, plenty of wine.
Additionally, Rendezvous is also the title sponsor of the annual Rendezvous Run for Independence each Fourth of July Weekend, and the Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend, which coincides with Winter Park Resort’s Colorado Freeride Fest. The mountain-biking-filled weekend will take place once again July 28-30, 2017, and will offer everything from personalized ability and skills clinics, to bike set-up and maintenance demonstrations. It’s a great community event that strives to make mountain biking knowledge and experience accessible to everyone from the novice to veteran rider.
Grand Park Recreation Center
And while mountain biking is one of the most recognized forms of recreation in the Winter Park community, it certainly isn’t the only outlet for Rendezvous’ support. The Grand Park Recreation Center, operated by the Fraser Valley Recreation District, is a hotspot for tourists and locals alike, and without funding and support from the Rendezvous community, keys aspects of the facility would not have been possible.
One of the recreation center’s staple features is the rock wall – a favorite for kids, adults and everyone in between. Complete with a bouldering wall, this towering piece of equipment was made possible through a generous $100,00 donation by the Rendezvous Foundation. And for 2017, Rendezvous also contributed to the Fraser Valley Recreation District’s summer programming by donating sunscreen, which will be used to protect the kids from UV rays during all of their outdoor activities.
National Sports Center for the Disabled & Winter Park Competition Center
In the winter months, Rendezvous is also a major supporter of both the Competition Center and the National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park Resort.
The Comp Center, which is one of the oldest clubs in the area, celebrated its 54th season in 2016/17, and offers high-end all terrain ski, snowboard, freeski and adult programs in conjunction with the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation – a non-profit organization that supports its winter athletes through scholarships and donations. Rendezvous assists the Comp Center’s efforts by acting as a major sponsor; backing race events, participant post-race events and even parent events.
With the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Rendezvous steps in as a major sponsor for the annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, hosting the hospitality tent for all racers and coaches, and also sponsoring race teams on an individual level. They also donate to the annual Corks and Forks fundraising event in Denver, which is an evening of fine dining and wine with all proceeds benefiting NSCD. The event has been taking place for 11 years, featuring renowned Denver-area chefs alongside live music and a silent auction.
Grand County Historical Association
And on a more localized level, Rendezvous is a huge supporter of the Grand County Historical Association as well as neighboring Cozen’s Ranch Museum . These organizations work to protect and promote Grand County’s rich history, which includes everything from the days of pioneers and railroad workers to the effects Winter Park and surrounding communities had on the ski industry.
Shining Stars Foundation
Rendezvous also supports the Tabernash-based non-profit, Shining Stars Foundation, which strives to positively impact children and their families fighting through pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses through outdoor, social recreational activities. These programs are offered at absolutely no cost to the families.
If you or someone you know would like to become involved with any of Rendezvous’ community efforts and initiatives, please visit their sales center or contact Kristin Hanson at [email protected]. They’d love to have you!
An East Coast transplant, Tyler grew up just north of Baltimore, Md., where he studied Journalism and New Media at nearby Towson University. He moved to Grand County in the fall of 2011, and aside from a brief stint in Bozeman, Mont., has called the Fraser Valley home ever since. Currently, he is a freelance writer and photographer who spends the majority of his free time snowboarding, cycling, and hanging out at the local skatepark.