Carrying Christ up the chairlift |

Carrying Christ up the chairlift

Adam BoffeyVail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Summit DailyMembers of Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ Colorado's Team Grom skeid at Keystone Sunday. Top row, David Burch, left, Landon Bjork, Chad Farrier, Taylor VanDuinen, Tim Hogan, Seth Jacobson, Evan and Stefan Seeling and Brian Moon. Bottom row, Elyut Hill, left, Amanda Stooke, Rachel Burnett and Lisa Moon. Not pictured are Daniel Atkinson, Stuart Vanderkooi, Mitchell Browning, Garick Abt, Sam Provorse, Chris Willett, Bryce Williams, Lucas Hill and Brittny Lafrance.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Brian Moon is a local pro skier who’s all about mentoring young people.The 27-year-old telemark skiers works for Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ Colorado, a nonprofit organization also known as SFC and based in Summit County. Moon oversees youth programs Team Grom and the Proo Team.”Team Grom is for whatever teens in the county want to be part of SFC,” Moon said. “We’ve got ride days when staff and leadership hang out with them. We also have a group of specific kids that want to take it seriously and go further with it, so we put together an ambassador team. … We’re sponsoring them on a spiritual mentorship level more than we are financially.”

Moon, who has lived in the area about four years and works as the director of youth programs at the Dillon Community Church, chose the name “Proo Team” for the ambassador program.”We joked around in the Midwest when we wanted to become pro and called it proo,” he said. “For some of these guys, this is potentially the start of a professional career.”In addition to riding with Team Grom every other Sunday at Keystone, the Proo Team’s 13 members meet weekly at Moon’s house for what he calls “a life group.””Some nights I do specific teachings on topics like accountability,” Moon said. “Sometimes I do training on, ‘How do I get to where I want to be in life?’ Because we’re centered on Christ, we also spend a lot of time on bible study. … Some nights are devoted to editing cover letters and resumes.”

Proo Team members have pro skiing and riding aspirations, which is another one of the group’s focal points.”That’s a big part of it,” said 16-year-old team member Evan Seeling. “We get great feedback from Moon on how you throw certain tricks … he’s our leader, so it’s nice to be able to talk to him and be free-spirited about it.”And Moon says he knows the ins and outs of skiing professionally.”As an athlete, I’ve got connections to different companies in the industry from photography to video to sponsors and I have a unique insight,” Moon said. “Some of these guys want to become pro athletes and we want them to have a positive experience.”As Moon has learned, there are various ways to work in the skiing and snowboarding.”Some guys are more into photography and cinematography,” Moon said. “So we might tell them, ‘This year, why don’t you focus on generating video and media content so we can document the season?’ We’re taking areas of interest and passion and helping guys harness that.”

Each member of the recently formed Proo Team has also signed a purity covenant, which prohibits them from using alcohol or drugs and breaking the law. Members also commit to actively exploring their relationship with Jesus Christ.”I like snowboarding and I’m Christian,” said Landon Bjork, who described himself as the videographer of the Proo crew. “I like to share the Gospel with people on the mountain and on the chairlift.”Team Grom members often agree to focus on a specific topic of conversation each day they ski and snowboard together. “It’s a really mixed response,” Seeling said. “Some people are really interested and some people don’t like to get into it. … Last week’s topic was pride and how it plays into your life.”Team Grom is an open organization for boys and girls. Although the Proo Team is restricted to males, a female equivalent is in the works.”It’s gone beyond where I thought it could,” said Daniel “Floyd” Ralph, one of Skier for Christ’s Colorado’s co-founders. “The kids really feel like they’re a part of something. There’s also the accountability piece. Accountability of riding goes forth into accountability of spirituality on and off the mountain.”

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