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Logan’s support ski and snowboarding education

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope
Special to the Daily The recipients of the Logan Scholarship with Vicki and Kent Logan

Once again, Kent and Vicki Logan of Vail stepped forward to further enhance the quality of the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School.

The Logan’s are certainly making their mark here in town. From establishing one of the premier private art collections adjacent to their home in Potato Patch, assisting with many charitable organizations in town and now, with Kent’s influence in the political arena as a newly elected town council member, the Logans are spreading themselves around like skiers on a powder day.

The Logan’s were honored recently at Sapphire in Vail for their generosity to the ski school.

In step with the sport that brought them to Vail and the instructors who encouraged their love of the sport, they established a $55,000 gift two years ago to aid in the education of the instructors ski school. Teaching skiing is a career that entices many, though to remain in the industry, an instructor must have a great passion for the sport and their clients.

The financial rewards aren’t great, and, usually, when the education is available, it’s at the time of year when the most money is to be made.

The Logan’s recognized that spending additional funds traveling to receive training, no matter how excellent, is oftentimes not in the budget of even the finest instructors. Their gift is spread out over five years to provide scholarships to skiing and snowboarding instructors selected to attend the Professional Ski Instructor Association’s National Academy in Snowbird, Utah.

“(The instructors) go to an exceptional educational event and come back so enthusiastic to try new things they’ve learned,” said Carol Levine, head of training for the Vail/Beaver Creek Ski School.

With the Logan’s gift, instructors Barb Krichbaum, Jon Schneider, Andrea Saborowski, Joanne Yankovich, Bryan Corbellini, Kelley McCafferty, Carrie McLane, Eric Lipton, Chris Scherpf, Karin Eisler-Augiewiscz and Dan Healy will receive training. Vail Resorts is also sending seven of its ski school managers.

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