SOS launches mountain biking programs on Vail Mountain |

SOS launches mountain biking programs on Vail Mountain

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – To kick off the 2010 summer, SOS Outreach participants took to the trail on Vail Mountain on Wednesday. Twenty youth from Denver were out on mountain bikes for the first SOS Outreach mountain biking programs. SOS will offer mountain biking program throughout the summer at Vail and Keystone mountains.

Vail Resorts and Vail Sports hosted SOS kids at Vail Mountain and provided lift tickets and full-suspension bike rentals. The program day incorporated the SOS core value curriculum to promote positive decision-making.

SOS has expanded from snowboarding to new sports that give students yearround and multi-year opportunities. This summer, SOS branched out to stand-up paddle boarding in addition to wilderness trips, climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

Over 5,000 SOS students nationally snowboard or ski in the Vail Valley-based charity’s winter programs and enroll in summer outdoor programs. In 2009, SOS provided 18,500 program days in 11 states nationally. Since 2007, the organization has increased participants 75 percent with only a 25 percent increase in expenditures.

The programs would not be possible without the support of the community through events like the Dusty Boot Colorado-Eagle River Ride. The July 24 ride is the largest fundraiser of the year for SOS Outreach.

“Everyone who joins on July 24th helps us make a difference in the lives of youth,” said Arn Menconi, executive director of SOS Outreach.

Registration for the 2010 River Ride is available online at

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