Whitewater Courses and Parks 2010: Making it Happen and Making it Work
The format of the conference is designed to allow adequate time to learn, discuss, network and recreate.
Auden Schendler is Executive Director of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. An avid outdoorsman, Auden has climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter with a leaky neck gasket. In 2006, Auden was named a global warming innovator by Time magazine. He is the author of “Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution.” Auden lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias.
Kent Ford’s highly acclaimed books, videos and instruction have made him one of the most recognized paddlers in paddle sport worldwide. Kent’s unique background includes twenty years of international whitewater racing and coaching, combined with similar experience teaching recreational boating to all levels of paddlers. His eighteen videos and books on paddlesports have influenced the education of half a million paddlers.
Jed Selby (image from Outside Magazine August 2006)
Jed Selby is co-founder and President of South Main Development Inc. and three time member of the US Freestyle Kayak Team. When he realized that the 41-acre parcel separating Buena Vista from the Arkansas River was on the market, a plan quickly started to evolve. He contacted his sister Katie and the two began brainstorming about a world-class whitewater park and environmentally friendly development. These two visionaries saw the opportunity to create a design that kept the river corridor open to the public and available to river enthusiasts everywhere. They also saw the potential to create a community designed around getting people out of their cars and talking to their neighbors during their walk to the market, coffee shop or kayak wave. Before them lay an opportunity to bring to life the type of community where people could walk to fulfill all of their daily needs.
- $375 for PIA Members, $425 Non-Members, $200 Students
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- $175/day (choose from below)
Tuesday: Includes Monday evening welcome and Tuesday evening networking reception
Wednesday: Includes Tuesday evening networking reception and Wednesday Closing Dinner
Whitewater Course Tours – Thursday, May 27, 2009 (post-conference):
Guided trips beginning and ending in Salida (departure location tbd) include van transportation, talks on site by course representatives and a boxed lunch (please specify crusts on or off your PB&J)
- River Park Tour – North: Avon, Vail, and Buena Vista River Parks, focused on regional economic development amenities. Price: $55
- River Park Tour – East: Pueblo, an urban site that serves hydro, flood plain and habitat management needs. Price: $45
Self-Guided Course Tours – Thursday, May 27, 2009 (post-conference):
Self-guided tours have been included in the event that attendees want to return to Denver immediately after the tours, and have their own transportation. Site hosts will be available at predetermined times. Trips include site maps and directions, site host contact information, and box lunch.
- Self-guided Tour – North: Buena Vista, Avon, Vail and Confluence Park (Denver), Price: $20
- Self-guided Tour – East: Pueblo, Confluence Park (Denver), Price: $15
Thursday (optional) dinner will be available for sign-up during conference (on Day 1)
Tuesday May 25th
Whitewater/Scenic Rafting Trip: Float the Arkansas River from above Salida back to the Steamplant Conference Center. This scenic class II float is not difficult and appropriate for all ages/experience levels. The float will take participants through a low head dam that was modified for safe boat passage and finish in the Salida Whitewater Park so it will provide an on-the-river perspective to the subject matter covered by the conference. Wetsuits and Life Jackets provided.
*depending on water levels inflatable kayaks may be available for an extra $10/person to paid on the day of the activity
Wednesday May 26th
Hiking/Mountain Biking: Take a guided hike or mountain bike ride on the Arkansas Hills Trail system adjacent to downtown Salida. The Arkansas River Hills Trails are appropriate for participants with beginner to intermediate mountain biking skills and moderate fitness level. If you prefer, walk the trails with an interpretive guide. Spectacular views of the Upper Arkansas River Valley, Sawatch Range and Arkansas Hills are afforded from this area. The hike or ride starts and finishes from the Conference Center. Helmets and bikes provided.