TrailSmiths is an outdoor leadership education company based in Colorado Springs who recently announced they are expanding internationally. The TrailSmiths will be partnering with Hohliebi Programs to operate the Alpine Summer Term (AST) program in Lenk, Switzerland from July 13 to August 9, 2009. Lenk is a picture perfect mountain village located in the Swiss Alps and known for its skiing and spas.
The AST program is designed for high school aged youths to engage in leadership through learning outdoor skills and building teams. The AST consists of activities like back packing, mountain biking and cooking but also focuses on education and appreciation for the environment. This program is a fantastic opportunity for kids to gain a broader perspective of the world, build confidence and form new friendships.
Last month while visiting friends in Colorado Springs I had the good fortunate to be a part of a one day mountain biking trip with the founders of TrailSmiths, Ben and Sarah Smith, through the Stratton Open Space. I can say that they are superb guides and extremely professional. If I had children I would strongly consider sending them to Switzerland next summer.
You can find out more about the AST program and TrailSmiths through their website or by calling (719) 649-3642.