Industry Press Release

The Chill Foundation to Exhibit at Snowsports Industries America Snow Show


Burlington, VT (January 7, 2015) — The Chill Foundation is gearing up for the Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado Convention Center from Wednesday, January 28 through Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Stop by our exhibit booth (Booth #25 on the interactive exhibit map) to learn more about our programs and services for kids ages 10-18 years-old.  We will have staff, volunteers, and youth on hand throughout the trade show to answer questions and will be raffling off gear from Burton Snowboards each day we are there!

“We are looking forward to meeting representatives from some of the industries’ leading and most innovative companies, “ said June Heston, Executive Director of The Chill Foundation. “We are always looking for ways to partner with other companies interested in helping us serve as many youth across North America as possible.” 

About Us

Chill is a non-profit youth development program with sites in 13 cities across North America.  The mission of the Chill Foundation is to provide opportunities for underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through snowboarding and other board sports. Each year, we take 1200 youth to the slopes. We provide them with everything they need to learn to ride: lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and head-to-toe gear. We use snowboarding to motivate youth to accomplish goals they never thought they could, while teaching them some of the most important lessons in life about respect, patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, and pride – our weekly themes within the program. The non-profit youth development program has served nearly 20,000 kids since its inception. Our programs take place in Baltimore, Boston, Burlington, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C.

Our History

Jake and Donna Carpenter, the owners of Burton Snowboards, founded Chill in 1997 in Burlington, Vermont, to bring snowboarding to youth who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. The program had such an immediate and profound impact that we have continued to expand into new cities, new board sports, and new countries. Since its inception, Chill has positively impacted over 20,000 underserved youth. 

Who We Serve

Chill serves youth facing a multitude of challenges such as poverty, addiction, and mental health issues.  Many of the youth have never left their cities, and most have never been to the mountains. Chill gives these youth the chance to break boundaries and find their opportunities to be successful in life. More than that, Chill helps them to look forward- to see beyond the circumstances of today- encouraging them to focus on positive alternatives for the future.

Why Chill Rocks

With positive adult role models, engaging activities, and incredible mountain environments we build self-confidence and raise self-esteem. As many of us know, the impact of snowboarding can be particularly inspiring.

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