Winter Sports Retreat

Celebrate the Christmas season in a spectacular Colorado winter wonderland.

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to experience meaningful spiritual teaching and the joy of the season at Spring Canyon. Winter Sports Retreat takes place in two sessions, lasting one week each, over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Winter sports, such as snow tubing, sledding, downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, are unique elements of Spring Canyon’s WSR. Nearby hot springs and cozy settings provide relaxing backdrops for this winter retreat.

During WSR, your days will be open to explore the vast array of Colorado winter adventures, and evening programming will take place nightly in the rustic accommodations of Spring Canyon’s main lodge, Hartley Holmes. Each week will feature a different speaker and adults can expect dynamic seminars and small group sessions. Age-specific programs for children, youth, and teens provide lasting memories and exciting experiences for the whole family. Additional daily childcare may also be available.

Spring Canyon is located between Monarch and Copper Ski Mountains, and discount passes are available. You can engage most winter sports on our property, and guided activities are also available.

Experience the wonder of a Christmas in Colorado together.

2016 Winter Sports Retreat Schedule

TOPIC | Bold Living in the Work of the Incarnation

As we celebrate “God with us” we will focus on both His earthly arrival in history and His continuing presence through us today. Sessions include Incarnation’s: Initiation, Imprint (in the disciple), Imperative (for the disciple), and Impact (through the disciple).  Our goal is to be propelled to serve boldly through His powerful residence in and call on our lives.

SPEAKER | LTC Tom Schmidt, USA (RET) 

GUEST AMBASSADORS | LTC and Mrs. Kris Howell, USA

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More about Tom Schmidt

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Tom is the Director of Field Operations, Officers’ Christian Fellowship

Tom Schmidt was raised in a family of nine on a dairy farm in Kansas.  He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY graduating in 1970 with a commission in the Infantry.  He served for 25 years in command, staff, and instructor assignments ranging from platoon to Department of the Army level, retiring from active duty at the grade of LTC in 1995. He has Masters degrees from Purdue University and from the School of Advanced Military Studies. From 1995 to 1998 Tom was employed by SAIC, a technology application firm, as its Hampton Roads, VA regional manager.  In 1998 he joined the staff of Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF).  While commanding an infantry company in Germany in 1974, Tom’s and his wife Jean’s faith came alive through the ministry of a Chapel-sponsored neighborhood Bible study.  From that moment they resolved to serve Christ from within the military community and through the venue of a line officer.  They participated and served in Army Chapels and OCF ministries at every subsequent active duty station.  In 1998, upon the death of his friend and mentor Dr. George Kuykendall, Tom was called to be the OCF Staff Representative at Ft. Leavenworth coordinating than 50 weekly small group Bible study fellowships; conducting discipleship and leadership training; coordinating Chapel community special events and retreats; and supporting the lay-led outreach and growth ministries of the Chapel community.  He also provided oversight of and assistance to OCF leaders at military posts and bases in the Central US.  In January 2015 Tom assumed duties as OCF Director of Field Ministries to provide oversight and assistance to OCF Staff and lay-led fellowships worldwide, serve as the staff’s strategic planner, and implement the Fellowship’s Leader Development plan.  Tom and Jean have been married for 45 years.  They have three children and thirteen grandchildren.

TOPIC | How to serve well in today’s military:  Know God, Stand Firm, Take Action.

Our men and women in uniform and their families are now serving in extremely challenging and difficult times.  They are called upon to shine the light of Christ through their professional excellence, godly character, and Christ-like leadership.  We will explore what it means in Daniel 11:32b to “Know their God, stand firm, and take action.”  Specifically, we will unpack how this requires men and women serving today to be competent in who they are in the Lord and where He’s called them to serve; how to serve with physical, moral and spiritual courage; and how to be committed not only to their Lord, but also their Nation, through perseverance and wisdom.

SPEAKER |  BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID WARNER, USAF (RET) — Executive Director of Officer’s Christian Fellowship

GUEST AMBASSADOR | Chaplain (MAJ) Jason and Christie Palmer, USA

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More about Brigadier General Warner

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Brig. Gen. David B. Warner, USAF (Retired), is the Executive Director of Officers’ Christian Fellowship of the United States of America, based in Englewood, Colorado. He assumed the position in August 2010, after retiring a month earlier as the Director, Communications and Information, and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

In his last assignment General Warner was responsible for communications and information policy, plans, architectures, integration, space systems sustainment, interoperability, resource management, system management, business process reengineering and security of communications, information systems and programs.

General Warner entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Southwest Texas State University. He pursued a wide-ranging career including interoperability test director for the E-3A and the Air Force representative to the Joint and Allied Data Link Standards Configuration Control Boards. He also served as Chief of the Information Assurance Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Director of Communications and Information, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe; and Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, U.S. Joint Forces Command. The general commanded at the squadron and group levels.

FAMILY AND OCF

David and his wife, Lori, currently live in Monument, Colorado. After 22 years, Lori retired from teaching and joined David in the ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship, which they have been members of since 1989.  The couple has two married daughters, Brittney (Andrew) and Ashley (Chris).  David and Lori enjoy spending time with their three grandsons and one granddaughter.

General Warner has enjoyed a variety of ministry experiences over the years, including teaching the Bible, counseling, leading worship,and serving on several church boards and committees.  He is currently serving on the boards of the Air Force Association, Christian Service Charity, and as an advisory council mentor for Faith Comes By Hearing.

EDUCATION

1980 Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos

1983 Master of Business Administration degree, Central State University, Edmond, OK

1986 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

1991 Joint Professional Military Education Phase II, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA

1992 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL 2000 Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA

2003 Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

ASSIGNMENTS

1. June 1980 – June 1984, software training manager, program manager and Chief, Data Link Interoperability Testing, 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing, Tinker AFB, OK

2. June 1984 – June 1987, analyst, Data Links Standards, Tactical Air Forces Interoperability Group, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, VA

3. June 1987 – June 1991, instructor and Chief of Leadership Curriculum; and executive officer to the Commandant, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

4. August 1991 – August 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL

5. August 1992 – August 1995, executive officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Logistics Division; NATO Airborne Early Warning staff officer, Air Section Operations and Logistics Division; program manager, Management Information Systems, Communications and Information Systems Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium

6. August 1995 – July 1997, Commander, 45th Communications Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL

7. August 1997 – July 1998, student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA

8. July 1998 – April 2000, Chief, Information Assurance Division, Systems Directorate, Air Force Communications and Information, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

9. April 2000 – June 2002, Commander, 50th Communications Group, Schriever AFB, CO

10. July 2002 – January 2004, Director, Communications and Information, Headquarters U.S. Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

11. January 2004 – August 2005, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, VA

12. August 2005 – January 2006, Deputy Director for Operations and Support Integration, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Washington, D.C.

13. January 2006 – January 2008, Director, Command and Control Programs, Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, VA

14. January 2008 – July 1, 2010, Director, Communications and Information, and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. August 1992 – August 1995, executive officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Logistics Division; NATO Airborne Early Warning staff officer, Air Section Operations and Logistics Division; program manager, Management Information Systems, Communications and Information Systems Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium, as a major

2. January 2004 – August 2005, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, VA, as a colonel

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Distinguished Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant  May 17, 1980

First Lieutenant  June 16, 1982

Captain  June 16, 1984

Major  Oct. 1, 1991

Lieutenant Colonel  Nov. 1, 1996

Colonel  April 1, 2000

Brigadier General  Sept. 2, 2006

Winter Sports Retreat Rates

Adults/Teens (13+) Youth (6-12) Child (3-5) Toddler (0-2)
$651 plus tax $391 plus tax $196 plus tax Free
  • All rates are per person and include lodging and meals.
  • Rates do not include taxes.
  • Discounts are available.
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Registration Fee

A non-refundable deposit of $165 will be due at the time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

You are able to cancel your reservation at any time. However, your deposit of $165 is non-refundable. Additional penalties may apply if your cancellation occurs within 30 days of your arrival. If you are canceling your reservation because of military orders, your deposit and all funds paid will be returned to you in full.

Discounts
  • 10%: Company grade discount (O1-O3)
  • 20%: Enlisted and military student discount (Enlisted Members, Midshipmen, Cadets and other Undergraduate College Students.)
  • 5%: Deployed service member discount (For families of currently deployed or recently-returned (within 6 months) service members.)