BodeFest helps Profile School’s Safe Route to School Project


This is a letter from Angela Figallo McShane to Turtle Ridge Foundation. We thought it was so passionate and motivating we had to share - please give it a read…

Angela Figallo McShane Physical Education Teacher Profile School

Angela Figallo McShane
Physical Education Teacher Profile School

Hi Kyla and Bode, and the Turtle Ridge Foundation team. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for helping with this Project.  BodeFest is two weeks away, and before we all get too busy I want to say Thank you let you know how I think this project will really transform our culture and school into something much greater than it already is.  Thank you for helping us!

I've been teaching Phys. Ed. at Profile for 9 years and I really love this community and my job.  I found my husband at my school, and I've finally found my home in a small mountain town.  When I first moved up here I lived up past your old farm on Streeter Pond Rd.  The beauty of this area never ceases to amaze me.  I've been having a great time developing the PE program at Profile, but I had noticed there were too many barriers in the way of getting my students outdoors and involved in activities I love to do in my own time up here.  To get to any trails or streams, we had to get into a bus and drive.  Biking has not been an option in PE since I wasn't comfortable taking beginners along the road which has narrow shoulders and fast moving cars.  Even when we would go for walks and runs down the road when all the snow was gone, I didn't feel like it was as safe as it should be for middle school students and students with disabilities.  Students always seemed a little isolated or distanced from home, as our school was not physically connected to town.  If students missed the bus they were "stuck" without a ride.  We never had easy access to our outdoor equipment until just last year, Mr Briere's woodshop class built us an outdoor storage shed for our snowshoes, microspikes and XC skis.  Now, with that shed, our trail and biking program in progress I feel we are on the right path to having easy access to outdoor recreation and a wellness lifestyle.

To engage students in a lifetime of physical activity, PE has to be fun, and it can't be a big hassle either.  Activity should be part of our lifestyle from cradle to grave.  This trail is going to offer students access to wellness walks, running programs, riding for focus biking program, snowshoeing from campus, non-motorized transportation to school (walk/bike/ski) and so many other activities.  Recreation programs in the summer will be able to meet at Profile fields for Bethlehem/Franconia combined games.  It will give our biology students access to Indian Brook for ecology studies.  Students can help build flow trails to the main trail from our student parking lot.  All I can see with this trail is the opportunity for students to take more of an active role in their time at Profile, and to enjoy the natural resources surrounding our rural school.

In addition to this trail having a major positive influence on student activities while at Profile, it will have a major influence on tourism and economic development in our region.  Bethlehem, Franconia, Easton, Sugar Hill and Littleton will be able to advertise for the "best beginner-friendly multi-use non-motorized year round trail in the North Country."  With access from two town centers, all of the businesses in town will be able to market for this recreation opportunity.  We are already planning on a "Fall Foliage 10K" benefit race from Bethlehem to Franconia...  or Rek`lis Brewery to the Iron Furnace Brewery!

Bode, I also want to thank you for being "just a kid from Easton" who made the most of your time during high school.  You trained.  You worked hard.  You made the most of your environment, and used it to your advantage.  I think there's a huge lesson in how you spent your time in high school for our students today.  At 9th grade orientation at Tamarack one year, someone pointed out the bench press that you supposedly used to train.  I remember thinking that an Olympian was born from that bench press!  Students around me looked amazed to see that it didn't take any special equipment to get really strong and win an Olympic medal (although you must have used more than that bench press.)  If you can share anything about your time during middle and high school I'd love to share it will my students.  I look forward to meeting you in a few weeks.  

Kyla, thank you for being so organized and for managing TRF.  Thank you for asking questions this past summer during soccer camp, and learning more about our project.  You are instrumental in helping us to get this trail built!  Thank you for your attention and influence.  I am so excited about our partnership.

Below is some information about the project for Bode.  I'm also reaching out to a number of companies for potential corporate sponsors.  If you could send this email around I'd really appreciate it!

A few years ago a few community members and I started a volunteer group called "Friends of Profile Trails."  I wanted to build a Safe Route to School and a few other people also wanted to build safe routes to the elementary schools and beginner friendly commuter trails in our area.  We live in a beautiful rural area, but it is not as pedestrian and cycling friendly as we'd like it to be.  Specifically, my school has no safe way for students to walk or bike to school, and no trail access from school, which I think is crazy!  

So jump ahead a few years of community organizing and gaining momentum for the idea within our community, this past spring I wrote a Title IV A ESSA SSAE (Every Student Succeeds Act, Student Support and Academic Enrichment) Federal grant and awarded my school with $142,360 to build our Safe Route to School!  This was a huge endorsement for the project and since then we've gained a lot of momentum.  We're hopeful to build this summer.  But, we still need funding to pay for permanent easements on private properties and additional construction costs.  Local non-profit Turtle Ridge Foundation (Olympian Bode Miller's family) has signed on to help us.  BodeFest this year at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, NH is dedicating their proceeds to this project, which is amazing.  Turtle Ridge has also helped us set up this fundraising website, see my page below:

On the site you can also see my school's page, and a number of local businesses who have signed on in support of the project.  This project is truly a community effort, with local lawyers, surveyors, conservation trusts, and countless volunteer hours put into the project.  I'm contacting just about everyone I know to help us spread the word and find corporate sponsors.'s-safe-route-to-school-project/c219734

Soon, the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust will have a page dedicated to our project because they are helping us to conserve this trail, and make it last forever.  The trail will be about 5 miles long, 6-12' in width.  It will connect two villages to school (two villages that send students to our regional school.)  The school is 2.5 miles from each town center, and relatively flat from town to town.  It might sound like a long way to school but these north country kids are tough!  They've grown up in the mountains and 2.5 miles on a bike or XC skis is not a big deal to them to gain some freedom to and from school.  For students who have not grown up in families who participate in outdoor activities, it will be the perfect introduction to these awesome lifetime recreation activities.  Staff at Profile planning on running a number of aerobic and educational programs on the trail as well.

Since we have a fair number of students who wont be able to afford bikes, I've also applied for Specialized Foundation's Riding for Focus grant.  We have moved into the final phase of their competitive grant, and we need to submit a 3 minute video.  Whether we get this grant or not, we will be able to offer before/during/after school biking programs for kids using fantastic heart rate monitor technology that I already have at school!  If we don't get the grant, Turtle Ridge has already committed to donating 10 Specialized fat bikes and helmets!

Anyways, thanks for reading and please send this email around!

Let me know if you have any questions and please tell everyone I said, Hello!!!  Thank you in advance for any support and advocacy!  
-Angela or Mrs. McFigs.


Photos from BodeBash 2016 Golf Classic

Big Congratulations Bode Miller, Chuck Weed and Tropic Thunder,  the winners of the 9th Annual BodeBash Golf & TennisClassic

Thank you to all of the sponsors that made this event possible and to the participants who made time to join us for BodeBash last month. Once again, mother nature blessed us with absolutely beautiful weather on both Saturday and Sunday allowing for one of the most successful fundraisers yet!

Tamarack Tennis Camp and their staff did an amazing job organizing and running a every involved 3 bracket round-robin tennis tournament. Over 65 tennis players of all abilities, including some in wheelchairs, hit the clay for over 7 hours of epic tennis. The finalists; Tamarack Alumni Satchel McCarthy & Matty Larson took on veteran BodeBash-ers Chuck Weed & the Man of the Hour Bode Miller in a heated, nail-bitter of a match under the lights with Bode and Chuck taking the win 6-2, 7-6 in a tiebreaker!

Maplewood Country Club hosted the golf portion of the weekend welcoming TRF and 128 golfers for a 18 hole scramble. With challenging contest all over the course, raffles, auction and other fun activities participants showed their generosity and support adding nearly $10,000 to our fundraising goal. 
It was a competitive day with quite a few teams coming in with very impressive scores but the win went to Team Tropic Thunder - Jim Goodrum, Colby Goodrum, Cabot Goodrum. Tim Garnham turning in their score card at -17, congratulations!


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New England Ski Museum
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Save the Date for BodeBash Golf & Tennis Classic, August 27 & 28, 2016!

Join TRF for BodeBash '16, registration opens here in June!


BodeBash Golf & Tennis Classic began in 2008 as a summer version of our winter fundraiser, BodeFest, and quickly grew to become one of our families favorite summertime events! Please consider joining us later this summer for good times at this 2-day family fun fundraiser in the name of a good cause and celebrating the 9th Annual BodeBash Golf & Tennis Classic on August 27 & 28, 2016



2016 BodeFest EVENT DATE: March 26, 2016

The Turtle Ridge Foundation (TRF), established by Olympic medalist and four-time world skiing champion Bode Miller, his family and Cannon Mountain,  hosted BodeFest Ski Challenge at Cannon Mountain Ski Area on March 26, 2016. 100% of the event registration fees, nearly $15k, will benefit The Turtle Ridge Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative and progressive adaptive and youth athletic opportunities in our communities.There was also a Silent & Live Auction during the day bringing in an additional $15k.  That, combined with event sponsors and TRF Bigtruck Brand hat sales totaled a impressive $40,000 to benefit the Foundation - big thank you to everyone who participated, donated, contributed and volunteered to make BodeFest a huge success!


 Registration went live at 12:00pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016 and closed Wednesday March 23. 2016. 

Limited space available, first-come/first-servedEarly bird special: $49 (purchase between February 17 - February 28) Regular Price: $59 (purchased on or after February 29)

Your BodeFest entry fee included:

  • Entry to Kids' Ski w/ Bode Run* (for kids 18 yo & under who can self-load a chair lift and ski unassisted)
  • Entry to Fun Race (One Run, Dual GS format on Gremlin Trail)
  • Entry to Autograph Session
  • Participant Goodie Bag
  • Event T-Shirt
  • BodeFest VIP Pass
  • BBQ Lunch Ticket
  • Entry into the huge bib raffle drawing


Soaring Spirits - Adaptive Glider Day & More...



WHEN: September 29, 2015 - 10am - 3pm Rain date: October 6, 2015

WHERE:Franconia Glider Port / Franconia Inn

FEATURING: Soaring Cycling Tennis - wheelchair or stand-up Swimming All day festivities... food, fun & friendship No Previous Experience Necessary

YOUR HOSTS: Franconia Soaring Association Franconia Inn Turtle Ridge Foundation Plain Kate's Riverside Saloon Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country


For more information and to register, visit Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.

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TRF Gifts Sit Ski to Vermont Adaptive Ski


Spaulding Adaptive Ski Club Visits Pico MountainJanuary 24, 2015 · · Pics taken at Pico Mountain

10954533_10153081363179292_1816577309734166672_n"Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports hosted 12 participants, seven PSIA coaches including 2002 Paralympian Dan Metivier from Rhode Island, six physical and occupational therapists, and 10 physical therapy student-volunteers, and staff members from Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Network’s Adaptive Sports Centers Ski Club last Saturday. We had an amazing day and joining us was National Team Member and PSIA Coach Geoff Krill, Kelly Brush and Zeke Davidson from the @Kelly Brush Foundation, plus Cam gifted us yet another sit ski from the @Turtle Ridge Foundation.

It was an incredible day all around, making many new friends and lots of great turns. Thanks to everyone who joined us last Saturday - let's do it again!"

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Birds of Prey VIP Cocktail Reception


Greetings, I hope you are well and getting excited for another amazing ski season! My wife, son and I are just returning from the opening races in Solden, Austria and although I didn’t race, I feel confident, healthy and dedicated to put forth all I’ve got this winter!

I am as eager as ever to arrive in Beaver Creek and reconnect with all the dedicated supporters and spectators of the US World Cup races! My family and I would be honored if you would join The Turtle Ridge Foundation for our Annual Birds of Prey VIP Cocktail Reception on Friday December 5th. We host this unique and intimate event each fall in and effort to include a broad base of supporters in a casual yet exclusive venue at the Lower Borders Lodge in Beaver Creek, CO. It is always a pleasure to meet new people here while mingling with other Founding TRF Members, my expanding family, TRF supporters and spreading awareness of our story.

In and effort to meet our fundraising goals we are excited to offer a small silent auction including one-of-a-kind autographed Bode Bib Pillows, Kjus ski wear, artwork, Dainese helmet, Bode’s own 2014 Sochi memorabilia, Head ski boots and many other fun items. I hope you will come enjoy a signature Korbel cocktail, cold beverage and gourmet hors de oeuvres’ as we network, showcase our advancements on our latest TRF MonoSki, speak about the TRF mission and our latest projects.I know this is an exciting and busy weekend but I hope you might consider taking some time to visit with us!

Please contact if you have any question or need further details.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, Bode

Bode Miller signs with Dainese


Dainese to Support Bode's Focus on Continued World Cup Dominance and 2018 Winter Olympics Bode Miller, the most decorated male athlete in U.S. skiing history, has announced a four-year agreement with Dainese to be the sole supplier of his ski racing safety and protective gear. The partnership brings together two of the most recognizable names in competitive ski racing, arming Miller with innovative technologies and superior protective gear which will aid him as he pushes the limits of the sport. Dainese has also been named the official safety equipment supplier for the U.S. Ski Team.

“Throughout my entire career, I have chosen to partner with companies that strive to be the very best in the industry,” said Bode Miller, long-standing member of the U.S. Ski Team. “Given their attention to detail, high quality products and development of advanced safety systems, Dainese is the best I have found.”

With a self-stated goal to ski “as fast as the natural universe will allow,” Miller has chosen Dainese to be the supplier of his personal protective gear given the company’s innovative approach to designing superior quality products with functionality driving the design. Bode will be wearing Dainese from head-to-toe -  including a customized carbon helmet with eye-popping graphics, stealth back protection, carbon-reinforced arm and shin guards, specialized racing gloves and streamlined goggles.


Miller will also play a pivotal role in providing feedback to Dainese’s team of designers as part of their never-ending pursuit to improve the performance of their products. This will hold especially true for the company’s ground-breaking D-air® Ski airbag system which borrows technology from Dainese’s well-respected competitive motorcycle racing protective gear, deploying during a high-speed crash to provide critical protection to the body’s core.

“Dainese’s decision to partner with Bode Miller goes well beyond a mere sponsorship opportunity,” said Giovanni Fogal, Multisport Marketing Manager for Dainese. “We look forward to involving him in the research and development of our entire line of wintersports protective gear as we have found this sort of deeper collaboration results in innovative solutions to share with our consumers.”


Miller’s leave-everything-on-the-slopes approach has served him well over the years with six Olympic medals, two World Cup Championships and 33 individual World Cup wins to his credit. He is one of only five men to win across all five World Cup disciplines. He will be among the favorites to podium at this winter’s 2015 Alpine World Cup Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek and he already has his sights set on bringing home more hardware from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.

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10 Hot Male Olympians We Can't Wait to Watch in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics


Every two years, the Olympic Games bring a new crop of fake boyfriends to enjoy. Trade in your lingering Ryan Lochte crush for one of these 10 Sochi-bound guys instead. Can we give them a gold medal based on good looks alone? by Lindy Segal Bode Miller - first slide!

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Bode Miller on a mission | CNN April 29, 2014


Bode Miller on a mission

By Katie Walmsley, CNN
updated 10:42 AM EDT, Tue April 29, 2014

(CNN) -- He's won six medals in the Winter Olympics, including a gold in 2008, and a bronze just a few months ago in Sochi. Bode Miller's methods, however, have never been orthodox.

"I never really worked very goal-oriented," he admits. "I think I've had some great results and I've had a long career, so, I mean, I'm happy about that. But I didn't really ever have goals, the way that most people did."

Miller has always intrigued media and fans alike. An unconventional upbringing in a New Hampshire log cabin with no electricity or running water gave way to a skiing career in which, for Miller, his natural talent and love of the sport always won out over, well, winning.

Indeed, his goal, as stated in his book "Bode: Go fast, Be Good, Have Fun" was to ski "as fast as the natural universe would allow."

Back home after an emotional Olympics in Sochi, where Miller cried during a live interview with NBC's Christin Cooper when asked about the recent death of his brother, Miller is focusing on another project: his Turtle Ridge Foundation.

Miller began the foundation after close friend Cameron Shaw-Doran suffered a traumatic injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

"I was trying to help him get re-involved in sports. He was a great athlete before his injury and was really having a hard time sort of adapting, which is a really tough process when you're injured like that," says Miller. "Just to watch him go through that I saw how hard it was and how little support there was for him."

The experience motivated Miller to find ways to help get disabled and injured athletes more involved in sports. "We provide the sporting equipment for them and the environment that allows them to participate in whatever sport that is," Miller explains.

Shaw-Doran serves as director of equipment development for Turtle Ridge, and Miller has called on friends and associates from across the sporting world to create and adapt equipment to help adaptive skiers and adaptive athletes in other sports.

A major annual event for Turtle Ridge is Bodefest, an all-day ski and barbecue extravaganza on Miller's home turf of Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire, complete with autographs, an auction and a chance for children to race their idol.

Watching Miller hurtle down the mountain, swarmed by a speeding army of tiny "Bodephiles," it's a wonder and a testament to his skills that the whole thing doesn't end in a giant human snowball.

"All the kids want to try and get on the lift with me for at least one run and there's 400 kids or so. It turns into a bit of pandemonium on the way down," Miller says.

Not only is Bodefest a fundraiser, but it's also an opportunity for adaptive athletes to try some of the new equipment on the late-season snow.

"The program's really just changed my life," says adaptive skier Owen Anketell, who has a condition that affects the muscles in his lower legs. "I never thought that I'd be able to ski even though I'm in a wheelchair -- or bike -- but this program's really changed my opinion on adaptive sports."

"The key is empowering," says Miller. "When we build some of our ski equipment and you give it to a kid who never had the chance to go up and experience what it is to ski down a giant mountain and you watch how life-changing that can be for them, I think it's really -- it's pretty incredible."

The sentiment seems to fit with Miller's general philosophy of focusing on how the sport makes you feel, rather than the end game, a feeling he believes everyone is entitled to, regardless of ability.

It may not be competition, but it is a goal he can take into retirement -- and still win.

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BodeFest will give fans a chance to meet a skiing legend


March 23. 2014 6:24PM

BodeFest will give fans a chance to meet a skiing legend


By JOHN KOZIOL Union Leader Correspondent

FRANCONIA — BodeFest 2014 is a sellout, a testament to both the man and his mission, but officials at Cannon Mountain say there are nonetheless multiple opportunities on April 5 to see Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller in person and also to bid on memorabilia from his long and distinguished skiing career.

A “Cannon kid” who grew up on the mountain, Miller — who most recently won a bronze medal in Super-G at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — is a Franconia native and with six Olympic medals, six World Cup titles, two overall World Cup titles and 33 World Cup wins, he is also the winningest-ever U.S. men’s alpine skier.

In 2005, Miller and his family established the Turtle Ridge Foundation, which, according to its mission statement, “seeks to provide a voice to people and organizations that empower individuals to solve difficult environmental protection issues and to offer the opportunity for our disabled community and young people to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities that would not be available to them without our help.”

Through the annual BodeFest fundraiser at Cannon Mountain, the nonprofit foundation has supported, among others, the New Hampshire Boys & Girls Club of America; Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country; Adaptive Action Sports, Inc.; Let The Kids Play; New England Disabled Sports; YES (Youth Enrichment Services); Surfers Healing New England; North County Recreation, Cheer & Football; D Acres farm in Dorchester; as well as youth summer camps.

The Turtle Ridge Foundation will receive 100 percent of the registration fee from BodeFest 2014 which will also include a silent and live auction featuring items including vacations, season passes, Olympic memorabilia and a “First Tracks with Bode” morning tram ride and ski runs with Miller.

The 400 folks lucky enough to get tickets to BodeFest will also participate in a fun race, enjoy a barbecue lunch and have the chance to ski with Miller and also to get his autograph.

Don’t have a ticket to BodeFest? No sweat, says Greg Keeler, who is Cannon Mountain’s director of sales and marketing.

“The cool thing is you can still come to Cannon and you’ll see Bode Miller. He’s not hiding, you just can’t do some of the events like the autograph session but he ends up in the Base Lodge and helps with the live auction and you do have the opportunity to see him and maybe get up close.”

Also, said Keeler, “You can hang out and watch him ski because he takes a run through the race course on the Gremlin trail.”

The auctions are also open to the public.

“There’s tons of stuff as well as his personal memorabilia,” Keeler said. “Who knows where those sweater-like things from Sochi are going to show up? I hear he has an entire wardrobe of that stuff and I imagine something like that will be at the auction.”

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