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Outdoor Recreation has something for everyone

By Brian Hagberg

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Thinking about taking a family trip to Disney World? Camping in one of Colorado’s parks, perhaps? Or maybe just going to the ballgame in Denver? Make sure you stop in at the Outdoor Recreation office first.

Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Travel has a virtual treasure trove of options available to the Schriever community, from discounted tickets to camper rentals and recreational vehicle storage to custom framing, the office serves as a one-stop shop for those looking to take advantage of area attractions.

“Our main office is in Building 300 and people can buy all their tickets there,” said Korey Kuykendall, Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets and Travel manager. “We have tickets for all major national attractions, the Pike’s Peak Center and World Arena (events).”

Kuykendall added that if people see an event advertised, they should stop in and see if tickets are available through ODR/ITT before contacting the event venue.

“We do MMA, Supercross; Brad Paisley is coming,” he said. “If (people) see a concert coming up, come see us because they can buy tickets here, and buy them deeply discounted.”

ODR/ITT also has tickets for the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, and can provide a discount code for those looking to purchase Colorado Rockies tickets.

But ODR/ITT is much more than just a ticket office. They also provide events through the RecOn program, which has recently been changed to include all active-duty members and their families.

RecOn is an Air Force-wide program that was originally designed for those active-duty members recently back from deployment as a way to help them reconnect with their families through high adventure, high adrenaline activities. This year, the program was changed to include anyone who wears the uniform.

“The (original) purpose was to help families rekindle, get back together and touch base after a deployment,” Kuykendall said. “They changed it from the scope of, ‘If you’re going to deploy, we need to bond the family before you go.’ That was the rationale behind the change.”

RecOn provides a way for active-duty Airmen and their families to enjoy outdoor activities, again, at a discounted rate. Kuykendall said that some of the activities provided to Airmen last year included whitewater rafting, snowmobiling and skydiving.

“We went skydiving, which cost (them) $25, normal price is over $200,” he said. “The Air Force is taking care of its people. They just need to fork out a little cash to enjoy (these) opportunities.”

He said that the best way for people to get information about RecOn activities is to stop into the ODR/ITT office and add their names to the mailing list, as the trips fill up quickly.

“The trips fill up fast through word of mouth, typically before the advertising comes out,” he said. “Usually, the mailing list is the first thing that goes out once everything is approved and confirmed.”

He added that he already has three ski trips coming up in the next month, as well as a trip to Breckenridge in March for dogsledding. He said that he tries to plan trips that will be exciting for both adults and their families.

One event that will have something for everyone is the annual SnoFest this weekend at Keystone.

“They basically shut down and become a military ski town for that weekend,” Kuykendall said.

Kuykendall said that there are still tickets available through ODR/ITT for skiing and the Saturday night party. Discounts for lodging and accommodations can be found at mysnofest.com.

According to the SnoFest website, the event will feature a Family Fun Area at Nordic Center for the first time this year. The area will include tubing, snowball launching, kids games, cookies and hot chocolate.

Kuykendall said that ODR/ITT’s biggest business is the camper rentals they offer throughout the summer.

“Everyone wants the campers,” he said.

He said that they have multiple styles, including some with a restroom, and that campers are available May through September each year. Active-duty can make reservations 60 days ahead of their planned trip, while civilians can make reservations 30 days out. For those looking to rough it, they also have tents available.

“We have camping gear, tents, sleeping bags, everything like that, it’s full service,” Kuykendall said.

Framing and engraving falls under the purview of ODR/ITT as well.

“Wendy (DeRosier) can do sublimation, flat surface engraving and custom framing,” Kuykendall said.

He added that the cost for custom framing is typically around 30 percent less than other stores, and that they can do custom matting as well.

For more information, visit ODR/ITT in Building 300, Room 133 or call 567-6050.

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