In 1976 Ron and Mary Baretta founded Mountain Gymnastics Training Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1986 their successful gymnastics school moved to a new facility that also included a dance program, academic preschool and summer day camp. By 1997 a warm-water swimming program was added . Almost 35 years later Ron a collegiate gymnast, WAC all-around champion and 2002 Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame inductee and his wife Mary, who holds a BA in Dance, are still the force behind this successful business.
The Baretta’s vision remains the same as the day they opened: To provide an opportunity for children to grow in confidence and physical ability through a variety of activities in a safe and positive learning environment. Their commitment to safety, fun and learning and the professional staff to see it through provides the foundation for their hope that all children will come through their programs with a lifelong love of learning.
The couple’s three daughters, Anna Narvaes, Bree Baretta & Mariah Baretta, all nationally competitive gymnasts through the age of 18, have taken management roles in this family owned and operated business. A second location, spearhead by Anna, was opened in 2004 in Louisville, Colorado and the trade name Mountain Kids was initiated.
From the Baretta Family
Thank-you for visiting Mountain Kids and enrolling your student(s) in one of our positive programs. We gratefully acknowledge the amazing staff we have had the privilege to work with over the last 30 + years and the parents and children who have encouraged, supported, inspired and challenged us to keep going, keep improving and to never forget what we try to teach our students – that learning and growing are FUN!
Mountain Kids: A Great Place to Grow