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Travel Tip: Adaptive Winter Sports Make Skiing Accessible to Everyone

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Badger Pass Ski Area - photo by Kenny KarstWinter sports don’t have to be off limits to those with mobility issues. In fact, there are more opportunities than ever to participate in adaptive winter sports. The key is tracking down an organization that facilitates the process.

In California, an organization called Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra works with both kids and veterans to provide adaptive sports lessons on Mammoth Mountain. They offer private ski and snowboarding lessons, with adaptive equipment available based on your needs.

Colorado’s Challenge Aspen has a series of programs throughout the winter, including visually impaired skiing, mono-ski camp, and sit-down skiing lessons. The organization can also arrange for a ski buddy for the day if needed.

Also in Colorado, you can contact the Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte, to arrange private and semi-private lessons for all types of winter sports.

And in the East Coast, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is now the largest adaptive program in the state, servicing Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Resort and Bolton Valley. Their programs aren’t just limited to skiing and snowboarding: We’re also talking rock climbing, snowshoeing, and even dog-sledding.

And guess what? All of these organization operate year-round, and have volunteer positions where you can actually get hands-on experience to help make a difference.

For more fun in the snow, visit our Winter Sports section.

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