Get Sliding This January
This is part of a series of posts on January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
With January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month upon us, there is no better time to take up Colorados favorite past-times: skiing and riding.
Learn to Ski and Snowboard month is a great time to grab deals of all kinds on lessons for skiers and riders of all ages and experience. For those with disabilities, Ski Country is the perfect place to begin, improve, and master your skills on the slopes. The proud home to six adaptive ski and ride programs, Ski Country resorts offer a myriad of opportunities for disabled participants.
Head to Aspen for the Challenge Aspen Program, which provides daily lessons for disabled individuals, all taught by PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) certified instructors, as well as discounted lift tickets, adaptive equipment rental, and volunteer training.
The Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte offers winter adventures beyond the ordinary, with Nordic ski trips, ice climbing, hut trips, backcountry skiing, and snow-cat skiing in addition to on-mountain lessons and clinics for adaptive skiing and snowboarding.
If youre in the Grand Valley, be sure to check out the Colorado Discover Ability (CDA) programs at Powderhorn Ski Resort where participants can try standing skiing, two-, three-, and four-track skiing, mono-skiing, and snowboarding.
The Adaptive Sports Association of Durango at Purgatory (ASA) includes PSIA and AASI-certified instruction for participants as well as discounted lift tickets and other deals for volunteers. ASA also offers financial assistance and scholarships to ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the mountain.
There are options aplenty at Steamboat where the STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports) program offers adaptive lessons and buddy-guide service, using bi-skis, mono-skis, three-track, four-track, and snowboards.
Home to one of the largest outdoor therapeutic sports and recreation agencies in the world, the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), Winter Park has adaptive programs for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski-biking, hut trips, snowshoeing, and ski racing.
No matter which one you choose, adaptive adventures abound in Ski Country.