Adaptive Skiing-One of Our Best Family Vacations

When the kids were younger we had several great vacations.  One of my favorites was at The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Denver Colorado.  NSCD began in 1970  and is part of Winter Park Resort.  NSCD is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world.

We participated in the winter, family ski program.  With this program the entire family gets to ski together.  For our first trip, we spent a week in Winter Park.  On day one, we enrolled Shandra and Coleman in the kid’s program.  Dad and I went with Mel.   Dad and I both had skied before.  The day started with Mel and her instructor getting to know each other.  He explained how the bi-ski worked and assessed Mel’s strengths and skill level.  Mel was a natural and soon we were off for a day of skiing.  Instructor in tow.  🙂

I recall Mel’s first trip up the mountain.  We got to the top and her instructor asked if she wanted to go down fast or slow. She indicated “fast”.  I gave my thumbs up and off the instructor, Mel and dad went; almost straight down the hill.  Mel was tethered to her instructor.  I am more a side to side ski person and decided to hang back and enjoy the slow route.    Dad and Mel, had a blast up and down the slopes.  I completed several trips and then headed to the shops.   Nothing like meeting new friends at a coffee shop while watching your kids tear up the slopes.

Mel used a bi-ski.  A bi-ski is a rigid seat mounted upon two asymmetrically cut skis. Mel used hand-held outriggers to help balance her system.  Candidates for bi-skiing might include people with Cerebral Palsy, brain injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, spinal cord injury, and multiple amputations.

Day Two, the entire family spent the day on the mountains together.   The staff, adaptive program, lodging, and shopping  made this one of the best vacations.  It was nice to be able to have the kids take part, in a program, on an equal level.

I would love to hear from others.  What were some of your best vacations?

Here is a link to winter park.  To get into their adaptive programs, we had to make reservations several months in advance. http://www.nscd.org/nscd-alpine-skiing-snowboarding-and-ski-bike-lessons.php

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3 thoughts on “Adaptive Skiing-One of Our Best Family Vacations

  1. I think this is a wonderful example of Deepak Chopra’s Quote: “Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box.” Thank you for sharing your experience. I have posted the link on facebook this morning and as I write am wondering if we can find an opportunity such as this for our son in Australia. regards Anne

  2. What a great idea for a family vacation! I’ve gone skiing a few times and it has always been a blast. I hear some of the best ski mountains are in Canada.

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