Gear Up for the Annual Park City Ability Snow Challenge
Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to challenge themselves on some of fastest mountain courses at the Park City Ability Snow Challenge. An annual fundraiser for the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, the event offers team and solo competitions for skiing and boarding enthusiasts with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities, and their friends and families. Local skiing legends lend their support and expertise, joining mixed-ability teams for an unforgettable day on the mountain.
Park City Ability Snow Challenge Event Overview
Held during the spring ski season, the Park City Ability Snow Challenge offers s fun-filled day on the slopes. The event begins with a run down Eagle Race Arena Course and includes raffles, awards, lunch and activities. Each year the event features a theme, and participants can deck out their outfits to win best dressed team, best dressed individual and others. In addition, proceeds from the event benefit the National Ability Center.
Who Is the National Ability Center?
Located a few miles from downtown Park City in the scenic Wasatch Mountains, the National Ability Center operates a sports and training center for people with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities. Well-known for its alpine skiing and snowboarding training programs, the center offers both one-time and multi-week lessons in cooperation with Park City Mountain Resort.
All instructors are trained in adaptive skiing techniques, including mono-ski, bi-ski, 3-track, 4-track and guided skiing for people with visual impairments. The program’s goal is to promote skill development and mastery, so people with disabilities enjoy independent skiing and snowboarding with their families and friends. Lessons include the use of adaptive equipment, which is also available for daily rental.
A year-round facility, the National Ability Center also offers aquatics, archery, cycling, snowshoe, Nordic skiing, biathlon and equestrian programs. An indoor climbing wall, sled hockey and water sports are also available. U.S. Service men and women and their families also have access to special adaptive recreation programs. Popular activities include archery, outdoor rock climbing, cycling camps and family retreats.