Our Story: About Teton Adaptive Sports
Since the founding of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort over 50 years ago, JHMR has been a development ground for great skiers. From the local families to the ski school instructors the area is populated with folks who are committed to the sport. Skiers are fanatics for skiing. In the 70’s and 80’s when people with disabilities visited Jackson Hole the ski school would rally resources to make skiing possible for anyone who wanted to ski. Those ski school pioneers were responsible for many local and visiting people with disabilities finding the joy of sliding on snow.
Those same devoted individuals conducted awareness campaigns and fundraising to grow the resources Jackson Hole had to offer skiers with disabilities and eventually founded the non-profit Teton Adaptive Sports. Starting in 2005 TAS supported Adaptive Sports in Teton County Wyoming and Teton County Idaho by purchasing and sharing specialized equipment, sending passionate instructors to Adaptive trainings and subsidizing the cost of outdoor sports.
Today Teton Adaptive Sports offers year round programming in climbing, camping, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, paddling, alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating/sled hockey with a staff committed to improving quality of life for athletes with disabilities from this area and visiting the Tetons.
- Adaptive Programming 60%
- Adaptive Equipment 25%
- Adaptive Education 10%
- Fundraising 5%
What We Do: TAS Activities
Summer Adventure Days (14 Varied Activities, everyone invited) • Bike Camps • Individual Cycling and Mountain Bike Lessons • Wydaho Mountain Bike Festival (30 riders camp all week and progress to downhill) • Support for Individual Athlete Goals (Example: 1st Blind Climber to Summit the Grand) • Teton Kids Skiing and Snowboarding (Public School Special Ed all ages) • Steep and Deep Camps (Jackson, Targhee, all Adult) • JHMR and Targhee Skiing Support (Scholarships, Equipment, Training) • Sled Hockey (10 Ice Times through winter all ages and abilities welcome)
TAS Core Values: Inclusive Outdoor Recreation
At TAS we believe in outdoor recreation that includes all abilities. We strive for equal access to opportunities to improve quality of life. That’s what outdoor recreation is about!
As members of our community, adaptive athletes should have the same access to outdoor recreation as everyone else. We believe that separate is not equal. By equipping and training outfitters, ski and bike programs and community organizers to include and plan for people of all abilities we strive for inclusion!
TAS began with a ski program, as most adaptive sports outfits do! We find that skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, boating and biking bring us joy. Great friendships and skills are forged while participating in outdoor recreation. It is our mission to make outdoor recreation more accessible and inclusive of people with different abilities.
It’s about fun! When we are outside connecting with our environment, learning new ways to cover ground and spending quality time with people we care about our lives and our health improve. TAS and other recreation providers are in the quality of life business.
Growing in an outdoorsy family, Christy credits outdoor experiences with teaching her accomplishment, trust, friendship, teamwork and fun! She hopes help others achieve the same love of outdoor sports and make them accessible to all. With a background in event and construction production Christy brings organization and business skills to TAS.
Cherene moved to Jackson Hole in 2006 after graduating from Colorado State University. She first became involved with Teton Adaptive Sports when she began teaching adaptive skiing for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 2009. Upon being exposed to the unique and rewarding world of adaptive sports, Cherene became interested in being a part of Teton Adaptive Sports year round. Her experience raft guiding, rock climbing and utilizing the Greater Teton area as an opportunity for adventure, allows her to share her knowledge of adventure sports with the adaptive community in Jackson Hole. She is thrilled to be part of an amazing project and looks forward to developing more fun and exciting opportunities for the adaptive community.
Lead Adaptive Instructor (part time)
Over the years Jason Malczyk has helped shape the culture and reach of TAS. Originally from Southington, CT (AKA the “Chamonix of Connecticut) Jason has been teaching adaptive skiing since 2000. He cut his teeth at Vermont Adaptive, North Winter Park, the National Ability Center, and Splore before settling in as the Adaptive Supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Jason was educated at Green Mountain College majoring in Adventure Recreation and has years of adaptive specific experience as the Professional Snow Sport Instruction (PSIA) Intermountain Adaptive Manager.
A bundle of energy, you can find Jason climbing, biking, paddling, river guiding, skiing and hanging in the outdoors with his wife Chelsea, a wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service.
Marketing Manager (part time)
Christine Mychajliw (say ‘Me-High-Leave’) is a digital marketer based in Wilson, Wyoming. She has many years of experience working in marketing jobs and loves using her skills and passion for helping out to work for a good cause. Growing up mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona, she did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University (ASU) and holds a B.A. in Russian Language & Eastern European Studies. She then studied Mass Communication in graduate school at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, also at ASU.
As a former collegiate and USA Cycling bicycle racer, sports kept her healthy, were a source of great enjoyment, and also meant freedom. She wants people of all abilities to be able to feel those same things. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending free time hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling with her partner Jeff.
Adaptive Instructor (part time)
Nate Carey is a mountain bike and ski coach for Teton Adaptive Sports (TAS) at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Cycling has taken Nate around the world working as a team mechanic for six years with Giant Bicycle. In 2015, Nate got off the road. He and his wife Amanda, started a NICA high school mountain bike team with seven student athletes and five coaches. Three years, 60 riders and 20 coaches later, the team is running strong. He grew up skiing and riding on the east coast and Santiago, Chile. Nate revels in sharing the outdoor experience and pushing what is possible, with the right skills. When Nate is not on skis or behind a handlebar, you will find him working on his new mobile bike repair business, Teton Wrench!
Adaptive Instructor (part time)
A native of eastern Wyoming, Billi Harrington studied art therapy in college and is using her education in her full-time position as Outreach Program Instructor at the Art Association of Jackson Hole.
Billi’s intention is to bring healing and enjoyment to people of all abilities. Her warm and engaging personality, along with her vast experience working with Community Entry Services, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski school, etc. make her the perfect fit as a TAS Adaptive Instructor.