About Teton Adaptive Sports

Our mission is to promote, support and develop sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities living in and visiting the Greater Teton Area. TAS Core values: Safety. Fun. Learning!

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 80%
  • Fundraising 5%
  • Adaptive Equipment 20%
  • Adaptive Education 10%

What We Do: TAS Activities:

Summer Adventure Days (10 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)

Adaptive Sports in Greater Teton Area

Located in Teton Village, Wyoming, Teton Adaptive Sports serves the Greater Teton Area including Jackson Hole, WY, Victor and Driggs, ID, Star Valley, WY providing athletic programs for disabled athletes who live or visit.

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People are a Talkin'

“Amazing crew!!!Thanks for having me. Had a BLAST!!!”

–Channing Cash

Partners & Programs

Our partnerships are the key to our programs. TAS teams up with partners like Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort, Adaptive Adventures and more to provide top-notch summer and winter programming for athletes with mental or physical disabilities.

TAS Team:

Christina Fox

Christina Fox

Executive Director

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 Vanian

Cherene Vanian

Program Manager

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.

Cory Connett

Cory Connett

Program Coordinator

Cory grew up in Minnesota and by 2010 had made his way to Jackson Hole. He was beckoned by big mountains, deep snow and wild landscapes. On the way, he spent several years in Colorado working with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the US Forest Service. When he isn’t on the slopes teaching adaptive skiing you can find Cory exploring the rivers, trails and quiet corners of the Tetons. That’s why Cory is thrilled to be part of the TAS family and to share the amazing opportunities we have here with the groups he instructs.

Christine Mychajliw

Christine Mychajliw

Marketing Manager

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 boyfriend Jeff.

Contact

ADDRESS:
7342 Granite Loop Road
Teton Village, Wyoming 83025-0903

Phone: 307.203.2223
Email: info@tetonadaptivesports.com

501(c)3 non-profit organization
ID 06-1741611

Photo Credits:

Dirt Myth
Jason Malczyk
Adam Glos
Chris Figenshau

Connect:

TAS is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA