In appreciation to the community for helping Jackson Hole Mountain Resort being named the #1 ski resort in North America by Ski Magazine, JHMR hosted a ski free day on November 29. Over 4000 people flocked to the resort to take advantage of this great opportunity. As a part of the idea of giving back, all those skiing free were encouraged to donate to 2 local nonprofits, Teton Adaptive Sports and Friends of Pathways, with JHMR matching all donations. TAS ans FOP each received over $2000. TAS has earmarked these funds for our TAS Winter Sports Scholarship Fund. This is a great start as we will be assisting many adaptive skiers at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole and need all the help we can get. Thanks JHMR!
Snow came early again to Wyoming this year. Early snow in September, a bit more in October. This picture was taken November 2. With additional snow since then, Grand Targhee opened yesterday, 11/22, and Jackson Hole will open Thanksgiving Day. See the Winter page for this years schedule. It’s time- wax ’em up!
Tuesday February 26 was a rest day for the 8 campers who attended the complete Wyoming Adaptive Ski Experience. Wednesday Feb 27 began the 4 day session at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The group was joined by 5 additional skiers. 2 new Wounded Warriors, 2 more civilian mono skiers, and blind skier Paul Schafer returned for his 5th S&D Camp. A bit of new snow softened things up and all campers had the opportunity to push their personal limits- this mountain delivers! Since it’s inception, a theme of JH S&D Camp has been inclusion. Adaptive skiers participate along side able bodied skiers, mixing at meals and social events. A number of adaptive campers had the opportunity to ski with able bodied groups which is a huge educational eye opener for able bodied campers as most are unaware of the possibilities and skill level of many adaptive skiers. We are already looking forward to next year’s Wyoming Adaptive Ski Experience. Thanks to all involved!
This is the 4th year Teton Adaptive Sports, Adaptive Adventures, Grand Targhee Resort, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort have partnered to host the Wyoming Adaptive Ski Experience. This opportunity for intermediate to advanced adaptive skiers with physical disabilities combines the 4 day Grand Targhee All Mountain Adaptive Ski and Ride Camp with the 4 day Jackson Hole Adaptive Steep and Deep Camp. This year’s program ran from Feb 22 thru March 2. These 2 ski areas are very different, but compliment each other in a way that provides an unparallelled natural progression of terrain and conditions that provide the opportunity for maximum growth of all mountain skills. Participants came from across the country and literally around the world as there were skiers from Denmark, Ireland, and Canada. 8 Wounded Warriors participated, with 3 doing both camps. TAS thanks JH and GT Mountain Resorts and Adaptive Adventures for their help and support. More to come… Photos courtesy of Adaptive Adventures.
Saturday’s Adaptive Awareness Day combined education and fun as participants learned of the opportunities available for those with disabilities through JH Mountain Sports School’s Adaptive program and TAS. Nikki Thompson, local adaptive athlete, had her first bi ski experience and will be back for more. Many others learned appreciation for the adaptive ski world, which hopefully translates into more adaptive skiers on the hill. Skiing really can change a persons life!
Everyone has a friend, family member, or knows of someone with a disability. Teton Adaptive Sports partners with Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School’s Adaptive Program to provide winter sports opportunities for people of all ages with physical and intellectual disabilities. Adaptive Awareness Day will offer a chance to learn about adaptive skiing. Participants can check out a sit ski, 3 track ski, or have a blind ski experience. Saturday, December 15, 11am to 3pm at the base of Teewinot Chairlift at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Free!
Many thanks to the folks at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for putting together this video of our Steep + Deep event this winter.