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% 60%
- Adaptive Equipment 25% 25%
- Adaptive Education 10% 10%
- Fundraising 5% 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)
Adaptive Sports in Greater Teton Area
Located in Teton Village, Wyoming, Teton Adaptive Sports serves the Greater Teton Area including Jackson Hole, Victor, Driggs, Dubois, and Star Valley, providing athletic programs for local or visiting people with physical or mental disabilities.
People are a Talkin'
“Amazing crew!!!Thanks for having me. Had a BLAST!!!”
Partners & Programs
Our partnerships are the key to our programs. TAS is a unique non-profit since it teams up with partners to provide top-notch summer and winter programming for athletes with mental or physical disabilities.
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.
Director of Mission
Joe Stone brings a decade of experience as a motivational speaker traveling throughout the country providing keynote and educational presentations for businesses, organizations, large scale events and schools and universities. In 2013, he founded The Joe Stone Foundation with the mission to help bridge the gap between people with and without disabilities through outdoor recreation. He volunteers as a peer mentor and engages in outdoor activities with people of all abilities.
In his roles prior to joining Teton Adaptive, Stone gained a following as an advocate for people with disabilities, especially in the outdoor recreation field, traveling several times to Washington DC as a proponent of equality.
Joe’s experience as an award-winning filmmaker, speaker and adventurer will also help bring his positive messages and adaptive sports to light in clear and engaging ways, such as short films and public talks.
On August 13, 2010, Joe Stone nearly died after crashing into a mountain at almost 50 MPH near Missoula, Mont. while speed flying, a form paragliding. The accident left him with a permanent spinal cord injury at the C7 level, rendering him an incomplete quadriplegic, meaning he is paralyzed from the chest down and has impairment in both his hands.
When he’s not working or speaking in public you can find Joe spending time in the outdoors paragliding (rating P2 and P3), road cycling, mountain biking, paddling, adventuring, building out the new van, photographing wildlife, and spending time with his girlfriend Caitlin.
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)
Lucas Onan is an elite athlete who loves to push boundaries. Some of his current missions are the Lowest to Highest Project, bagging every peak in the Teton area and becoming involved in 2021 paralympics.
Originally from Wisconsin, he grew up in North Carolina and studied forestry at Appalachian State. He has worked for the US Forest Service, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and in construction. Lucas first became involved in Teton Adaptive as a recipient of its Peak Achievement grant for crushing on the ’Teton Picnic’ by biking from Town Square, swimming across Jenny Lake, climbing the Grand and doing it all again in reverse in 11 hours and 22 minutes.
As a part-time employee of Teton Adaptive he wants to share his colorful outdoor journey with Teton Adaptive participants and guide them to surmount challenges in the outdoors and in life, in general.
Valley Adaptive Sports
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!
Support our Work:
Our mission is to promote, support and develop outdoor sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities living in and visiting the Greater Teton Area.