Wasatch Adaptive Sports
One of the many reasons that Destination Utah fell so hard for skiing Utah is the local resorts’ recognition that skiers and snowboarders aren’t one-size-fits-all.
Whether you’re a first timer doing your best impression of Bambi on ice, or you’re a seasoned adaptive winter sports fan who can carve up the POW like nobody’s business, you’ll find both activities and kindred spirits on Utah’s world-famous slopes.
If you’re new to adaptive winter sports, we recommend pointing your skis (or snowboard) to Wasatch Adaptive Sports HQ at Snowbird Resort. Established way back in 1977, the charitable foundation provides affordable recreational and educational programmes for kids, veterans and adults with special requirements. The key to adaptive sports, which the foundation knows only too well, is providing the equipment, lessons and support to enable people with wide ranging disabilities to take to the snow as freely as possible.
There’s no question that a ski vacation can quickly add up. Wasatch Adaptive Sports has long recognized the importance of making its programmes available to all who want to participate. That’s why no one is turned away, no initial fee is required, and full or partial scholarships are up for grabs. Meanwhile, participants can expect to build strength, stamina, and self esteem.
In addition to alpine skiing, sit skiing, adaptive snowboarding and cross-country skiing, Wasatch Adaptive Sports’ winter programmes include sled hockey, snowshoeing and bowling. Need special equipment? The foundation has all the latest and greatest stuff including outriggers, ski-walkers, and hula hoops.
If you’ve been swotting up on all things Utah, you’ll know that the fun doesn’t end when the snow finally melts. Wasatch Adaptive Sports runs programmes year round, with summer good times including: nature hikes; fishing; adaptive, mountain and road biking; tram rides, bungee jumping and alpine slide rides in and around Snowbird; mine and water tunnel tours; and orienteering.