Alpine skiing for the blind.

Alpine skiing for the blind.

All of the New England states except Vermont have declared a state of emergency in preparation for Winter storm Juno.  But, here at the October Country Inn, we watch the snow fall with glee.  Because, in Vermont, more snow means more fun.  And fun in the snow is for everyone, even those not physically fit and functional.  For example, the disabled enjoy snowsports due to specialized equipment and/or techniques, Morover, if you fall into this category, come to nearby Pico Mountain Ski Resort, home to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

Each individual is different.

Monoskis open up a whole new world for paraplegia.

Monoskis open up a whole new world for paraplegia.

Firstly, adaptive snowsports adapts equipment, instruction, and accessible support systems.  Secondly, it d0es this for snowsports enthusiasts with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities.  In short, it’s goal is to provide the freedom of skiing or snowboarding in the least restrictive manner possible.

Vermont adaptive works with amputees, paraplegia, and quadraplegia.  It also includes those with visual or hearing impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Spina Bifida, stroke, or traumatic brain injuries.  Naturally, each lesson Vermont Adaptive teaches is tailored for the individual.  Equipment and teaching techniques are constantly changing and evolving as technology advances.

Pico has a new Adaptive snowsports facility.

Adaptive athlete snowboards.Founded in 1987, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports has been located at Pico Mountain Ski Resort since 1999.  They now have a new, state-of-the-art, 6,000 square foot facility.  This new facility greatly expands Vermont Adaptive’s ability to offer adaptive ski and snowboard clinics for all ability levels

Students may book lessons as individuals or as part of a group.  Family members or friends of the Vermont Adaptive students are invited to participate.  If interested, they can learn the adaptation needed to help their skier or rider achieve as much independence as possible.  Clinics are by appointment only and include a lift ticket, private adaptive instruction, and adaptive equipment.  Call (802) 786-4991, or visit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.