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.  Here at the October Country Inn, we watch the snow fall with glee.  In Vermont, more snow means more fun, and fun in the snow is not limited to only those of us who are physically fit and functional.  You may be surprised that, with specialized equipment and/or techniques, snow skiing and snowboarding are being enjoyed by many disabled snowsports enthusiasts.  If you fall into this category, come to nearby Pico Mountain Ski Resort, home to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

Monoskis open up a whole new world for  paraplegia.

Monoskis open up a whole new world for paraplegia.

Adaptive snowsports adapts equipment, instruction, and accessible support systems to allow snowsports enthusiasts with a wide range of physical, mental, or developmental disabilities to experience the freedom of skiing or snowboarding in the least restrictive manner possible. Vermont adaptive works with amputees, paraplegia, and quadraplegia; as well as those with visual or hearing impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Spina Bifida, stroke, or traumatic brain injuries.  Each lesson Vermont Adaptive teaches is tailored for the individual and equipment and teaching techniques are constantly changing and evolving as technology advances.

boardFounded in 1987, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports has been located at Pico Mountain Ski Resort since 1999.  A new, state-of-the-art, 6,000 square foot facility has recently opened.  This new facility greatly expands Vermont Adaptive’s ability to offer adaptive ski and snowboard clinics at Pico Mountain 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 and, if interested, 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) 353-7584, or visit Vermont Adaptive at Pico Mountain Ski Resort.