National ski tour for disabled athletes unveiled

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 1, 2010 12:43 pm

The U.S. Paralympics have joined with Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA) this year to develop the SkiTour, a program that presents opportunities to kids and adults with physical disabilities to receive the latest adaptive ski equipment and receive the best training. The tour travels to some of the country’s best ski spots, including the Lake Tahoe area, Sun Valley, Aspen, Breckenridge and Park City.

For this year’s SkiTour, more than 80 events have already been scheduled through April. “By working together, U.S. Paralympics and DS/USA can provide greater winter sports opportunities for more youth and service members with physical disabilities,” said Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics, USOC. “Our hope is that SkiTour will not only have a profound impact on building local programs, but also future generations of Paralympians.”

For athletes looking to add a competitive edge to their game, the SkiTour also includes opportunities to qualify for the U.S. Disabled Alpine Championships or the Paralympic Winter Games by including internationally rated elite “NorAm” ski races. “The 2010 DS/USA Ski Tour provides skiing and snowboarding rehabilitation opportunities that teach people with disabilities that they can lead full and active lives with their physical challenges,” said Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran. “The confidence, dedication and commitment it takes to succeed on the mountain can be applied to other areas of life. They come away from their experience with the attitude ‘If I can do this, I can do anything!’”

To see the SkiTour calendar of events for this year, click here.