Adaptive Ski Day

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The National Ability Center in Park City, Utah is a place where many people have their best day ever.  This center is a global leader for adaptive recreation, serving individuals with a wide range of disabilities.  The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs.

Amy Christensen appreciates that the National Ability Center also focuses on having families do activities together. Last winter she taught her youngest son to ski.  This opened the possibility for Amy to ski with all four of her children.  But her eight year old daughter wanted her dad to ski with them too.  She had seen someone at the ski resort skiing in an adaptive ski chair and had said, “My dad could do that.”  

Seth Christensen had been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou-Gehrig’s disease,  when his two youngest children were 8 months and 3 years old.  Four years later his legs weren’t strong enough to ski anymore.  He hadn’t ever skied with his whole family, so he couldn’t say no when his daughter asked.

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The National Ability Center gave a scholarship for Seth to use their equipment and ski for the day with his family.  At the end of their ski day together, Seth and Amy’s youngest son climbed up into Seth’s lap and said, “Wasn’t that the best day ever Dad?!”

And that is what it’s all about.

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The National Ability Center can specifically serve individuals based on their abilities and limitations.  Because of its ideal location within minutes of Park City’s three ski resorts in the winter, and two lakes and miles of outdoor trails in the summer, participants and their families can register for the following activities:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Aquatics
  • Archery
  • Biathlon
  • Challenge Course
  • Cycling
  • Horseback Riding & Therapy
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sled Hockey
  • Water Sports

 

Since 1985, the National Ability Center has grown to serve more than 3,000 participants annually through over 18,000 adaptive recreation experiences. They are able to serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments, as well as cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities. Participants come from all socioeconomic backgrounds and range in age from young children to senior citizens.

For more information about the National Ability Center, see their website: http://www.discovernac.org

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