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The mission of the Adaptive Ski Program (ASP) is to provide people living with a disability or critical illness, the opportunity to ski or snowboard under the watchful care of a qualified instructior. Focusing on safety and fun, the program is geared to include all types of disabilites. This involves cognitive impairments such as mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, Down Syndrome and Autisim, as well as physical conditions such as blindness, hearing impairments, amputation, spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis. Our program is also geared towards those living with critical illness such as cancer and Aids.
The progam is offered at both Sandia Peak and Santa Fe. During the 2006/2007 ski-season, we provided lessons to 243 students thanks to the generosity and skill of 194 volunteers. Over the years, the ASP has invested in special equipment designed for disabilities including mono-skis, bi-skis, and equipment for four track, three track or two track skiers. Through the use of this specialized eqipment, participants can achieve the same levels of enjoyment and challenges that regular everyday skiers face while on the slopes. These challenges develop muscle endurance, coordination, agility, mobility, and most importantly as sense of accomplishment.
The program runs from mid-JAnuary to mid-MArch and includes; a weekly two-hour one-on-one lesson; lift ticket and equipment. The deadline for this year's enrollment in the program is 11/30/07. Private lesson are also offered, and can be scheduled on days that the participants are available.
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