Robinson: Local family skis together at NSCD |

Robinson: Local family skis together at NSCD

Nicole Robinson
National Sports Center for the Disabled
The Trail family skiing at Winter Park Resort.
Courtesy Photo |

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There is nothing more spectacular than the breeze in your face as you ski down the slopes of Winter Park Resort while taking in the view of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. On Dec. 4 a very excited group of Grand County teens met at Middle Park High School (MPHS) to embark on a ski/ snowboard adventure with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

Upon arrival at Winter Park Resort, the NSCD instructors and volunteers were eager to get this group out on the snow. Sports Authority recently donated multiple Sims snowboard set ups to NSCD. Eighteen students participated in the snowboard day and NSCD gave new Simms set ups and lessons to their guests, friends and family included.

“For one local family, the Trails, it was the first time they have ever been able to ski together,” said Lauren Panasewicz, our NSCD instructor. “Their daughter, Emily is a MPHS sophomore who has been participating in the NSCD therapeutic horseback riding program for years. She was able to start skiing last winter as part of a pilot program in which snow experiences were offered for local special education students at a low cost.”

The program has blossomed since its initial inception of providing snow experiences to local school aged participants. Since school year has started, the group has had the opportunity to go biking, cookout over an open fire, go costume bowling, and swim. There is another snowboard in the works for January 29.

In February, NSCD will be hosting its first winter camp for adults with developmental disabilities. Campers will have the opportunity to go both nordic and alpine skiing, tubing, ice skating, and more all while staying in a cabin at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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