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Adaptive Ski Camp for People with Disabilities and Wounded Warriors

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-01-10 (Rev. 2015-12-31) - Adaptive ski camp including powdercat trip and adaptive ski clinics for men women and veterans with disabilities. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Adaptive Ski Camp.
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Quote: "The event has established itself as the premier camp in the country for skiers and riders with disabilities and has been an uplifting experience to all involved."

Five-Day Event Features the return of Local Photographer and Filmmaker, Dave Genchi, who was paralyzed in a skiing accident on Buffalo Pass in 2006, and Combines Instructor and Volunteer Training, Adaptive Ski Clinics, & a Backcountry Powdercat Trip

Beginning Monday, January 12th, Access Anything, Adaptive Adventures, Steamboat Powdercats, and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. have joined together to sponsor the 4th annual All-Mountain Adaptive Ski Camp and Powdercats Trip; an event that will combine instructor and volunteer training, adaptive ski clinics, and a back-country Powdercat trip for 30-40 men, women, and veterans with disabilities.

The event has established itself as the premier camp in the country for skiers and riders with disabilities and has been an uplifting experience to all involved. Access Anything founders, Craig & Andrea Kennedy, see benefits on both a personal and professional level. "We are truly inspired by the courage of all our participants and gain particular satisfaction in giving back to the soldiers that have given so much for our country. And the awareness we are raising for adaptive sports and the need for better accessibility is a huge benefit to our community."

This year Access Anything and its cosponsors are proud to again welcome more than a dozen wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, along with their families, as well as former world champion three track skier Greg Mannino, who will be on hand as a coach for the event.

For added inspiration, filmmaker Dave Genchi who is Steamboat Powdercats' former photographer and videographer who broke his neck on Buffalo Pass December 2006, will be in attendance. He has been in an intense physical therapy program near San Diego for the past year and is making amazing progress in his overall mobility. Dave looks to get back on the snow and skiing for the first time since his accident, and will be on hand and running the camera and video crew for the 1st annual Legends of the Deep Powder Competition for skiers and riders with disabilities taking place right after the camp on January 16th.

Events Schedule:

Monday, January 12th:

Instructor/Volunteer Training, Participants arrive in Steamboat.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (January 13-15):

Participant Breakfast, Ski Clinics/NASTAR Racing, Video Evaluations (Sat. Only)-Steamboat Ski Area

Thursday, January 15th:

Back Country Powder Cats Trip with Steamboat Powdercats (Advanced/Experienced Powder skiers), Optional Free Skiing & Activities at Steamboat Ski Area

About Adaptive Adventures

Adaptive Adventures is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to advance the quality of life of people with disabilities through year-round outdoor sports and recreation. Headquartered in Evergreen, Colorado, Adaptive Adventures identifies, promotes and provides progressive sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults of all ages, with physical disabilities. As a PSIA Member Ski School, Adaptive Adventures has developed and implemented a number of All Mountain Ski camps for children and adults throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Media Contact for Adaptive Adventures - Joel Berman, 312.310.2770

About Access Anything

The mission of Access Anything is to improve the quality of life for millions of people living with disabilities in the United States and around the world by encouraging them to enjoy life to its fullest through the sense of freedom provided by travel, adventure, and a "never give up" attitude. It is our vision to spread awareness concerning the need for better accessibility by writing a series of adventure travel guides for people with disabilities and to establish a common ground where people and information can come together and work to expand the rapidly growing adaptive travel industry. Media Contact for Access Anything - Andrea Kennedy, 970.846.9256

About Steamboat Powdercats

For the past 23 years, Steamboat Powdercats has operated back-country powder skiing and snowboarding tours on Buffalo Pass, Colorado's deepest snow-pack. With 3 snowcats in their fleet, Steamboat Powdercat's has tailored their operation to match guests with their true ability level, accommodating intermediate, advanced and expert levels with terrain adequate for each group. Media Contact for Steamboat Powdercats - Kent Vertrees, 970.871.4260 - kentv@blueskywest.com

About Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation

With six peaks, nearly 3,000 acres of terrain, Champagne Powder snow, Olympic heritage, and family programs rated best in the industry, Steamboat Ski Town, U.S.A. is a premier resort destination. Steamboat's Adaptive Program, one of the oldest in Colorado, has opened the world of the outdoor mountain environment to adaptive and special needs participants for more than 25 years. The resort continues to work to grow this inspiring program through a staff of highly educated and dedicated employees, state-of-the-art adaptive equipment, efforts with outside organizations and hosting events of all sizes from World Cups to the 1st Annual All-Mountain Ski Camp. Media Contact for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation - Mike Lane, 970.871.5474

If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this event, please contact Andrea Kennedy @ 970.846.9256





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