Adapted Skiing Programs Scheduled 2009

January 2, 2009

This winter, Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, New York will be hosting a series of Adaptive Skiing Workshops and an Adaptive Awareness Day. The events, which are open to individuals with disabilities, are being held in conjunction with Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adapted Sports and Recreation Program and are free of charge.

Adaptive Skiing Workshops are scheduled for the following dates: January 18; February 8 & 22; March 1 & 29; April 12
Two sessions will be offered on each day: from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Instructors specializing in adaptive skiing will offer beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. Lessons are free of charge but pre-registration is required. First time students will receive an overview of the equipment and fittings prior to getting out on the snow. Adaptive equipment will be available for skiers with disabilities.

The Adaptive Awareness Day will take place at Belleayre on March 1. Staff of Helen Hayes Hospital will distribute information on adaptive sports and additional activities will take place at the mountain.

Helen Hayes Hospital, the region’s leader in specialty physical rehabilitation services, is committed to enabling individuals of all abilities to pursue competitive and recreational sports and activities. These activities speed the recovery process, improve and maintain health and conditioning and foster socialization and camaraderie. The Adapted Sports & Recreation Program makes activities such as kayaking, yoga, sailing, softball, basketball and gardening available to individuals of all abilities.