West Haverstraw, NY – Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adapted Sports and Recreation Program has teamed up with Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ to host a series of adaptive skiing clinics on January 8th and 22nd and February 12th and 26th from 3-6pm. The clinics are open to individuals of all abilities and experience levels who require adaptive tools and techniques to enjoy the sport.
The Adaptive Ski Program at Mountain Creek is the result of a 5-year planning effort of the resort’s nonprofit Adaptive Sports Program, whose board includes resort employees, local skiers and representatives of Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program. The program was inspired by local adaptive athlete Nick Cerrato who, in conjunction with resort staffers, engaged in rigorous land and snow training to master the skills necessary to provide a safe and fun experience for all on the slopes.
Helen Hayes Hospital’s Adapted Sports and Recreation Program is honored to have played an instrumental role in the creation of Mountain Creek’s Adaptive Ski program, providing all adaptive skiing equipment for the program’s participants and serving a key role on the program’s planning board. The hospital is also eager to foster a life-long love of the sport for participants.
“We are enthusiastically looking forward to getting our participants on the slopes, with the hope they achieve independence and continue skiing after the program,” said Peter Gagliardo, Adapted Sports and Recreation Program Coordinator. “This is the start of wonderful partnership with Mountain Creek that we hope continues to flourish.”
Adaptive skiing at Mountain Creek will cost $60 per participant per session and will include a lift ticket, ski lesson, and equipment rental from 3-6pm. To preregister, please contact Peter Gagliardo at 845-786-4950.