This event draws adaptive (disabled) skiers and riders from as far as the UK, with two returning monoskiers from Ireland and Scotland, as well as from all over the US. Over 75 participants, volunteers, and coaches take to the slopes Monday January 11th for three days of advanced adaptive group skiing on Steamboat Ski Area to improve their powder skills in Steamboat's famous Champagne Powder.
The camp is part of Adaptive Adventure's seasonal ski camp series, including camps all over Colorado and two in new locations of Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, WY later in the season.
The Steamboat camp is unique however for its sought-after back country powder day with Steamboat Powdercats; with only 9 seats on this trip for monoskiers (sitskiers), the camp books up to 11 months in advance as soon as the next years' dates are announced.
The camp also welcomes several wounded soldiers from both US and UK troops injured in combat and looking to get back out on the slopes. Soldiers and their families are sponsored fully to the camp; Sponsor a Soldier donations are still welcome.
View the video from last years' camp.
The coordinating group welcomes newcomers STARS to the mix, a new nonprofit in Steamboat that has taken over the adaptive sports programming on mountain as of last year, and helped cosponsor its first ski camp in March of 2009 with the partnership with Access Anything and Adaptive Adventures. As of February 2010, STARS will be taking over the on-mountain camp series, bringing a wealth of coaching experience and the nonprofit funding assistance that the area has needed for some time. Look for more camps, more sports and more fun in the near future in Steamboat! More on STARS