As the fall colors dot the hillsides surrounding Crested Butte, the folks at the Adaptive Sports Center are gearing up for what they will hope will be a very busy ski season. Says Mike Neustedter, Marketing Director of the Adaptive Sports Center, “We’re all set for the ski season, which will open the day before Thanksgiving; and we have skis and snowboards that will meet just about every need.” And from looking at the mountain of equipment in the gear room, he’s not exaggerating one bit. “Granted”, he adds, “Sometimes it takes a bit of personalized adaptation, because every disability is different, but we do whatever we can to make it work.”
And what a great program they have. For a very reasonable $160, you can enjoy a day of skiing, with a professional ski instructor. That fee includes equipment rental and a lift ticket. And if you are on a tight budget, they also have a scholarship program available. Truly the folks at the Adaptive Sport Center want to get as many people on the mountain as possible. Say Mike, “If you can get over the mental hurdle, we can help you get over the physical ones.”
So, if you’ve ever thought about hitting the slopes, give the folks at the Adaptive Sports Center a call. Even if you’ve never skied before, they can make it work for you.
Of course, you’ll want to stay in Crested Butted for a few days while you’re enjoying the white stuff; and to that end the Nordic Inn has two very nice accessible rooms. In fact, new owners Kim and Ken completely renovated the property last year, and upgraded their accessible facilities. They didn’t do it alone either, as the folks at the Adaptive Sports Center acted as access consultants on the project. That resulted in two nicely accessible rooms with roll-in showers and plenty of room to navigate in a wheelchair.
So with a great adaptive ski program, and a nicely accessible place to rest your head, there’s absolutely no excuse not to visit Crested Butte this winter. Start planning early though, as you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. My squirrels and birds are telling me that we’re going to have a snow-filled winter this year. I hope they are right, cause I’m ready for one too.