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Alpine Adventure Day planned for Feb. 12

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 5:00 am

Sunrise Adaptive Sports is offering a free “Alpine Adventure Day” for White Mountains students with physical and cognitive disabilities Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Sunrise Park Resort. The goal is to provide a fun-filled adventure on the ski slopes for young people who otherwise may not be able to experience the thrill of skiing because of their disabilities. The Adaptive Sports program provides both adaptive equipment and trained adaptive instructors to make this possible.

Two sessions are available for students of any age to choose from: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.  There is no cost to participants since Sunrise Adaptive Sports provides all equipment and instructions, plus lunch. Participants may be ambulatory or use mobility aides such as prosthetics or a manual or power wheelchair.  Advance registration is required by contacting Amy Johnson at sunriseadaptivesports@gmail.com or (928) 242-1329. It is preferred that a parent, guardian or other adult accompany the student to Sunrise, but volunteers will be on hand to help during the half-day adventure. If students do not fill the slots available, the sessions will be opened up to anyone with disabilities.

Sunrise Adaptive Sports is operated by a group of local volunteers who raise funds to provide equipment, certified instructors and ski adventures at Sunrise Park Resort for people with disabilities. Instructors from the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center in Colorado will be assisting with lessons at this event.

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