What did last year's event mean for your family?
I could never get on a mountain and teach my son to ski–not just because of my lack of skiing skill, but because Vincent requires the attention of more than one trained adaptive coach to learn new skills. To see him meet new people, follow directions, and try a new activity SO out of his comfort zone was a reminder to me that Vincent is capable of more than my family and I have expected of him in the past. The event also introduced my family to other families of children with special needs in a very positive way, which I think strengthened the bond my family has with Vincent.
What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was watching Vincent clamber back up to the conveyor belt after having a challenging first-run, to try again. While I was expecting Vincent to tear up and give up, instead he surprised us all with his determination to keep at it. He was grinning and high-fived me, and turned right back around to give it another go. He trusted his adaptive coaches, who knew just how to react whenever Vincent expressed apprehension or became shy or frustrated, and I think that made all the difference.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Hosted by Ski Sundown in New Hartford, Connecticut in partnership with STRIDE and Dollar Giving, the Power Thru the Powder Weekend on February 2nd and February 3rd is one of the largest adaptive skiing and snowboarding events for people with different abilities and disabilities in the Northeast.
Each participant can bring up to 2 family members onto the slopes. Family members will be able to receive a lift pass free of charge but are responsible for bringing or renting their own ski equipment. Participants can bring as many friends and family members they can to cheer them on from the mountain base. Only skiers and snowboarders with lift tickets and equipment will be allowed on the chairlift and up the mountain.
- Dress in layers. Your first layer should be wicking material. Wool or sport performance materials work best. Your second layer should be wool or poly-fleece. Your outer layer or layers should include insulation, wind resistance and water resistance.
- Socks are important. Choose socks made for skiing or snowboarding for the most comfort. Your second best choice is any smooth wool sock. Avoid cotton socks.
- Hand Protection. Insulated, wind resistant gloves or mittens are best. Knit gloves or mittens are not a good choice for skiing or snowboarding.
- Helmets. Helmets are REQUIRED for all Ski Sundown Adaptive Program participants and are part of free of charge equipment rental during Power Thru The Powder weekend.
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