Customized skiing and riding experiences for people with disabilities. At the BOEC, they view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can be enjoyed by all!
My family had such a wonderful experience again this year with Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) that I feel like I need to share it with you. Our family (including my 13 year old daughter, whom happens to have Down
syndrome) went snow skiing in Breckenridge, CO over the New Year’s holiday. This was her second time to snow ski with the BOEC. Those of you who know my daughter know she tends to be somewhat stubborn. She either loves a sport or hates it. If she decides she doesn't like a sport, there’s really no quick or easy way to change her mind. The wonderful thing about the Adaptive Ski & Ride School at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is the ski instructors take the time to find out what motivates the individual they're working with. Each
individual participating in the Adaptive Ski & Ride School is assigned two
instructors. My daughter's ski lesson this year went something like this… ride ski
lift up the mountain, SKI, make snow angels, SKI, snowball fight... and repeat.
From a mother’s perspective, I could not have asked for a better experience for
my daughter and my family. She loved it and asked to go back, day after day, to
see her “friends”. Ski school with the BOEC allowed my husband and I time to ski
with other experienced skiers with the comfort of knowing that our daughter was in
excellent hands – and YES, she can ski. Again, I highly recommend the BOEC to
any family (with an individual with a disability) thinking about taking a snow
skiing vacation to Breckenridge or Keystone, CO.
This is the link to the ski school
https://www.boec.org/adaptive-ski- ride-school/ .
Scholarships and financial aid are available, upon request.
- Candia Nicholas, Program Director
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)