Challenged Athletes Winter Sports

young person playing sled hockey on an adaptive sport ice skating device

Challenged Athletes Foundation recently sponsored an Adaptive Sports Winter Sports Weekend in Idaho 

I recently visited Boise, Idaho to participate in a three-day skiing adventure, which brought together a group of people with disabilities to experience the thrill of skiing in the beautiful and picturesque state of Idaho. The trip was made possible thanks to the non-profit organization Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). I got to know about the CAF through the Shared Adventures newsletter, showing a skating activity held by the CAF in San Jose.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a non-profit organization that aims to support people with disabilities by providing them with access to adaptive sports. CAF offers financial assistance, mentorship, and resources to help people with disabilities achieve their athletic goals. 

The trip began with a day of sled hockey at Idaho Ice World, where participants got to try their hand at this unique and challenging sport. For many, it was their first-time playing sled hockey, but the experience was incredibly rewarding. I was amazed at the skill of the Paralympic sled hockey athletes and was inspired to push myself harder in learning to skate.

wendy adaptive sport downhill skiing

The second day was spent at Bogus Basin, the ski resort in Boise, where participants learned how to Nordic ski from the skillful coaches. I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountain and the fresh air while gliding through the snow. I just loved the peacefulness and tranquility of the snow mountains, and how it allowed me to connect with nature in a way I never thought possible.

On the final day, the group returned to Bogus Basin to learn alpine skiing. This was the most challenging activity of the trip, but also the most exhilarating. I was able to ride lifts to the top of the mountain and then ski downhill, feeling the wind on my face, while surrounded by stunning views of the mountain range. This experience was made possible by CAF’s partner Boise Adaptive Snowsport Education (BASE).

The adaptive sports skiing trip to Boise, Idaho was an exciting and unforgettable experience for all involved. It showcased the power of adaptive sports to bring people together and provide them with life-changing experiences. I got to try my hand at new and challenging sports and met many new people who shared their love of outdoor adventures. The people of Boise were incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the participants felt right at home in this beautiful part of the country. A special thanks to Shared Adventures for introducing me to this organization!

young person on sledding on an adaptive sport sled
Article By: Wendy Yang

January 20-22, 2023
Excellent content writer specialized in writing for about food, traveling, entertainment, movies, fun, games & sports.

Photos by Josh Allmaras.

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