Over 400 ski racers competed in Winter Park this past weekend for the 35th annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, a benefit for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Saturday’s race teamed professional disabled skiers with able-bodied amateurs, and included a celebrity fun event. Disabled skiers will tested their skills against one another, while the three-day event raised more than $200,000 for the center’s disabled- sports programs.
The center began 40 years ago in Winter Park, bringing kids from Children’s Hospital up to ski. The center runs summer and winter programs in four cities. Professional sports teams, such as the Denver Broncos, often work with the center to encourage disabled kids to participate in sports.
Visually impaired skiers are paired with a sighted guide, who narrates the terrain, conditions and movements needed to complete a run while skiing directly in front of their partner. Others use modified equipment that allows access to the slopes. For more information on NSCD visit www.nscd.org.