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Disabled Sports USA Far West expands to Northstar California

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Disabled Sports USA-Far West opened for the season on Friday, Dec. 13. The organization, which provides ski and snowboard lessons to people with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities has expanded its program to serve students at three Lake Tahoe ski resorts, including Northstar.

Since its inception in 1967, Disabled Sports has provided instruction at its home-base mountain, Alpine Meadows. Last year the organization expanded to serve students at Alpine's sister resort, Squaw Valley. Based on the success of its Squaw Valley program and growing demand the group decided to expand further.

"We are excited Squaw and Northstar have invited Disabled Sports to be the exclusive provider of adaptive snowsports lessons to their customers," said Executive Director Haakon Lang-Ree. "Making skiing and snowboarding a sport that all can enjoy is our goal. The more resorts we can offer adaptive instruction, the better for all."

Adaptive snowsports lessons with Disabled Sports will be available daily from mid-December to mid-April at Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley resorts. Lessons at Northstar are available by request.

Disabled Sports also announced it will hold its 8th annual "Ability Celebration" for Wounded Warriors the first week of April 2014. Twenty disabled veterans and family members will participate in an adaptive snowsports camp designed to address their unique needs, free of charge.

In addition to the camp for injured military service members, the organization will also hold its annual fundraiser, "The Ability Challenge," April 5 at Squaw Valley. The event is a fun day of skiing, snowboarding and raising money for Disabled Sports.

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The public can join in the fun by registering at http://www.AbilityChallenge.net.


Disabled Sports USA Far West is the founding chapter of the national organization (Disabled Sports USA) and has led the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities for more than 40 years. With more than 90 chapters serving more than 60,000 people nationwide, Disabled Sports USA is the nation's largest nonprofit, multi-sport and multi-disability organization.

For more information, call 530-581-4161 or visit http://www.disabledsports.net.

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