Paralympic ski camp at Lake Tahoe hosts 18 athletes for free (w/ video)
ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — Two local nonprofits, High Fives Foundation and Achieve Tahoe, hosted a 3-day race camp at for some of the area’s rising stars in adaptive skiing from March 8-10 at Alpine Meadows.
Adaptive skiing uses specialized equipment, such as monoskis, to allow people with a wide range of disabilities to take to the snow as dynamically as skiing without disabilities.
The camp was led by renowned monoskiers Chris Devlin-Young (known as CDY), a U.S. alpine skier owning the longest standing winning streak in US alpine skiing history, and Alana Nichols, who also holds multiple Paralympic medals.
The duo gave campers professional-quality coaching on the fundamentals of skiing and advanced techniques in the race course.
“I’ve been ski racing for a long time, this is the first time I’ve seen two organizations come together to put on a recruiting camp like this,” said Devlin-Young. “Every single camper has improved. We saw some very talented skiers from this area.”
Truckee’s High Fives Foundation paid the expenses for the 18 athletes in attendance at the camp. The High Fives Foundation is a nonprofit that gives grant funding to athletes who have suffered life-altering injuries. Grants are awarded to athletes for their rehabilitative goals, such as entering adaptive sports.
Achieve Tahoe, an adaptive ski school located at Alpine Meadows, provided volunteers, equipment and facilities for the campers.
“There was a variety of skill level among the participants,” said Achieve Tahoe Program Coordinator Allie Ibsen. “This enabled the advance skiers to thrive, and the intermediate skiers an opportunity to see what was possible through commitment and training.”
Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation, started the Foundation in 2009 after recovering from his own ski injury in the 2006. He was at Alpine Meadows observing the camp.
“Watching CDY teach is like watching a textbook in action,” he said. “… All of these athletes here are ripping skiers already, and have each taken it to their next level.”
Because the camps were in collaboration with the US Paralympics, four ski racers were awarded an invitation to the US Paralympic Nationals, which took place at Loon Mountain, N.H, March 20-24: Nick Fairall, 25, Ricci Kilgore, 35, Kalim Smith 40, and Trevor Kennison, 22.
“The (Alpine Meadows) event was super fun and instructional,” said Fairall, who has received previous rehabilitation grants from the High Fives Foundation. “It was great to have CDY coaching us on how to ski well. Having Achieve Tahoe there to improve our skills was inspirational, and I was just stoked to be involved.”
This article was provided by the High Fives Foundation. Visit highfivesfoundation.org to learn more. Also, visit achievetahoe.org to learn more about Achieve Tahoe.
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