Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Adirondack Adaptive Cross-Country Ski Camp

Adirondack Adaptive Adventures has announced it will offer an Adaptive XC Ski Camp on the weekend of February 25-27, 2011 in Lake Placid. The 3-day event will bring together new and experienced adaptive athletes from around the Northeast who are interested in cross-country skiing.

In addition to the training camp, the Empire State Games has created an adaptive XC ski division and camp participants are invited to compete in a sanctioned race on Sunday, February 27.
The camp will be held at the Olympic Training Center and Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg beginning on Friday, February 25, and will feature top level coaching staff and clinics for standing, sitting, and visually impaired skiers, including Jon Kreamelmyer, the U.S. Paralympics Cross Country Skiing Development Coach. All camp activities are designed for skiers with physical disabilities who are interested in learning new training and adaptive Nordic skiing competition techniques.

For those adaptive skiers not interested in racing, there will also be a “Learn to Ski” program on Saturday afternoon for recreational skiers. The ‘Learn to Ski’ program is designed for beginner skiers who want to learn the basics of adaptive cross country skiing. This half-day program will be held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg beginning at 12:30pm on Saturday, February 26.

No previous cross country skiing experience is required for either the weekend training camp or the Learn to Ski program. However, registration is limited to participants with physical disabilities who are interested in adaptive XC skiing.

Event details and registration are available online. The cost is $135 per person for the weekend training camp, which includes 2 nights lodging and meals at the Olympic Training Center, trail passes and race fees. Athletes participating in this weekend program are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but equipment will be available for those who need it. The cost for the Learn to Ski program is $25 per person, which includes clinics, trail pass and rental equipment.

The event is being organized by Adirondack Adaptive Adventures in partnership with the Olympic Regional Development Authority, Northeast Passage, New England Nordic Ski Association, Patriot Hills of Saranac Lake and Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetic Services.

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