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Empowering everyone to enjoy a day on the slopes

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – For the last five years, the YMCA collaborates with the North American Squirrel Association (NASA) to offer people with physical or cognitive disabilities a day of skiing at Mt. La Crosse.

Instructors and volunteers spend the morning using specialized equipment to help skiers take to the slopes.

People take part in the event free of charge through the support of NASA. With multiple sessions in the day, each person gets an hour of dedicated time on the hill.

It’s all in an effort to show them that skiing is for everyone.

“You might consider downhill skiing as an extreme outdoor recreation sport but it really can be so empowering for these kids and adults who come out here and think, ‘I may not be able to do that,'” YMCA Inclusion Specialist Bri Spicer describes. 

“We as a community partnership between the YMCA, Mt. La Crosse and NASA, we’re all here cheering them on. Showing them that yes, this is a sport you’re able to do and we’re here to help you.”

There are still three more adapted ski days in store this year. Organizers created an extra day due to the popularity.

Contact the Dahl Family YMCA in La Crosse or the R.W. Houser Family YMCA in Onalaska for details. Participants do not have to be YMCA members.

Peter Lenz

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