I grew up skiing on Park City Mountain watching skiers wearing bibs that read: “Blind Skier.” I always wondered, “How do they do that?” Finally this year, I had the honor of spending the day with the incredible team that makes magic and miracles happen.
The National Ability Center has been changing lives for over thirty years. People who want to ski can have that opportunity no matter their ability level or age. The NAC helps families who have children or adults–regardless of skill level–find a way to participate together in the outdoors. The NAC Programs are inclusive and multi-faceted. There are year-round programs where they teach skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, river-rafting and much more.
Spending a morning on the slopes with Jennifer Kennedy who has a visual impairment and her NAC instructor Patricia Stokes helped me understand what it takes to learn this sport without vision. The NAC is also training Kennedy’s husband to be her skiing guide.