Peter Mandler: The Founder’s History of WAS

Wasatch Adaptive Sports was created in November 1977. At that time, there were very few programs and activities for people with disabilities in Utah. We realized a family with a child with a disability or an adult with a disability had very little funding if any for recreational sports programs or equipment due to being on ...

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Tyler Schilhabel: The WAS Difference

The plain and simple fact is that I came to WAS with the hope of becoming an independent skier, but I have received so much more than that. I am more independent in all aspects of my life and most importantly I am a happier person because WAS allows me to leave my disability behind ...

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Martina Huntington: Back (Monoskiing) on the Slopes

There’s no greater feeling than breathing in the fresh winter air and flying freely down the mountains again. It brought back the freedom and exhilaration I’ve missed for so long. I know we’re months into summer, and I’m excited for all the fun stuff to do with our little family, but a little part of ...

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Tim Gamble: Staying Active After A Stroke At 26

Without the programs, instructors and support Wasatch Adaptive Sports has provided me, I would likely have not ever been able to participate in sports again. On Easter morning 2013, at the age of 26, I suffered a massive stroke caused by a blood clot that lodged in my right carotid artery.  As a result, the ...

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Eileen Finn: My Journey to Becoming a Rec Therapist and WAS Instructor

I see, on a daily basis, individuals setting, working toward, and achieving their goals in sport and recreation, but also because I see how that process builds confidence, self-efficacy, and improved quality of life beyond the hour or two they are skiing, biking, or participating with us. It’s been a long, windy road that led ...

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Rachel Mendelsohn, DPT, PT on Adaptive Recreation

When the instructors at WAS present the option to try new skills in a safe environment with the assumption that anything is possible,  I have seen a huge improvement in participants’ self-confidence and their willingness to try other tasks.   For my day job, I work as a pediatric physical therapist for Primary Children’s Hospital. ...

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“Adventure, Opportunity and Freedom”

Noah Zemke, father of Finn, describes the joy skiing has brought to his son and family.  “As a father, I get a deep sense of pride being able to have a small role in these moments. Even though Finn is nonverbal, these moments provide him an opportunity to have a voice.”   Finn was born with ...

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Back on My Feet After a Decade: Erion Moore II

Former Southern Oregon University basketball star and WAS scholarship recipient Erion Moore II recounts his experience shredding The Bird. “…for the first time in nearly a decade I was able to participate in an activity on my feet and feel safe, balanced, and in control (while learning on top of it all).” After my first ...

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Josh Caron: Reflections of a WAS Instructor

For a year and half, we were lucky to have Josh and Janet Caron be a part of the Wasatch Adaptive Sports family. Their contributions were innumerable and their impact unforgettable. Read retired Air Force Master Sergeant Josh Caron’s reflections on his time with Wasatch Adaptive Sports. We wish both of them the best on ...

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Lt. Jim Carpenter, USAF on Volunteering with WAS

For many of us along the Wasatch Front the outdoors is our way of life. We escape the smog of the city to run, bike, ski, fish, and hike in the nearby canyons to refresh and cleanse our souls. This is a revitalizing experience and way for us to keep healthy, stay in touch with ...

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Wasatch Adaptive Sports
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
9385 S, Snowbird Center Dr.
Snowbird, Utah, 84092-9000

Phone: (801) 933-2188

Fax: (801) 935-8338

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