History/ Misson


The mission of Wasatch Adaptive Sports is to encourage individuals with adaptive needs and their families to realize their potential and engage in active living through year-round recreational, educational and social programs.

Wasatch Adaptive Sports programming focuses on increasing independence and mobility in a social environment.


A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Wasatch Adaptive Sports (WAS) was established in 1977 to provide affordable recreational and educational opportunities for children, adults and veterans to share with their support network or family.

WAS requires no initial fee and provides full or partial scholarships. Our programs build strength, stamina, and self-esteem while enhancing the quality of life for all our students. State-of-the-art adaptive sports equipment enables WAS to offer its services to individuals with every type of disability.


Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wasatch Adaptive Sports!


2015- 39% increase in lessons over prior year with an estimated 10% increase in 2016.


2010- Inception of WAS Veterans Program in partnership with the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs to provide recreational activities for veterans coping with military-related physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties.

1990s – 2000s

In the 1990s- 2000s- collaboration with healthcare providers from Primary Children’s Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Rehabilitation Center at the University of Utah and other facilities lead to significant growth of year-round lessons.


In 1986, WAS developed the NFL Celebrity Ski Classic in conjunction with Hall-of-Famer Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers. In its 29th year, the event is now called Steve Young Ski Classic.


Received 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status. Developed out of the Snowbird Mountain School for the purpose of providing affordable ski lessons to children and adults with disabilities from a low socio-economic background.


Wasatch Adaptive Sports was founded by current Executive Director Peter Mandler.


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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