Jennifer Ellefsen: Family Fun on the Slopes

Annika first started cycling and skiing with WAS in 2016. Her mom Jennifer shares how the organization has helped Annika and her family ski together at Snowbird.

Three years ago Annika‘s therapist at Shriner’s Hospital recommended we look into Wasatch Adaptive Sports. She gave us an invitation for a free introductory skiing class. Annika was only three years old and we were not sure what to expect but wanted her to have the experience of skiing in the snow.

From the moment she was strapped into her bucket ski she fell in love with the sport. She loves the feeling of speeding down the hills. When she is having her lessons, you can often hear her giggling all over the mountainside.

Wasatch Adaptive Sports has also given Annika’s older brother the opportunity to learn to ski. He skis by her side every lesson now. This has brought such joy to both of them. There are very few things outside that the two of them can do with one another. Being able to share this experience with one another has brought them closer and has given them a sport in common.

Recently, Annika‘s father has also joined her lessons in an effort to learn how to operate her bucket ski. We are always looking for things we can do as a family. We are so grateful to Wasatch Adaptive Sports for providing an opportunity for us to be active outside with one another. This is a priceless experience for us. I see years of skiing as a family in our future. Thank you WAS!


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

Phone: (801) 834-0476

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