Special Outdoor Leisure Opportunities

SOLO provides outdoor winter educational and recreational opportunities for persons with disabilities from St. Joseph County, Indiana in an effort order to:

  • Encourage independence and increase participation in family and community leisure opportunities
  • Educate the community regarding the capabilities of and opportunities for persons with disabilities

Skiing offers a freedom of movement that most persons with disabilities have never experienced. At the same time, it creates an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and unsurpassed confidence. A person who has difficulty walking will find themselves gliding smoothly down the hill with a new found poise and agility.

We welcome both adults and children at least 8 years of age to join us. SOLO is open to students with physical, visual, auditory, or significant mental impairments.

What is SOLO all about? Watch the slideshow below for a quick overview.

Volunteers Paul Raven and Bob Sturtevant discuss SOLO on WNIT's Experience Michiana.

SOLO has also been featured in a column by Joe Dits in the South Bend Tribune. Click HERE to see the article.

Important dates for the 2015-2016 season have been set.

Monday, November 30, 2015.
Orientation meeting from 6:00-7:00 pm at Logan Center, located at 2505 E. Jefferson in South Bend. You will learn about SOLO's plan for the upcoming season and vote for our Board of Directors for the coming year. All students, families and volunteers should plan to attend. Current volunteer applications for all new and returning volunteers are due by this date.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Training and exercise session for all students and volunteers at Logan Center from 6:00-7:00 pm. Students will have the chance to meet our volunteers. Student registration and medical forms are due by this meeting.

Monday, December 21, 2015
On-hill training session for all new and returning volunteers at Swiss Valley Ski Area from 7:00-9:00 pm. Receive an introduction to adaptive skiing training tools and techniques and practice using them on the hill. Alternate date will be Monday, December 28, 2015.

Monday, January 4, 2016
First session for the Alpine progam from 7:00-9:00 pm at Swiss Valley Ski Area. The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks unless there is a cancellation due to weather, in which case the progam will be extended an additional week. All students and volunteers are welcome to ride the bus that leaves from and returns to Memorial's Lighthouse Place (Medpoint) in Granger. Call the Snow Line at 574-245-9634 to make sure we are skiing.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
First session for the cross-country and snowshoeing progam from 9:00-10:30 am at Rum Village Nature Center in South Bend. There will be a training session for all new volunteers immediately following the first session. The progam will run for 6 consecutive weeks. If there is not enough snow to ski, we will have an alternate activity such as hiking.

Click here to download a pdf version of the 2015-2016 calendar.

Here are some highlights from last year's final session of Alpine skiing (race night!) captured by volunteer Wayne Falda.