- 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.
SOLO was recently featured on WNIT's Experience Michiana.
SOLO has also been featured recently in a column by Joe Dits in the South Bend Tribune. Click HERE to see the article.
Welcome back students and volunteers! It will be time to ski before you know it. Be sure to contact our volunteer recruiter, student recruiter, alpine chairperson or nordic chairperson if you have any questions before then. If you did not get a chance to order a helmet at one of the first two meetings, you can contact John Papanek at 269-845-0744 before Friday, December 26 to order one.
Monday, December 22, 2014 7-9 pm
Swiss Valley Ski Area Jones, MI
If Swiss Valley is open, we will conduct an on-slope training session for all new and returning volunteers, which will introduce you adaptive training tools and techniques, and allow volunteers to practice using them. If Swiss Valley is not open yet, alternate date is Monday, December 29, 2014.
Saturday, January 3, 2015 9-10:30 am
Rum Village Park South Bend, IN
First session for the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing program. There will be a training session for new nordic volunteers immediately following the ski session. The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks. If there is not enough snow, we will do an alternate activity like hiking.
Monday, January 5, 2015 6-10 pm
Swiss Valley Jones, MI
First session for the downhill skiing program. The program will run for 6 consecutive weeks, unless there is a cancellation due to weather conditions, in which case the program 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 855-252-6922 to make sure we are skiing.