Yawgoo Valley Partners with STRIDE Adaptive Sports
An adaptive skiing program takes shape at Rhode Island’s only ski area to provide disabled community members with wintertime fun recreation.
For over thirty-two years, STRIDE has provided life changing opportunities for local individuals with disabilities through participation in adaptive sports and recreation programs. With three full-service adaptive snow sport programs already in place in the Northeast, STRIDE was ready to take the plunge with Yawgoo Valley in bringing the successful program to Rhode Island. The program will begin in November with indoor comprehensive training seminars on disabilities and adaptive equipment. It also includes purchasing new teaching tools and equipment, recruitment for volunteer staff and fundraising efforts to support the program’s launch. Also armed with two seasoned ski instructors from Ski Sundown in New Hartford Connecticut, Yawgoo has the perfect training staff to get the program rolling. Two and a half hour lessons will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday by appointment, with a focus on serving those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, vision or hearing impairments as well as mobility impairments for skiers and riders.
Yawgoo Valley operates from mid-December through mid-March with twelve trails, three lifts and night skiing, as well as snow tubing from late December to early March, weather permitting. To learn more about the program or to become a STRIDE adaptive volunteer, visit Yawgoo Valley’s website or call 401-294-3802.