Mammoth Mountain hosts two para-alpine events in February and one in March aimed at getting disabled skiers on the slopes. February begins with Wounded Warriors visiting and ends with the Paralympic Alpine Ski Camp while March follows with a mono ski camp.
The Wounded Warrior program visits Mammoth this week. Operation Mountain Freedom, scheduled Feb. 1-5, welcomes 18 military veterans severely injured in the line of duty to help them stretch into snow sports. The warriors will receive private ski, snowboard or cross-country lessons under the tutelage of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSEA) volunteers.
E.J. Poplawski--2010 X-Games athlete, above-the-knee amputee, and telemark skier--presents a multi-media motivational show as part of the Wounded Warrior week's events. "He's amazing. He'll explain how he copes with his injury and how it's doesn't stop him from skiing," Maggie Palchak, trainer with DSEA, told OnTheSnow.com. The free event, scheduled Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at The Westin Monache, is open to anyone to attend.
The Paralympic Alpine Ski Camp comes to Mammoth at the end of February. The camp, scheduled Feb. 26-28, features adaptive ski lessons and racing instruction that culminates in a Level 1 race. "You don't have to be a racer to attend," added Palchak. "It's open to snowboarders as well even though snowboarding sports are not in the Paralympic Games yet."
Mono Ski Madness hits Mammoth March 12-14 with a camp to provide racer-caliber coaching for mono skiers. The camp begins with a coaches clinic and follows with equipment fitting, social events, lunches, training sessions, and ends with a fun race.
The camp fees--$100 each--include instruction, equipment, lift tickets, and race entry. DSEA also accepts donations to help with the Wounded Warrior program and to provide scholarships for its Paralympic camps.
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