Over 700 disabled athletes, including adults and kids of all ages, descended upon [R77R, Breckenridge] for the recent Hartford Ski Spectacular. It's the nation's largest winter sports festival. Many were just happy to be playing in the snow that fell over Breckenridge during the visit. Adaptive ski and snowboard athletes compete in alpine and Nordic competitions, with instructors and coaches.

It wasn't only a week of competitions. It was a week of inspiration. Youth mentors are on site to help with the training camps. U.S. Adaptive Ski Team members are there to compete, but also to inspire young racers and others. It's almost like a race camp with the nation's best coaches and disabled athletes.

More than 100 U.S. Wounded Warriors, their families, and hospital staff participate in the Learn-to-Ski, Learn-to-Race, and other mentor programs. The Ski Spectacular also plays host to military personnel of U.S. allies, with members of the British Limbless Ex-Service Members Association in attendance this year.

The Wounded Warriors represent all branches of the U.S. military who are learning to ski for the first time. The project is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The event was held at Beaver Run Resort on the slopes of Breckenridge.

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