Accessible Adventures: Winter Recreation across the Northwest Region

Accessible Adventures: Winter Recreation across the Northwest Region


Hi, I’m John Williams. This Accessible Adventure
in the Pacific Northwest is all about Winter Fun! Whether you enjoy the snow from inside
a warm cozy Northwest ski lodge or you get right out into the powder and I know you might
be thinking really snow accessible? We’ll visit several accessible Northwest ski areas
and we’ll meet up with some accomplished skiers and a well not so accomplished skier…me..when
I take my first ski lesson. So if you’re ready let’s go play in the snow. From Portland we’re off to the Mt Hood National
Forest Teacup Snow Park, Timberline Lodge, and Mt Hood Meadows Ski Area. It’s a perfect sunny winters day on Mt Hood as we
join the Vancouver Wa School for the Blind crosscountry skiing. Blind and vision impaired
students spend the day skiing on the available 20 kilometers of groomed trails here at Teacup
Snowpark just off highway 35 in the Mt Hood National Forest. About 15 miles up the road from Teacup Snow
Park is Timberline Lodge. Here at the lodge there’s dining or you can find a warm beverage
or better yet come stay a day or two and drink in the history and ambience of this fantastic
resort. Next up a visit to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area
and my first lesson on a dual ski as a matter of fact it’s my first lesson on any kind of
ski and I’ll be learning from one of the best Ed Brondson executive director of Outdoors
for All is here to give instruction and encouragement and I’m not sure which I’m going to need more
of! Outdoors for all partners with Northwest ski areas including The Summit at Snoqualmie,
Stevens Pass, and Mt Hood Meadows. Ed tell us about the mission of Outdoors for All. Outdoors for all is committed to making sure
that everyone has a chance to access the outdoors ski, hike, kayak. Well, I’m very eager to learn so let the games
begin. This is a lot tougher than you might think
I’m not a shredder yet but I’m learning! From Mt Hood we head north to the Mt Baker
Snoqualmie National Forest and Crystal Mountain Ski Resort near Mt Rainier. Here at Crystal Mountain a short ride in the
enclosed gondola will give you a birds eye view of this majestic place. Another quick look at the view on the observation
deck, pretty fantastic huh? We’re joined by Viet Nam Veteran and former
paralympian ski champion Jim Martinson. Modern technology has really helped expand the range
of accessible opportunities. This is the mono ski Jim balances with the
aid of outriggers. The mono ski adjusts to different heights
to allow Jim to safely load on a moving ski lift. Now it’s obvious Jim is at the top of his game and it’s taken practice and training to get to his level. For information on ski areas located in our
national forests check the US Forest Service Website, and to learn more about Outdoors
for All just log onto their website There’s a winter wonderland right in your
own back yard! So put on some warm clothes and head to the mountains! Just as soon as
I finish my warm beverage Heidi and I are headed back outside to play in the snow. I’m
John Williams I’ll see you next time on another Accessible Adventure in the Pacific Northwest! ready to go Heidi ah yeah good dog good dog

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