Photos by Berin Klawiter, provided by The National Ability Center
This winter season, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize one of our favorite non-profit organizations here in Park City, The National Ability Center. They inspire athletes to do extraordinary things every day. Through more than a dozen adaptive recreational and educational programs offered year round, they foster self-esteem, confidence, and lifelong skills for every participant. From Paralympic gold medalists to those seeking to spend quality time with family and friends, The National Ability Center offers a safe place for everyone who is willing to challenge themselves in the great outdoors.
This season, The National Ability Center is offering events where family and friends of those with a “can do” attitude are encouraged to participate. Additionally, members of the Armed Forces and Veterans from every era are invited to participate in any program free of charge, and have special events for them and their families. A number of ongoing Nordic skiing, fat biking, and indoor climbing sessions are available throughout the season. Below are the upcoming friends and family events for the rest of the winter season.
· 2/23: Friends & Family Fat Biking
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you adaptive fat tire biking on the beautiful snow packed trails of Round Valley.
· 3/1: Friends & Family Nordic Skiing or Snowshoeing
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you adaptive Nordic skiing or snowshoeing on the beautiful trails of Round Valley.
· 3/14: Military Backcountry Snowshoe Day in Daly Canyon
Military Service members and their families are invited to join a guided backcountry snowshoe trip in Daly Canyon. Hot Chocolate and transportation from the NAC is included.
· 3/15: Friends & Family Nordic Skiing
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you adaptive Nordic skiing on the beautiful trails of Round Valley.
· 3/29: Friends & Family Snowshoe in Daly Canyon
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you on a guided backcountry snowshoe trip in Daly Canyon.
· 4/5-4/9: Military Paralympic Experience Camp
A winter Paralympic sport sampler for Veterans of all abilities. This camp offers high-altitude training and hands-on instruction from world-class staff to help Veterans discover their next level of competition. Includes skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, Nordic skiing and biathlon.
In order to provide a low cost for participants in various activities throughout the year, The National Ability Center holds an annual fundraiser every winter: Red, White, & Snow. This year marks their 16th year of holding this fundraiser. The event is from March 4-7th with events scattered all around Park City. Join us on March 5th at our sister property, Stein Eriksen Lodge, for an intimate evening tasting of over 30 vintners’ favorite wines and hors d’oeuvres. For a full schedule of events, please visit Red, White, & Snow’s website here.
To learn more about how you can participate with The National Ability Center, visit their website and explore their volunteer or donation options. We are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing organization here in Park City.
This year from February 6th to the 8th, some of the world’s best skiers are coming to Deer Valley for the Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup. The competitors will be racing their way down the same runs used during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at Deer Valley. In fact, this year’s competition marks 22 years that Deer Valley Resort has hosted international and world competitions including 2002 Winter Olympics, 17 World Cups, and the 2011 and 2019 World Championships.
The World Cup begins on Thursday the 6th with the Mogul Competition. Friday the 7th sees the Aerial Competition followed by the Dual Mogul Competition on Saturday the 8th. Each day the events start in the afternoon and continue into the night under the lights at Deer Valley Resort. Immediately following the awards each night, viewers will be treated to a fireworks display at the Competition Venue. For the full schedule and location of each event, visit Deer Valley’s website.
Guests staying at The Chateaux Deer Valley during the event can take advantage of Park City’s free public transit down to the Snow Park area from the Silver Lake area. Or, if you are skiing in the morning, you can simply walk across the street, ski Deer Valley for the day, then ski down to Snow Park before they close the area for the competition. Our helpful and knowledgeable Concierge staff located in the lobby can help direct you and plan your transportation needs to ensure that you can catch the event that you wish to see.
If catching the event live isn’t possible for your itinerary, the FIS World Cup will be available on the Olympic Channel, NBC Sports Network, and NBC Sports. Relax in the comfort of your room at The Chateaux, order room service from 6 to 10pm and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine from the dinner menu while watching the competitors fly and twist their way down to the podium.
However you choose to watch the FIS World Cup, be sure to gather at Cena Lounge for lively après food and drinks. With a welcoming environment, the Lounge is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a personal pizza with a pint. The full service bar and extensive menu ensure that there is something for everyone in your group to enjoy.
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