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Shared Ski Adventures


Michael Cocquyt
info@sportsnetny.org
585-334-6000 x1120

 

  

 


 

What is Shared Ski Adventures?

Shared Ski Adventures, is an ADAPTIVE Learn to Ski Program that helps people with disabilities become independent skiers.  We ski at Swain Ski Resort in Western New York.  Shared Ski Adventures is the largest adaptive ski program in the greater Rochester area.
 

Since 1980, over 800 students have benefited from the dedication of volunteer instructors.  All share in the cost.  Instructors help optimistic and adventurous participants who are cognitively disabled or mobility, hearing or vision impaired, learn to ski.
 

Read Caitlin's testimony"Caitlin uses a sit ski which enables her to be upright while being steered down the slope by an instructor tethering the sit ski from behind. Caitlin is able to help steer the ski by leaning into turns as they descend the slope. Caitlin's dad and brother have been volunteer ski instructors in the program for many years. This has had a number of side benefits. Caitlin and her dad get to spend quality time together each Saturday sharing in an activity they love. Caitlin's brother has enjoyed sharing his passion for skiing both with Caitlin ..."  (Click to read more)

We focus on capabilities not disabilities.  Both student and instructors benefit from the program by sharing in a safe activity that promotes physical, mental and emotional growth.  Our teaching methods are as creative as the people we instruct and frequently require specialized ski equipment.
 

In 2003, Shared Ski Adventures became a recreational program of CP Rochester, a 60-year-old agency whose mission is to support adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities so they may determine their own pathways in life and to live as full members of their communities.
 

"During my first day with my student, I had an amazing experience. We were both trying something new for the first time – she was going to try skiing, I was going to try encouraging her to learn to love skiing.... As we were going up the lift, getting acquainted, I told her I was excited to be doing this with her.
She expressed some trepidation, a little nervousness – ok, a lot of nervousness.... we both were nervous – all of a sudden she said to me, “We Can Do This, People !!!” as she playfully smacked me in the helmet. Here she was, encouraging me..." 
(Click to read more)

 

An instructors experience:  Empowering People




 

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