For us to say that we were thrilled to be back experiencing the Vermont hospitality and generosity that we know and love would be a great understatement. We have been fortunate enough to host our annual Fat Ski-a-Thon for 11 years at beautiful Sugarbush Mountain and every year seems to be better than the last.
We were able to host an adaptive ski camp in associate with Vermont Adaptive the week leading up to the Ski-a-Thon. This camp saw 10 disabled skiers get out on the hill together. Veteran skiers like Nick Farall were there showing first time disabled skiers the ropes. We believe it is really important at camps to have a mix of experienced shredders like Farall as well as first time skiers. Learning to ski again is tough but seeing skilled skiers there makes an individual feel like it is definitely possible to return to a high level of skiing again.
Each day of the camp saw the adaptive skiers improve. The new skiers began to be able to link more and more turns together, while the experienced skiers got to bestow the knowledge that they had gathered since there time of being a first-timer. As the skiing improved the group also became tighter, bonds were built on the snow and strengthened off the hill over discussions of sit ski maintenance, ski tuning, and everything in between
We were lucky to be able to gift three new Athletes their very first High Fives camps. Two of which had never been on the snow in a sit-ski.
Being a part of the High Fives camp at Sugarbush was just what I needed. I was able to try alpine skiing again after 5.5 years. And after I started to get the hang of it – I remembered why I loved it so much before I was injured. I also met some new friends that live in the area which is huge for me. I moved back to New England shortly before the pandemic and didn’t have any local friends with life changing injuries. I am happy to have a community within driving distance again!
FAT SKI A THON
After a successful camp before Fat ski, we were even more excited to see our amazing East Coast family come out and get to spend the day skiing with us. As we expected the day was filled with shredding, laughter, love, and generosity.
The 11th annual Fat Ski a Thon raised an astounding $385,537 for the foundation. This money will allow us to keep doing what we love to do to.
From the bottom of our hearts Thank you to everyone who donated, shared and came out to the event.