Date: 01/14/24 & Location: Aspen, CO Video: Light Bulb Media
The crisp mountain air of Aspen, Colorado was charged with excitement as the Return to Dirt program of the High Fives Foundation recently embarked on their Snow Track Days adventure. With a convoy of three specially adapted Hand Controlled Vehicles, six athletes experienced an unforgettable day filled with joy, camaraderie, and the thrill of conquering the snow-covered track.
The Return to Dirt program, an initiative by the High Fives Foundation, is dedicated to empowering individuals with life-changing injuries to rediscover the thrill of outdoor activities. The recent Snow Track Days in Aspen showcased the Foundation’s commitment to providing unique and exhilarating experiences for those who have faced significant challenges.
The picturesque snow-covered landscape of Aspen set the stage for an extraordinary day of adaptive snow riding. The six athletes, including the inspiring Kayla Sarmiento, were greeted with smiles and warmth, creating an atmosphere of inclusivity and support.
The Return to Dirt program, in collaboration with the High Fives Foundation, provided the athletes with three Hand Controlled Vehicles, specially designed to navigate the snow-covered terrain. These adapted vehicles opened up a world of possibilities, allowing the participants to experience the freedom and excitement of snowmobiling in a safe and controlled environment.
“We all had a blast & enjoyed seeing/meeting everyone! You have a great team for sure. I felt the love & joy! Thanks again!”Kayla, one of the participants, expressed her gratitude
One of the key highlights of the day was the sense of community that permeated the event. Athletes, volunteers, and organizers came together, forming bonds and creating memories that will last a lifetime. The event not only showcased the physical capabilities of the athletes but also highlighted the resilience and determination that define their spirit.
Tim Burr, Founding Member of the organizing team“3 Hand Controlled Vehicles got on the track.”
This logistical feat allowed for a seamless and enjoyable experience for all participants, emphasizing the meticulous planning and dedication of the Return to Dirt program team. As the day came to a close, the Snow Track Days in Aspen left everyone with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. The Return to Dirt program continues to break barriers and redefine what is possible for individuals with life-altering injuries. Through events like Snow Track Days, the High Fives Foundation is making a lasting impact, providing not just thrilling experiences but also a supportive community that encourages personal growth and resilience.
In the words of the participants, volunteers, and organizers alike, Snow Track Days in Aspen was more than just an adventure; it was a celebration of courage, camaraderie, and the indomitable spirit of those who choose to return to the dirt, and beyond.