Tyler Wano returns to skiing for Arcade Belt Goal number 2

Goal 2- Return to Skiing in a monoski

When you sustain a life altering injury there are many scary moments. At first you, don’t know what is going on and you are a bit like a new born baby. Everything is new, different and scary.

After some time passes you grow and change. When you begin to adjust to the new life, that is when you begin to want to get out of your comfort zone. You grow out of the bubble that a new injury casts and look out to possibilities of new growth and ways to get back to doing the things you found great enjoyment from, pre-injury.

High Fives is their from day one of an injury to get you to the point where you are ready to begin to really live again.

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After breaking his T8 vertebrae snowboarding after crashing on a big park jump at Breckinridge, Colorado Tyler Wano found himself in a tough situation. Everything he had done for his whole life was suddenly different.

Tyler made the decision very early on that he wasn’t going to let this injury become the end of his life, rather a new beginning.

After a time of learning, rehabilitation, and hard work Tyler was ready to leave the hospital and get back to life. When we first met Tyler he spoke of his desire to get back out on the snow and shred with his friends in a monoski. At this point he was only a few month post injury so he still needed to let his injury heal before this became a reality, but we had no doubt the determined Athlete was going to make it happen as soon as possible, he did.

Within One year of his life changing accident, Tyler was back on snow again, skiing.  Tyler set a lofty goal and he worked hard and kept his mindset positive with the thought that he was going to do it. High Fives was there to support him along the way but no one else but him could put in the work. He had to make the decision every day that he was going to get there.

Watching him set his goal and complete it is something we at the Foundation are incredibly proud to have been a part of. Way to go Tyler!


Getting back on the mountain with friends and family means the world to me, I may be falling alot at the moment but it gives me so much to look forward to for when I start to get better.

-Tyler Wano

Goal 2-  Ride A monoski complete January 2020


The Arcade Belt Program


The Arcade Belt Program was put in place to provide our athletes with a system for setting goals. Similar to a karate belt system, athletes move through the ranks when they complete goals they set for themselves and receive a belt with stars corresponding to the goal number they accomplish.


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