“this program lifts the kids’ confidence…To see them up on the mountain, you can’t tell they have special needs of any kind.”—Paraprofessional from Durango School District
Founded on the slopes of Purgatory, ASA has been exploring the possibilities of Recreation since 1983. Each year, Purgatory Resorts supports Adaptive Sports Association‘s year-round mission to provide outdoor recreational programs for individuals with disabilities.
Through sports and recreation, participants meet positive role models, increase socialization skills, improve physical fitness and combat depression. Personalities blossom and self-esteem soars as our students challenge themselves physically and emotionally and experience success.
Through the use of state-of-the-art adaptive sports equipment, ASA is able to offer its services to individuals with every type of disability. Over 50 ASA ski and snowboard instructors are nationally certified through Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). ASA is also a member of Move United. Quality instruction and safety are primary concerns of ASA.
During the winter, you’ll find ASA at the base of Purgatory Resort in the Dave Spencer Center. From traditional skis and snowboards to ski bikes or sit skis, ASA serves a diverse group of participants.
Fun in the sun
Summers with ASA
ASA has a diverse array of summer programs as well with activities such as rafting on the Animas, group cycling, and canoe/kayak day trips. All summer, ASA facilitates camping trips and an adaptive rental equipment program.
Volunteer with Adaptive Sports
At Adaptive Sports Association, we depend on our local volunteers to make our ski and snowboarding lessons possible. We train intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders to teach adaptive snow sports, so no previous experience with ski/snowboard instruction or with disabilities is necessary.
FREE ski improvement clinics
Improved skills to help people with disabilities enjoy the experience of winter snow sports