Winter Program

The Higher Ground Winter Programs primarily focuses on alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, and Nordic skiing. The goal of this 5-month program is to provide individual instruction that increases the participant’s ability to a level where he or she can enjoy snow sports at the highest-possible integrated setting. Participants learn physical and communication skills to apply at home and school; snow sports goals are also set for individuals in order to track progress throughout the season.

HG serves children, teens, and adults with all types of physical and cognitive disabilities. The program staff of certified recreational therapists and highly qualified ski/snowboard instructors works closely with the Blaine County School District and Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind to incorporate structured lessons as a beneficial recreational activity into their school days. In partnership with Sun Valley Company and other local businesses, HG is able to offer all Blaine Country residents with disabilities a ski/snowboard lease package, a season’s mountain pass, and personalized instruction all at a discounted rate.

I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate your program. I saw a major change in my son, Joey, this year as his skiing improved. His limitations make life very challenging and sports even more challenging. But it is apparent to me that your program and Jerry Mitchell have created a skier in my child. His confidence level has changed dramatically and he feels like he “fits in” on the mountain. I cannot thank you enough. It means the world to us to have you so dedicated to helping others and we are so thankful for the work you do in this valley.

Parent of Participant