Ski competitions for both standing and sitting skiers are held throughout the country and in Europe. Both Aspen Highlands and Mount Hood Meadows ski resorts have hosted the U. S. championships. The 1990 World Disabled Championships were held at Winter Park, Colorado; the 1992 championships were held at Breckenridge, Colorado.

An increasing number of ski areas, eastern and western, offer ski programs for persons with disabilities and make their resort facilities accessible to them. Among the permanent, on-mountain ski schools are:

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Box 697, Breckenridge, CO 80424; (303) 453-6422.

National Sports Center for the Disabled, Box 36, Winter Park, CO 80482; (303) 726-5514.

Tahoe Handicapped Ski School at Alpine Meadows. Offices: 5926 Illinois Avenue, Orangevale, CA 95662; (916) 989-0402.

Bear Mountain, P. O. Box 6812, Big Bear Lake, CA; (714) 585-2519. Bear Mountain is about three hours east of Los Angeles.

Ski Windham, 1A Lincoln Avenue, Albany, NY 12205; (518) 452- 6095. Ski Windham is about two-and-a-half hours north of New York City.

Park City Handicapped Sports Association, Box 680286, Park City, UT 84068; (801) 649-3991.

New England Handicapped Sportsmen’s Association, with ski facilities at Haystack Mountain, Vermont. Offices: 26 McFarlin Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824; (508) 256-3240.

Aspen Handicapped Skiers Association, c/o Edwin Lucks, P. O. Box 5429, Snowmass Village, CO 81615.

Durango/Purgatory Handicapped Sports Association, P. O. Box 1884, Durango, CO 81302.

Horizons, c/o Christine K. Collins, P. O. Box 774867, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Waterville Valley Ski Touring Center, Town Square, Waterville, NH 03215.

There are a number of associations in the United States and Canada whose goals are to bring those with special physical problems into the world of sports.

The largest in the United States is the National Handicapped Sports and Recreation Association. The association has 86 local chapters and affiliates. The NHS holds leam-to-ski clinics throughout the country and sponsors the annual Ski Spectacular for Disabled Skiers in Breckenridge. For information write the association at 451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850; (301) 217-0960.

The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing is the national association for eight divisions of disabled skiing organizations in Canada. For information write: Box 307, Kimberly, British Columbia, VIA 2Y9, CANADA; (604) 427-7712.

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