I am very fortunate to have been able to donate my time for three consecutive years now to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled. The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for up to 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This year, Disabled Sport’s USA Far West hosted 18 wounded warriors and their guests at three different Lake Tahoe resorts. Big thanks to Northstar, and Squaw and Alpine Ski Resorts for sponsoring such an amazing program.
If you participated in Disabled Sports USA Far West’s Wounded Warrior Ability Camp anytime in the last three years, you may find your galleries via this link.
Although winter seems to have forsaken us all, I am hopeful it will return with feet and feet of snow. While I spend most of my days right now pining and moaning over the lack of fresh pow, or really, any pow at all, this was at least a nice little reminder that the snow was here before and that, most importantly, it will come back.
I’m pretty jazzed to announce that I’m a contributing photographer to Ski Lake Tahoe for the 2012-13 season. This means that starting in the 2013-14 season you might see some of the photos I took for them on their website, facebook page, or blog. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be like LOOK THERE’S MY PHOTO if one ever shows up somewhere and I know, a whole year is an awfully long time to wait but wait we shall. In the meantime, peek at these images, which I consider to be some of my best adventure photography of 2013. Accompanying my favorite ski and snowboard photos is a handful of images from the Tahoe Kids Tri and Fun Runs Series, all of which make me smile.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have been able to take the time off to donate time to the Wounded Warrior Ability Camp at Disabled Sports USA Far West, an amazing non profit out of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe that provides affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence to the disabled. The Ability Camp is a week long program that provides specialized instruction in adaptive alpine skiing and snowboarding for 25 soldiers and marines disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I took a ton of amazing photo in my four days with the participants, but you can view the rest of my favorites in the Projects: Wounded Warriors tab or by following this link. There are plenty of memorable moments that I captured, but the most valuable to me were the handful of new friendships forged.
In past years, I have spent quite a bit of time with Disabled Sports Far West and it’s an organization that I believe in. I unfortunately wasn’t able to donate my time this year as a lesson assistant. I think this, instead, is a pretty awesome way to give them an awesome service and still donate my time to a worthy cause. I can’t wait to return next year to photograph the event again.
Last Saturday was the culmination of my three month effort to raise money for the Disabled Sports Far West Ability Challenge. When all was said and done, I raised $1,890 and my really amazing SheJumps team collectively raised over $6,000!
The day was absolutely horrid and one of the worst ski days of the season: insane winds, driving sleet, and, at times, rain, shut down most of the local resorts. At Alpine Meadows, the actual event was severely cut down to the bare minimum as the competitors and other skiers were confined to one running mid mountain chair that only serviced what I consider beginner terrain.
It didn’t stop us from having a blast though. The team pulled through with amazing costumes. Exhibit A:
Best dressed for sure!
We had synchronized ski sessions. Exhibit B:
And last but not least, we had some serious jumping skills. Exhibit C:
You can see all the photos I took that day here. You can also head over to Meg’s blog to read her account of our day. Also, find us on my friend Josh’s Sun Skier blog representing the best in ski attire.
Over all, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Yes, it may have been more pleasant if the sun had been out and the slopes had been warm, but really, when I volunteer at Disabled Sports, our participants are excited to go out in regardless of the weather and they make the best of it on a day to day basis. For that one day, we did the same and we had fun!
I am fundraising for the Disabled Sports Ability Challenge. 12 hours after posting my initial fundraising goal of $500, I was already halfway there and realized that my goal should be revised. I hit my next goal of $1000 by early February so now I’m shooting for the moon: $2000!
I personally have raised so $1390 so far. My team, collectively, has raised $4,865!!
Disabled Sports is VERY important to me. I have been volunteering with them for three years now because I believe in their mission to help those with disabilities of any kind recognize their full potential by providing affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.
Please help me reach my goal of $2000 and help my team surpass $6,000 this week! There is no donation too small. By donating to my Ability Challenge Fundraising and supporting Disabled Sports, you are supporting me.
Click here to donate online with a credit card or paypal.
I encourage you not to delay and donate today! I’m very excited about the work I’m doing with Disabled Sports and am happy to be part of something so awesome. Also, this is a tax deductible donation as we are a 501(c)3 non profit.
Looking forward to a fun day with my team on the slopes at Alpine Meadows!
So many amazing things happened this year. It’s really fascinating how much writing this blog makes me appreciate how insanely awesome my life is: I live in one of the most picturesque outdoor communities in the world, I have a job that I love with co-workers who are fantastic and inspiring, I’m surrounded by the greatest friends, both near and far, I get to travel ALL THE TIME, I have the flexibility to be spontaneous and adventurous and the best part, I finally bought something (camera) I’ve been dreaming of for years.
While I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because I feel like they do people very little good, I do like to challenge myself. I like to sign up for goal events every year, I like to be healthy, I like to laugh every day, I like to find new things to learn, I like to exercise.
My goals for last year were to set new heights in swim yardage as I trained for the Ironman Relay I was swimming in (in May we ended up moving our entry to 2012) and to run 500 miles. I realized this week that I was 5 miles away from hitting that goal so I took Andy out for a five mile run this morning. Success on both accounts.
I am clearly still so far off from competing with the uber-trained athlete that I was in 2009 it’s comical. Where did I get all that energy??
My goals for 2012 are as follows and they are somewhat lofty:
1. Re-train to swim in the Ironman (Vineman) Relay with Ellen and Al. Best my yardage from this year.
2. Run 3 half marathons in states I haven’t ticked off the list yet (woefully behind on this life goal to run a half Marathon in every state).
3. Become a better photographer. I’m taking a digital photography class this winter at the local community college. I plan to follow it up with a portrait class in the spring. I was thinking about doing a 365 project: 1 photo a day, 365 days but I think with everything else I have going on this year, that I’ll table that one for another year.
4. 60 days on the mountain. I barely missed this in the 09-10 season at 58 and came in at 61 for the 2010-11 season. This year, I am out of town for about a week and a half in January and a week in March. With no snow yet and no snow in the forecast, this might be a difficult goal. I’m at 8 for the season leading into the new year, which means I need 12 days a month for the next four months and either 4 days in May or 4 extra days somewhere else. Do-able for sure, but I think some extra dawn patrols might have to be squeezed in to make it happen.
5. Raise $1000 for Disabled Sports in the Ability Challenge.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your 2011 was as incredible as mine!
As most of you know, I started volunteering for Disabled Sports Far West last year as a lesson assistant and I love it. For the 2nd year in a row, the Bay Area Council of Ski Clubs is hosting a fundraiser for us at a local ski resort called the Ski for All. In exchange for raising a minimum of $100 in donations, I get to go ride at Sugar Bowl for free all day. All proceeds go to benefit my chapter of Disabled Sports. If you would like to support my volunteer work, please consider donating $10. I would really appreciate it! I’m very excited about the work I’m doing with them and am happy to be part of something so awesome. Checks should be made out to “DSUSA” and can be mailed to me. This is a tax deductible donation as we are a 501(c)3 non profit.
Sierra and I spent the weekend in Truckee and at Alpine Meadows while I volunteered with Disabled Sports USA. On Saturday we had some kids from Camp C.O.O.L out of Sacramento. On Sunday, they didn’t have a lesson for me so I was able to free ski all morning and then take an afternoon How-To-Teach-Snowboarding Clinic. I did a bunch of hiking to Alpine’s higher peaks to take advantage of some untouched snow, which was fun.
The Snowboard Instruction Clinic was fascinating as I’m self taught and never took a lesson. I’ve been really focusing on improving my riding this year so I can do some bigger stuff and I know that I have some bad habits, but wasn’t sure what they were. Turns out that I use a lot of unnecessary counter in order to make turns and I’m excited that I’ve learned what I should be doing instead and how it should feel. While counter rotation has an appropriate time to be used (moguls and bumps), it’s definitely been slowing my momentum.
Also, on March 27th, the Bay Area Ski Clubs conduct a Ski For All fundraiser for our adaptive snowsports program. The event is going to be held at Squaw Valley. I am planning on participating and in order to do so, need to secure a minimum of $100 in pledges. If you would like to sponsor me for the event, a donation of $5 or $10 would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your support!