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Ability Challenge hits Park City’s slopes

Submitted by National Ability Center,

A skier dressed as Batman makes his way down the race course at last year s Ability Snow Challenge at Park City Mountain. This year s theme is Light It Up Blue.

For the 28th year, the National Ability Center is teaming with Park City Mountain to provide a lively day of friendly competition with the Ability Snow Challenge. Held Saturday, April 2 at Park City’s base area, Ability Snow Challenge brings skiers, snowboarders and snow enthusiasts of all ages and abilities together in support of the adaptive recreational programs offered by the NAC.

The general public is encouraged to form five-person teams and each team will be paired with a local skiing legend, Olympian or NAC athlete to claim category titles for racing down the Eagle Race Arena Course. For groups not wanting to race in the morning, the Ability Snow Challenge has added new, on-snow challenges this year, from face painting and team conga lines to skiing small park features, that will take place immediately following the race. Teams can choose at least one or several challenges to complete before 2 p.m. Challenges range from very easy to moderate and there are some options that do not require a lift ticket to participate. Each team will be paired with a Mountain Guide who will keep track of challenges completed.

April 2 is also Autism Speaks’ World Autism Awareness Day; a day when people all over the globe will pledge to "Light It Up Blue" and wear blue to raise awareness in their communities. Because individuals with autism make up one of the largest populations served by the National Ability Center, this year’s Ability Snow Challenge theme is "Light It Up Blue." Teams can express their creativity by dressing up in any manner of blue desired, with prizes awarded for best-dressed team, best-dressed individual and best-dressed volunteer. A highlight of the event is the Participant Demo Race, featuring NAC participants who have been working hard all winter to hone their skills. Guests get to see firsthand the specialized adaptive equipment used in NAC programs and the NAC Team Flyers will demo their skills in the Ability Cup. The day ends with a raffle and an after party at Park City’s Spring Concert Series, held from 3-5 p.m., with live music by Muddpuddle thanks to Mountain Town Music and Park City, as well as a beer garden and food (for purchase) on the PayDay Deck Stage at Legacy Lodge.

"The Ability Snow Challenge is a family-friendly community event, and the National Ability Center’s longest running event! It is a great excuse for people of all ability levels to come together for fun, adventure and support. It is also an amazing opportunity for the NAC to showcase its ski and snowboard programs that benefit the lives of so many," said Gail Loveland, National Ability Center’s executive director. "Like many of our programs, this event would not be possible without the support of Park City and Vail Epic Promise."

For a full schedule of Ability Snow Challenge events or to register, visit http://www.AbilitySnowChallenge.org. Additional information about the National Ability Center is available at http://www.DiscoverNAC.org.