Adaptive Adventures returns to Marquette

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WJMN) – Making snow sports more accessible and providing a sense of community, that’s the goal of Adaptive Adventures as they plan a return trip to Marquette Mountain on March 15 and 16.

The ski and snowboard events provide specialized equipment for those who need it and instruction for those who want it.

Adam Webb with Adaptive Adventures shared with us the impact these events can have on Veterans, active-duty military, individuals with physical disabilities and their families.

“The feedback is just at both ends of the spectrum. From people that it is their first time going out with their family and they’re just ecstatic to be able to spend that quality time together and have a learning journey as a group right up to folks that perhaps were regular skiers before they found us here at Adaptive Adventures and are using us by way to get that kind of get the dust brushed off and get back out there and fall back in love with skiing or snowboarding with the support and training that we offer here, right up to folks that are regular adaptive skiers and snowboarders that are looking to excel themselves and push them on to greater and farther with challenges,” said Webb.

While winter weather hasn’t been as abundant this season, Jourdan O’Connor with Adaptive Adventures said their goal is to still provide a fun and safe environment for those who attend.

“One of the hardest things to get people out is maybe the nerves not knowing what you’re going into, not understanding what equipment might be there, you know, what options you have. But to be able to see the equipment and kind of understand and like put your mind at ease that like, okay, I could do this. I won’t hurt my knees anymore. Like, you know, I can’t walk. this is a piece of equipment. It’s kind of helpful for people to see that. So, we always if you know, in the event of a cancellation or something like that, if that’s an option to be somewhere and kind of just do an education piece, that’s a huge part of our program is the education piece as well.”

Watch the video below to see how the program made a difference in 2023.

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