Ski Events That Make Winter Sports More Accessible for Everyone

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When it comes to winter sports events, many barriers stop people from participating. Luckily, skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports events are aiming to become more accessible to communities who may not have been able to try them before. Here are a few events looking to change the winter sport landscape.

Black Ski Summit and BIPOC Mountain Collective

Did you know that only 1.5% of skiers in the U.S. are Black? Well, Black Ski Summit is aiming to change that. This organization is run by the National Brotherhood of Skiers and holds annual events in popular destinations across the country. Last year’s event took place in Vail. Black skiers and snowboarders can enjoy races, parties, picnics, and leisurely days with a discount and become members of a friendly and welcoming community.

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BIPOC Mountain Collective’s motto is “Never ride alone.” It’s a network of clubs all over the country that hold winter and spring meet-ups. The fee is only $39.99, and each participant can enjoy different events and day trips.

Hartford Ski Spectacular and Inclusive Ski Touring

People with disabilities often miss out on winter sports. However, Hartford Ski Spectacular has a solution. The annual sports festival is held by Move United and takes place at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. The equipment is designed to be comfortable for people with disabilities, and the activities are perfectly adapted. Apart from ski and snowboard lessons and races, people can enjoy banquets and networking events.

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For Inclusive Ski Touring, another event, it’s all in the name. The people behind Inclusive Ski Touring are all about inclusivity. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, a novice or an expert, black or white; everyone is welcome to enjoy the events and feel like they belong to a community.

Alaska Ski for Women

This ski event specifically made for women is the biggest one on the continent. Women of all ages and abilities can participate. The Friends and Family Ski event will be held on February 4, followed by the main event on February 5, when men are welcome to cheer all the women participating in the race.

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The money raised will be used to support domestic violence organizations. All the guests can enjoy food trucks, a silent auction, drink vendors, and free massages!