Adaptive Sports

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

This week’s winter storm came at the perfect time for a group that has been skiing and riding in mid-March at Stowe Mountain Resort for over a quarter-century. This week is the annual winter summit for insurance giant AIG and some special guests.

Emily Mason / Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

If you are blind or visually impaired, at least 14 years old and want to join a hockey team, we've got some news for you! The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is helping to recruit a team of Vermonters and New Yorkers for a league run by Courage USA.

2013 Raj Chawla Photography / Kelly Brush Foundation

Vermont is full of outdoor activities to take part in. But it could be frustrating if you use a wheelchair or have lost the use of arms or legs.

There are a number of groups that are making it easier to ski, hike, bike, sail or play hockey or tennis using adaptive equipment.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The 40th annual Stowe Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend with a town-wide ice sculpture contest, among other events. Despite cold temperatures and a lack of snow, locals and visitors alike have been getting out and celebrating winter.

The very first Stowe Winter Carnival was held in 1921, and featured ski jumping and tobogganing on a hill behind the public school. By 1935 the event evolved to feature competitive Nordic and downhill ski races. But then the war years came, and the Carnival went on hiatus.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

What began as an effort to get the Stowe Recreation Path groomed for cross-country skiing has turned into a major four-day showcase for winter adaptive sports over Martin Luther King weekend.