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Calendar of Events

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group or family activities, or to visit the lodge.

Feb
23
Fri
Fun Fridays at Challenge Mountain Lodge (Sledding/Snowshoeing/X-Country)
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group sledding or snowshoeing event at our lodge.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM), Spring Session
Feb 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to generous donors, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM) dance program was initiated by Claire Winnell for her Eagle Scout project.

The program is all-inclusive welcoming those of all abilities. Following a series of classes and practices, a public performance allows participants to share their new-found love of dance.

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Currently, we offer a fall and spring session for SNAM. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Watch Facebook for annual dance performances, currently held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.

Feb
26
Mon
Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM), Spring Session
Feb 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to generous donors, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM) dance program was initiated by Claire Winnell for her Eagle Scout project.

The program is all-inclusive welcoming those of all abilities. Following a series of classes and practices, a public performance allows participants to share their new-found love of dance.

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Currently, we offer a fall and spring session for SNAM. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Watch Facebook for annual dance performances, currently held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.

Mar
1
Fri
Fun Fridays at Challenge Mountain Lodge (Sledding/Snowshoeing/X-Country)
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group sledding or snowshoeing event at our lodge.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM), Spring Session
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to generous donors, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM) dance program was initiated by Claire Winnell for her Eagle Scout project.

The program is all-inclusive welcoming those of all abilities. Following a series of classes and practices, a public performance allows participants to share their new-found love of dance.

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Currently, we offer a fall and spring session for SNAM. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Watch Facebook for annual dance performances, currently held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.

Mar
2
Sat
Adaptive Skiing – 2 individual downhill lessons, 1 sit-ski lesson
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Challenge Mountain utilizes adaptive equipment, when needed, to support a positive experience for individuals participating in snowsports activities. From sit skis to bi-skis, from snowboards to snowshoes, from sleds to helmets, participants have access to equipment at no charge thanks for generous donor support.

Skiing is at the core of Challenge Mountain, dating back to the organizations roots in 1984. Participating in outdoor activities is important to feeling part of a community. Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group activities, family outings and lodge visits.

 

A Little Skiing Background

Challenge Mountain began as a dream of Darla Evans, a parent of a child living with a disability. Her daughter was confined to a wheelchair with limited opportunities available for her to experience activities with family and friends. In 1982, Darla took her daughter, Chrissy, to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado so she could learn to ski like her siblings and friends.

By the end of the week, five year-old Chrissy was skiing with special equipment adapted to her needs. She discovered a freedom she had never known, self-confidence and self-esteem!

The operator of the Winter Park program refused to accept payment for the week of skiing. Instead, he elicited a promise from Darla that she return to Michigan and begin a similar program, and this is where the story of Challenge Mountain begins.

In 1984 Everett Kircher, founder of Boyne Resorts, donated Walloon Hills Ski Area to Challenge Mountain and Darla’s dream became a reality. This was just the beginning to what has grown to become year-round adaptive recreation programs and opportunities for individuals living with disabilities in northern Michigan and beyond.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Mar
4
Mon
Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM), Spring Session
Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to generous donors, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM) dance program was initiated by Claire Winnell for her Eagle Scout project.

The program is all-inclusive welcoming those of all abilities. Following a series of classes and practices, a public performance allows participants to share their new-found love of dance.

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Currently, we offer a fall and spring session for SNAM. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Watch Facebook for annual dance performances, currently held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.

Mar
8
Fri
Fun Fridays at Challenge Mountain Lodge (Sledding/Snowshoeing/X-Country)
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

PLEASE CONTACT US to schedule group sledding or snowshoeing event at our lodge.

For more about Challenge Mountain history, CLICK here.

Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM), Spring Session
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to generous donors, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM) dance program was initiated by Claire Winnell for her Eagle Scout project.

The program is all-inclusive welcoming those of all abilities. Following a series of classes and practices, a public performance allows participants to share their new-found love of dance.

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Currently, we offer a fall and spring session for SNAM. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Watch Facebook for annual dance performances, currently held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.

Mar
11
Mon
Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM), Spring Session
Mar 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to generous donors, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey is an active partner with Challenge Mountain. The Special Needs Artistic Movement (SNAM) dance program was initiated by Claire Winnell for her Eagle Scout project.

The program is all-inclusive welcoming those of all abilities. Following a series of classes and practices, a public performance allows participants to share their new-found love of dance.

Participants gain personal fulfillment through a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of acceptance that translates positively into their everyday lives. These experiences create positive individual and group development, while building social and character skills.

Currently, we offer a fall and spring session for SNAM. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Watch Facebook for annual dance performances, currently held at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

PLEASE CONTACT US with questions about Arts Programming.