Meet Charlie

For many of us, the activities we enjoy are easily accessible. This is not the case for children and adults living with disabilities.
In rural northern Michigan, these opportunities are even more limited.

Challenge Mountain adaptive recreational programs are year-round — from adaptive skiing to kayaking. And, all are provided FREE of charge.

Challenge Mountain Programs: More than Just an Activity


Charlie plays putt-putt with friends, attends a dance class and enjoys Spirit Day Camp every summer — all opportunities available to him through Challenge Mountain.

For Charlie’s parents, watching their son live an active, full life without the worry of associated program costs is a wonderful gift made possible by generous members of our community.



“Hello neighbors,

We both know that packing a lunch and sending your child off on a school bus with friends is an everyday occurrence for
most families.

But for a family like mine, it’s a pretty big deal.

The first time my son Charlie headed off on a bus to Challenge Mountain’s Spirit Day Camp, he was 10 years old. It was a moment of independence and freedom he had never experienced before.

That was 15 years ago. As Challenge Mountain grew, my son grew right along with them. He can do hard things and he is capable of
more. Charlie is living a life full of possibilities and potential.

Your support of Challenge Mountain means so much to families like mine who get to see their loved ones making memories,
experiencing joy and building connections.

We’re lucky to have you as a neighbor,
Katie – Charlie’s Mom


Year-end donations will be matched up to $80,000 thanks to several anonymous donors and a $25,000 grant from Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf.  This matching grant is aimed to encourage fellow community members to donate to Challenge Mountain by 12/31/23.

EVERY DONATION will be matched DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR. Best of all, 100% OF DONATIONS are designated for adaptive recreation, cultural programs and social activities.

DONATE to Meet the $80,000 Matching Grant!






Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.