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.

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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.

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