Adaptive is our middle name.
OAS commenced its 24th winter programming season this week, once again creating access to the mountains for individuals with disabilities. Central Oregon news outlet KTVZ covered the story:
OAS programs at Mt. Bachelor opened December 21st and run through March 28, 2021. Hoodoo programs open Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting January 14th, 2021 and will run through March 14, 2021. In addition to downhill Alpine skiing, OAS is also offering Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing Wednesdays through Mondays in Central Oregon and at Hoodoo on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Registration forms and more information, including OAS specific operating adjustments due to COVID-19, are available on the OAS website. Each lesson includes all necessary equipment (rentals or adaptive equipment), a lift ticket and a trained instructor. The OAS staff of certified adaptive instructors provide lessons for mono-skiers, bi-skiers, 2-track, 3-track, 4-track skiers, alpine, Nordic skiing, snowboarding and guiding skiers with visual impairments. Each lesson is individually crafted to fit the needs and goals of the participant.
This year, fees have been dramatically reduced and all athletes will benefit from a Universal Scholarship program. New athletes who have not participated in winter sports with OAS previously, are eligible for a “First Turns” scholarship covering the cost for the first three days of experiences with OAS during the 2020/21 winter season. Further scholarships are earmarked for Disabled Veterans and youth with disabilities who are participating in remote learning. And as always, individual scholarships for anyone in financial need are also available.
“We believe that sustaining access to the mountains in the months ahead will be critical to the mental and physical health of our community and are thrilled to be able to continue to remove barriers to the outdoors for individuals with disabilities.” states Pat Addabbo, OAS Executive Director. “Thanks to those who support our mission, and in effort to create as much access as possible, we have reduced our list-rate program fees by at least 50% and opened up numerous avenues for youth, Veterans, and new-to-OAS athletes to participate at no cost.”