This weekend at Grand Targhee, Teton Adaptive Sports is holding the tenth annual Targhee Fun Race to support the resort’s adaptive ski and snowboard program.
Grand Targhee adaptive supervisor Trecia Mills estimates that the resort booked around a hundred adaptive lessons this season. The program offers people with physical and cognitive disabilities the opportunity to ski or ride. Almost ten kids participated in adaptive skiing this year through the school district’s winter sports program. Mills enjoys helping kids and adults discover or rediscover the joy and freedom of hitting the slopes.
“For so many individuals, skiing is a goal they can accomplish and a sport they can do independently,” she said. “It’s been a great season. It’s fun to be able to take our passion and share it with others.”
TAS plays an integral part in Targhee’s adaptive program by offering scholarships for skiers who might not be able to afford lessons; donating specialized equipment that can cost several thousand dollars; and funding continued training for instructors.
“It’s growing steadily,” Mills said about the 12-year-old program. “We’re fortunate to have great instructors who are super attentive to the needs of our clients and are wonderful to work with.”
The Targhee Fun Race, which will be held on Saturday from 10 to 2, is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the adaptive community, raise money for a good cause, and have fun on the mountain while winning great prizes. Registration will be open until Saturday morning. To participate, each ski or snowboard team of between two and five people is required to raise at least $125. Grand Targhee will be awarding excellent swag like season passes, lift tickets, and lodging for best costume, best team spirit, fastest race course time, and most money raised. There is also a raffle for donated prizes from valley businesses and restaurants like Eagle Orthopedic, MD Nursery, Yeti’s Post, Barrels & Bins, Forage, Teton Thai, Teton Rock Gym, Peaked Sports, Grand Teton Distillery, and more.
“Everyone has been so supportive,” Mills said. “It’s a really fun event.”
This winter was her first in the supervisory position. She’s hoping to expand the competition side of the program and encourage more athletes to participate in the Special Olympics Winter Games in alpine skiing and snowboarding.
“I want to generate more interest in the racing side of things,” she said. “We’ll try to find more people who want to learn those skills.”
Mills will be at Broulim’s this Friday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. to sell raffle tickets and provide information about the program.