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U.S. Adaptive Recreation Center

Bi-Skier and InstructorsThe United States Adaptive Recreation Center was founded in 1983 (as California Handicapped Skiers) to ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities. The USARC believes people are empowered when they undertake and succeed at challenging outdoor recreation. In 1989, the USARC established the first full-time on-site adaptive ski school in Southern California at Bear Mountain Resort. Adaptive water sports and summer camping programs were added in 1993, and continue to evolve today.”Kayaker

“The USARC works with schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and park and recreation departments to serve children and adults with all types of cognitive or physical disabilities. The USARC knows that, after learning new skills and redefining their abilities, participants are able to feel the freedom of recreating with their families and friends. These experiences often result in increased self-confidence and greater success in academic, professional and personal life challenges.”Monoskier

“The USARC has earned a national and international reputation as a model program in adaptive outdoor recreation, and USARC personnel have served in training programs throughout the United States and the world.”

The United States Adaptive Recreation Center is committed to guiding people with disabilities toward the creation and affirmation of rewarding lifestyles by:

  • Facilitating challenging and adventurous recreational programming.
  • Enabling achievement with superior instruction and personnel.
  • Confronting limitations resolutely and educationally.
  • Developing independence through a cooperative reliance on others.
  • Providing resources for sustained participation with peers.
  • Creating awareness throughout the community.

For more information or to help support this amazing program, visit the USARC website here.

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Looking to do some skiing this weekend? Well, the weather is great, the snow is amazing and there is a fantastic event going on as well! Come on up!!

2013 USARC Skiathon

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013usarc poster
Where: Bear Mountain Resort
Who: Skiers & Snowboarders (You!)
Cost: $150 Individual or $500 Teams of Four

The hot FUNdraiser of the winter season is the Skiathon, enabling winter fanatics to have fun on the slopes while working toward the estimable end of supporting the USARC. The funds raised in the annual Skiathon offset the expense of purchasing adaptive ski equipment, training 200 volunteers and professional staff members, and subsidizing the cost of every lesson!

Everybody wins!  Participants receive a full-day ticket to Bear Mountain with lift-line cutting privileges, a Survival Kit, a 100% cotton Skiathon 2013 T-shirt, lunch, aprés-ski party with refreshments, hors-d’oeuvres, raffle ticket(s), auction and entertainment. Sponsors receive a tax deduction and the USARC can continue to provide opportunities for challenges and success. In addition, grand prizes and raffle prizes include lodging, lift tickets, gift cards, ski clothing, and more!

The real winners of the Skiathon are thousands of disabled children and adults who discover their potential through opportunities created by the generosity of each participant and sponsor.

USARC has partnered with FirstGiving to enable on-line registration and fundraising. Skiathon participants will be able to create their own personal fundraising website where supporters may pledge directly with credit cards, e-checks, or Pay-Pal!

To register on-line for the Ski-A-Thon, or to pledge support to a participant or team, visit our Ski-A-Thon 2013 page at FirstGiving.

To register by mail for the Ski-A-Thon, or make a donation, download the Ski-A-Thon Brochure & Pledge Form

For additional information please
contact the USARC office.

Need somewhere to stay? RS Vacations has several homes still available for this weekend. Book a Big Bear Lake Vacation Cabin and join us in skiing for a cause!

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we can do itCan:

1) To be able to do, make, or accomplish
2) Be made possible or probable by circumstances or choice

Can’t:

1) Can not

I have always disliked the word can’t. It is so final. Can’t simply means that you have given up. Have I used the word? Absolutely. Am I proud of those moments? No.

I hear people all the time say “I can’t do this” or “I can’t do that”. Why? Usually because they don’t want to put the effort into making something happen or because they are afraid to try something. I have been guilty of that.

Years ago, my hubby wanted me to go skiing with him. I hadn’t been on skis since I was a kid and well, let’s face it – I’m a big girl. I said, “I can’t”. He said, “Why not?” I then proceeded to give him every excuse in the book. “I won’t fit into those pants”, “If I fall down, I wont be able to get up”, and so on. He simply told me that he really wanted to spend time with me, he knew I could do it, but it was ultimately up to me.

He really knows how to get to me! But you know what? He was absolutely right. I went skiing, overcame my fear and doubt, had a great time with my husband and felt proud of myself for changing “I can’t” into “I can”. We continue to ski several times most seasons and I still love it and get better each time.

This coming Saturday is the Ski-a-Thon Fundraiser for the USARC (US Adaptive Recreation Center) at Bear Mountain. The USARC provides adaptive skiing and other outdoor recreation and sports to people with disabilities. These are people that have every reason to say “I can’t” but instead choose to say “I can”. I am awed by their determination and courage to do things most of us take for granted. They are choosing to live their life to the fullest. Shouldn’t we all?

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