Skiers with disabilities hit the slopes during the 13th annual Great Lake Mono-Ski Madness, Nordic and Race Camp February 24 through 26 at Spirit Mountain Ski Resort. The event is the largest adapted learn-to-ski event in the Midwest.
This annual event, led by Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Sports and Recreation Department, works with participants to advance their mono-skiing and Nordic skills as well as
gain confidence to become independent skiers. Daily clinics are followed by evening analysis of video of skiers filmed earlier that day.
“This amazing event brings together skiers and instructors from across the Midwest to work with skiers to sharpen their mono-skiing skills,” said Eric Larson, supervisor, Sports & Recreation, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. “It’s a great way for people with disabilities, ages 8 and up, to receive a high level of adaptive ski instruction.”
The goal is to become independent, high-functioning mono skiers who test their skills during race competition on the final day. Participants learn valuable tips to improve their skiing and try
out the latest adaptive equipment. They also get a chance to socialize with peers. Over the three days, participants learn from, and ski with, Olympic- and Paralympic-caliber skiers.
Skiing skills are critiqued by ski instructors and peers. For many, the experiences at this event lead to life-long participation in sports and a healthier lifestyle.
Mono-ski and Race Camp is made possible by these sponsors: Miller-Dwan Foundation, Disabled Sports USA–Warfighter Grant, National Bank of Commerce, Adaptive Adventures, Coloplast, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Spirit Mountain Ski Resort and Edge Water Park and Resort.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation
Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage
Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute
provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and
long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout
Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has
multiple locations, and numerous
programs and services. For more information visit