On Wednesday, March 11th, Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) held its eighth annual ski day for Central Oregon students who are blind or have visual impairments (VI) at Mt. Bachelor. Students participating have a diverse range of vision abilities, and the ski day is all about having a safe, fun day where vision impairments are not an obstacle. Speaking of fun…the photo is student Jacob Scott and his guide having a snowball fight.
The partnership between OAS and the High Desert Educational Service District allows approximately 14 students throughout the area as far as La Pine, and as young as seven years old, to ski and snowboard with OAS guides. The OAS guides are skilled and knowledgeable thanks to the ongoing guidance and training from local skier Nancy Stevens. Stevens was born blind but hasn’t let that stop her. She has cross-country skied for over 40 years and competed in Nagano, Japan, through the U.S. Paralympic Cross Country Ski Team.