This could be the year to try something new... I know that in the Peterson house we have talked a lot about trying some new things in 2018! Instead of complaining about achy bones and joints - why not complain of aches and pains because we just tried something totally new and had a blast doing it...that (almost) makes the aches and pains worth it! Plus, a funny story, new friends and bragging rights will be all yours! I'll share other ideas in future newsletters
Let's start with some opportunities right here in Michigan. Not all will be right in town but they are not far away! Listed below are a few opportunities for winter sports.
SLEDDING at ELLA SHARP PARK (Rotunda)
If you live in Jackson- you are probably very familiar with sledding at Cascades Park. If you are in our situation- we just cant get our daughter pulled up the hill any longer. So with 3 of us, a sled and a car.. we can still have this awesome experience. We start with a sled at the hilltop - right behind the Rotunda. I can take our (adult) daughter down the hill on the sled. My husband drives the car to the road just at the bottom of the hill and picks us up and drives us back up the road to the top of the hill...repeat!
A few years ago our family went to Challenge Mountain to take our daughter skiing. Yes, it is a ways away (nearly 4 hours- near Petoskey in Boyne Falls) but the whole event and opportunity made it well worth it. Our experience included the mountain outfitting the whole family with skis and then working with our daughter on ski options, she ended up with a sit ski. We skied a few hours in all, (the kids all went on a snowmobile ride) had lunch, made new friends and yes...we have a few funny stories to share about it. We all still talk about it and are looking forward to going again. The total cost was by donation only!
This is a real beginners hill so great for first timers and out of shape moms! Everyone there was so incredibly kind, it was like family (in someways better!). Contact them for more information at
(231) 582-1186 or
MICHIGAN ADAPTIVE SPORTS
Michigan Adaptive Sports (MAS) is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization established for the purpose of providing sports, recreation and physical fitness opportunities for persons with disabilities.
They offer a competitive aspect as a part of their program for those seeking a higher challenge. They host many annual clinics and events which provide ample challenges and opportunities for fun and excitement. They are able to provide these sports and activities to a very wide range of people.Our participants are of all ages, from young children to adults, and their disabilities include amputation, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, head injuries, and many others
How about a winter of downhill skiing! They provide introductory ski lessons for persons of all ability levels. Lesson includes access to specialized adaptive equipment, an instructor, and a lift ticket.
Learn To Ski Clinic
February 3, 10 and 24, 2018 - Pine Knob
March 3 2018 - Crystal Mountain
March 4, 2018 - Crystal Mountain