16th Annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic at Durango Mountain Resort

Photo: Adaptive Sports Association of Durango (www.asadurango.com)

Photo: Adaptive Sports Association of Durango (www.asadurango.com)

For 16 years, the Adaptive Sports Association of Durango has held the Dave Spencer Ski Classic at Durango Mountain Resort. But for the past 30 years, the ASA has been providing skiing, snowboarding and a variety of “sit-ski” instruction to people with disabilities. And every year, the ASA’s ski classic brings together teams to wear costumes, get crazy and raise money for the program.

The weekend kicks off with a welcome reception and registration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, 1150 Main Ave., in Durango (just down the street from the Durango Quality Inn).

Saturday and Sunday is all about the ski events and races at Durango Mountain Resort (aka Purgatory). Teams will raise money and compete in races and competitions, including the timed event at Paradise Race Arena and the Mountain Rally scavenger hunt and poker run. (Costumes are always welcome-slash-encouraged.) The weekend will wrap up with an awards party for the participants Sunday night.

From the ASA website:

Adaptive Sports Association’s programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation. By working with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment, ASA helps students “Explore Possibilities”.

Through sports and recreation, participants meet positive role models, increase socialization skills, improve physical fitness and combat depression. Personalities blossom and self-esteem soars as our students challenge themselves physically and emotionally and experience success.

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