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- Summer Building Now Open on Belleview - The Impact of Sport on Spinal Cord Injuries - 24-Hour Townie Tour Rock Stars - Staff Highlight - Pat Addabbo - Crested Butte Open Auction Offers Unique Items and Adventures - 2013 Summer Camps & Clinics

Text of Summer Preview 2013


    P.O. Box 1639, Crested Butte, Colorado 81224


    PERMIT #29

    adaptivEtracksA field guide by the Adaptive Sports Center




    & Summer Building Now OpenThe ASC community completes its dream summer facility.


    eventsJune 21-23

    SUMMER SOLSTICE PHOTOGRAPHYJoin the Adaptive Sports Center for a photography workshop designed for individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities.

    Summer Solstice Photography inspires participants to explore Gunnison Valley through the cameras lens. Participants will learn the basics of nature photography while shooting animals and landscapes with the guidance of professional photographer Pat Bittle and the Adaptive Sports Center crew.

    PRICE: $485.00

    July 5 (4pm - 7pm)

    THE ADAPTIVE BUILDING RIBBON CUTTINGJoin the Crested Butte community for refreshments and appetizers to celebrate the grand opening of the new Adaptive Building located in downtown Crested Butte.

    AUGUST 4-5

    CRESTED BUTTE OPENThe CB Open is the valleys premiere charity golf event. The prestigious Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course provides a stunning venue for the tournament. The western-themed gala features an array of one-of-a-kind auction items. Auction items this year include an Alaska fishing trip, a lifesized Santa and a VIP Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade experience. PRICE: Register at August 16-19

    HIGH ADVENTURE: LADIES GETAWAYLadies 18 and over, and of all athletic abilities are invited to take on new challenges, build confidence and develop new friendships.

    Day one promises to have everything for an epic downhill mountain bike adventure. Participants will have lift-access to the cross-country and downhill trails on Mt. CB. A little of everything will be thrown your way as you descend down wide singletrack and roll through berms and rollers.

    On day two participants will travel to a gorgeous ranch in the valley for horseback riding and wellness activities.

    On day three, participants can choose to canoe, kayak, SUP (or try all three) at Lake Irwin and then help set up our accessible wilderness home. A backcountry breakfast will be served in the morning at the lake before the group travels home. PRICE: $550.00 Price does not include transportation or lodging. Early September (TBA)

    HIGH ALPINE BIKE ADVENTUREDesigned for both the active rider or the never-ever, this program is perfect for the rider whos looking to maximize their riding experience in Crested Butte. The program mix gives riders the opportunity to explore the downhill and cross-country trail network, and experience

    miles of the most scenic road riding in the country. The Adaptive Sports Center crew will be on the road and trail with you, helping to improve technique and enhance the biking experience.


    Featured Event


    BRIDGES OF THE BUTTEThe one-of-a-kind 24-hour bike tour loops through downtown Crested Butte, meandering across the towns bridges. Sign up solo and brave the bike seat for all 24 hours, or put together a team of your friends and tour the town in shifts as day turns to night. This is one townie takeover you dont want to miss. Proceeds from the event go to the Adaptive Sports Center.

    PRICE: $24.00/person or kids pay their age. MORE INFORMATION: REGISTER:

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    For more information: Call (866) 349-2296 or visit


    Scholarships are available for all programs. Visit the ASC website for more information.

    4 Night/3 Day Ski Holiday in the French Alps for EightEvery summer the Adaptive Sports Center community comes together at the Crested Butte Open gala and golf tournament for one purpose: to raise money so that people with disabilities and their families may continue to experience the life-changing effects of our program. This years silent and live auction at the gala will feature many unique items and adventures. We are excited to offer the experience of a lifetime:

    At the pinnacle of Alpine experience sits Chalet Pelerin from Eleven-Tarentaise. From the ancient hamlet of Le Miroir in the Haute Savoie, this three -day ski safari will challenge guests with adventures on and off the piste, while providing the utmost in style and comfort.

    A team of local and international guides will consider the abilities (and thirst for adventure) of each group, creating bespoke itineraries. Guests may find themselves in the legendary off -piste terrain surrounding neighboring Val dIsere, on lift- served odysseys into Italy from sunny La Rosire, enjoying classic French skiing at Sainte Foy, smiling through a 1200 -meter backcountry descent that ends at the back door of the chalet and carving their way

    through a day of endless powder runs that begins with a helicopter parked at the front door.

    The four -suite, one bunkroom chalet is fully staffed, with a chef and sommelier on hand to provide elegantly hearty meals. The property features a great room with a roaring central fireplace, as well as a Finnish sauna, a steam room, a salt water pool, and an outdoor whirlpool with a stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the starry Alpine sky.

    The chalet is a property of Eleven Experience, a group of intimate properties dedicated to luxuriously appointed outdoor adventure. Contact Emily Girdwood at: for bidding information.


  • When Program Supervisor Pat Addabbo was hired by the Adaptive Sports Center in Fall 2010, he was one of the youngest employees on staff and already had an enviable rsum to his name. Most notably, he served as Chapter Services Coordinator for Disabled Sports USA in Washington, D.C., acting as a liaison for 110 adaptive sports programs around the country. At the ASC, he has earned a reputation for being bright, energetic, even-keeled and a natural leader, working behind-the-scenes to make sure our programs are running like clockwork.

    What made you decide to pursue adaptive sports as a career?

    My interest in the field started in college. Numerous classes in our Outdoor Leadership curriculum touched on universal programming, providing adventure activities for all populations, and I found myself particularly drawn to this side of the industry. I liked the added challenge as a facilitator having to adapt each activity to a unique individual. There is a lot more investment from both the client and the staff member to create a successful experience; a sort of were in this thing together, feeling and I think the result is that both sides get more out of the experience.

    What is the most satisfying part of your job as Program Supervisor? Successfully coordinating our busiest days as a program is extremely satisfying to me. When

    the office is buzzing with almost 100 people coming in and out, to pull everything off on a given day and see a couple dozen participants leave exhausted with big smiles on their faces in the afternoon, I go home energized and excited to come back and do it all over again.

    Where do you see the adaptive sports industry in the future?

    In recent years there has been a large amount of growth of public awareness in the adaptive sports industry. From multi-million dollar marketing campaigns run by the United States Olympic Committee side by side for the Olympic and Paralympic teams, to hundreds of local adaptive programs popping up in communities nationwide, the recognition of adaptive sports has risen dramatically in the past couple decades. This awareness is going to continue to increase access for people with disabilities to experience all types of sport and adventure and continue to push the limit as to what is known as normal and possible. What makes Crested Butte a great summer destination?

    We have something for everyone here, and the ASC makes that statement absolute. From world-class singletrack to alpine meadows enveloped in wildflowers, you pretty much cant go wrong, and the ASC will help you find whatever it is youre looking for.

    Watch video recaps featuring the Kennedy Krieger Institute at:











    Pat Addabbo


    Kensington, MD


    Warren Wilson College


    B.A. in Outdoor



    The Adaptive BuildingProject Cost: $1.2 MillionSize: 5,200 sq. ft.Intern Bedrooms: Six2012 Summer Lessons: 2,666


    The ASC Opens Summer Outfitting Facility in Downtown Crested Butte

    The dream of outfitting ASC summer programs in a well-designed, highly efficient space has finally become a reality. Our staff is eagerly looking forward to running programs out of the new building starting on June 1the official kick-off of the summer seasonand giving tours to the general public at an open house/ribbon-cutting celebration on July 5. In the mean-time, Executive Director, Chris Hensley answers a few of the burning questions that are on peoples minds about the new space: What are some neat features of the new summer building? For one, we are really excited to have a facility that can accommodate interns who use wheelchairs. All of the housing units are wheelchair accessible. We also now have a shower room, so clients can get cleaned up after a day on the river or ropes course, and head strai