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Adaptive ski day put families on slopes

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Mt. La Crosse opened up for a day of adaptive skiing Sunday, allowing kids with physical disabilities to take to the slopes.

Participants used adaptive units called mono-skis or bi-skis, and with the assistance of an instructor, made their way down the runs.

Like 11-year-old Erik O'Brien.

His family said thanks to the adaptive skis, they're able to race each other down the slopes as a family.

It's an opportunity they otherwise wouldn't be able to have.

"It gives us a chance to participate in activities like everybody else gets to and be a family, with the help of all the people who make it possible. We just really appreciate it," said Marlis O'Brien, Erik's mom.

"Skiing wouldn't be possible with anyone with a disability without this specialized equipment. This equipment allows them to be independent, skiing along with their peers, with their families," said Lisa Mathson, YWCA activities director.

This was the fourth adaptive ski help at Mt. La Crosse this year.

It was hosted by the YWCA Adaptive Physical Recreation Opportunities and the North American Squirrel Association.

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