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Adaptive ski gives families with physical challenges a chance to ski together


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – In the heart of winter, physical activity can be a challenge, especially for people with a physical disability.

The YWCA A-Pro program gave families a chance to ski together Sunday, without being bound by physical limitations.

About 10 children participated in the Adaptive Downhill Skiing Day at Mt. La Crosse.

That included Braden Pederson, a 7-year-old with Spina Bifida.

Braden's mom, Jackie, said thanks to adaptive ski days her son can participate in snow sports like other kids his age.

"So exciting to get to see him," Jackie Pederson said. "Like, he kept saying, 'I'm superman! I'm superman! Look how fast I can go!'"

The equipment and funding for the program is provided by the North American Squirrel Association.

Participants use specialized skis called mono-skis and bi-skis.

Mt. La Crosse instructors took the kids down the runs.

 "Recreation is something everybody should be able to experience and because of this adaptive equipment, individuals can experience recreation," said Lisa Mathson, YWCA activities director.

The program started in 2002. Weather permitting there are four days of adaptive skiing each year.

Two more will be held this year, one in February and one in March.

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