Vermont Adaptive News for EveryBODY

A nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sport and recreation programs, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our programs are growing and so is the program team!

Adapted Skiing and Sports in Vermont Did you know that over the past 10 years, the number of program outputs offered by Vermont Adaptive has increased by 500%? That’s right, 500%! But the craziest thing is that as a team we have served many more people throughout the year with our existing small but mighty staff. That’s about to change…

There is a deep need for the adaptive recreation and adventure programs that Vermont Adaptive provides in our communities, and as that need grows, so do we.

Sugarbush and Central Vermont Program Coordinator Felicia Fowler has been promoted to program manager. She will oversee all program coordinators and program staff statewide and report to Norm Staunton, our Director of Operations. Felicia is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has worked with Vermont Adaptive for four years. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire and has been integral to leading Vermont’s adaptive programming, including the growth of our adaptive mountain bike program.

With Felicia taking on her new role, we will be hiring a new program coordinator for Sugarbush and Central Vermont and hope to have that person in place within a month or two.

Another announcement from the program coordinator is that we are excited (but selfishly sad) to Molly Tobin, the Bolton Valley and Burlington/Chittenden County program coordinator, who is heading to the University of Vermont to earn her doctorate in occupational therapy. However, it does not leave us completely! She will continue as a part-time program coordinator. Congratulations on your next move, Molly, but we’re glad you’re sticking around!

We are delighted to welcome Betsy Hoffmeister as new program coordinator in Bolton Valley and Burlington. She’ll have Molly’s big shoes to put on! Betsy begins with Vermont Adaptive on Monday and will jump feet first with fall programs in Burlington and prepare for the 2022-23 winter season in Bolton Valley. Betsy has extensive experience in recreational programming, mountain biking and holds certifications in skiing and mountain biking. Most recently, she was program coordinator at Essex Parks and Recreation and volunteered at Vermont Adaptive. She holds a Master of Arts from American University. Welcome Betsy!

Rounding out the changes to programming is the addition of an equipment and facilities specialist. Korey Kubricki has worked in our Pico Mountain office as a development and marketing assistant for the past year, but has extensive experience with sports equipment including bikes, skis, etc. He will work with Felicia and the program team to maintain and repair our huge fleet of equipment, allowing us to keep everything in-house and in top condition.

What else? It’s a lot! We are so excited about the future of Vermont Adaptive – and especially the ability to grow and offer more programs all over Vermont to more and more people of all abilities. Stay tuned…there’s always more to come!

Felicia Fowler –

Program manager

Betsy Hoffmeister –

Program Coordinator

Korey Kubricki –

Equipment and Facilities Specialist

FOX US Open Adaptive Downhill presented by Vermont Adaptive arrives at Killington Resort, Sunday, September 18 – Registration is now open!

The FOX US Open of Mountain Biking returns to Killington Resort this fall, and Vermont Adaptive will once again partner with the US Open and be the title sponsor of the Adaptive Downhill Race.

The top professional riders from around the world are expected to compete for the $80,000 purse, with this year’s top men and women from the Open Class Downhill taking home $15,000 each.

The adaptive downhill race is tentatively set to be held at Snowshed in Killington on an easier track, which will allow all adaptive mountain bikers of all abilities with a variety of gear to compete in the race. The trails will be open to the public and available to pre-ride throughout the week. A practice session behind closed doors will take place on Sunday morning before the timed races.

The exact competition on the categories will be announced based on the number of overall adaptive downhill entries and the types of adaptive bikes entered. Registration fee: $60 (includes Sunday lift ticket). Vermont Adaptive also offers a limited number of adapted bikes, on a first-come, first-served basis and must be rented/reserved through Felicia at [email protected] Click the link below to register today!

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Vermont’s adaptive calendar is packed with adventure – join us and have fun this summer and fall! Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

20 August – Access to mountain bike lifts with VMBA at Sugarbush Resort

August 27 – Access to MTB lifts with VMBA at Stratton Mountain

August 28 – Vermont Adaptive Everybody Bikes Day with VMBA and Fellowship of the Wheel, Sunny Hollow Trails, Colchester

September 3 – Access to mountain bike lifts with VMBA in Bolton Valley

September 10 – Exhibitor at Kelly Brush Ride, Middlebury – come visit us at our tent and learn more about the Vermont Adaptive Charity Challenge next year, Saturday June 17, 2023

September 17-18 – FOX US OPEN of Mountain Biking & US Open Adaptive Downhill Presented by Vermont Adaptive,

at Killington Resort

September 25 – The 29th edition of the Vermont 50 – volunteers wanted!

October 1st – Online volunteer training for winter 2022-2023 is online

October 8 – Sugarbush Resort Community Day

November 19 – Big Kicker Event at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen + Vermont Adaptive Open House

December 10-12 – Snow training at various Vermont Adaptive winter locations

December 12-16 – PSIA Eastern Division Snow Pro Jam at Killington Resort. Registration opens in September and fills up

rapidly. Additionally, this year Vermont Adaptive will provide sponsorship/scholarship and housing for these volunteer instructors.

who attend the Pro Jam. There are plenty of groups and opportunities to ski/ride with national team members and top instructors

in the country. Also included are exams, exam preparations and exam colleges. Let’s have a HUGE Adaptive Vermont

attend this training! For more details on how to tap, contact Norm at [email protected]

December 17-18 – Snow training at various Vermont Adaptive winter locations

December 17-18 – Internal PSIA clinics. Topics and locations to be determined.

Vermont Adaptive August 18, 2022