Weston Ski Track. Its the only place in Massachusetts that makes snow for cross country skiing. This year we've enjoyed watching several participants with Autism Spectrum disorders build confidence and skills while having fun coming each week.
Only one program left coming up this Sunday March 4!!! Call Brenda at 413-259-0009 to sign up! The program will run from 12-4pm. Might be a nice chance to check it out for next year and embrace some fun on the snow before this "winter" is over! The adaptive ski program also offers seated cross country skis and snowshoes.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Program Increases Access at State Rinks from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.
We are still snowless in most of Massachusetts, but our skating programs at indoor rinks are still going strong! This week 65 people joined us in Brockton and 50 joined us on the ice in Revere. The Neighborhood Network News (Channel 9 Boston) showed up to do a film feature of our program! The reporter and cameraman stay on the ice for well over an hour and got some great footage of the heartwarming happenings that occur during a typical adative skating program. Check out both the NNN feature above and the youtube version below set to music!
Join the fun! Here's a list of the rest of our skating programs for this season!
Holyoke: Sundays February 26, March 18 and April 1: 12-2pm
Worcester: Thursdays March 1 and 29 from 2-4pm
Revere: Tuesdays March 20 and April 10 from 11:30am - 1:30pm
Call Heidi Marie-Peterson at 413-577-3840 to register for the above programs.
Brockton: Sunday, February 26 from 1:30-3:320pm during public skating.
North Boston: Tuesday, February 28 from 1:30-3:30 during public skating.
Call All Out Adventures at 413-527-8980 to register for these last 2 programs!
You can still play outdoors on the snow at the Weston Ski Track outside Boston where snow is made overnight (thank goodness the temperature is dipping below freezing!). We have three more programs coming up:
Monday, February 20
Sunday, February 26
Sunday, March 4
Each Weston program runs 12 noon to 4pm. Call Stavros Outdoor Access to find out more and pre-register at 413-259-0009.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Members of a high school hockey team assist sled skaters in playing hockey.
Stroller bar handles allow for assistance as needed and can be removed easily for those who can propel themselves independently.
Skilled ice skaters can push a sled or skate alongside for company, or even get in a sled themselves to model techniques. Skating backwards in front of a sled skater can offer face to face instructions and help focus those with attention challenges.
We've seen strong sled skaters pushing other sled skaters in a train.
I have done my fair share of both conventional and sled skating and even received a ride on a sled as shown here. Some new variation is revealed in almost every program.
It is always nice to have families enjoy the ice together! We also see groups from day care facilities, group homes and even rehab hospitals at our programs.
A variety of medical equipment can acquire a sense of fun appeal out on the ice. Last week I observed a young man in a wheelchair, with skates on his feet, alternate between playing hockey from his wheelchair and trying out skating using a walker, with the assistance of a few skaters.