Adaptive Skiing: Breckenridge, Colorado


Since I was taking my boyfriend to Colorado for the first time for Christmas, I wanted to take him skiing as well. I skied on little bunny slopes when I was really little and then I tried to ski a few years ago but got altitude sickness and it didn’t work out so well. However, with all the vision loss, I knew I should do adaptive skiing. We decided on the Breckenridge, Colorado ski resort. Adaptive skiing is for all different disabilities. For individuals who have significant mobility impairments they have seat skis. They have guides for individuals with developmental disabilities, etc. For individuals with vision impairments, they have guides. For me, I had a guide/instructor in front, a guide/instructor behind me, and then a guide in the way back.

I was given a bright orange vest that said “Blind Skier.” All the instructors also had orange vests that said “Guide for the Blind” on there. The way it worked was I followed the bright orange vest in front of me, the guide behind me gave me verbal instructions about turns and just general ski instruction, and then the guide in the far back ensured that nobody ran into us. Of course, some people were ignorant and tried to weave in and out anyway but it all worked out just fine.

My boyfriend also took lessons through the adaptive ski school because I wanted to be able to ski with him a good amount. He had a private lesson with an instructor and he excelled.

In the morning we did our own lessons separately and then in the afternoon we had the opportunity to ski with our family and then my boyfriend and I skied together. It was very nice. I found muscles in my arms and legs that I didn’t know I had before, haha.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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