Adaptive benefit this weekend at Winter Park |

Adaptive benefit this weekend at Winter Park

Winter Park to host ski race for national disabled athlete group

Sky-Hi Daily News Staff

— The National Sports Center for the Disabled is gearing up for the 35th annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup taking place today to Sunday. The weekend festivities include four ski races, live entertainment, ice carving demonstrations and a silent auction.

Participants race with world-class competitive disabled skiers. On Saturday morning, the Corporate Challenge brings amateurs of all skiing and snowboarding abilities to the slopes in a pro-am style event. Each race team consists of a top disabled athlete and five amateurs. Starts are handicapped so that every run is competitive. Saturday afternoon boasts the Denver Post Celebrity Smackdown, which is a chance for Denver media personalities, mascots, former Broncos and surprise celebrities to tackle the slopes to win prizes for "best fall" and "worst dressed."

Sunday's premier ski race, the World Disabled Invitational, puts the best male and female disabled racers in the world flying down Lower Hughes Run while competing for one of the largest cash prizes on the disabled racing circuit.

SKI for NSCD, an online fundraising program in conjunction with the Wells Fargo Ski Cup, invites those who would like to support the NSCD to raise money online, win great prizes and be part of the Wells Fargo Ski Cup weekend.

With more than 35 years of support from Wells Fargo and other corporate sponsors, the Wells Fargo Ski Cup raises more than $200,000 annually to support the National Sports Center for the Disabled. What began in 1970 as a one-time ski lesson for children with amputations for the Children's Hospital of Denver, the NSCD today is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf courses to learn more about sports.