STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (December 1, 2008) :
On Friday, January 16, Access Anything, in cooperation with Adaptive Adventures, Steamboat Powdercats, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the International Disabled Free Skiing Association, have joined together to sponsor the 1st Annual
Legends of the Deep Powder Invitational
for skiers and riders with disabilities — a unique event that will combine the some of the best adaptive athletes in the world with some of the best back country powder skiing in the world.
The event, the first ever of its kind, promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience for athletes and attendees. Steamboat Springs, Colo., residents Craig and Andrea Kennedy, founders of Access Anything, believe that this ground-breaking event will help change the perception of what people with disabilities can do. “There are a lot of people out there that don’t think disabled athletes can compete on this level,” Kennedy says. “We plan to show them otherwise.”
Among the adaptive athletes invited are former Paralympic World Champion 3-track skier, Greg Mannino, and X Games mono-cross Bronze Medalist, Sam Ferguson. Athletes will compete in an open competition to be judged by an expert panel and will be scored on several criteria such as form, turns, jumps, quality and quantity of face shots and completion of runs.
This event, combined with Steamboat’s famous powder, considered the best snow in the world, and Buffalo Pass’s terrain, promises to be a one-of-a-kind competition not to be missed.
“I’ve been skiing powder and extreme terrain for years, was the first monoskier featured in a Warren Miller movie, and even competed in the X Games, but I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to show the world what monoskiing powder is really all about,” says Ferguson, executive director of the International Disabled Free Skiing Association. “This is the type of event that perfect for today’s adaptive athlete.”
Access Anything and Adaptive Adventures have been event partners for several years, also hosting the annual Steamboat All Mountain Ski Camp for Wounded Warriors and People with Disabilities as well as the annual ‘Behind the Boat Waterski & Wakeboard Camp. They plan to add a program for children with disabilities to their list of Steamboat camps in March of 2009.