Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is gearing up for an expanded adaptive snowshoe and winter hiking program this season thanks to an impactful grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
As part of ASPNC’s strategy to offer as many safe, adaptive sports and outdoor recreation opportunities as possible to people with disabilities during these difficult times, they are doubling down on their winter hiking and snowshoeing program. “This activity will allow our participants and volunteers to get outside in the woods and stay active during the winter season in a safe, socially-distanced way,” said ASPNC Program Manager, Nate Hanson.
“We really appreciate the support from the Tillotson Fund and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.” said ASPNC Executive Director Thomas Shovlin. “This investment has allowed ASPNC to add 20 pairs of snowshoes and microspikes to our program, and most importantly, allowed us to expand the number of days we can offer this program.” The grant also covered the purchase of a new TrailRider, a specialized piece of equipment that ASPNC uses to offer year-round hiking experiences to people who use a power wheelchair or have significant mobility challenges. Other partners who helped make this program happen for ASPNC include TSL Snowshoes and REI North Conway.
ASPNC will be offering winter hiking and snowshoeing programs three to four times per week and registration for participants who have disabilities can be completed online at www.adaptivesportspartners.org or by calling the office at 823-5232.
This winter season, ASPNC is also offering a limited alpine skiing and snowboarding program seven days a week at Cannon Mountain and Nordic skiing opportunities at Franconia Inn and Ski Hearth. If you would like to participate or volunteer to help others enjoy the outdoor experience, please contact Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country at 823-5232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.