This program is now closed.
Ages 13-22: Each year, Perkins Short Courses takes a group of students to participate in the New England Blind & VI Ski Festival (NEVI Fest) at Sugarloaf Mountain, hosted by Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation.
Students will meet at Perkins campus on Sunday morning and then travel by vans to join other skiers who are blind or visually impaired at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine for 4 days of downhill skiing instruction by trained instructors. The festival is designed to create a unique social, recreational, and educational experience for skiers of all abilities.
The group will stay at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel and return back to Perkins on Thursday afternoon. To participate in this program, students must be independent with their daily living skills and have the endurance to participate in 4 full days of physical activity. Read and view pics from the 2015 Ski festival »
By the end of this program, students should:
- Gain skills in adapted skiing and be familiar with common ski terminology & technique
- Learn about teamwork and make new social connections
- Be more confident in their ability to navigate around unfamiliar areas (i.e. hotel room, restaurants, ski lodge, etc.)
- Be aware of potential careers and/or volunteer opportunities in adapted recreation
- Feel more confident and comfortable explaining their needs and know how to request adaptations as they relate to involvement in sports