Moving Mountains receives $22,000 for new adapted ski equipment

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) — Adaptive skiing in Dickinson County is getting extra support with a major donation. The new equipment will help people with disabilities learn to ski.

The new equipment will allow athletes like Adam Nehring to become more independent on the trails. He is part of a program called Moving Mountains. Nehring is 13 years old and has cerebral palsy.

“I wouldn’t be able to have the stamina to stand all the time to ski, that’s why I use [the bi-ski]”, Nehring said.

Nehring has been skiing for two years. With the help of the equipment, he is able to become more independent when turning his skis.

Enbridge donated $22,000 for the equipment. Today, employees got to see Nehring try it out.

“It’s so powerful to see people have a chance that they might not have otherwise, to get out on the hill and have that sense of independence,” said Engagement Advisor Emma Cook. Enbridge Community.

Moving Mountains started 11 years ago, and the group will have over 100 lessons with nearly 60 students this year. Trained instructors are prepared for any disability.

“We teach monoskiing, biskiing, stand-up skiers, people with visual impairments, cognitive impairments and physical disabilities,” said Denise DeLano, instructor and board member of Moving Mountains.

New technology, such as a life support seat, allows for simplified loading and unloading on ski lifts.

“This allows a student with upper body strength to eventually lift through the use of hand-held stabilizers. They can pull themselves up into the charging position and become truly independent,” DeLano said.

With the help of the Pine Mountain lift staff, students like Nehring can make at least 11 runs during a lesson. TV6’s Clint McLeod also got to try out the new gear.

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