National Ability Center and Vail Resorts Announce Next Phase of McGrath Family Mountain Center in Park City Mountain, UT

Artist’s representation of the McGrath Family Mountain Center project at Park City Mountain. Credit: National Ability Center / Architectural Nexus

Revitalized and expanded adaptive facility to usher in Spring 2022

The National Ability Center (NAC), a leading nonprofit organization that provides adaptive recreation and world-class outdoor adventures for individuals and families with disabilities, and longtime partner Vail Resorts announce the next phase of the National Ability Center’s McGrath Family Mountain Center project. at Park City Mountain. The National Ability Center has received approval from Vail Resorts to proceed with construction of the long-awaited McGrath Family Mountain Center, which will be located at the base of the slopes of Park City Mountain, thanks to a generous and historic 50-year ground lease with the resort. . . NAC will begin work this spring and expects to complete the new 9,400 square foot facility in May 2023. Exact timing will be subject to city approvals.

“Over 37 years ago, our programs began on the slopes of Park City Mountain. Today’s news represents a monumental step forward not just for the NAC, but for the Adaptive Nation as a whole. As part of our multi-phase fundraising campaign launched in 2015 and our ongoing partnership with Vail Resorts, the new McGrath Family Mountain Center will benefit thousands of individuals and families in need of tailored recreation and adventure programs, including those with PTSD, limb loss, autism, visual impairment and more. This project is only possible with the unwavering support of the teams at Vail Resorts, Park City Mountain and the City of Park City. We are more than excited to wrap up 23 years of success in the existing double-wide semi-trailer and look forward to innovating in the months to come.

– Danny Glasser, CEO of the National Ability Center

The ADA-accessible facility will provide a foundation for the organization’s adaptive skiing and snowboarding programs and will provide:

  • The ability to serve many more people with disabilities in NAC ski and snowboard programs.
  • Adequate interior space to properly adapt to participants on mono and bi-skis. Once equipped, participants will slide on an artificial surface directly on the snow!
  • Storage space for specialized adapted ski equipment.
  • Changing rooms for instructors as well as separate changing rooms for adapted competitive athletes.
  • Reception area, instructors kitchen, office, uniform storage room with laundry, specialized sensory room for calming and multi-purpose rooms for training and education.
  • On-site washroom facilities for NAC attendees and their families: A major improvement over the current reliance on public washrooms, which are a short walk from the existing center.

“We are proud to be a long-time partner of the National Ability Center and are thrilled to support the construction of the McGrath Family Mountain Center at the base of Park City Mountain. The NAC has been providing incredible services to Park City and the visitor community for nearly four decades and building the McGrath Family Mountain Center will allow them to expand their world-class adaptive skiing and snowboarding programs for years to come. We are thrilled to see the new center come to life at the foot of the resort as the NAC continues to provide people of all ages and abilities with life-changing programs.

Mike Goar, Vice President and COO of Park City Mountain

To learn more about the project and how you can get involved, visit Additional details will be released as the project progresses in 2022 and 2023. For questions regarding the McGrath Family Mountain Center, To learn more about National Ability Center programs and services, visit


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