Ralph Hartman Tribute Cup
Join us in a celebration of abilities!
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Windham Mountain
Open to all skiers and snowboarders with physical and cognitive challenges able to ski or ride beginner terrain – specifically the lower White Way trail at Windham Mountain.
The Ralph Hartman Tribute Race gives disabled skiers the opportunity to feel the excitement of “running gates” and the satisfaction of finishing a race course. The emphasis is not on winning but on finishing. To these racers, “finishing is winning!” Named after the late Ralph Hartman who was an ASF volunteer instructor in the early 1990’s, this race is a tribute to his love of life and skiing. After losing his leg to cancer, Ralph was determined to continue to ski which was a passion of his. He soon found that he also had a passion for teaching and was often extremely motivating and inspiring to other adaptive ski students. After Ralph passed away, this race which is a celebration of the abilities not disabilities was named after him as a tribute to his spirit, determination and love of snowsports.
Traditionally, this race has attracted over 60 disabled athletes from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Racers are placed in a specific category depending on their particular disability and age. Categories include developmentally disabled, blind, 3-track, 4-track, blood disorders and mono-, bi- and sit ski (for non-ambulatory skiers). The theme of the day is to not only celebrate the achievements of the ASF students but to also educate the public about disabled snowsports by showcasing these disabled athletes on one of Windham Mountain’s main trails.