Big SNOW American Dream is North America’s first real-snow, year-round, indoor ski, and snowboard resort. Located adjacent to the New Jersey Meadowlands Sports Complex within the American Dream retail and entertainment center, Big SNOW provides ideal snow conditions year- round within climate-controlled slopes. The 180,000 square foot snow center offers a variety of experiences for all skill levels and ages.
With over 35 years of experience teaching adaptive sports to the disabled community, the ASF is thrilled to partner with Big SNOW to help bring adaptive snowsports to the New York and New Jersey metro area. Big SNOW offers a unique opportunity for the ASF’s specifically trained volunteer adaptive snowsports instructors to teach individuals with disabilities to ski and snowboard year-round. In addition, the ASF will be training the Big SNOW snowsports instruction staff on adaptive, alpine and snowboard instruction.
“We are thrilled to partner with Big SNOW, North America’s only indoor ski area and be able to provide the disabled community with an opportunity to experience the joy of sliding year-round. Big SNOW gives us the ability to bring adaptive snowsports instruction to the metropolitan area’s backdoor. With half of the nation’s individuals with disabilities not having access to physical recreational opportunities, our goal is to introduce adaptive sports to a broader population. This unique opportunity will hopefully give individuals with disabilities and their families a glimpse into what is possible and give them the courage to dream big! -Vince Passione, Chairman of the ASF Board of Trustees and volunteer adaptive snowboard instructor
“We’re extremely excited to partner with the Adaptive Sports Foundation to bring adaptive snowsports to not only our Big SNOW customers, but to individuals in the metropolitan area,” said Mark Dobrowolski, Big SNOW General Manager. We look forward to providing an adaptive, inclusive environment to individuals with disabilities all year-round. Adaptive sports can take many forms, so we hope our snowboarding, skiing and snow-go bike offerings will increase independence, comfort and confidence within the community.”
The ASF will also host its annual Ride2Live event in October. The ASF’s Ride2Live event is a snowboard camp for children with autism spectrum disorder. The goal of Ride2Live is to offer a camp where kids living with a disorder on the autism spectrum (and their families) can come together for recreation and healthy physical activity. A no less important goal is to encourage the children to grow socially in a nurturing and understanding environment. For more information on adaptive snowsports lessons and the Ride2Live event, visit www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org
About Big SNOW
Big SNOW American Dream is North America’s first real-snow, year-round, indoor ski and snowboard resort, and the perfect place to learn to ski where every day is a snow day. Located adjacent to the New Jersey Meadowlands Sports Complex within the American Dream retail and entertainment center, Big SNOW provides ideal snow conditions year- round within climate-controlled slopes. A 180,000 square-foot snow center offering varied experiences for all skill levels and ages, Big SNOW is equipped to assist guest with a variety of on-snow experiences from professional and student training, family ski vacation preparation, corporate team building, private lessons, children’s instructional programs and more. In addition to its slopes, Big SNOW will also offer guests a world-class ski and snowboard retail experience featuring the latest in ski and snowboard hardgoods and apparel through the Shop at Big SNOW. Big SNOW is operated by New Jersey-based SNOW Operating, who also own and operate Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ. For more information, visit www.bigsnowamericandream.com.
About Adaptive Sports Foundation
The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower lives through adaptive sports. Half of all individuals with disabilities get no physical activity (CDC). The ASF provided a variety of opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to discover a lifelong passion for outdoor physical activity. Since 1984, the ASF has provided 79,000+ adaptive lessons which allowed 13,252 individuals lead healthier and more active lives. Headquartered at Windham Mountain in Windham, New York, the ASF is located in the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center, an 8,000 square foot lodge dedicated to the ASF programs. To get support or to learn more about the ASF’s programs, visit adaptivesportsfoundation.org.