Photos: Blind skiers take to the fresh pow at Breckenridge Ski Resort |

Photos: Blind skiers take to the fresh pow at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Summit Daily staff report

This past weekend, the United States Association of Blind Athletes celebrated 10 years of helping blind and visually impaired individuals learn to ski at the annual Winter Ski Festival at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The USABA partnered with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center to provide three days of Alpine skiing, one session of Nordic skiing and a final-day biathlon competition with laser rifles on Sunday.

“This program is one of our signature events,” said USABA executive director Mark Lucas. “It has truly grown into something special and we are pleased to mark our 10th anniversary with the generous support of Anthem and the quality guides and amenities offered by the BOEC. Together we can offer the thrill of skiing to positively affect the lives of military veterans and members of the Armed Forces with visual impairments, and Americans who are blind or visually impaired.”

This year’s group of 17 participants ranged in ages from 5-59 and represented eight different states. The youngest skiers were brother and sister Logan (7) and Zoe (5) Galloway, of Westminster. The oldest was Walter Raineri, 59, from San Francisco.

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