Competition Programs: Alpine and Cross-Country
NSCD Competition Center
The NSCD Competition Center has training programs for racers of all abilities. For athletes wanting to learn how to race at the elite level, the NSCD trains athletes aspiring to reach the Paralympic Games.
Whether you are interested in alpine, snowboard cross or cross-country ski/biathlon, the NSCD has a program that will fit your needs.
The competition program is based on the same teaching principals used for able-bodied competitive ski racing organizations. It involves on-snow and dry land cross-training that includes biking, aerobics and weight lifting. The NSCD coaches train athletes with visual impairments, amputations, paraplegia, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, post-polio and congenital disabilities.
For athletes wanting to learn how to race at the elite level, contact the NSCD.
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon Program
Emerging Athlete Program
Emerging Athlete Camps
Elite Athlete Scholarship Application
Alpine skiing and snowboarding are available for beginner through elite level racers. We begin the season with building your foundation with edging and balance drills, then progress to speed and gate training and preparation for alpine, cross-country ski and snowboard competitions. The program includes use of the Fraser Valley Recreation Center with customized preparation for the season’s races and strength training.
Our developmental level introduces beginning skiers and riders of all ages to the sport of racing through camps and level 1 races. The elite level trains competitors for upper-level races and supports them at races across the nation. The elite level program also hosts training sessions for international teams, including those from Germany, Great Britain, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Japan, Iceland and South Africa.
The NSCD Bridge Program is designed to assist an athlete’s transition from recreational skiing to race training with the NSCD Competition Program with coaching from past Paralympic athletes. Athletes receive support in a development program that will potentially feed the NSCD and U.S. Adaptive Ski or Snowboard Teams. Instructors assist an athlete’s transition to full independence so they may enjoy the hill with their loved ones.
Location: Winter Park Resort, CO
Includes: Winter Park season pass and instruction
A 2.59% Forest Service fee will be added to all lessons at Winter Park Resort on National Forest land.
Elite Athlete Scholarship
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) offers scholarships for adaptive outdoor recreation activities for individuals of all ages, abilities and interests. We believe that everyone should be able to participate in our programs no matter their financial abilities. All activities provided by the NSCD are provided at reduced costs to Athletes but we strive to provide programming for all regardless of financial situation. Athletes who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for a scholarship to cover a portion of the cost of programs. We strongly encourage Athletes to pay as much as they are able so that scholarships will be available to others throughout the year.
- All of the information provided in the NSCD Scholarship Application will remain confidential. Statistical information from scholarship awards may be used for fundraising and grant reporting purposes.
- Scholarship Applications should be filled out on-line by clicking on this link: scholarship application link. If you need assistance in completing the scholarship application or need to request a hardcopy of the application, please call 970-726-1518 and we will be happy to assist you.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer each question as completely as possible or note N/A (not applicable) in the space provided.
- Proof of income may be requested (i.e., Paycheck stubs, Government Assistance Checks, Income Tax Statements, etc.) by the NSCD to complete the scholarship application.
- It is the policy of the National Sports Center for the Disabled to maintain a non-discriminatory scholarship process. The NSCD does not make scholarship decisions based upon gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, any other legally protected category, HIV status, AIDS status, political affiliations, or past participation in the harassment/discrimination process.
- Elite Athlete Scholarship eligibility is based on:
- Being in good standing with NSCD Competition Center (or relevant program) with demonstration of commitment to training and the sport. For example, attending scheduled training, attending relevant races, paying fees in a timely fashion, etc.
- Paralympic qualified athletes both internationally licensed and internationally classified
- US citizens
- Non- Military (Vets are eligible for funding through specific foundations)
- Can provide documentation proving lodging/accommodation in Grand County.
- Financial need
Scholarships may be awarded to cover partial or full program costs. Athletes are responsible for the remaining amount of training and race fees due prior to start of the program per the reservation policy.
- Applying for a scholarship or receiving a scholarship in the past does not guarantee that additional scholarships will be awarded. Athletes must re-apply for scholarships each season.
- To be considered for a scholarship, your application must be completed and submitted to the NSCD by January 1, 2022. Some scholarships may be available outside of this application period on a case-by-case basis. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least seven days prior to the training/race.
- Athletes will be notified of their scholarship awards by January 7, 2021 via email to the contact email provided in the scholarship application outlining the scholarship amount awarded and use requirements. Award decisions are based on the above elite athlete scholarship criteria, subject to available funds and must be used in the season/year in which they are awarded.
- Scholarship recipients will receive directions on redeeming their scholarship “smart voucher” with their award email that will be used as payment when making their reservation on-line. Scholarship awards have no cash value. Scholarship Smart Vouchers can be applied to existing reservations by calling customer service at 970-726-1518.
- Scholarships are non-transferable. Please notify the NSCD if you are unable to use your scholarship so that it can be awarded to another scholarship applicant. Unused scholarships cannot be applied to the next season.
- If any of the items listed above are not completed or followed, you may no longer be eligible for a scholarship.
If you have questions or need assistance completing the scholarship application process, please call 970-726-1518.
The NSCD began a competitive cross-country and biathlon program in winter of 2010/2011. This program experienced immediate success by producing a Women’s Sit 3-time National Champion who went on to also win a World Cup Bronze medal in biathlon. This immediate success also attracted other elite adaptive Nordic skiers who represented the United States in the 2011 World Cup races in Norway. The U.S. Paralympic Program, in collaboration with the NSCD, also hosted an athlete development camp in 2011.
Program success is due to the extensive cross-country skiing available to athletes who desire to train at the highest level. The Fraser Valley is at nearly 9,000 feet of elevation and has nearly 250 kilometers of adaptive-friendly groomed trails. Morning Star Ranch has two indoor ski ergometers and an indoor and outdoor adaptive biathlon range. Athletes who train with the competitive program also have access to the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. This facility allows participants to supplement their on-snow training with strength workouts, an indoor pool and a ski ergometer.
These elite facilities, along with world-class adaptive coaching and administration, will help each athlete achieve their highest potential as an adaptive ski racer.
Are you already racing and competing? Do you want to take it to the next level? Do you want to train alongside Paralympic athletes in snowboard cross, alpine skiing and biathlon? Have fun meeting and working with professional athletes from around the world by joining the NSCD Competition Team.
Dates: November-April, customized training schedules available
Location: Winter Park Resort and Fraser Valley, CO
Emerging Athletes Spring Camp: Winter Park Ski Resort
This Alpine ski racing camp includes Super Giant Slalom and Slalom training as well as fundamentals for intermediate to advanced Adaptive ski racers. In addition to on snow training, basic conditioning (dryland) will be included. Lodging, transportation and food will be the athlete’s responsibility. Scholarships available, please contact Erik Petersen [email protected] or 970-726-1548.
Location: Winter Park Resort | Winter Park, CO
Price: $300 per athlete, includes tickets and training fees.
Ages: 18 & up
Emerging Athletes Summer Camp: Timberline Ski Resort
This Alpine ski racing camp includes Super Giant Slalom and Slalom training as well as fundamentals for intermediate to advanced Adaptive ski racers. In addition to on snow training, basic conditioning (dryland) will be included. Transportation to and from Oregon and food will be the athlete’s responsibility. Scholarships available, please contact Erik Petersen [email protected] or 970-726-1548.
Location: Timberline Ski Resort | Mt Hood, OR
Price: $1200 per athlete, includes lodging, tickets, local transportation and training fees.
Ages: 18 & up