Our highly trained and passionate volunteers love helping others learn how to downhill ski, cross-country ski, snowboard and snowshoe.
Students come to Ignite from all walks of life, with varying cognitive and physical disabilities, and they inspire us every day on the mountain with their courage and strength.
“It’s challenging to learn how to ski in an entirely different way, but all of the instructors I work with are so supportive. It’s amazing that I actually get to return to one of my passions in life.”
-Michelle W. from Boulder, CO
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Learning to mono-ski with John (at right)
Communities We Serve
Ignite’s location, just 21 miles west of Boulder, provides easy access for the disabled community from Boulder County, Fort Collins and the surrounding Front Range areas. Having an adaptive ski program close to home is important for many students who can not travel long distances due to disabilities. Eldora Mountain Resort is the only ski area accessible by RTD public transportation, allowing non-driving individuals the chance to ride up on the bus and still take part in lessons. Our program is also able to reach local wounded US military veterans living within the Front Range and as far north as Cheyenne, WY.
We Do Not Turn Anyone Away
It is our belief that every person should be able to enjoy winter sports regardless of a disability or ability to pay. Having highly trained instructors and adaptive equipment on hand, we provide individualized instruction to a wide variety of students with varied needs. We also understand that there are many costs involved with ongoing care of a disability, so we make it a priority to keep our lesson rates affordable and to provide scholarships if needed.
Countless hours donated by our volunteers and generous support from Eldora Mountain Resort make Ignite possible, but we can not maintain our program and scholarship fund without donations from individuals like you.
What Your Gift Can Help Fund
- $1,800 Scholarship one individual for the entire season – full day lessons
- $900 Scholarship one individual for the entire season – 1/2 day lessons
- $650 Student skis, boots, poles, and helmet
- $350 One pair of Outriggers
- $150 Full Day Lesson
- $75 Half Day Lesson
Watch how your gift is Changing Lives
This video was taken a few years back, but the pure heart of our volunteers, the inspirational stories of our students and our mission remains the same.
Donate Today to Ignite Adaptive Sports
To make a tax-deductible donation to Ignite Adaptive Sports, please donate online today through Colorado Gives. (Please note that you will be re-directed to ColoradoGives.org, where your donation to Ignite will be securely processed.)
You may also mail a donation (PO Box 19016, Boulder, CO, 80308) or stop by Ignite’s facility at Eldora with your donation on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during the winter – we’ll give you a quick tour and a cup of hot cocoa too!
Ignite Adaptive Sports’ Mission: to provide integrated recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that will foster independence through the acquisition of lifetime skills.