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Escarpment and snow

Track3 offers accessible program opportunities at Glen Eden

Written by: Paul Rogers, President, Ontario Track3 Adaptive Sports Association

Over half a century ago, the Ontario Track3 Adaptive Sports Association was born with a mission to offer young athletes the joy of skiing. In its early days, weekends were spent further up the escarpment from Glen Eden, where our inaugural group, composed mainly of amputees equipped with two outriggers and one ski, left three distinctive tracks in the snow—inspiring the enduring name of our charity.

Since those pioneering days, much has evolved, including our expansion to hill operations throughout Ontario. Today, our reach extends to a diverse group of youth facing various challenges, including those with developmental and communication difficulties such as autism. Our offerings have also grown to include snowboarding, Nordic skiing, and even experimental off-season activities like hiking.

Glen Eden remains a crucial chapter in our history, and it continues to play a vital role. As one of our three hill locations with a dedicated facility, we operate three nights a week from mid-January through early March, supporting school programs and offering a warm and inclusive environment to our athletes. Volunteer-powered and committed to adaptive skiing, we provide specific training and certifications. Our training sessions kick off on January 6-7 at Craigleith Ski Club, followed by hill orientation the next week, and a warm welcome to our athletes starting January 15th.

Creating an inclusive world in skiing for kids with disabilities is not just about breaking down physical barriers; it’s about fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment. Every slope becomes a space for building confidence, resilience, and shared joy. Track3 and Glen Eden continue to create a future where every child, regardless of ability, can carve their path on the snow and feel the exhilaration of the slopes.

As we honour International Day of Persons with Disabilities #IDPD, we recognize inclusivity isn’t just a goal; it’s the essence of a community where every child’s unique abilities are celebrated.

If you share our passion for adaptive sports and wish to join Track3 in this transformative journey, please visit our website for more information. Together, let’s continue making a difference on the slopes and beyond.