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Alpine Roundup: Team USA Skiers Know How To Find Snow In The Summer

By Karen Price | June 30, 2021, 11:22 a.m. (ET)

Every other week we scour the web for the latest going on in the world of U.S. Para Alpine skiing. Heres what you missed!

Summer Snow In Oregon

Its always winter somewhere.

And even if its not, theres always snow to be found if you look in the right places.

Members of the U.S. Para alpine team are already getting some work in heading into this all-important Paralympic season with some time in Oregon, as evidenced by Thomas Walshrecent Instagram post.

In the first shot, Walsh, Ravi Drugan and Spencer Wood are high up on a snow-covered mountain. Walsh wrote, Summer ski time brings smiles! Had a great first few days here in Oregon getting settled in as well as seeing some old friends. Its going to be a fun few weeks!

Jasmin Bambur also posted a view from the top of the hill staring straight down at the race course, writing, Put me in coach!

Wild(life) Ride

When hes not on snow, 2018 ParalympianConnor Hogan stays busy on his bicycle during the offseason. He posted back in the spring about his goal to ride 1,000 miles this summer, and on a recent ride in Connecticut he found himself sharing space with an unexpected fellow trail user.

Just your normal 20 mile ride through connecticut #bear #strolling, he wrote, along with several photos — from a safe, respectable distance — of a black bear making his way down the same trail ahead of him with some more humans off in the distance. Who doesnt love a nice stroll?

Not ABad View

Two-time Paralympian Stephen Lawler missed the last year because of a shoulder injury, but he, too, has been enjoying the great outdoors this summer before its time to hit the snow again.

Along with a gorgeous shot of mountains, a lake and some high
-country flora in ColoradoArapaho National Forest, he posted, 
Pretty awesome first camping trip of the summer!!! #Colorado#Camping#Summer#LifeIsGood#Mountains.

Winter Vibes In Summer

Andrew Kurka clearly loves his summers in Alaska, what with working on his bed and breakfast and his fishing trips and other activities that take advantage of summer in the countrys most northern state. But winters never far from the two-time Paralympians mind, either.

Recently Kurka posted a throwback photo of him on the 
monoski at a long ago world championships, writing, 
Throwback to my first world championships in la Molina Spain. MAN! Time flies! That mustve been 9-10 years ago. All I can say is Im thankful for every bruise bump and blister Ive gotten on my journey.


Man OMany Talents

Chris Waddell made a name for himself on snow, but the prolific alpine skier also competed in track and field at two summer editions of the Paralympics, winning a silver medal in the 200-meter in Sydney in 2000. Last week he lent his expertise on the summer side to the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials, serving as commentator for Peacocks coverage of the track and field events.

Warm, windy and really fast at the Paralympic Trials. Check it out on Peacock. With Bill Spaulding. #showtheworld," he captioned from day two of the three-day event in Minneapolis.

Climbing For A Cause

Just reading about Chance Cookes fundraising venture at the end of March is enough to make you tired.

Cookes daughter, Kate, is an active member of DREAM Adaptive Recreation in Whitefish, Montana, and in order to raise money for the program he climbed 20,651 feet on Whitefish Mountain Resort over the course of multiple unassisted trips down and back up the hill. He did it all while wearing an Elvis costume, and raised more than $8,000 for the organization.

Read all about it here.

Bay Area Program Celebrates Milestone

San Franciscos Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program, which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in numerous sports and activities, is celebrating its 45th birthday this year.



Karen Price

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to USParaAlpineSkiing.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.