On Monday, our weather luck ran out, and when the 4th annual event began at 8 a.m., we skied into thick fog and wet, heavy snow. The freezing rain that began falling mid-day didn’t help matters.
Our participants handled the adverse conditions like true champs, maintaining good spirits by cheering each other on and keeping their focus on the purpose of the event: to raise funds for and awareness of Two Top Adaptive Sports Foundation. Though we had to call the event at 6 p.m. because of freezing rain and low visibility, we raised nearly $100,000 to help Two Top continue to provide adaptive ski and snowboard lessons to disabled athletes, making the event a huge success.
My team still managed to ski 80,000 vertical feet in the 10 hours we were on the hill, putting us well on pace to finish the 100K by the scheduled finish time. And we did it in style, with gold leggings, tutus and retro ski jackets.
My friend Lauren and I started the day planning to split the 100K—107 runs at Whitetail—between the two of us. But when a patroller-friend donned the gold leggings and offered to ski a few runs for us, we happily took him up on it.
The best part of the day was watching the half-dozen or so adaptive skiers participating in the event rack up runs for their teams. From a snowboarder with a traumatic brain injury to a sit-skier carving better turns than any non-adaptive skier on the mountain, they underscored the mission behind our madness: Creating more opportunities for more disabled athletes.
To get an idea of the spirit of the day, check out Scott Broom’s report for WUSA9 News (you might just get a glimpse of yours truly—gold pants, tutu and all).