Non-profit organization opens adapted ski resort in Park City, Utah

The new National Ability Center building seeks to provide more space to give people of all abilities more opportunities on the mountain.

The National Ability Center (NAC) on August 9 opened a new adaptive skiing facility at Park City Mountain, Utah. Named the McGrath Family Mountain Center, the building will provide expanded services for adapted athletes.

The DACs said on Instagram that the upcoming installation represents “the culmination of years of planning, coordination, patience and hard work by many.”

It will allow the non-profit organization to continue its adaptive skiing and snowboarding program. The program provides equipment and support to athletes of varying physical abilities, enabling them to participate in outdoor winter sports.

For 23 years, this program operated from a “temporary” double-wide trailer. Now, thanks to multiple donors, Park City will receive a brand new building. Donors include Vail Resorts EpicPromise and the State of Utah, NAC leaders said.

Bigger Building, Bigger Program

The McGrath Family Mountain Center will be located sideways at the base of Park City Mountain. This is only possible thanks to a historic 50-year land lease with Vail Resorts, the CNA said in a press release.

The new facility is expected to be completed by next summer and will feature two floors and 9,400 square feet. It will cost approximately $6.5 million and includes offices, a reception area and locker rooms for adaptive athletes and coaches.

An NAC volunteer works with an adapted skier in 2022; (photo/National Skills Centre)

More importantly, the expanded space will open opportunities for more visitors. With so much more space to work, the NAC can offer more people with disabilities the chance to participate in ski and snowboard programs.

The new facility will also have on-site washrooms for NAC attendees and their families. This is a major improvement over the current reliance on the complex’s toilets, which are all located outside the existing center, the press release said.

A word from the National Ability Center

“Words cannot express how thrilled we are to finally pave the way for the McGrath Family Mountain Center,” said NAC CEO Dan Glasser. “This project spanned six years and we owe it to our incredible partnership with Vail Resorts, Park City Mountain, Big-D Signature, Architectural Nexus and the City of Park City for their help in bringing our dream project to fruition. .”

Glasser added, “The new McGrath Family Mountain Center will benefit thousands of individuals and families in need of tailored recreation and adventure programs.

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