Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

The Alpine program consists of both downhill skiing and snowboarding. Skiing and Snowboarding are sports that involve athletes descending a slope, which is covered with snow, on either ski’s or a snowboard.

Area 26's Ski and Snowboard team, is looking for new members. No previous skiing or snowboarding experience is necessary, but it does help. The team works with athletes on racing skills.

Athletes compete in slalom, giant slalom, and super-giant slalom.   Area 26 boasts a dedicated group of coaches and athletes. We welcome all levels to come join in the fun!

Contact: Ed and Marta Morrissey

Alpine Downhill

Alpine skiing is one of the top Special Olympics sports. The Alpine team conducts off mountain (known as dry-land) training beginning in December and on mountain training beginning in January. Both off and on mountain training are on Sunday mornings.

The king of Winter outdoor sports is waiting for you. Whether you are an outright beginner or a slalom racer, we have a great  program with both early Winter dry land training and on-slope practice/competition in January and February. Space is limited (about 15 athletes can travel per year), so sign up soon…

Alpine Skiing Fact Sheet


While newer than Skiing, snowboarding is a VERY popular sport on the slopes.  The movement is more like surfing or skateboarding, and it is a great challenge for those new to mountain sports or who want a change from traditional skiing.  In either case, some slide with us!!!

Snowboarding Fact Sheet

Pre-season Practice

Dry-land training: Lake Accotink Park 

Practice is on Sundays from 11-12. Use the Highland Street entrance, and we meet under the train trestle. 

We work on conditioning, balance, strength,  race strategy and equipment familiarization to get ready for the cold.

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In Season...

Mountain training: Practice Location: Ski Liberty  in Carroll Valley, PA on Sunday mornings from 8-1, and are usually back in the area by 2:30-3 p.m.

Current training dates are January 15, 22, 28, and Feb 5 and 12

Both Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding participate in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Winter Games and try to attend one additional competition each season.

Games Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort, PA (athletes meet at Ravensworth Shopping Plaza)

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7500 Accotink Park Rd
Springfield, VA



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