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Ignite Adaptive Sports is a non-profit 501c3 organization that has been providing therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities at Eldora since 1975.

Over 180 highly trained and passionate volunteers love helping others learn how to downhill ski, cross-country ski, snowboard and snowshoe.

Students come to Ignite from all walks of life, with varying cognitive and physical disabilities, and they inspire us every day on the mountain with their courage and strength.
Mono-skiing with Rheumatoid Arthritis
“It’s challenging to learn how to ski in an entirely different way, but all of the instructors I work with are so supportive. It’s amazing that I actually get to return to one of my passions in life.”

-Michelle W. from Boulder, CO
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Learning to mono-ski with John (at right)

Communities We Serve

Ignite’s location, just 21 miles west of Boulder, provides easy access for the community of persons with disabilities from Boulder County, Fort Collins and the surrounding Front Range areas. Eldora Mountain Resort is the only ski area accessible by RTD public transportation. Our program serves local wounded US military veterans living within the Front Range and as far north as Cheyenne, WY.

We Do Not Turn Anyone Away

It is our belief that every person should be able to enjoy winter sports regardless of a disability or ability to pay, so we make it a priority to keep our lesson rates affordable and to provide scholarships if needed.

More than fifteen thousand hours are donated annually by our volunteers and with generous support from Eldora Mountain Resort and individuals such as yourself, help make Ignite possible! Learn more about how to be involved at Ignite donate online today or volunteer.

What Your Gift Helps Fund

  • $1,800 Scholarship one individual for the entire season – full day lessons
  • $900 Scholarship one individual for the entire season – 1/2 day lessons
  • $650 Student skis, boots, poles, and helmet
  • $350 One pair of Outriggers
  • $150 Full Day Lesson
  • $75 Half Day Lesson

Donate Today to Ignite Adaptive Sports

To make a tax-deductible donation today to Ignite Adaptive Sports, please donate online today through Colorado Gives. (Please note that you will be re-directed to, where your donation to Ignite will be securely processed.)

You may also mail a donation (PO Box 19016, Boulder, CO, 80308) or stop by Ignite’s facility at Eldora with your donation on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during the winter – we’ll give you a quick tour and a cup of hot cocoa too!

Have more questions about donating? Visit Donation FAQ’s page. Have more questions about the program? Visit About US, Students and Volunteers to learn more.

Ignite Adaptive Sports’ Mission: to provide integrated recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that will foster independence through the acquisition of lifetime skills.

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