Ski Utah Press Release

Public Relations Director

Denim and Diamonds to Fill the Slopes for Annual Ability Snow Challenge

National Ability Center's Fun-Filled Competition Celebrates All Ability Levels

PARK CITY, UT (March 2017) – A beloved annual event, the EY Ability Snow Challenge brings skiers, snowboarders, friends, family, co-workers and snow enthusiasts of all ages and abilities together in support of the National Ability Center’s adaptive recreational programs. Held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Park City Mountain, the Ability Snow Challenge is a fun-filled day on the mountain with friendly competition, amazing raffles, awards, food, Skullcandy DJ and more. 

With a theme of Denim and Diamonds, the general public is encouraged to form five-person teams and come adorned in denim, diamonds and/or both, with prizes awarded for best dressed team, best dressed individual and best dressed volunteer. Each team will be paired with a local skiing legend, Olympian or NAC athlete to claim category titles for racing down the Eagle Race Arena Course. Teams can choose between three different race options to compete. Some of this year’s participants include Anna Beninati, NAC Paralympic hopeful; Jenny Beem, Special Olympic gold medalist; Megan Brown Brent, Alpine ski legend; Robin Jennings, Major League Baseball legend; Carrie Sheinberg, Olympic ski legend, and Chris Waddell; Paralympic ski legend. 

A highlight of the Ability Snow Challenge is the Participant Demo Race, where the NAC features some of its participants who have been working hard all winter to hone their skills. Guest are able to see firsthand some of the specialized adaptive equipment the NAC uses in its programs. Everyone is encouraged to come out and cheer on the NAC racers. The day ends with an amazing raffle and an After Party from 3-5 pm on the patio by Legacy Lodge, with live music by Muddpuddle thanks to Mountain Town Music and Park City, as well as a beer garden and food (for purchase).  

“The Ability Snow Challenge is the National Ability Center’s longest running event. For 29 years, this community event brings everyone together for fun, adventure and a celebration of ability. It is also an amazing opportunity for the NAC to showcase its ski and snowboard programs that benefit the lives of so many,” said Gail Barille, National Ability Center's chief executive director. “Like many of our programs, this event would not be possible without the support of Park City and Vail Epic Promise and EY, our Ability Snow Challenge title sponsor for three years in a row”

For a full schedule of Ability Snow Challenge events or to register, visit For more information on the event or the National Ability Center, please contact Christa Graff with Graff Public Relations, LLC, at 435.640.7921 or Additional information about the National Ability Center is available at


About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Located in Park City, Utah, it is one of the leading community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The National Ability Center is recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a US Paralympic Sports Club. World-class facilities and program excellence have also elevated the National Ability Center to be a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by the Wounded Warrior Project and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. The National Ability Center provides more than 35,000 experiences each year. For more information, visit

About Park City
With thrilling adventures across more than 7,300 acres, Park City is the single largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States. Recently combined with Canyons Resort, more than $50 million in improvements were made, including adding a new eight-passenger gondola connection throughout the resort, along with the new King Con Express Six-pack and Motherlode Express Quad. With over 300 trails, 41 lifts, seven terrain parks, six natural half pipes, one super pipe and one mini pipe, plus many diverse ski-in/ski-out and village adjacent lodging properties, and dining opportunities, Park City is an easily accessible, world-class mountain destination located in an authentic and historic western town. For more information visit