On the Blogs: FirstEnergy’s Double Standard

first_imgOn the Blogs: FirstEnergy’s Double Standard FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Wamsted at WamstedOnEnergy:These two aging facilities—the Sammis plant’s newest unit is 45 years old while the oldest is 57; the Davis-Besse facility is 39 years old but it has a history of serious maintenance problems—have been battered by the drop in natural gas prices, the influx of new wind and solar generation, and the continued stagnation in overall electricity demand. The battering has been so bad that they essentially can’t compete in the current market, and FirstEnergy is asking state regulators to bail them out while hitting customers with new monthly charges that could run into the billions of dollars over the coming eight years.In its pleadings with the Ohio PUC, FirstEnergy has said the bailout is essential to keep the plants operating, and that the plants, in turn, are needed to maintain reliable, affordable electric supplies in the state—in other words, could I get a little re-regulation here, please.In defending the company’s proposal, Doug Colafella, a FirstEnergy spokesman, told the Toledo Blade: “We like to think of it as an insurance policy against volatility and the future uncertainty of the marketplace. It’s a concept we think will benefit customers because it considers the long-term volatility of the marketplace.”That doesn’t sound at all like the pro-competition track laid down by former CEO Alexander (Remember, “competitive markets, over time, will produce the lowest prices for customers.”) or the pro-competition testimony offered just months ago in Maryland regarding renewables (Remember, “competitive markets, not regulatory mandates, provide the most economical solution….”).Well, the competitive markets have spoken in Ohio (and the broader PJM territory in which FirstEnergy’s generating units operate), and Sammis and Davis-Besse simply can’t compete. This point was driven home by PJM itself in a recent report: “The simple fact that a generating facility cannot earn sufficient market revenue to cover its going-forward costs does not reasonably lead to the conclusion that wholesale markets are flawed,” PJM wrote. “More likely, it demonstrates that the generating facility is uneconomic.”It’s time for FirstEnergy to stand by its competitive mantra and close those two plants, not seek to soak its customers for billions for plants that are no longer economic.Full item: FirstEnergy Fails the Test on Utility Competition With Its Bailout Bidlast_img read more

Major investor groups expand climate change target list

first_imgMajor investor groups expand climate change target list FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A large group of global investors and asset managers have added 61 companies to the list of corporations they will push to take more action on climate change issues.When Climate Action 100+, which is backed by 289 investors with nearly $30 trillion in assets under management, launched in December 2017 it targeted the 100 energy and transportation companies that are among the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world.The expanded list of companies represents both carbon intensive ones and those “with significant opportunities to accelerate the transition directly at the regional and global level and help achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement” of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, Stephanie Maier, Director of Responsible Investment, HSBC Global Asset Management Ltd., a unit of HSBC Holdings PLC, said in a statement.The five-year engagement initiative aims to convince companies to implement a strong framework for board oversight and accountability on climate change, reduce emissions, and disclose climate risks and plans consistent with the June 2017 recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, or TCFD. The voluntary guidelines were intended to create an internationally consistent way for companies to assess and publicly disclose potential financial risks associated with climate change.Climate Action 100+ was among a number of movements involving state and local officials, businesses and investors in the U.S. who committed to advancing the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change after President Donald Trump in 2017 pledged to withdraw the nation from the deal. Climate Action 100+ is organized by five partner organizations: Ceres, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, Investor Group on Climate Change, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and Principles for Responsible Investment.More: Investors with $30 trillion to press 61 more companies on climate targetslast_img read more

Google signs its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Asia

first_imgGoogle signs its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Asia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tech Crunch:Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across North and South America, as well as Europe.The agreement is a collaboration between Google, several Taiwanese energy companies, and the country’s government, which recently revised Taiwan’s Electricity Act to enable non-utility companies to purchase renewable energy directly. The revisions are part of Taiwan’s new energy policy, aimed at phasing out nuclear energy by 2025 and increasing the share of electricity generated from renewable sources to 20 percent.Google is the first corporate power buyers to take advantage of the revised law. Its development partners are Diode Ventures, Taiyen Green Energy, J&V Energy, and New Green Power.The solar array will be connected to the same regional power grid at Google’s Chuanghua County data center, one of two in Asia (the other is in Singapore). The poles supporting the solar panels will be mounted into commercial fishing ponds, an arrangement that Marsden Hanna, Google’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure, said in a blog post will maximize land-use efficiency and respect the local ecology because “fish and solar panels can coexist peacefully.” Fishing pond owners will also be compensated for hosting the panels.The agreement means Google will get a long-term, fixed electricity price for its operations in Taiwan.More: Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asialast_img read more

Research firm projects 124GW of solar will be installed in Europe through 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Europe’s solar market is undergoing a resurgence. More than 10 gigawatts were installed in 2018 for the first time in five years, and the market should break through the 20-gigawatt barrier by 2021, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest research.Countries are rushing to meet their 2020 climate-energy obligations, while targets for 2030 are currently under review. During this time frame, European power markets will see deep levels of decarbonization, with solar PV playing a key role. Several countries have ambitious goals for solar: the Italian government is targeting 50 gigawatts by 2030, and France has a 20-gigawatt target for 2023.Auctions for utility-scale projects and feed-in tariffs (FITs) for distributed generation (DG) solar remain the two primary drivers of solar installations in Europe. In France and Germany particularly, auctions will deliver large volumes of capacity — between them almost 19 gigawatts is due to be procured between 2019 and 2024. Italy is also poised to launch joint onshore wind-solar auctions in 2019, though final European Commission signoff of the associated legislation is still required.Outside of auction programs, subsidy-free deployment in Europe continues to gather pace. Spain has a pipeline of almost 10 gigawatts of subsidy-free projects under development, on top of the 3.9 gigawatts of projects awarded during 2017’s auctions which should be delivered in 2019. Most developers are looking for corporate or utility PPAs, while some are going down the merchant route. Other subsidy-free projects are under development in the U.K., Italy, Portugal, Germany and Denmark.In 2019, Wood Mackenzie estimates that on average, all-in costs for a utility-scale system will be less than $1.00/Wdc with an average all-in cost of $0.87/Wdc in all major European markets. We forecast 16.9 gigawatts of PV will be installed across Europe in 2019 and a total of 124 gigawatts installed across the continent over the next five years.More: Europe’s solar renaissance is on the horizon Research firm projects 124GW of solar will be installed in Europe through 2024last_img read more

Egypt postpones $4.4 billion, 6GW coal plant, pushes renewables instead

first_imgEgypt postpones $4.4 billion, 6GW coal plant, pushes renewables instead FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daily News Egypt:The Ministry of Electricity decided to postpone the construction of the Hamrawein coal-fired power plant with a consortium of China’s Shanghai Dongwei Electric Appliance Company and Egypt’s Hassan Allam Holding.A source close to the deal told Daily News Egypt the consortium has not been officially informed yet of the decision, but it welcomes launching a renewable energy project instead. Similarly, Al Nowais Investments agreed with the Egyptian government earlier to replace its proposed Oyoun Moussa coal-fired power plant with a renewable energy plant with a capacity of 700MW.The source added that the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) planned to rely on new and renewable energy in the coming period, in line with Egypt’s energy diversification strategy, known as the Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy (ISES) to 2035, to ensure the continuous security and stability of the country’s energy supply.He attributed the delay of the Hamrawein project to the recently achieved self-sufficiency and surplus in energy, even though the project was originally part of the country’s energy development plan.The Hamrawein plant contract was awarded to the Shanghai-Allam consortium at a total cost of $4.4bn last year to produce 6GW of electricity.[Mohamed Farag]More: Electricity Ministry defers construction of Hamrawein coal-fired plant indefinitelylast_img read more

UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, to cut all ties to coal industry by 2028

first_imgUniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, to cut all ties to coal industry by 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Italy’s top bank UniCredit set a goal to cut its exposure to coal to zero by 2028 in a recent update of its policy for the sector and related activities, a document on the bank’s website showed.UniCredit will not provide banking services for any coal-related projects, including those aimed at maintaining, improving and even cutting emissions at coal plants.Clients with coal-related activities that account for no more than 25% of revenues can work with UniCredit as long as they have a credible plan for pulling out of the coal business by 2028, the document said.Based on research by non-governmental organisation Reclaim Finance, which rates the coal policies of hundreds of financial institutions, the update makes UniCredit the first financial institution in Italy with a high-quality coal policy.UniCredit announced in November 2016 it would halt all lending for thermal coal projects by 2023.[Valentina Za]More: Italy’s UniCredit to cut exposure to coal to zero by 2028last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Dominion RiverRock Outdoors Festival

first_imgThe city of Richmond, Va. gets a lot of press for being a great outdoors town, and for good reason. The James River runs through downtown providing some of the best – and only – urban whitewater experiences in the nation, their urban park and trail system is top notch, and they are constantly trying to improve their outdoor lifestyle infrastructure with bike share programs, commuter lanes, etc. Yes, the River City is definitely on the up and up in terms of outdoor recreation and it shows in the types of moves they are making, not only on a regional basis, but a national one as well. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are aware Richmond will be hosting the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships and the Xterra East Championships go through the city as well. These are all great things, but one event stands above the rest year after year: Dominion RiverRock.RiverRock is one of the largest, and best, outdoor lifestyle festivals on the East Coast, and certainly one of the most fun. Held on Brown’s Island of the James River downtown, RiverRock is an epic blend of sports, races, demos, vendors, music, and pro athletes from around the country. No sport is left out of the mix when it comes to RiverRock: climbing, trail running, mountain and road biking, SUP, and slacklining are all featured against the backdrop of Richmond’s urban waterfront. You can compete in mountain bike and trail running races, SUP trials, bouldering comps, freestyle kayaking and more, but the real treat is for the casual recreationist. This is the best opportunity you will ever get to pick the brains of the experts on gear, techniques, locations, and more in you chosen sport. Venders of every make and model are on hand to answer questions as well as let you demo the latest and greatest gear coming out.The BRO Roadshow will also be on hand giving out swag, so swing by our tent, say hey to Nick and Chuck and sign up to win some great prizes from our sponsors in one of several raffles throughout the weekend. What could be better than three days of outdoor fun at one of the premier festival venues on the East Coast?View Larger Maplast_img read more

Tracy Click: Army Veteran and Blue Ridge Athlete

first_imgThey call her ‘Alabama.’ She’s not the average 20-something-year old professional athlete you’ll find at a lot of extreme sport competitions, like the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Having already completed undergraduate school, three previous world championships in New Zealand and Spain, and three years as a parachute rigger for the United States Army, this southern gal is a hero on and off the water.  In the squirt boat division, she makes for a particularly threatening athlete, that is, until she breaks into a smile and tells you “howdy” in that sweet southern drawl.“I’ve had that nickname since I started video boating on the New and Gauley Rivers,” Tracy Click tells me over lunch at River’s End at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. “That was back when the West Virginia rafting scene was ‘tore up from the floor up.’”We chat about her experience kayaking in the ‘90s when the sport was still developing, about her persistence to learn in the face of almost-certain carnage. She’s worked nearly everywhere, from video boating on the New and Gauley to safety boating on the Upper Yough and rivers in the West. She’s dabbled in raft guiding too, although she much prefers to paddle her own boat. Squirt boating and slalom racing, now her specialties, were not always what she had in mind for herself.“I wanted to be a playboater,” she says, “but I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t complete the tricks, couldn’t get the ends down. A guy I knew was selling his squirt boat. Since I was the only one who could fit in it, I started learning that and found I could do everything I couldn’t do in a regular play boat.”Her success as a squirt boater led her to representing the U.S.A. in the freestyle championships in New Zealand and Spain. Her travels opened her eyes to a world beyond her Alabama upbringing and introduced her to a new love.“Coffee. Good, European coffee,” she says. “Coffee we Americans drink is sissy-fied. I’ve got a coffee company (Mountain Perks) sponsoring me that’s how much I love it. If you look on the bottom of my boat, I have a “powered by espresso” sticker there instead of a “powered by Gatorade” or Red Bull or whatever. Energy drinks are ridiculous anyway; you might as well pound a bag of sugar.”Alabama sporting her love of coffee.She excuses herself from the table to wish her fellow teammate, Haley Mills, good luck before her heat. We walk down to the beach and watch the competitors put in.“That’s one of the things being in the army taught me,” she says. “It taught me how to be a good teammate, how to represent the United States, and what that means.”When I watched her compete in the semi-finals the following day, I began to understand just what she meant. Her down-to-earth personality is fearless yet relatable, authentic, inspiring; fans of hers yell “Go Alabama” from the stands, waving American flags and ringing cowbells. She’s quite a talker, too, and when she’s called to begin her first ride I look over to the eddy to see her beached on some rocks, skirt popped off, chatting casually with an old friend. Although she trains hard and doesn’t take competition lightly, she’s also out there for the fun of it, which, in the end, is more inspiring than any world championship title.Tracy Click-4“Time and time again, I realize that the river has a cycle just like life,” she tells me after her heat. “As long as you’re on that continuum, making decisions, you’re going somewhere and doing something that betters you.”Although her run did not progress her to the finals on Sunday, September 8th, her mystery move was one to remember. Tracy is currently an online student at Montreat College and resides in Mount Holly, N.C. She hopes to get a masters degree in leadership development before pursuing a Ph.D.Tracy Click 2last_img read more

Table Rock 50K: Unfolding the Knowing

first_imgThe Table Rock Ultras held in early to mid December in the Linville Gorge have always caught my attention, for two reasons: 1. it is in the Linville Gorge, a place I know and love; and 2. you run Kessler Highway along the western rim, with sustained 20% grades. Sign. Me. Up. Finally, this year I made the decision to get out and run the Table Rock 50k.I seem to never think about a race until I am actually in the process of going to the race. Often I do not know when the race starts until the night before, or where the start is at… or how to get there. I just know, “hey I want to do this race,” Sonni writes my training plan, and I follow it… disciplined and diligently, one day at a time. Then, all of a sudden, the race is here.[What do I do?]Hello again, pre-race anxiety. You would think after all the years I have been racing this would go away.I generally see myself as a confident person. I am confident in my ability, I trust my training, and I know I am ready when I toe the line. What is it about a race that makes you lose that confidence?Simply put, it is a visible measure—for all to see. A race quantitatively measures what you have qualitatively been practicing in your preparation. You are thrown into a place of vulnerability. You line up saying, “Here I am. What I’m about to give is all I have for today.” There is nowhere to hide. There are no more workouts to complete, no more diet changes to make, and no turning back. Accepting all you can do within yourself is one thing—accepting what others will think of you is entirely another. It is a place of judgment. Will what I have to give today be enough? Am I enough?All these insecurities stir within me, disrupting my usual confidence. The entire way to the race I was anxious. I kept trying to burry it.[I’m fine. You’re prepared. You can do this race in your sleep… no problem.]As I picked up my packet, this anxiety must have been evident. The race director introduced me to someone as “the hot shot,” to which I quickly responded, “No I’m not! I don’t know what I’m doing!!!” My response was serious in that moment.[Do I know what I’m doing?]The phrase “do what you know” came to mind. I know how to pin my number on, I know how to get my race fuel ready, and I know how to warm up. And so I did. As I did the things I know, the anxiety melted away and confidence returned.[I’ve run 50k’s before. I’m ready. I know.]As the pre race announcements were given, I noticed a guy shifting nervously back and forth when course markers were being explained. “You’ll be fine, you won’t get lost. It’s an easy-out-and-back,” I said with a smile. I noted the role reversal—just a few minutes ago I was that guy, unsure.[I know.]We gathered around for the start. I notice the energy stirring in my core. There it is again.[“Am I enough?”]Then I hear, “GO!”—and all bets are off. It’s like I remember who I am. My center returns. I do not think. I just go. Left foot, right foot. Left foot, right foot. Striking the ground on my toes, I bound away.[I know.]As I made my way up the climbs to Wiseman’s View, things wandered into and out of my mind. The weather on race day was frigid—low 30’s and raining or sleeting pretty much the entire way. I love running in the rain. It feels pure, as if it provides clarity somehow. In the cold, wet rain, I climbed.[I can’t feel my hands. I’m soaked. I can’t escape this cold.]Hellgate 100k was the same day as Table Rock, and I had friends racing there. I thought about their midnight start time in these conditions and quickly warmed up from any chill I previously had.Another climb came. I looked right, Shortoff Mountain staring back at me through the mist and fog. Such simplicity displayed in existence, the mountains just are. I found myself wrapped in their presence, and continued to climb.[Do I really know what I’m doing?]I reach the aid station at mile 14 just before the Wiseman’s View turnaround for the 50ker’s. I am greeted by a friend and my dad, who are volunteering for the day. I was expecting to see my dad at the Wiseman’s View aid station, so it was a welcome surprise to see both of them here, where I knew I would see them twice during the race instead of just once. My friend filled my water flask, we exchanged quick hello’s and I was off. I called out, “I’ll be back!” over my shoulder, then turned and headed up the next climb.[I’m almost there. I know.]Wiseman’s view was enveloped in white fog. I paused for a moment, recalling how the Gorge appears below when it is a clear day. Then it was time to go.As I made my way back down the mountain, I was content. I knew there were still some climbs ahead even though it was a mostly downhill trek, so I was ready to give the energy needed to get up them when they came. I stopped and joked with my dad and my friend at the aid station for a bit. My friend said, “Ok now go on, Alisha…” and this time I called, “Hey, you think I’m going to win?” I heard my dad and friend chuckling as I left.[I know. …But do I know?]I noticed my statement surprised me as I continued to pounce down the mountain.[How do I know what I am doing?]I kept running.Four miles to go and at the last aid station, I realized I was not all that tired. I made the last push to the finish, 4 hours and 34 minutes after I started. I won.[Do I know what I am doing?]Completely soaked and freezing, I changed into some dry clothes. Who was the first person I called? My dad. He was still working the aid station with my friend in the freezing rain and sleet.“Dad, I won.”“You did?!” he exclaimed.I realize there will be moments in life I may feel like I do not know what I am doing. But in this moment, I know. I know was prepared. I know I am supported. And, full of stillness, I know I am enough… until next time.last_img read more

Unstoppable | Disabled adventurers beat all odds

first_imgEric Thompson breathes adventure.The 35-year-old Tucker County, W.Va., native has lived, worked, and traveled around the world. Over a decade in Hawaii. Numerous ski patrol seasons on Mount Hood. Countless more seasons raft guiding in West Virginia, Alaska, and Colorado. Short stints between Yosemite and Ireland and everywhere in between facilitating high ropes courses and ski instruction. Thompson’s even done the cubicle grind for a financial services company, just to see what it was like.But on the night of November 12, 2012, Thompson’s life took an unexpected turn. It was the year of Superstorm Sandy, and the roads of Tucker County were nothing short of harrowing. Thompson was driving from the town of Thomas to Parsons when his tire popped off on the outside of a turn. His car spun 180 degrees before crossing lanes and soaring backwards beyond the guardrail where it landed on its roof, crushing Thompson’s back. He was paralyzed from the waist down.20140830_070658_FIX“I’m lucky enough to have the background and the mindset to look at [the incident] the same way I’d look at any of those other horrible things I’d seen,” Thompson says, referencing time spent as a wilderness EMT. “Picking up people on the side of the mountain, pre-hospital trauma care, you never have the resources but you have to think, how can I make it better? From the moment I regained consciousness, that was my thought process.”In just six short months, it was clear Thompson’s positive mental outlook was paying off. Though no longer able to walk, he was determined that the incident not rob him of his passion for the outdoors, too. With his doctor’s consent, Thompson flew to Portland, Ore., to retrieve his van and drive solo across the country to his home back in Tucker County. Six months after that, and one year post-injury, Thompson was back on the slopes of Timberline Four Seasons Resort.“Having been an instructor and an advanced level skier for most of my life and knowing how a ski functions but not having the ability to move it, trying to wrap my brain around how to make the ski edge was exciting but definitely frustrating,” he says.Thompson wasted no time in getting involved with his home state’s disability programs, including Snowshoe Mountain Resort’s Challenged Athletes of West Virginia. Yet after some initial research, Thompson was dismayed to find that the state didn’t enforce building codes that would provide handicap accessible facilities. This fact surprised him even more so, given that nearly one-half million people living within a three-hours’ drive from Thomas, W.Va., claim to have a walking disability.“People with a disability are the United States’s largest minority,” Thompson says. “It’s hard to find a place to go [adaptive] skiing if you can’t get to the bar or the bathroom or the restaurant. Not everyone needs to go out ice climbing or mountain biking, but having accessibility in general, we need that to happen in order to promote adaptive recreation.”Thompson is still rarely at rest—in the past year he’s been ice climbing in New Hampshire, mountain biking in Crested Butte, even oar rigging down the New and Gauley Rivers. He manages a website and Facebook group, WVOnTheGo, with the hopes of raising awareness about disability-friendly businesses and facilities in West Virginia. His dream, however, is to unite and empower everyone with a disability through outdoor recreation.“Just because you lose a certain ability doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to keep enjoying the things you love,” he adds. “It can become a lot harder, but it isn’t impossible.”BRO-TV: Unstoppable from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) Executive Director Dave Shreve knows that sentiment all too well. Shreve’s daughter, Emma, has spina bifida, a condition that, in severe cases, can damage the spinal cord and surrounding nerves, thereby hindering the person’s physical mobility. In 1989, then-six-year-old Emma came upon a brochure for WAS and decided that skiing just might be for her.“She caught the bug,” Shreve remembers of their first visit. “Now, she’s a race team member and an instructor herself.”Emma’s a four-tracker, meaning her disability still allows her to ski standing up but with the help of ankle-foot orthotics and two ski poles. Attached to the poles are small skis which, together, act as outriggers for steering.Wintergreen’s program has flourished since Emma first joined, operating seven days a week from mid-December through mid-March. Originating in the mid-‘80s under the guidance of Michael Zuckerman, early adaptive ski lessons were crude at best. Though Zuckerman was familiar with handling disabilities through his work as a special education teacher, the gear, and the methodology, for teaching disabled persons to ski had yet to be developed.Now, WAS ranks among the country’s leading adaptive sports programs, averaging close to 200 students and 100 specialized instructors per season. The organization, which gained non-profit status in 1995, even touts its own summer boating program, offering adaptive canoeing and kayaking in the off-season.“The key for most adaptive programs is how you use the equipment and how you tailor your instruction to help your students achieve independence,” Shreve says. “When our students with all manner of disabilities can participate and learn, it gives them confidence and shows them there’s a big exciting world out there with a lot of things to try and do.”WAS has assisted students with a variety of disabilities, ranging from physical ailments such as spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy to visual impairments, deafness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism. The resort regularly hosts Wounded Warriors and their families, supporting the WAS goal of integrating their students with the resort community at large.“Beyond building confidence, one of the things I think you’ll learn when you talk to persons with disabilities is how at various times in their life, they feel isolated from other people,” Shreve says. “What our program does, at least in some small measure, is break down those barriers between persons with disabilities and their peers, family members, and friends.”Fortunately for those who have or know of someone with a disability, there are more opportunities for adaptive recreation than ever before. Chris Nichols, secretary of the Lions Club in Deep Creek Lake, Md., helps oversee the club’s Blind Skiers Program, hosted in cooperation with the Maryland School for the Blind and Wisp Resort.“A lot of times, service clubs just donate the money to whatever cause, and that’s it,” Nichols says. “What’s great about this program is we get heavily involved. We make them breakfast every morning, and a lot of our members are skiers and act as guides. It’s really amazing to see the level of growth that these kids experience just in the few days that they’re here.”Want to learn more? Check out a few adaptive programs available near these major ski resorts. Have an adaptive wintersports event or program you want to promote? Add it to our calendar at blueridgeoutdoors.com or email us at [email protected] Wintergreen Adaptive SportsCataloochee Ski AreaMaggie Valley, N.C.cataloochee.com/school/adaptive.phpBeech MountainBeech Mountain, N.C.beechmountainresort.com      Wintergreen Adaptive SportsRoseland, Va.wintergreenadaptivesports.orgWinterplace Ski ResortGhent, W.Va.winterplace.com/take-a-lessonSnowshoe Mountain & Challenged Athletes of West VirginiaSnowshoe, W.Va.cawvsports.orgCanaan Valley ResortCanaan Valley, W.Va.canaanresort.com/winter/ski/lessonsMassanutten Adaptive Ski School & Therapeutic AdventuresMcGaheysville, Va.taonline.orgWisp ResortMcHenry, Md.wispresort.com/ski-board-lessons.phpBlue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports (BRASS) at Liberty Mountain ResortCarroll Valley, Penn.brasski.orglast_img read more