Feb 03, 2020 / Prosthetics & Orthotics

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Returning Skiers

Since 1981, Scottish Rite for Children has hosted an annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, Colorado. Lives are transformed while leaving a lifelong impact on all who attend.

Nearly 39 years ago, Scottish Rite for Children Chief of Staff Emeritus John A. “Tony” Herring, M.D., had the vision to create an annual trip that would forever change the lives of Scottish Rite patients. This is a shining example of the hospital’s commitment to treating the whole child – mind, body and spirit.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Learn more about the hospital's Prosthetics & Orthotics department and about the history of our Amputee Ski Trip.

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