With numerous adaptive Alpine skiing opportunities at mountains in the New England area, Northeast Passage’s Alpine skiing program focuses solely on the development of skiers for competition and potential Paralympic-level involvement. The Northeast Passage Alpine program welcomes skiers from all over the Northeast to come practice with our coaches and learn the skills they need to become better skiers and racers.
Participation in the NEP Alpine program is not exclusive. Skiers are welcome to continue to ski and race for their home mountain. The goal of our program is to provide the next level of training to skiers in the Northeast, something that is not currently offered anywhere else.
The NEP Alpine Program practices every weekend during the winter season at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH. In addition, our coaches run camps and clinics at other mountain locations throughout the winter. Skiers and coaches travel and race in non-disabled races in New England as well as national and international races.
Jason Lalla is a certified prosthetist and an above-knee amputee. Jason lost his leg in a motorcycle accident nearly 20 years ago. He is known for his speed and agility in skiing and downhill mountain biking. He was a gold medal recipient at the 1998 Paralympics in Nagano, Japan for giant slalom. He also brought home silver in the giant slalom and bronze in the downhill at Salt Lake in 2002. As a self described “adrenaline junkie,” he appeared in Warren Miller’s “Fifty”. Jason is a USSA-certified adaptive alpine coach.
Harlen O’Brien has coached elite level ski racing for over 15 years. Throughout his career, he has coached high school teams and run programs at several area mountains. He has been coaching adaptive skiing since 1999 and has served on the board of the New England Disabled Race Committee, where he developed advanced level race options for disabled skiers in New England. Using PSIA, USSA and ATS methodology, he trains instructors, coaches and students, specializing in the efficiency and joy of seamless alpine skiing. Harlen is a Level 300 certified USSA coach.
Northeast Passage, UNH Athletics, and the Paralympics
Northeast Passage, UNH Athletics, and U.S. Paralympics have joined forces to create a unique model for Adaptive Alpine Skiing athlete development. While our adaptive alpine ski team is open to all participants, it provides some athletes the unique opportunity to be a college student and pursue elite level Adaptive Alpine skiing at the same time, without compromise. These student athletes have access to the same facilities and coaching as their able bodied counterparts. This benefit, combined with Northeast Passage’s Paralympic Sport Club status, allows these same athletes the opportunity to work with and mentor the next generation of Alpine skiers. Please see the Athlete Development page for more information on this program or contact Northeast Passage directly.
Private instruction is available upon request/availability. Call Northeast Passage (603-862-0070) if you are interested in a private lesson or equipment demo.
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