Program helps CT disabled child skiers conquer more than slopes


Every Friday in the wintertime, the slopes at Mt. Southington are filled with something special. A program called Skiers Unlimited allows disabled children from around Connecticut to conquer the mountain and conquer their disability.

“I like to show them they’re capable of doing anything,” said Micah Cutler, a volunteer ski instructor and graduate student at Quinnipiac University who dressed as Spiderman on skiis. “A lot of times when they get a diagnosis they’re labeled and confined to a box of what they’re able to do and what they’re not able to do and a lot of people limit them.”

The volunteers and organizers at Skiers Unlimited prove the sky is the limit for these kids and parents appreciate that.

“It’s just unbelievable,” said Karen Cookson, Declan’s mom. “It helps to reinforce that there’s no reason he can’t do what all other kids do.”

And that’s a ski lesson they hope the children take with them far away from the slopes.

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