The National Ability Center is ideally situated as a training venue for adaptive athletes of various sports in Park City, Utah. The National Ability Center is a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport and is surrounded by world-class training and competition venues including Park City Mountain, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Park City Ice Arena and Utah Olympic Park.

The National Ability Center competition programs offer opportunities for individuals to learn about elite level sports, while providing the training, tools and skill development necessary for athletes of all abilities to reach their personal goals.  Athletes can choose to join any of the competition programs for a season, a camp or a day. Whether an athlete desires to learn how to be a good teammate with our Team Flyers program, or strives to make a national or international Paralympic team, the National Ability Center has the location, facility, equipment and coaching staff to help make each athlete’s dream a reality.

The National Ability Center is a training center that prepares adaptive atheletes for competition with donor support.

For more information, please contact our competition programs manager, Jess Roising, at 435.649.3991 x617 or email jessr@discovernac.org.

Paralympic Sports

Paralympic Sports allow people with physical disabilities to compete at an elite level in an international arena. The National Ability Center is a U.S. Paralympic Sport Club, and offers programs and events for athletes interested in Paralympic sports. Our location in Park City, Utah provides access to first-rate facilities that are ideal for high altitude training, twelve months a year.

Currently, the National Ability Center has Paralympic development programs in the following sports: Alpine Skiing, Adaptive Snowboarding (in partnership with Team Utah), Nordic Skiing and Paratriathlon. The Alpine Ski Team and Adaptive Snowboard Team are among the best in the nation and our athletes are consistently on podiums around the world.

For more information about Paralympic sports, including rules and regulations:
US Paralympics Information

Competition Events

The National Ability Center hosts several key events each year, including the Huntsman Cup (an International Paralympic Committee sanction Alpine Race) the Ability Snow Challenge (a fun, team-oriented race) and the Summit Challenge (an 18-, 52- or 102-mile ride). Visit our event page to learn more.

Alpine Ski Team

The National Ability Center offers alpine ski racing to aspiring Paralympic athletes who desire to train and compete in IPC events. Since 1985, the National Ability Center has provided adaptive coaching and instruction at Park City Mountain for all levels of alpine competition – from entry level to Paralympic champions. Alpine race training and education are combined with the appropriate level of competition to foster athlete development, fine tuning of skills needed for high-level competition and encourage personal achievement and success.

Adaptive Snowboard Team

The adaptive snowboard program got its start in 2008 at Park City Mountain. We are proud to have one of the first and longest running adaptive snowboard training programs in the world. This program serves any athlete with a physical disability interested in training for Paralympic competition. Together, with partner Team Utah, the National Ability Center has created a highly successful and sustainable model of integrating adaptive snowboard athletes into an existing world-class program.

For more information about Team Utah, please visit:
Team Utah

TEAM Flyers

The National Ability Center’s Team Flyers provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in National Ability Center competitions and Special Olympics Utah aquatics. Team Flyers is a holistic approach to competition where team members not only learn about specific sport based skills, but they will also work on teambuilding, learn about health and nutrition, goal setting, and other social life skills.

 Currently Team Flyers hosts bi-weekly practices in winter sports (ski & snowboard), cycling, and aquatics during their respective seasons. In the off season, the team meets once a month, where team members will have the opportunity for more team building and social interactions.

 

For more information, please contact our competition programs manager, Jess Roising, at 435.649.3991 x617 or email jessr@discovernac.org.