The National Ability Center is ideally situated in Park City, Utah, home of the 1985 Special Olympics Winter Utah Games and the 2002 Olympics and Paralympics. 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 Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Canyons 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 month, a week or a day. Whether an athlete desires to simply improve their performance, or strives to make a national or international Paralympic or Special Olympics 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 skiers and snowboarders with disabilities for Paralympics and Special Olympics with donor support.

For more information, please contact our competition programs manager, Jess Roising, at 435.649.3991 x617 or email

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, Cycling, Archery, Sled Hockey and Para Dressage. 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 Alpine Nor Am, the US Adaptive Alpine Nationals, the Ability Snow Challenge (a fun, team-oriented race) and the Summit Challenge (an 18-, 52- or 102-mile ride). Visit our event section to learn more.

Alpine Ski Team

The National Ability Center offers alpine ski racing to aspiring Paralympic athletes who desire to train and compete at Olympic/Paralympic venues with some of the best adaptive coaches in the country. Since 1985, the National Ability Center has provided adaptive coaching and instruction at Park City Mountain Resort for all levels of alpine competition – from entry level to Paralympic champions. Alpine racing 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 Resort. We are proud to have one of the first and longest running adaptive snowboard training programs in the world. The National Ability Center also has the largest number of certified adaptive snowboard instructors in the country. This program serves any athlete with a physical disability interested in training for regional, national and international 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. The National Ability Center/Team Utah team offers successful elite athletes a direct pipeline to the US Paralympic Team.

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

Adaptive Snowcross Team

This team is the answer for competitive athletes who want to explore the world of elite and extreme skiing/riding, but may not meet the classification criteria for other sports. These athletes can really have the best of all worlds – mono or boardercross one day, park and pipe or running gates the next, and then shredding big mountain terrain. Members of the National Ability Center Snowcross Team have the opportunity to train with either the National Ability Center/Team Utah Snowboard team or our Alpine teams; while having some days on the mountain geared specifically toward meeting individual athletic goals.

Delegation Team for Special Olympics

The National Ability Center delegation team for Special Olympics provides individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics Utah and National Ability Center supported events. The delegation team currently hosts team practices in winter sports (ski & snowboard), cycling, aquatics and track and field during their respective seasons.

As a delegation team, individuals prepare for competition during scheduled team practices outside of their ongoing session lessons. The team members come together to work on competition specific skills, health and nutrition, being a team member, goal setting and other life skills. It does not cost anything to join the team or attend team practices; however, it is required that the participant be currently enrolled in the corresponding sport and recreation session lessons.

For more information about Special Olympics, including rules and regulations:
Special Olympics Information


For more information, please contact our competition programs manager, Jess Roising, at 435.649.3991 x617 or email