Adaptive Outdoor Sports Options in the Inland Northwest

  • Invigorating exercise can be accomplished locally with adaptive Nordic skiing at the easily-accessible and groomed Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. Current grooming conditions: 509-363-5418
  • Another option is an excursion to the Mount Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. With improved accessibility to Selkirk Lodge, adaptive skiers can enjoy the mountain sunshine and the meandering forest trails (Sno-Park permit required). Grooming conditions: 509-238-4025
  • Another opportunity to have fun with friends and family outside includes sit skis. Sit skis and competent guides are available for individuals challenged by a vision or mobility impairments. Info:
  • New this year, the Langlauf and Mt. Spokane Nordic cup events will include adaptive categories.
  • Those who don’t want to challenge gravity can “test the water” with paddle sports. INWA, in partnership with Team River Runner and EWU, will offer adaptive paddling opportunities this winter on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. Prepare for summer fun by working the kayak muscles in the comfort of an indoor pool. Cost: $5, which includes equipment and instruction by volunteers trained in ACA adaptive paddling techniques. Info:
  • Volunteers are the backbone of the INWA introductory diverse recreation clinics, and those passionate about all-season outdoor fun who want to help are welcomed and provided with training. Contact // (Robin Redman)

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