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Following are some highlights of media coverage of the Adaptive Sports Center. For more information contact Jessica Taylor, Marketing Manager at or (970) 349-2296 x109.

Mile High Living Logo  Denver 7 Mile High Living

  Denver 7 News

Aimee Hoyt and her son, Flint, share why the Adaptive Sports Center has been such an important part of their lives in Crested Butte.  Watch Segment >

Mile High Living Logo  Denver 7 Mile High Living

  Denver 7 News

Noah Wight shares his inspiring journey with the Adaptive Sports Center, learning to ski after his accident and his critical relationship with his instructor.  Watch Segment >


Mile High Living Logo  Denver 7 Mile High Living - Adapting is Impacting

  Denver 7 News

Summer is a great time to get outside in beautiful Crested Butte, home to the Adaptive Sports Center. Elizabeth Philbin tells Denver 7 News all about it in their Adapting is Impacting series. Watch Segment >


Denver 7 Logo Felton Family thriving in the outdoors with
 the Adaptive Sports Center

 Denver 7 News
June 2023

The Felton Family learned to thrive in the outdoors through the Adaptive Sports Center. Watch Segment >

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    Hydro Flask - Let's Go! The Series - Ep 10
    Reclaiming Adventure

     Hydro Flask
November 2022

In this episode, Hydro Flask joins some amazing individuals at different stages in their journey with the Adaptive Sports Center's intensive programs. Watch Segment >


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   Denver 7 News
Fall 2022

Fall is one of the best times to go mountain biking in Crested Butte. In this Adapting is Impacting series, Chris Read has some great ideas on getting outside for some fun with the Adaptive Sports Center. Watch Segment >


9News Colorado

Adaptive Mountain Biking World Championships

9 News Colorado
August 2021

Riders from around the country compete in the Adaptive Mountain Biking World Championships, hosted by the Adaptive Sports Center in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado.  Watch Segment >


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Crested Butte offers continual challenge for Fort Carson Soldiers

U.S. Army
January 2021

ARLINGTON, Va. — The beauty of Crested Butte, Colorado is truly staggering no matter what time of year it is. During wintertime, the snow-capped mountain towers over the East River Valley, while in the summer wildflowers burst into bloom, blanketing its slopes.  Read more >


Move United

Adaptive Sports Center's Jake O'Connor Embraces Independence

Move United
Winter 2020-21 | Volume 25, Number 2

Prior to his spinal cord injury in 2001, Jake O'Connor had never skied. Five years later he was boarding a plane for a ski trip to Argentina with a small group from the Adaptive Sports Center. He had never been out of the country before.  Read more >


Elk Mountain Real Estate

Adaptive Sports Center Finds its Forever Home

Elk Mountain Real Estate Review
Winter 2020-21 | Issue 48

When the Adaptive Sports Center began to pursue a permanent home for their world-class therapeutic recreation program, they envisioned a facility that would be for everyone: participants, staff, volunteers and the community.  Read more >


Blister Review Podcast

Adaptive Sports & Recreation: Past, Present, & Future

November 9, 2020 | Podcast Ep. 149

Did you know that 1 out of 5 people in the United States have a disability? 20 percent. And that is just one of the reasons why those of us who love and care about outdoor recreation really ought to know about all that is happening in the world of adaptive sports. So to get an overview of the past, present, and future of adaptive sports and recreation, I sat down with Chris Read and Betty Philbin of the Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte.


Fox21 News

FOX21 Ski Week wraps up in Crested Butte

FOX21 News
February 3, 2020

Meteorologist Dee Cortez spent Saturday and Sunday in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, wrapping up FOX21 Ski Week in Crested Butte. Dee dropped by the Adaptive Sports Center to talk with Executive Director Chris Hensley and learn more about our program. [Starts at 6:15]


Spoke + Blossom

Transforming Lives: Crested Butte's Adaptive Sports Center Empowering People Through New Experiences

Spoke + Blossom
Fall 2020

In 1987, a small group of Crested Butte locals recognized how far lending a hand could go when they founded the Crested Butte Physically Challenged Ski Program. That year, they provided ski equipment and lessons to 33 people with disabilities. The following year, President Jimmy Carter and his wife, who spent a lot of time in Crested Butte fishing, gave the nonprofit seed money to expand the program, now called the Adaptive Sports Center. 


El Pomar

Awards for Excellence Recipient

El Pomar Foundation

The Adaptive Sports Center was one of three Colorado nonprofit organizations selected by El Pomar Foundation as 2020 Awards for Excellence recipients, joining Gold Crown Foundation and Loaves of Fishes Ministries of Fremont County. The Awards for Excellence program recognizes outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations by presenting them with grant dollars for their impressive work supporting the people of Colorado.  Watch video or read more >


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Advocacy. Collaboration. Empowerment.

Homeland Magazine
February 2020

Since 1987, those are just three of the many values that the Adaptive Sports Center in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado has focused on delivering outdoor adventures and activities to veterans and individuals from throughout the country. With the organization’s Operation Rise & Conquer program, military service personnel who have a disability can be provided with highquality adventures which help inspire them to regain confidence and trust in themselves.  Read more >


Crested Butte News

First Descents Visit Crested Butte

Crested Butte News
January 2020

On a bustling Friday afternoon in Mt. Crested Butte, a group of friends happily digs into their lunch after a sunny morning of skiing, taking in their third-level views of the mountain. Cheeks rosy and glowing in a way only a day out on the slopes can bring, these friends celebrate their skiing accomplishments from the day and take some time to relax with a welcoming break out of their ski gear. Most of them have never skied before this week.  Read more >


Crested Butte News

Adaptive hosts The Expedition School in new Kelsey Wright Building

Crested Butte News
February 2019

Adaptive Sports Center’s new Kelsey Wright building, which up until a month ago was bustling with hard hats, construction and furniture assembly, is now bustling with climbing helmets, guides and visiting adaptive guests. Adaptive’s new sanctuary is finally ready to serve its purpose.  Read more >


Operation Rise and Conquer

Operation Rise & Conquer provides wounded veterans with great opportunities

Supply House Times
January 2017

Vision is an interesting word. As a noun, it means you can physically see the world of possibilities around you. When used as a verb, it means you can imagine them. Operation Rise & Conquer was founded in 2013 by former Gerber/Danze CEO Michael Werner, a man with a vision who saw what such a program could mean for our nation’s severely wounded veterans — and how it could unite our industry to support it together.  Read more >