STARS’ mission is to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational activities. STARS was formed in 2007 by a group of parents, ski instructors, and management from Steamboat Ski Corporation to help provide improved winter recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2010, STARS was contracted by Steamboat Ski Corporation to be the exclusive operator of all winter adaptive lessons and programs for the Steamboat Ski area. Since then, STARS has grown to offer year-round programming on and off the mountain.
We believe that adaptive recreation can positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. STARS’ programs help individuals discover the outdoors and teach skills to overcome health challenges, as well as develop confidence, self-esteem, and independence. We use skiing, cycling, therapeutic horseback riding, kayaking and many other activities to empower people with disabilities.
These activities help to reduce depression and isolation by increasing physical activity, self-sufficiency, and hope in our participants. We believe that through our programs, we strengthen families and communities while encouraging individuals to become productive and responsible citizens.