Ski Like a Pirate!

A couple disclosures here:

1. I volunteer with Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, so I have a vested interest in the success of the organization.

2. I think dressing like a pirate while skiing and supporting a local non-profit is awesome.

Scallywags enjoying the Pirate Portrait Gallery.

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is holding its annual winter fundraiser Pirates of the High Skis! at Cannon Mountain on February 4. The event invites skiers and riders of all ages to come and search Cannon Mountain for the secret treasures of the Turncoat Traitors. Registered participants will scour the hillside with a combination of clues and tasks to complete. Each clue will guide them closer to the locations where “X” marks the spot. For every “X” found, participants will have another chance to win the buried treasure!

“X” marks the spot!

Additional activities for the event include a silent auction, tattoo parlor, Pirate Portrait Gallery, and a raffle drawing with prizes including a season pass to Cannon.

The booty goes to the highest bidder!

All proceeds from the event benefit ASPNC’s mission to enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through year-round sport, recreation, and wellness. First founded in 2009, the organization has grown to support well over 100 individuals engaging in activity sessions numbering in the thousands. Winter activities include alpine skiing and riding at Cannon and nordic skiing and snowshoeing. In summer, participants enjoy hiking, biking, and kayaking. Indoor activities such as wheelchair and adaptive tennis, power soccer, climbing, boccia, and sled hockey provide further opportunities throughout the year.

Alpine skiing at Cannon Mountain

Adaptive climbing

Hiking the White Mountains

Summer fun with biking

As a volunteer with ASPNC, I’ve seen participants achieve accomplishments they’d never thought possible. I’ve also shared laughs, pushed through tough days, and forged many friendships. I’ve learned the organization’s enrichment extends beyond the participants to the volunteers and supporters as well.

On Saturday, February 4th, you’ll find me donning my tri-corner cap and spyglass, seeking out treasure and proudly showing my support for ASPNC.

Pirates and puns. I’m ready.

For more information and to register for Pirates of the High Skis!, visit

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