Higher Ground prides itself on serving participants nationwide of all race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and marital status.

 

Military

There is no other program in the country that offers the whole-life healing that we do at Higher Ground. We are the only program that invites the spouse or other supporter to be part of the journey. Together, the pair forms a new unit with other veterans and supporters in their program. They take on new challenges. They talk.

They listen. They feel heard. They feel hope.

The real healing begins when they head home. Higher Ground guarantees the veteran can stay active in recreation by providing the equipment and finances needed. We also commit to three years of follow-up support. We check in, we encourage, and we help them remember that they are not in this alone.

This is where it all began...a place of extraordinary beauty with recreational possibilities to match. The Sun Valley community believes that people of all abilities should be able to experience the healing powers of the mountains.
That is why Higher Ground was born.

Upcoming Programs:
HG 6/19 RR: May 30-June 5 Ranch Rodeo Program for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Bellevue, ID
HG 6/19 WWR: June 19-25 White Water Rafting for Female Veterans and Supporters Salmon, ID
HG 7/19 FC: July 18-24 Family Watersports Program Pettit Lake, Stanley, ID
HG 8/19 OT: August 9-15 White Water Rafting and Kayaking Program for Male Veterans and Supporters Salmon, ID
HG 8/19 TRR: August 23-29 Fly Fishing Couples Program for Male Veterans in Relationships Three Rivers Ranch, ID
HG 9/19 WS: September 8-14 Watersports Couples Program for Male Veterans in Relationships Fay Island, CA
HG-10/19 CC: October 6-12 Golf Couples Program for Male Veterans in Relationships St. Louis, Missouri
HG 10/19 FF: October 27- Nov 2 Couples Programs for Male and Female Veterans in Relationships – Activity TBD Hillsboro, TX

***Qualifying veterans from any era show symptoms of TBI, PTSD, MST, and/or Polytrauma. If you are interested in attending a program, please register. Selections are prioritized based on registration date.***
Register for Military Program

We are here because there are over 300,000 veterans living in Los Angeles County. And they need our support.

Upcoming Programs:
HGLA 8/19 BBLS: August 25-31 Big Bear Lake Sports for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Big Bear Lake, CA
HGLA 1/20 SS: January 12-18 Big Bear SnowSports for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Big Bear Lake, CA
HGLA 2/20 SS: February 2-8 Big Bear SnowSports Couples Program for Male and Female Veterans in Relationships Big Bear Lake, CA
HGLA 4/20 OS: April 19-25 Ocean Sports for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Laguna Beach, CA
HGLA 6/20 OS: June 7-13 Ocean Sports for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Laguna Beach, CA

***Qualifying veterans from any era show symptoms of TBI, PTSD, MST, and/or Polytrauma. If you are interested in attending a program, please register. Selections are prioritized based on registration date.***
Register for Military Program

Western New York is home to another one of the largest veteran populations in the country. It is also a place of great natural beauty and a strong, family-oriented community — the elements that have made our Sun Valley program so successful.

Upcoming Programs:
HGNY 10/19 HR: October 2-8 Horseback Riding Couples Program for Male/Female Veterans in Relationships Beaver Hollow, NY

***Qualifying veterans from any era show symptoms of TBI, PTSD, MST, and/or Polytrauma. If you are interested in attending a program, please register. Selections are prioritized based on registration date.***
Register for Military Program
 

Recreation

Summer Recreation


Summer Camp
What: Day Camp opportunities for children and teens to recreate in the outdoors, to experience nature, and various sport activities with their peers. Camps include scheduled all day field trips to the Shoshone Ice Caves, hiking days, alpine lake days, rafting days in the Sawtooth Mountains, and more.
Who: Kids and teens with disabilities, Ages 4-18
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 12 – August 1 from 9 am – 3 pm, excludes July 2, 3, 4
Where: Community Campus – Voice 11 Room
Cost: $900 (full session), Daily Drop-in Rate: $50
Register for Summer Camp
Friday Field Trips
What: This program provides an opportunity for local individuals (children and adults) to explore all over southern Idaho and participate in various activities including day hikes and lake days.
Who: Kids and adults with disabilities
When: Friday, June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9
Where: BCRD/Community Campus Parking Lot
Cost: Drop-in: $50
Register
Off Road Handcycling
  • Individual/Group Rides

    What: 1-3 hour off road mountain bike day rides
    Who: Individuals who ride or want to learn to ride adaptive mountain bikes
    When: June – September, Weekly day TBD
    Where: Sun Valley, ID
    Cost: Free
    Register
  • 3rd Annual Women’s ORH Camp

    What: Multi-day/Overnight off road mountain bike camp
    Who: Women who ride or want to learn to ride adaptive mountain bikes
    When: August 22-26, 2019
    Where: Sun Valley, ID
    Cost: $250 Registration
  • Wydaho Rendezvous

    What: Annual bike festival for adaptive riders and non-adaptive riders
    Who: Anyone who rides adaptive mountain bikes
    When: August 30 – September 2, 2019
    Where: Grand Targhee Resort
    Cost: Sponsorships/scholarships for adaptive riders
  • Open Off Road Handcycle Camp

    What: Multi-day/Overnight off road mountain bike camp
    Who: Adults who want to learn to use adaptive off road cycles, and experienced off road riders
    When: September 19-22, 2019
    Where: Sun Valley, ID
    Cost: $250 Registration
Adaptive Road Cycling
  • Individual/Group Rides

    What: Adaptive road cycling rides
    Who: Individuals who ride or want to learn to ride
    When: June – September, Weekly day TBD
    Where: Sun Valley, ID
    Cost: $25 per day
  • Cycling Evening Program

    What: Adaptive cycles (provided by HG) for public use. HG trained volunteer/staff to assist with fittings and overview of the bicycle. A great opportunity to help families get out for a ride on the bike path.
    Who:All ages and abilities
    When: Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19 & 26 2019 from 4pm – 5pm
    Where: Meet at BCRD/Community Campus parking lot
    Cost: Free
    Register
Paddling Evening Program
What: Paddle boards (provided by HG) for public use. HG trained volunteer/staff to assist with fittings and overview of the paddleboard. A great opportunity to help families get out and paddle together.
Who: All ages and abilities
When: Saturday July 27th, August 10th, September 7th and 14th from 10am - 1pm
Where: Meet at BCRD/Community Campus parking lot
Cost: Free
Register

Special Olympics: “Brave in the Attempt to Win”

This is the motto that guides the Higher Ground Special Olympians. As the Wood River Valley’s official Special Olympics affiliate, we serve over 50 children and adults with this year-round program. Our recreational therapists work with the athletes to set goals, train hard, make healthy choices, and feel a part of the team. Through this, they gain self-confidence, physical skills, communication strategies, teamwork abilities, and better understanding of social cues.

Register for Special Olympics

Members Only Club

Weekly fitness group for local adults with disabilities.

Register for Members Only Club

Winter Recreation

An individualized program for children, teens, and adults, focused on helping them enjoy winter activities at the highest possible integrated level. Higher Ground Sun Valley is the sole adaptive snowsports concessionaire for Sun Valley Resort.


Pass Lease Day

This is the day to receive your pass and equipment. Stop by River Run first for your pass, then at Sturtevants for your equipment.
November 16 between 1-4
November 17 between 9-12 or
January 2 between 1-4
**Must sign up for pass lease day before registering for lessons and programs.**

Sign Up Pass Lease Day

Sessions

Sessions consist of three individual lessons for 2.5 hours over the course of a month (December has 2 lessons). Sessions are in the morning or afternoon and are on Saturday and Sunday.




Register for Sessions

Ski Club

Ski Club is for those shredders ready for Baldy and ready to socialize with their peers. Ski Club meets 11 Sunday's throughout the season from 10 am to 12:30 pm.
December 9, 16
January 6, 13, 27
February 3, 10, 24
March 3, 10, 17

Register for Ski Club

Local Lessons

If you are looking for private lessons and live in the Idaho, Please request a lesson date below. Once submitted, an HG Staff Member will be in contact.





Request a Lesson

Visiting Sun Valley

If you are visiting Sun Valley and interested in an adaptive ski lesson, please request a lesson below. Any questions, contact Kayla at (208) 720-2661.




Request a Lesson

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Summer Camp 9:00 am
Summer Camp @ BCRD
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Camp @ BCRD | Hailey | Idaho | United States
Higher Ground Summer Camp provides local and valley visitors with disabilities a day camp experience.
Family Cycling Program 5:30 pm
Family Cycling Program @ BCRD
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Cycling Program @ BCRD
Come down the Blaine Country Rec. District to try out our adaptive bike fleet.  Bring family, or friends and enjoy an evening ride on the Wood […]
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Adult Program (Members Only Club) 11:00 am
Adult Program (Members Only Club) @ BCRD
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Adult Program (Members Only Club) @ BCRD
Social/fitness group for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. 21+
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HGSV- August White Water Kayaking Program for Male Veterans
HGSV- August White Water Kayaking Program for Male Veterans @ Main Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
Aug 9 – Aug 15 all-day
HGSV- August White Water Kayaking Program for Male Veterans @ Main Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho | Idaho | United States
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!** Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs […]
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HGNY – Paddle For The Troops 8:00 am
HGNY – Paddle For The Troops @ Buffalo RiverWorks
Aug 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
HGNY - Paddle For The Troops @ Buffalo RiverWorks | Buffalo | New York | United States
2nd Annual Paddle For The Troops Saturday, August 24, 2019 8 AM to Noon Buffalo River Works Purchase Your Tickets Today If you are unable to […]
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HGLA-Big Bear Lake Sports Camp 4:00 pm
HGLA-Big Bear Lake Sports Camp @ Big Bear Lake, CA
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HGLA-Big Bear Lake Sports Camp @ Big Bear Lake, CA
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!** Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs […]
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