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.

Register for Military Program

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

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.

Register for Military Program
 

Recreation

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

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 Recreation Program

Members Only Club

Weekly fitness group for local adults with disabilities.

Register for Members Only Club

Summer Recreation

A program for ages 4 and up (adults, too!) that teaches life and social skills through a traditional day camp experience. We join other local camps so that our campers feel like vital members of the community, and the community becomes even more accepting of people with disabilities.

Register for Recreation Program

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HGNY – Horseback Riding
HGNY – Horseback Riding @ Beaver Hollow Conference Center
Dec 1 – Dec 7 all-day
HGNY - Horseback Riding @ Beaver Hollow Conference Center | Java Center | New York | United States
Higher Ground New York (HGNY) recently added a new military programming opportunity!  HGNY is hosting a week-long horseback riding program for 9 “single” veterans and their […]
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Volunteer Training for Snowboarders 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
  Snowboard Instructor Training is for returning and new volunteers who are snowboarders. This three day training will be led by Tim Ball and will cover progressions, technique, and equipment.
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors @ Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
Assistant Instructor Training is for those volunteers who want to be assists to the lead instructors. This is a one day training covering progressions, personal ski technique, diverting, and assisting […]
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers
New Volunteer Instructor Training is geared toward new volunteers who are skiers. This one day training will cover progressions, personal ski technique, diverting, and assisting with adaptive equipment.
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Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option A 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option A @ River Run
Dec 5 @ 8:00 am – Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option A @ River Run | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
Lead Instructor Training is for returning lead volunteer instructors and those who are interested in being lead instructors. This training option is geared toward those instructors who want […]
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
Dec 5 @ 8:00 am – Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
  Snowboard Instructor Training is for returning and new volunteers who are snowboarders. This three day training will be led by Tim Ball and will cover progressions, technique, and equipment.
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Volunteer Training for Snowboarders 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
Dec 6 @ 8:00 am – Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
  Snowboard Instructor Training is for returning and new volunteers who are snowboarders. This three day training will be led by Tim Ball and will cover progressions, technique, and equipment.
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Volunteer Training for Snowboarders 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Snowboarders @ River Run
  Snowboard Instructor Training is for returning and new volunteers who are snowboarders. This three day training will be led by Tim Ball and will cover progressions, technique, and equipment.
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Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Dec 8 @ 8:00 am – Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Lead Instructor Training is for returning lead volunteer instructors and those who are interested in being lead instructors. This training option is geared toward those instructors who want […]
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Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors @ Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
Assistant Instructor Training is for those volunteers who want to be assists to the lead instructors. This is a one day training covering progressions, personal ski technique, diverting, and assisting […]
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers
New Volunteer Instructor Training is geared toward new volunteers who are skiers. This one day training will cover progressions, personal ski technique, diverting, and assisting with adaptive equipment.
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Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors
Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Assistant Instructors @ Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
Assistant Instructor Training is for those volunteers who want to be assists to the lead instructors. This is a one day training covering progressions, personal ski technique, diverting, and assisting […]
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers
Dec 17 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for New Volunteers
New Volunteer Instructor Training is geared toward new volunteers who are skiers. This one day training will cover progressions, personal ski technique, diverting, and assisting with adaptive equipment.
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Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Dec 18 @ 8:00 am – Dec 20 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Lead Instructor Training is for returning lead volunteer instructors and those who are interested in being lead instructors. This training option is geared toward those instructors who want […]
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Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Dec 19 @ 8:00 am – Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Lead Instructor Training is for returning lead volunteer instructors and those who are interested in being lead instructors. This training option is geared toward those instructors who want […]
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Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B 8:00 am
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm
Volunteer Training for Lead Instructors- Option B @ Dollar Mountain
Lead Instructor Training is for returning lead volunteer instructors and those who are interested in being lead instructors. This training option is geared toward those instructors who want […]
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