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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 Program

The Military Program provides week-long programs for active-duty and veterans pre- and post- 9/11 with "invisible injuries". The first step is to fill out an application below to be considered.



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Recreation Program

The Recreation Program provides opportunities for
people with cognitive, physical, and developmental
disabilities. If you are visiting Sun Valley and
interested in an adaptive ski lesson, please
request a lesson.


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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 10/19 FF: October 27- Nov 2 Ranchin' & Dancin' Couples Programs for Male and Female Veterans in Relationships Hillsboro, TX
HG 12/20 SS: December 15-21 Snowsports Couples Programs for Male Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID
HG 1/20 SS: January 5-11 Snowsports Couples Programs for Male Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID
HG 1/20 SS: January 19-25 Snowsports Couples Programs for Male Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID
HG 2/20 SS: February 2-8 Snowsports Programs for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Sun Valley, ID
HG 3/20 SS: March 8-14 Biathlon Couples Programs for Female Veterans in Relationships Sun Valley, ID

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

Upcoming Programs:
HGLA 1/20 SS: January 12-18 Big Bear SnowSports for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters 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.***
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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 1/20 IC: January 22-28 Adirondack Mountains Ice Climbing Program for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Adironack Mountains, NY
HGNY 4/20 HP: April 15-21 Horsemanship Program for Female Veterans and Supporters Warsaw, NY
HGNY 5/20 KP: May 27-June 2 Kayaking & Paddlesports for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Java Center, NY
HGNY 7/20 FC: July 1-7 New York 4th of July Family Camp Java Center, NY
HGNY 8/20 RC: August 5-11 Shawangunk Mountains Rock Climbing Program for Male/Female Veterans and Supporters Shawangunk Mountains, NY
HGNY 10/20 HR: October 7-13 Horsemanship Program for Male and Female Veterans in Relationships Warsaw, 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.***
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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 9-1
December 7 between 9-1 or
**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. Sessions are in the morning or afternoon and are on Saturday and Sunday.
January Session:
Saturday 1/4, 1/11, 1/25 Sunday 1/5, 1/12, 1/26
February Session:
Saturday 2/1, 2/8, 2/22 Sunday 2/2, 2/9, 2/23
March Session:
Saturday 2/29, 3/7, 3/21 Sunday 3/1, 3/8, 3/15

Register for Sessions

Local Lessons

If you are looking for private lessons and live in Idaho, please request a lesson date below. Once submitted, an HG Staff Member will be in contact. Eligibility includes kids, teens, and adults with physical, cognitive, developmental disabilities and veterans.



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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.




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Bocce

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 Bocce

Members Only Club

Weekly fitness group for local adults with disabilities.

Register for Members Only Club

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