As the snow began to fall this winter, Tricia worked with Two Top Adaptive Sports Foundation, a nonprofit based at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Penn., to hit the slopes again with the help of a special prosthesis fitted to her ski boot. Two Top provides adaptive ski and snowboard lessons to disabled athletes, the majority of whom are wounded warriors recovering at nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
On Feb. 10, Tricia will participate in the 100K Vertical Challenge, an endurance event in which 40-some skiers and boarders will descend 100,000 vertical feet in a day. That's 107 runs at Whitetail. She'll be part of a relay team with three other adaptive skiers—one using a prosthesis, two in monoskis—to attempt the feat, which aims to raise funds for and awareness of Two Top.
Amy Reinink is a freelance writer and volunteer ski patroller who splits her time between Washington, D.C., and Upstate New York. You can read more of her work at amyreinink.com, and can donate to her 100K effort by visiting the 100K website and clicking on "Team DYD."