By Jann Wiswall

Holiday Valley is hosting a new and very worthy fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 9.

“Ski the Valley” will benefit the non-profit organization, Aspire, a Western New York leader in providing programs and services designed to give children and adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to fully participate in their communities and bring them to their “best potential.”

“Holiday Valley is the perfect venue for this year’s event,” said coordinator Megan Babirad. “We did a similar event at another ski area for five years, but accessibility was an issue there. Holiday Valley is completely accessible and its Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) provides unique opportunities for people with disabilities to participate.”

All snowsports lovers are encouraged to sign up for this affordable and fun day of events that runs from 12–6 p.m. at Holiday Valley Lodge, on the slopes and at the Tubing Park. Lift tickets are being offered at just $60 ($70 with equipment rental) and include a lesson and a sumptuous Italian banquet prepared by Holiday Valley’s talented catering staff.

The tubing option is just $35 and includes the banquet and free shuttle service between the resort and the Tubing Park. Guests are also invited to register for the banquet only; tickets are $25 per person.

People with disabilities may sign up directly with LASP to take lessons with Holiday Valley’s specially trained instructors. Visit for information about the program. To register, send an email to NOTE: reservations are limited, so sign up soon!

Want to make a weekend of it? Holiday Valley is offering discounted lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley and at the Tamarack Club for Friday and Saturday nights (must book both nights), or for Sunday night only. Be sure to mention Aspire of WNY to receive your discount. Call 1-800-323-0020 or (716) 699-2345 or book online at

About Aspire

Aspire is driven by the core belief that children and adults with developmental disabilities have the right to realize their full potential and live as independently as possible. The organization is committed to integrating the developmentally disabled into the community through innovative programs that promote independence in all aspects of community living.

Aspire provides extensive educational and enrichment programs for adults, including school to adult-life transition services, supported employment and volunteer opportunities and co-op and day programs. Service coordinators help participants stay connected with family and other support systems and assist them in obtaining financial entitlements, housing, adaptive technology, medical and therapeutic support, and much more.

For children ages birth through 21, Aspire’s Center for Learning provides comprehensive, individualized programs that may include a combination of occupational, physical and speech therapy, vision and health care, and educational services. Its family-centered approach means the organization partners with parents to craft customized programs that enhance a child’s growth, independence and community participation.

For more information about Aspire and its programs, call (716) 505-5514 or visit