SOND’s Winter Games include Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, and Snow Shoeing.
Alpine skiing is one of the top Special Olympics sports. It is a demanding sport, and athletes will benefit by being in good physical condition to compete successfully and safely. Alpine skiing requires, in addition to a basic combination of endurance and strength, a high capacity of quickness and action/reaction endurance. Through proper training, the athletes improve their physical, psychological and mental efficiency.
Cross Country Skiing is a winter sport in which participants propel themselves across snow-covered terrain using skis and poles. Cross Country Skiing has been a Special Olympics official sport with events at the World Games since 1977.
Snowshoeing is quickly becoming a favorite for outdoor winter activity. Combining aerobic activity with ease of walking over snow without sinking in, snowshoeing is an activity for all ages. Snowshoe races are part of the Arctic Winter Games and the winter Special Olympics.