The National Ability Center touches thousands of individuals and families of all ability levels through their sport, recreation, and educational programs. A dedicated staff and cadre of volunteers along with access to world-class facilities have made the NAC one of the leading adaptive sports programs in the country. Of course, this group's endeavors require substantial financial resources--nearly $6 million annually--much of which comes from the annual Red, White, & Snow event, happening this year on Thursday, March 2 through Saturday, March 4, 2017 .
Red, White & Snow, now in its 13th year, brings together top chefs and acclaimed winemakers for a premier weekend of dining, wine, skiing, and entertainment events at various venues across Park City. “Red, White & Snow is a food and wine lover's paradise,” say Gail Barille, National Ability Center CEO. “This culinary, wine and ski festival continues to rise in popularity and recognition. The generosity of the nation's finest vintners and Utah's top chefs along with others, make this event possible, helping to shape the blank slate of opportunity for the veterans, kids and families who learn and grow through the NAC.”
The weekend kicks off with Uncorked, an intimate evening of wine tasting from more than 30 vintners' favorites and hors d'oeuvres, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Friday's scheduled is jam-packed with events, including the Politically Incorrect Wine Seminar at St. Regis Deer Valley, a new event for anyone who wants to learn more about wine, taught by award-winning vintner David Johndrow of the famed Napa Valley. Wine on the Mountain, the exclusive lunch après ski party, will also be hosted by the St. Regis in the afternoon while the evening will feature Vintners' Dinners at various private homes and restaurants around town, allowing guests to taste enticing cuisines paired with prize exquisite wines. During the dinners, either an NAC participant or volunteer will be present to share their personal experiences with the center's programming. Friday also provides anyone with interest in seeing firsthand how the NAC accomplishes their mission through the NAC Experience (registration required) where guests can try out adaptive ski equipment under the guidance of their certified instructors.
Everything comes to an end with the black-tie Gala Dinner and Auction at Montage Deer Valley, emceed by Scott Wolf. Decadent wines, culinary delights, and the chance to win some amazing auction items are all on the menu for the evening. The Montage's very own chef Shawn Armstrong is the Honorary Chef this year and his team will be catering a truly magnificent feast for guests that includes sautéed Dungeness crab cakes, kobocha squash veloute, chili maple glazed pork belly, brown butter Chantilly, candied pumpkin seeds, Wagyu beef tenderloin with foraged mushrooms, Campari tomato, mushroom puree, potato gratin and bordelaise jus.
Why Support the NAC
Sure, the lively Red, White, & Snow bash is about celebrating fantastic food and drink, but most of all it's about helping the NAC do their work. Instructors and volunteers who work with NAC participants readily share stories about the many special and heartwarming moments they have. Jan Bahrer, a four year volunteer, recalls meeting a young marine who was once a competitive racer, but was injured during his service and is now an incomplete quadriplegic. "He wanted to try to mono-ski. I must have picked him up off the ground 100 times, once even off the lift, on the first day." Bahrer recalls. "The second day was better, and on the third day, he could ski down First Time Face independently." The pair are friends on Facebook and Bahrer loves seeing his new skiing adventures progress. It's just one of countless stories that could be told because every day is the best experience for someone else who gets to achieve something they never though was possible, whether that's racing down ski slopes, riding a horse, or one of the dozens of other programs the NAC offers.
Detailed information and ticket prices for all Red, White & Snow events is available through the Red, White, & Snow website.