Every Thursday night, Special Olympians hit the hills at Hidden Valley in Wildwood.
Pam Weber, a local great grandmother has been the instructor for The Gateway Disabled Ski Program and Special Olympics for the last 30 years. Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities.
At 72, an age when many are enjoying retirement, Pam Weber renews her commitment and gets re-certified as an instructor every year.
"The cool thing about skiing is that it levels the playing field," she explained.
Whether you're 8 or 80, you're welcome in Pam's classroom.
"Oh, Pam is amazing. She is so energetic and she cares about our children, "says mom Donna Ringling.
And never was the commitment more apparent than a few years ago when Pam herself became disabled. She lost her hearing completely and needed surgery to get cochlear implants.
"If you want to keep living, you want to go on with your life, you just do," she exclaimed.
Not all classrooms have walls and some ski instructors teach more than skiing.
"You know it makes much more of a difference in my life than I make in theirs," said Weber.
Pam Weber. She wears skis and boots but the most important part of her equipment is her heart.
"She is just unreal," added Maureen Williams.
Hidden Valley Ski Resort is located off Highway 109 in Wildwood, MO. Their contact information is:
17409 HIDDEN VALLEY DRIVE, WILDWOOD, MO 63025
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