News Articles

March 2017

Press Release

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and New England Healing Sports Association (NEHSA) at Mount Sunapee Resort (MSR) Held the 8th Women Veteran Ski Appreciation Day Honoring Women Veterans Outside the Traditional Bricks and Mortar

Manchester, N.H. – VA in partnership with NEHSA and MSR held the 8th Annual Women Veterans Ski Appreciation Day for women Veterans of all ages and abilities on March 7th.

Misty rain did not stop dampen the spirits of the women Veteran who bravely served this country.  They enjoyed slop-side comradery, shared laughs and gave one another a hand.  Lift attendants, ski patrol, guests and volunteers showed their appreciation by wearing ribbons.  Click here to read the full article.


March 2017

Lowell Sun

Westford’s Chris O’Neil wins bronze medal at Speical Olympics World Winter Games in Austria

Chris O’Neil of Westford captured a bronze medal in the Advanced Super-G slalom skiing event at the Special Olympics World Games in Schladming, Austria, on Sunday.


On’ Neil, 27, finished the course in 1:19:22, shaving more that four seconds of his time in a preliminary round Saturday. Click here to read the full article


October 2016



A day-tripper’s dream,
Mount Sunapee serves up a real mountain experience commuting distance from urban New England. This mountain “feels small and skis big,” thanks to it’s friendly attitude, legitimate front side steeps (think Lynx and Goosebumps), and expansive backside cruising in Sun Bowl, where readers rave about the “incredible views” and the “sweet high-speed lift.” Click here to read the full article.


August 20, 2016

Laura Tetrault honors Lifeskills group with a Mural at Donna’s Donuts: Tewksbury Adaptive Ski Club prepares for next season.

Posted: Saturday, August 20, 2016 3:00 pm
By SHERYL WALSH News Correspondent
TEWKSBURY — It’s summer. While others are thinking about beaches, 25 young adults, their parents, and the leadership of the Tewksbury Adaptive Ski Club are think-ing snow. And why not?
Since 2006, this group activity has been providing the students of the special education and life skills programs at Tewksbury Memorial High School with an opportunity to have fun and enjoy accomplishments at the same time. Click here to read the full article


March 9, 2016

Female veterans are honored on the slopes

The Veterans Administration, in partnership with New England Healing Sports Association and Mount Sunapee, held the 7th annual Women Veterans Ski Appreciation Day for Women Veterans of all age and abilities on March 1.

Women veterans who receive their health care across VA New England Healthcare Systems were invited to be appreciated on the slopes of Mount Sunapee. Click Here to read the full article. 


December 5, 2015

Last night in Breckenridge Colorado our Tony Santilli was awarded the Jim Winthers award (described below) NEHSA nominated Tony for this award the nomination reads as follows.

It’s with great honor and pleasure that we nominate Tony Santilli for induction into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame.
Tony was one the first disabled skiers in New England and one the founding members of the organization now known as New England Handicapped Sports Association (NEHSA).  The organization started at Haystack Mt in Vermont in 1970s and moved to Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire where it today has become one of the pre-eminent adaptive ski programs in the country. Click here to read the full nomination and to view the slide show that was played at the award ceremony.


July 21, 2015

THANK YOU ALL!!    Craig and Mike were honored to receive the 2015 Governor’s Accessibility Award by Governor Maggie Hassen in recognition of the The Chatter Cup. They were nominated for this award by Tom Kersey from NESHA who has also been a part of the Chatter Cup since it’s inception.  They were notified this past June that they were the recipients of this prestige award and attended a special presentation meeting with the Governor on July 21, 2015.  They would like to thank everyone involved with this event; sponsors, volunteers, players, and spectators. Click here to see the presentation of the award.


April 9, 2015

Windfalling by Paul J. Nyerick

Paul Nyerick, Vietnam veteran and NEHSA participant, has announced the publication of his new book “Windfalling”

Vietnam veteran Jerry Johnson peacefully sits on a quiet mountainside, watching a storm brewing to the west. He notes a small plane flying toward his lofty  perch when a blinding flash strikes the approaching aircraft. A single parachute floats to earth, and the crippled board crashes into the canyon below, kindling a wildfire that licks its way toward the fallen pilot.

Click here to read more


March 17, 2015

A Dog who Reads But Prefers Children Read to Her

Say You Saw it in The Monadnock Shopper News: 

Did you know that dogs can read? Don’t believe it? then you haven’t met Maya, The Golden Retriever. She’s one of the registered therapy dogs who’ll be waiting this Saturday, March 14th at Monadnock Humane Society’s Paws to Read event. Maya, along with her partner, Patricia (Trish) Toomey, will be glad to demonstrate her reading skills once children have demonstrated theirs.

Click here to read more 



August 28, 2014

Program Lets Disabled Athletes Enjoy Summer Sports

By Jared Pendak
Valley News Staff Writer

Newbury, n.h. – It’s just before 10 a.m. at Lake Sunapee State Beach, and Kyle McIntyre is, in the words of caregiver Bill Hays, “all smiles and giggles.”

It’s understandable that McIntyre is happy, and not only because of the warm and sunny conditions on the lake. Thanks to the New England Handicapped Sports Association kayaking program, the 24-year-old cerebral palsy patient from Newport gets to come out of his chair – and onto the water – for a couple of hours every week.

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March 26 – April 1, 2014

Having a blast! – New England Handicap Sports Association making a difference at Okemo

By Christian Avard
Message Editor

Ludlow – Ludlow Elementary student Riley Josselyn skied down the trail last Wednesday at Okemo Mountain and let out a big “yay!”. It was her last ski run of the season and her two ski guides, Lisa Cassell and Ray Gentle of Claremont N.H., couldn’t be happier.

“We often ask, ‘Riley you want to do it again?’ and she yells ‘Yah!'” Cassell said. “We love skiing so we want other people to e out there and enjoy the winter. It’s New England.

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Town Record – Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Disabled women veterans take to the slopes

By Sasha Wolfe
InterTown News Service

Newbury – March 4 was a bitter cold Tuesday on Mt. Sunapee, but that didn’t stop 36 disabled veterans who signed up for the the Fifth Annual Women Veterans Ski Appreciation Day.

Click here to read more.


March 13, 2014 9:50PM

Slopeside with Kathleen Baglio Humphreys: Gaining independence back through adaptive skiing


New England Handicapped Sports Association (NEHSA) offers adaptive skiing, snowboarding and kayaking lessons to people of all ages and all disabilities.

The non-profit is staffed by volunteers and is open seven days a week at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. It also offers an outreach program with instructors who will travel with equipment to other mountains to provide lessons. Click here to read more


Helping those with special needs brings a special reward – Part Two

Monday, February 3, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part story about the New England Handicapped Sports Association, an organization that last year gave more than 400 skiing and snowboarding lessons to students with physical or developmental disabilities. Part one was published Feb. 2, in Foster’s Sunday Citizen.

Click here for the complete story



NEHSA at Mount Sunapee continues to help those with special needs – Part One

Sunday, February 2, 2014

She does it for the strength and determination she learns from her students. (See Monday’s Foster’s Daily Democrat for a feature story on Denise Mayfield)

On the day Mike Kopp, of Portsmouth, R.I., turned 51, he also arrived at Mt. Sunapee for a full day of NEHSA volunteer work.

Click here to read the complete story.



Adapting quite nicely – Boston Globe 12/12/2013

John Pelletier believes he’s a better skier now than before falling out of a tree stand while deer hunting in 2004 and suffering a spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair.

Now the former attorney… to read more  Adapting Quite Nicely – Boston Globe December 2013


Which New England Ski Area is right for you? – Boston Globe 11/09/2013

New England resorts all boast improved snowmaking, varied terrain, friendly service, mountain views, and quality lessons. But, when it comes down to it, certain ski resorts are better at some things than others. Looking for the best snow? Want a family-friendly place? Need a challenge? Here’s the ultimate guide to skiing in the region, on your terms…… click here to read more. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.