Winter Games return to Powder Ridge

Special Olympics Connecticut will come home to Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort for its 2016 Winter Games, the organization has announced.

Athletes and Unified Sports® Partners from across the state will have the opportunity to compete in downhill skiing and snowboarding at the renewed, re-energized venue during Special Olympics Connecticut’s Winter Games weekend, set for Feb. 27 and 28.

The weekend will kick-off with an Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and competition and award presentations will follow throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Powder Ridge, located at 99 Powder Hill Road in Middlefield, invites everyone to come out and cheer on the participants and enjoy a day of winter fun. There is no cost to attend.

For more information and to find out about volunteer opportunities, visit or contact Special Olympics Connecticut at or 203-230-1201.

To contact Powder Ridge, call 866-860-0208 or visit

“We are thrilled to be returning to Powder Ridge, as we have fond memories of holding our event at the Resort prior to its closing,” said Beau Doherty, President, Special Olympics Connecticut.

“We look forward to creating many more breath-taking, inspiring, and triumphant moments there and feel fortunate that Powder Ridge is continuing to embrace our mission. This will be an ideal location for our athletes to demonstrate their awesome determination and abilities – and for the public to come out and support them.

Sean Hayes, CEO of Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, said: “We are very excited to welcome the Special Olympics CT Winter Games back home.

"Powder Ridge hosted the games for years prior to closing, we’ve worked hard to bring the resort back to life and having the athletes back competing makes it all worth it, it’s icing on the cake.”

Nearly 1,000 Athletes & Unified Sports Partners are expected to participate in the 2016 Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games, which will also feature competition in floor hockey, figure skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and gymnastics at separate venues.

Athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks in their respective sport to qualify for the Games.