The Invermere Special Olympics group (seen here in these shots from Panorama in February 2013) is back in action this winter, with its alpine skiing program set to hit the slopes this weekend and its new bowling program already underway.

The group is open to any kids or adults who have intellectual (or, in some cases, physical) special needs. It offers alpine skiing at Panorama on Sundays, curling at the curling centre on Fridays, bowling at Valley Alley twice a month on Tuesdays as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing (dates and times to be announced) and off-season visits to the hot pools at Fairmont Hot Springs.

The group kicked off its winter with its first bowling day and a Christmas party on December 4th.

We hope to see all our athletes return to the snow, said program co-ordinator Gee de Ruyter, adding that the groups volunteers redeserve a big thanks. For more information on the group or its programs, contact Andrea Haworth at or 250-342-4808.