Patti’s Jan. 1 “Inside New Gloucester” column

Skiers who participate in Pineland Farms’ Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training weekly program hit the Oak Hill trails. Courtesy / Kristina Sabasteanski

Winter sports for veterans

Pineland Farms’ Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training cross-country skiing/snowshoeing program is available every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon now through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. The program is free to all veterans with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress, and is lead by Kristina Sabasteanski, an Army veteran, two-time Olympic biathlete and occupational therapist.

The group will adhere to COVID-19 restrictions with social distancing, wearing masks and staying outdoors during programming. No experience is necessary. Ski instruction and equipment for skiing and snowshoeing are provided free of charge.

The program also welcomes all veterans who are interested in volunteering.

To learn more about volunteering or to RSVP to the program, contact Sabasteanski at or 310-8694. RSVP by Sunday of the week or weeks you would like to join. Check out the program’s Facebook page at for more information.

Several cross-country ski excursions and day hikes are also planned for this winter, but dates are to be determined due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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