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To enrich the lives of special needs children and their families, by presenting available resources to them; thereby, allowing the family to focus on family rather than a disability.


Padraig is a young man from the Twin Cities whose family loves to ski.  A   number of people believed that because of Padraig’s disabilities that he would not tolerate ski equipment or enjoy skiing.  His family believed he could and this year Padraig begins his 9th season of skiing.  For us “this is a family activity”  

“We couldn't imagine not sharing the sport we love with both of our children, despite the challenges that we might face.”  Our success in getting Padraig on the snow was in large part due to the support and encouragement that we received from the  Buck Hill Ski School.  We are thrilled to now be able to share this great winter activity with other families through the collaborative efforts of Padraig’s Place, a non-profit organization, and Buck Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.

Brian and Eileen Foley - Founders of Padraig's Place


Padraig and his Dad, Brian Foley, on the magic carpet

at Buck Hill Ski, Snowboard & Tubing area.

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