SNOWBASIN -- Wyatt Ferlin, cheeks red from the cold, smiled as he swooshed down the snow-covered hill in a bi-ski chair at Snowbasin ski resort.
Wyatt, 11, of Washington Terrace, has cerebral palsy. On Saturday, he attended the Winter Carnival at Snowbasin with his parents and younger brother.
"We thought we'd let him try it," said Kirstin Ferlin, Wyatt's mother.
The family did not come for the cotton candy, the popcorn, face painting or hot dogs.
They came to see if Wyatt would like to ski.
Wyatt's 4-year-old brother, Rhett, took skiing lessons earlier this year.
After the Ferlins read an article in the Standard-Examiner about Katie Walton, 9, who is enrolled in the resort's adaptive winter program, they wanted to see if Wyatt was interested in skiing using adaptive gear.
After Wyatt went down the mountain twice, Rhett was put inside a sled. Both had instructors behind them, holding the sleds to maintain their balance.
Kirstin Ferlin said both she and her husband ski and hoped they would be able to find a way for Wyatt to join them.
Kirstin Ferlin said not only did she want her older son to get the opportunity to enjoy a winter sport for the first time, but she also wanted to support the resort's adaptive winter program.
The Winter Carnival is a fundraiser that provides equipment and scholarships for the Snowbasin program. Scholarships go toward helping pay for lessons and lift fees for adaptive program participants who are unable to pay.
John Czeszel, 38, of Plain City, is on the board of directors for the resort's adaptive program.
Czeszel, who calls himself a "ski junkie," was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and thought he would have to give up his favorite winter sport.
He learned about the program two months ago and has been at the resort weekly, learning how to ski again using the bi-ski.
"The smile is back on my face," Czeszel said.
But it's not just his smile that makes him come back every week -- it's the smile on the faces of children who have never skied.
"I'm able to give something back," he said.
Czeszel said the hope of event organizers is to raise enough money to buy a mono-ski sled, which allows the user to go anywhere on the ski slopes.
A mono-sled can cost as much as $5,000, said Alicia Crandall, director of the adaptive winter program.
Without donations, she said, the program would not be able help as many people as it does.
The Snowbasin Adaptive Sports Education Foundation, created in 2009, has offered lessons and scholarships to more than 150 people with disabilities.