I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
– Mother Teresa
DREAM’s long history of success is due to countless individuals who believe(d) in the importance and power of inclusive outdoor recreation. In 1985, a full five years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, Dottie Maitland gathered Jane Lopp, Larry Dominick, Larry McMillian, Jim Oliverson, and others to bring about positive change in the Flathead Valley. Their passion for accessibility projects in the outdoor space took hold and it didn’t take long for local businesses and individual supporters to join the team. Around the same time, adaptive skiing was brought to Big Mountain, spearheaded by Dennis Jones and a crew of volunteer instructors. DREAM was well on its way to laying a very strong foundation that allowed for growth year after year. The organization is thriving today because of the many individuals who have supported our mission over the years. Thank you!
We’d be remiss to not give the biggest shout-out the hundreds, if not thousands, of adaptive athletes that have trusted DREAM to guide their outdoor experiences; Your strength, determination and drive to push limits have fueled our desire to constantly broaden our reach, improve our services, and deepen our impact. We will continue to work tirelessly in our community and beyond, to ensure outdoor recreation is available to all!
We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane. If you have older photos or videos that you’d like to contribute, please contact us, we’d love to see them. Cheers to another 35 years of dreaming big!