13-year-old Max Barber makes his mark on Squaw Valley Ski Resort's NYE

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Squaw Valley Ski Resort celebrates the New Year with their annual firework show, New Year’s Eve party and their iconic torch parade.

This year they had special guest, Max Barber, leading the parade of torches down the Exhibition slopes.

Max was born with muscular dystrophy. A disease that makes his muscles very weak. This can make skiing very difficult with all the muscles it requires.

With the help of Achieve Tahoe and Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Max was able to train for 3 years for this moment.

Max, At 5:45 p.m., for the first time ever shredded the slope with a torch on his helmet and his dad at his flank.

Max is the first to do the torch parade on a Sit Ski. This is a modified ski that has been engineered to allow those who cannot utilize their leg muscles to hit the slopes.

With good support and a guide to help him steer and push, Max took his passion and made a mark.

Surrounded by friends and family, he was able to do what he’s always wanted to...be a skier just like his mom and dad.




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