During the past 25 years, local nonprofit Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) has served thousands of outdoor enthusiasts with disabilities through tens of thousands of programs and lessons in becoming one of the region’s most well-known, and respected, organizations.

This year TASP is celebrating its silver anniversary, though it traces its roots back to 1992-93, when locals like Bill Glasscock, Colleen Trout and Joyce Allred laid the framework and organized the then-ski school program, which eventually branched off and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1996.

In the early days, the program was known mainly through word of mouth and later relegated to a small 200-square-foot room in the ski school, recalled longtime instructor and supporter Dianne Pauls. She had an interest in working with athletes with disabilities since her father-in-law, Edward, developed outrigger skis and her husband, Glenn, had similar instructing experience while growing up in his native Minnesota.