Yukoner Darryl Tait is heading to Colorado next month to compete in the adaptive snocross race at the X-Games, known as the Olympics for extreme snowsports.
Tait lost the use of his legs in a snowmobile crash at an extreme snowsports event more than three years ago. In this race he'll be competing against riders with paralysis or who are amputees.
"It's been a goal since I was a kid," he said.
"I wanted to compete in freestyle snowmobiling, but now there is an opportunity of racing as a person with a disability, so I'm not doing necessarily freestyle, but I'm doing it. I'm there at X Games and I feel that's a goal in itself."
He said the adaptive snocross race involves racing his snowmobile on a track full of jumps and corners. He said he'll be training hard over the holidays in part to get used to modifications made to his snowmobile.
Tait said he's had a lot of help along the way.
"There's been so many people involved, all my friends, it's been a long go and they've supported me the whole way and they've had my back," he said.
Tait will be heading to Aspen early to give his body a chance to get used to the elevation. It's about four times higher than Whitehorse.