Although the Special Olympics are held annually, this year has an added importance, as it coincides with the 2014 winter games.
"A lot of our athletes have talked about how they're doing the same things athletes are doing overseas in Sochi," says Bernie Oster, the Area Manager for the Special Olympics.
Adds Steve Ribble, who works as a member of the ski patrol at Hermon, "I think it makes it that much more important for the athletes. And these guys are athletes."
Those volunteering at the Special Olympics say they get as much out of it as the athletes, calling competitors inspiring.