The Special Olympics Regional Winter Games kick off at Bogus Basin this afternoon.

49 athletes will compete in downhill skiing and snowboarding events before the World Winter Games which will be held Austria in March. Opening ceremonies kick off at 2 p.m. outside the Simplot Lodge, with races to follow at 4 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

One of the 49 competitors is 13 year old Ian Peachey. This will be his second winter games. He practices every weekend and last year, all of his hard work paid off. He won two gold medals!

Ian was diagnosed with Autism at just 3 years old. Over the years his love for sports grew and he got involved with the Special Olympics. His family said he wants more than anything to be involved and accepted and the Special Olympics gives him that!

For more details and to see a schedule of events for the Special Olympics Regional Winter Games, click HERE!