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Adaptive Skiing Programs at Vermont Resorts

Vermont is host to many adaptive ski programs throughout the state. Learn more about each of them.

Bolton Valley

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports brings adaptive snow sports opportunities to Bolton Valley. The organization has an office with coaches located in the Bolton Valley base lodge. Vermont Adaptive provides sports and recreational opportunities for individual with disabilities. True to its mission for over 20 years, they have helped thousands to gain a greater measure of self-esteem, more independence and also the ability to enjoy the outdoors. They provide opportunities in a world filled with barriers and obstacles.

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush hosts Vermont Adaptive at the Mt. Ellen Base Lodge. Vermont Adaptive, open seven days a week, offers recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Opportunities include skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Laura Schutz, one of the volunteers with Vermont Adaptive at Sugarbush, recently won the Jim Hutchinson Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award, which honors exemplary efforts of outstanding individuals.

Pico Mountain

Pico is home to Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational sports opportunities to people with disabilities. Vermont Adaptive offers ski and snowboard clinics at Pico, where Vermont Adaptive instructors teach lessons for all ability levels. Students may book lessons as individuals or as part of a group.

Family members or friends of the Vermont Adaptive students are invited to participate and, if interested, can learn the adaptation needed to help their skier achieve as much independence as possible. Clinics are by appointment only, and include lift ticket, private adaptive instruction and adaptive equipment. For more information, call 802-353-7584 or 802-786-4991 for the administrative office or visit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports.

Mount Snow Resort

Mount Snow is home to a branch of Ability Plus, a non-profit organization offering adaptive sports programs for people with any type of physical, developmental or intellectual disability.  With a dedicated group of volunteers, Ability Plus is able to do anything from simply provide the experience of sliding on-snow to comprehensive race training for some of the country’s best adaptive athletes.  U.S. Paralympic Team member Pat Parnell learned to ski through Ability Plus at Mount Snow.    

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

Smugglers' Notch Resort’s Adaptive Program provides therapeutic recreation for children and adults of all abilities. Winter snowsports experiences are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual. Some program participants may benefit from the support of two instructors, while others may be appropriately paired with one instructor. Smugglers’ also offers an inclusion program with its ski and snowboard programs for children, giving the opportunity to socialize with peers while still maintaining the support needed through the adaptive program. Half and full day lessons are available. Smugglers' adaptive program maintains an inventory of adaptive equipment including mono-skis, bi-skis and a slider. Snowboarding is also available.

Stratton Mountain

Stratton offers private adaptive lessons through the Mountain Sports School with a limited supply of outriggers, mono-skis and bi-skis, and will also refer students to nearby Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center which offers adaptive equipment in many sizes . Stratton ski and snowboard instructors are trained to teach students with cognitive challenges; they may book private 1.75 hour adaptive lessons at a 25 percent discount. Call 1-800-STRATTON for details and availability.

Stratton’s Nordic Center features 15 km of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing and snowshoeing, with new trails added for this winter. Lessons and rentals available. Snowshoe tours are scheduled throughout the season, including full moon tours with s’mores around a big bonfire. Visit stratton.com for details.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Skiers and riders of all ages and varying abilities can benefit from instruction with an adaptive pro from the Stowe Ski and Snowboard School. Our trained coaches assess, equip, and teach students with disabilities in a one-on-one setting.  Instructors are all qualified professionals in the Ski and Snowboard School with specialized training in adaptive coaching, offering lessons for two to six hour durations. Advance reservations for all adaptive lessons.

Stowe Ski and Snowboard School offers adaptive lessons for guests in the following categories:

  • Two Track Skiing is suitable for any skier who stands on two skis and can maintain balance while in motion. Two tracking is best suited to students with developmental and cognitive disabilities, visual impairment, and hearing impairment.
  • Three/Four Track Skiing is appropriate for the skier who can stand on one or two skies but who requires additional support to remain balanced.  Outriggers help compensate for weakness in the lower extremities.  Three/four tracking is best suited to students with cerebral palsy, arthritis, spina bifida, leg amputation, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Snowboarding offers an exciting alternative for the guest who has difficulty standing in ski boots or for the student who is simply interested in the sport.  Equipment, including outriggers, is available to assist the student.  Snowboarding is suitable for anyone who can stand and maintain balance while in motion.
  • Bi-skiing is designed for any skier who has significant lower extremity and/or trunk weakness and difficulty standing and balancing while in motion.  The sit-down ski offers a way for guests with severe balance impairment, including students with spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy, to experience the thrill of skiing. 
  • Mono-skiing is similar to bi-skiing but better suited to the student who has full use of the upper body and the ability to balance.

    Contact the Private Lesson Desk at Spruce Peak at 800-253-4SKI (4754) ext 3681 to make reservations.
    More info online at - http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/adaptive/

 

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