adaptive skiing centers

Winter Sports for People of All Abilities: Adaptive Skiing Centers in the USA

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Did you know that most winter sports, including skiing, can be adapted for individuals with disabilities? Individuals who live in snowy mountainous areas often have opportunities to train and compete with Special Olympics in cross country skiing, alpine skiing, and snowboarding – but what about individuals who want to take a ski or snowboarding vacation?

We’re happy to report that there are recreational programs across the country that offer instruction, accommodations, and dedicated volunteers to assist skiers and snowboarders with disabilities! (In fact, our new Research Intern, Prachi Kochar, created a list of them at the end of this article. Be sure to check it out!)

Debbie Lawrence, whose son, Jacob, skis with Steamboat STARS says, “Over the years, Jacob has worked with several instructors, but the one factor that has never changed is the volunteer, Tom, who works with him every year. We couldn’t do the trip without him . . . Or even if we could, Tom gives us the peace of mind we need to go off and enjoy our day skiing.”

Check out this quick video of Craig Kennedy modeling some of the techniques STARS uses to help skiers with autism learn, stay controlled, and have fun skiing. Then continue reading for adaptive ski centers near you!



Adaptive Skiing Centers in the USA

Note: This is for informational use only; Madison House Autism Foundation does not endorse or recommend any of the following programs.

Alaska

Arizona

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Idaho

Indiana

Maine

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Montana

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Dakota

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington State

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming


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adaptive skiing centersDESIREE KAMEKA, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND HOUSING NETWORK
Desiree’s work focuses on researching housing issues, advocating for autistic adults and their issues, and presenting her work at local and national gatherings. She visits many residential communities and social enterprises across the USA and highlights their unique victories and learning curves while sharing stories of residents with autism and other developmental disabilities. Desiree is also the project lead for Madison House’s interactive Autism Housing Network. Her passion is empowering autistic adults and parents to create a future that is exciting and life affirming by offering small group consultations for forming projects. 

2 Comments

  1. Brian Ruhm
    Brian Ruhm02-07-2017

    Your listing neglects to mention one of the best adaptive sports programs in New England, Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports (. http://www.waterville.com/wv-adaptive/). Waterville Adaptive runs alpine and nordic programs in the winter and a whole host of summer activities as well. They’re not the largest or best equipped program, but their reputation is almost unmatched.

    • Shannon Doty
      Shannon Doty02-14-2017

      Hi Brian!

      Thanks for letting us know about Waterville Valley Resort! We added it to our listing.

      Best regards,
      Shannon, Digital Media Manager at Madison House Autism Foundation

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