OAS provides teaching for a variety of skiing disciplines including two track, three track, four track, mono-skiing, and bi-skiing. Our specialized and innovative equipment and techniques provide an opportunity for anyone with a disability to learn how to ski. Our adaptive skiing programs help our skiers build self-esteem and confidence, improve their fitness levels, make new friends, and have fun. The individuals taking advantage of our services have a range of disabilities including visual and hearing impairments, amputations, cerebral palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, spina bifida, developmental disabilities, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and many more. Individuals with a permanent or long-term physical or neurological disability who require use of adaptive ski equipment and/or adaptive teaching techniques are eligible for participation.
OAS’s season runs from early January to late March, depending on snowfall. Saturday and Sunday are the primary days for participation, but any day may be scheduled depending on availability of equipment and staff. Special arrangements are possible with prior notice.
Types of ski lessons OAS provides:
Used by skiers with visual impairment, brain injury, developmental disability, cerebral palsy, below the knee amputation, arm amputation, multiple sclerosis, learning disability, and post polio.
This the most successful method for those with post polio and above the knee amputations.
Used by skiers with cerebral palsy, post polio, brain injury, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ortho impaired, and spina bifida.
Used by skiers with lower level injuries including paraplegia or ortho impairments.
Designed for those with high-level injuries (C1-T7), quadriplegia, and people with severe MS, MD, CP, spina bifida, and multiple amputations.
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