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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Fitness
  • Snow Skiing
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Parking Area, Front Desk/Reception Area

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Yes
  • Staff Certification:Adaptive Physical Education/Therapeutic Recreation, 10 years of experience

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    All sports equipment

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Today, almost everyone can enjoy the freedom and excitement of downhill skiing. Adaptive equipment and the Americans and Disabilities Act (ADA have paved the way for most people with a physical disability to enjoy the thrills of this winter sport. Specially designed skis, known as mono-skis, allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy downhill skiing. These adaptive skis allow skiers to ski sitting down instead of standing. Each ski is equipped with a bucket type seating apparatus. The skier uses two outrigger skis (rather than ski poles) to maneuver down the slopes. Generally, a beginner will usually need to be tethered to a certified ski instructor (known as a ski buddy) until he or she feels comfortable on the slops. The United Spinal Association currently runs several trips from January to March to Pico Mountain in Rutland, VT where anyone from a Beginner to an advanced skier can come up and ski.