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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Snowboarding
  • Snow Skiing
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Certification:PSIA Adaptive Ski Cert.

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 3 to 80

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    A variety of different mono-skis ranging from the Grove Innovation, Halls, Shadow, Revolution to the Yetti and Tessier Dual Skis; Bi Unique, and Mountain Man bi-ski;. tethers, ski-bras, spacers

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Limited, full or partial scholarships are available to eligible students. Independent skiers with a disability are eligible for 50% off Durango Mountain Resort's regular lift ticket rate. Tickets need to be purchased at the Dave Spencer Center, located at Columbine beginner area.

    Adaptive Skiing Rates
    Adult Full Day - $80
    Child Full Day - $60

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: Yes

    wheelchair accessible van


The Adaptive Sports Association's winter program has been providing snowsport instruction and equipment to people with disabilities for over 20 years. Lessons are typically one-on-one and are offered to people with every type of disability. State-of-the-art equipment and instruction, as well as a "family" atmosphere are hallmarks of ASA's winter program. Skiing, snowboarding and a variety of "sit-ski" options are available to get every individual enjoying the snow in the least restrictive manner possible. Our instructors work closely with our students to determine the most appropriate method of cruising the slopes. Adaptation and improvisation are what make our winter program so successful.

Specific Programs include:

The perfect candidate for the mono-ski would be an individual with spinal cord injury (T-4 or lower) or any other type of mobility impairment, such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. A mono-ski candidate should be in good physical condition and ready to have fun. There is a 200 pound weight limit for all mono-ski candidates.

The Bi-ski
The typical candidate for the Bi-ski would be an individual with a mid to high level spinal cord injury(C-1 to T-3), involved Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, or MS. Turning the Bi-ski can be done with subtle movement of the head or if one has adequate arm mobility, turns can be initiated with the use of outriggers.

4-Track Skiing
Four tracks in the snow with two skis and two hand held outriggers or a device similar to a walker adapted for the snow, is what 4-tracking is all about. Mild Cerebral Palsy and people with strength and balance issues make the perfect 4-track candidate.

3-Track Skiing
Three tracks in the snow with one ski and two hand held outriggers is what 3-tracking is all about. Individuals with above the knee amputations typically use this method of skiing.

Blind Skiing
ASA is proud of their instructors who are specifically trained for instruction with individuals with blindness or various visual impairments. As with all ASA lessons, safety is our primary concern.

A variety of electronic and adaptive aids are available to ensure comfort and success.

Cognitive Skier
This traditional style of skiing with two regular skis and poles, is ideal for individuals with many cognitive and less involved physical disabilities. We often use adaptive aids (tethers, ski-bras, spacers, etc.) to facilitate instruction with 2-Track students.

Snowboarding is an increasingly popular way to ride the snow. We encourage anyone that we can accommodate to try snowboarding with modifications and adaptations for various types of disabilities.