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Program Details


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

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Specialized Degree in Kinesiology/PE/Adapted Physical Education/ Therapeutic Recreaction, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Registered Nurse

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available
    Mono Ski, Bi-Ski, 3-Track, 4-Track, VI, Snowboard, Nordic

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : Use of the adaptive equipment (sit down devices and hand held outriggers) and individualized lessons are provided at no charge, but adaptive participants do have to buy their own lift ticket (just like other skiers do) from the ski resort. Adaptive skiers do get one free ski lift ticket that is used for the ski buddy (the instructor's helper).

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


All adaptive skiing is at Brandywine Ski Resort. Brandywine is located between Cleveland and Akron. Directions and other information are available on their website at:

First time adaptive skiers will be individually evaluated to help identify what techniques and/or equipment are most appropriate.

There are three main adaptive techniques that are taught. They include:

  1. Sit Down

    Sit down skiing consists of either a mono-ski or a bi-ski. A mono-ski has only a single ski and two 'hand held' outriggers. This requires good balance and fair to good upper extremity strength and coordination.

    A bi-ski uses two skis and can also include two fixed outriggers (outriggers that attach directly to the ski for stability) or two hand held outriggers for people that are able to hold them in their hands.

    The mono-ski allows the greatest level of independence on the slopes, but it is the most difficult to master. The bi-ski is easier to learn, but does require more assistance from the instructor and/or ski buddy.

  2. Stand Up

    Stand up skiing consists of typical ski gear and usually hand held outriggers in place of ski poles. "Three Track" skiing is usually for people missing one leg. Their remaining ski and their two hand held outriggers leave three tracks in the snow.

    Four Track skiing is for people with fair to good leg strength that can stand and or walk. Three and four trackers will need to rent equipment or bring their own, but they can use other adaptive equipment (like hand held outriggers) at no charge.

  3. Blind

    Blind skiing is for people with various levels of vision impairment. The adaptive skier usually uses normal rental equipment.