Adaptive ski lessons.
Stowe Mountain Resort is a partner of Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports (FOSAS), a chapter of Disabled Sports, USA. FOSAS is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for Vermont residents living with disabilities to ski or ride at the resort, as well as access to specialized adaptive equipment and training in adaptive coaching for the resort's ski and snowboard instructors.
 
Instructors are all qualified professionals in the Ski & Snowboard School with specialized training in adaptive coaching. Your first visit will meet inside of Spruce Camp for an initial assessment and to properly fit appropriate adaptive equipment.
 
We require advance reservations for all adaptive lessons. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible to make certain that an appropriate coach and any necessary equipment are available.
 
To make a reservation or for more information, call (802) 253-3682 or email stoweskischool@vailresorts.com.
 
We offer adaptive lessons in the following categories:
  • Two Track Skiing—Suitable for any skier who stands on two skis and can maintain balance while in motion. Two tracking is best suited for students with developmental and cognitive disabilities, visual impairment and hearing impairment.
  • Three/Four Track Skiing—Appropriate for the skier who can stand on one or two skis, but who requires additional support to remain balanced. Outriggers help compensate for weakness in the lower extremities. Three/four tracking is best suited for students with cerebral palsy, arthritis, spina bifida, a leg amputation or a traumatic brain injury.
  • Snowboarding—Offers an alternative for the guest who has difficulty standing in ski boots or is simply interested in the sport. Equipment, including outriggers, is available to assist the student. Snowboarding is suitable for anyone who can stand and maintain balance while in motion.
  • Bi-Skiing—Designed for any skier who has significant lower extremity and/or trunk weakness and difficulty standing and balancing while in motion. The sit-down ski offers a way for guests with severe balance impairment, including students with spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy, to experience the thrill of skiing. There is a 200 pound maximum weight limit for sit-down skis and some specialized equipment.
  • Mono-skiing—Similar to bi-skiing, but better suited for students who have full use of their upper body and the ability to balance.
An initial assessment by one of Stowe's trained instructors will help determine what equipment is best suited for each student's abilities.
 
Adaptive Lesson Rates 2018/19
 
Rates include private coaching with a qualified adaptive instructor, an all-mountain lift ticket and all specialized adaptive equipment. Students are expected to provide their own skis, boots, poles, snowboards and helmets as necessary.
  • 1 person, 2 hours (a.m./p.m.): $200 - $220
  • 1 person, 1/2 day (3 hours, a.m./p.m.): $258 - $305
  • 1 person, full day (6 hours): $430 - $450
  • Additional coach per hour*: $25
 
*Some lesson arrangements require that a second instructor assist.
 
New students meet their instructor for a 15-minute consultation at the start of the lesson.
 
Children ages 3-14 registered in the Adaptive Full-Day Lesson may enjoy inclusion into an appropriate peer group lesson (with the aid of their private coach) that includes lunch and snack breaks in the Adventure Center. Ask a vacation planner for more information.

Do I Need An Adaptive Lesson?

Adaptive ski lessons
Our General Eligibility Criteria for skiers and riders taking lessons at Stowe Ski & Snowboard School may help you determine whether the student's needs can be met best through a group lesson, a private lesson or an adaptive lesson.
 
General Eligibility Criteria for Skiers and Riders
 
The following Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) provides staff and guests information to make objective assessments when determining whether a guest can meet the EECs necessary for participation in the sports of skiing and snowboarding.
 
Skiing & Riding:
  • The skier/rider must be capable of learning and obeying the Your Responsibility Code, either independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The skier/rider must have the ability (once shown) to load, ride and unload the lift, either independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The skier/rider may not be under the influence of any controlled substance, intoxicant, drug or hallucinatory agent while engaging in the sport.
  • If the skier/rider falls down while skiing/riding, they must have the ability, either independently or with the assistance of a companion to get off the ski trail and get into position necessary to continue skiing/riding.
Lessons:
  • The following are eligibility criteria for participation in ski/snowboard group lessons at the mountain. Private and/or adaptive coaching is available for those students that require more assistance than mentioned in the criteria below:
  • The student must be willing to participate in the lesson and willing to ski or ride.
  • The student must understand (independently or with the assistance of a companion) simple one- and two-step directions given by the instructor.
  • The student must be able to secure and return their own equipment (excluding adaptive equipment) independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The student must have the ability (once shown) to properly put on and take off his or her own equipment independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The student must be able to use the restroom independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The student (or companion) must disclose any allergies or medications that could affect their participation in the program to the Adventure Center staff and/or to the ski instructor prior to the lesson. Food allergies must be known ahead of time if the student is to be eating lunch in the Adventure Center or going in for breaks (hot chocolate, snacks, etc.).
  • The instructor and other Stowe Mountain Resort staff are not allowed to dispense medication and arrangements must be made for an authorized caretaker to do this for a student, if applicable.
  • The student's physical ability (independently or with the assistance of a companion) is such that the instructor need not give continued physical assistance any more than needed by the other students in the lesson.
  • The student must have the ability to attend and focus on the tasks of the class.
  • The student must not try to leave the class without permission.
  • The student must refrain from discourteous behavior or profane language while engaged in the lesson.
  • The student's cognitive ability must be such that the pace of instruction is not limited to one-on-one instruction for any duration of the lesson (private and adaptive coaching is available on a limited basis with advanced notice).
The instructor has the authority to cease the student's participation in the lesson if the student:
  • Exhibits behavior that makes the lesson unsafe to the student, instructor and/or others on the mountain.
  • Makes it apparent that they no longer want to continue the lesson.
  • The prevailing conditions or circumstances warrant.