Adaptive ski lessons.
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 reservations at least 2 weeks in advance 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 2019/20
 
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.): $205 - $225
  • 1 person, 1/2 day (3 hours, a.m./p.m.): $295 - $315
  • 1 person, full day (6 hours): $445 - $465
  • 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

The following are basic expectations for participation in ski/snowboard group lessons at the mountain. These may help you determine whether the student's needs can be best met through a group lesson, a private lesson or an adaptive lesson.

Private and/or adaptive coaching is available for those students that require more assistance than mentioned in the criteria below.

Students in a group lesson format, relative to their age and skiing ability level, must:

  • Be willing to participate in the lesson
  • Be able to use the restroom independently
  • Refrain from distracting from the experience of other group lesson participants
  • Be able to move around without requiring assistance beyond that given to other members of the group
  • Understand simple one and two-step directions
  • Be able to secure, return, put on and take off equipment
  • Be able to focus and attend to tasks, remain with the group and/or instructor at all times and without requiring a disproportionate amount of the instructor’s time
  • Be able (once shown) to load, ride, and unload the lift safely
  • Be able to ski and ride in control, get down the mountain safely, recover from a fall and get into position to continue skiing or riding
  • Be able to follow Your Responsibility Code
 
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.
Stowe Mountain Resort is a partner of Green Mountain Adaptive Sports, a chapter of Disabled Sports, USA. Green Mountain Adaptive Sports 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.