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Adaptive Skiing & Riding

Skiers and riders of all ages and varying abilities can benefit from instruction with an adaptive pro from the Stowe Ski and Snowboard School. Our trained coaches assess, equip, and teach students with disabilities in a one-on-one setting. This allows each student to be coached according to their specific needs, abilities and learning styles while optimizing their skiing or riding experiences. We offer adaptive lessons for two, three, and four track skiers, snowboarders, bi-skiers and beginning to advanced mono-skiers. In addition, if you need the assistance of a blind guide or help getting around the mountain as a bi- or monoskier, our adaptive coaches are ready to help you.

Stowe Mountain Resort is a partner of Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports (FOSAS), a chapter of Disabled Sports, 233FOSASUSA. FOSAS is a non-profit 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.

233CynthiaInstructors are all qualified professionals in the Ski and Snowboard School with specialized training in adaptive coaching.

Thanks for understanding that your first visit will meet inside 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.

Contact us at 802-253-3682 to make reservations. 

Prior to making your reservation, you can contact the Adaptive Program Office with any specific questions at (802) 253-3478 or email us.


Stowe Ski and Snowboard School offers adaptive lessons for guests in the following categories:

  • Two Track Skiing is suitable for any skier who stands on two skis and can maintain balance while in motion. Two tracking is best suited to students with developmental and cognitive disabilities, visual impairment, and hearing impairment.
  • Three/Four Track Skiing is appropriate for the skier who can stand on one or two skies but who requires additional support to remain balanced. Outriggers help compensate for weakness in the lower extremities. Three/four tracking is best suited to students with cerebral palsy, arthritis, spina bifida, leg amputation, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Snowboarding offers an exciting alternative for the guest who has difficulty standing in ski boots or for the student who 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 is designed for any skier who has significant lower extremity and/or trunk weakness and difficulty standing and balancing while in motion. The sitdown ski offers a way for guests with severe balance impairment, including students with spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy, to experience the thrill of skiing. Note: There is a 200 lb. maximum weight limit for sit skis and some specialized equipment.
  • Mono-skiing is similar to bi-skiing but better suited to the student who has full use of the 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 2017/2018

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 hrs  (am/pm): $195
  • 1 Person, 1/2 Day (3 hrs am/pm): $280
  • 1 Person, Full Day (6 hours)*: $423
  • 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 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? Our General Eligibility Criteria for Skiers and Riders taking lessons at Stowe Ski and Snowboard School may help you determine whether the student’s needs can best be met through a group lesson, a private lesson, or an adaptive lesson.


General Eligibility Criteria for Skiers and Riders: 

The following Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) provide 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 or snowboarding.


  • The skier/rider must be capable of learning and obeying Your Responsibility Code, either independently or with assistance from a companion.
  • The skier/rider must have the ability (once shown) to load, ride, and unload the lift, either independently or with minimal assistance from a companion.
  • The skier/rider may not be under the influence of any controlled substance, intoxicant, drug, or hallucinatory agent while engaged in the sport.
  • If the skier/rider falls down while skiing/ riding, they must have the ability, either independently or with assistance from a companion, to get off the ski trail, and get into position necessary to continue skiing/riding.


Specific Ski and Snowboard School Eligibility Criteria for Skiers and Riders.

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 the student, if applicable.
  • The student must be capable of physically moving around with the rest of the class on equipment, independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • The student’s physical ability (independent 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 or adaptive coaching is available on a limited basis with advance notice).

The instructor has the authority to cease the student’s participation in the lesson if the student:

  • Exhibits any 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.

Please note, all rates and dates subject to change without notice.

Cancellation Policy:

In order to secure your reservation, we charge a deposit of $100 per instructor at the time of booking.  24 hours prior to your arrival, the deposit is applied and the balance of your reservation is charged in full.  Up to 24 hours of your reservation you may change or cancel your reservation with no penalty. Should your plans change within a 24 hour period of the reservation, the deposit will be used per our cancellation policy.  “No-Shows” will be charged in full for the first lesson and subsequent lessons will be cancelled.

Want to reserve a specific instructor? Our ski and snowboard instructors are very popular so we recommend you book early. Understand that the cancellation policy for request private lessons (those asking for a specific coach by name) is different than the standard policy. Details are available when you reserve.

Weather and snow conditions are not viable reasons for cancellation–we strongly recommend you check the weather a couple of days prior to your reservations. Our direct line is 802-253-3682. Thanks for your understanding.