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Skiing is exhilarating, liberating, addictive, wet, cold, expensive, inconvenient, unique, dangerous, chic, and accessible.

skiing-1Today, almost everyone can enjoy the freedom and excitement of downhill skiing.  Adaptive equipment and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have paved the way for most people with a physical disability to enjoy the thrills of this winter sport.  Specially designed skis, known as mono-skis and bi-skis, allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy downhill skiing.  These adaptive skis allow skiers to ski sitting down instead of standing. Each ski is equipped with a bucket type seating apparatus. The skier uses two outrigger skis (rather than ski poles) to maneuver down the slopes.  Generally, a beginner will usually need to be tethered to a certified ski instructor (known as a ski buddy) until he or she feels comfortable on the slopes.

Where to go…
Adaptive ski lessons range from $50 to $120 — or even zero dollars a day — depending on the resort. All the ski areas listed below rent mono-and bi-skis. All offer lessons that include equipment rental and lift ticket; all also offer non-lesson rentals. Some offer a discount to disabled skiers or their ski buddies. Call or email for exact prices and details.

RESOURCES

Challenge Aspen
P.O. Box M
Aspen, CO 81612
Phone/TTY: 970-923-0578
FAX: 970-923-7338
Email: possibilities
@challengeaspen.com

Website: www.challengeaspen.com

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Adaptive Skiing Program
P.O. Box 697
Breckenridge, CO 80424
800-383-2632
970-453-4676
Email: boec@boec.org
Website: www.boec.org

Adaptive Sports Center of Crested Butte
P.O. Box 1639
Crested Butte, CO 81224
970-349-2296
Email: info@adaptivesports.org
Website: www.adaptivesports.org

Heavenly Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe
P.O. Box 2180
Stateline, NV 89449
702-586-7000, ext. 6206

For information on international Nordic Skiing, visit www.paralympic.org

National Ability Center
P.O. Box 682799
Park City, UT 84068
Voice/TDD: 435-649-3991
FAX: 435-658-3992
Email: nac@xmission.com
Website: www.nationalabilitycenter.org

National Sports Center for the Disabled
P.O. Box 1290
Winter Park, CO 80482
970-726-1540
FAX: 970-726-4112
Website: www.nscd.org/

Telluride Adaptive Ski Program
P.O. Box 2254
Telluride, CO 81435
970-728-7537
Email: tasp@tellurideadaptivesports.org
Website: www.tellurideadaptivesports.org

Vail Resorts
(including Beaver Creek)
Accessible Programs and Services
Vail Associates
P.O. Box 7
Intercompany V-6
Vail, CO 81658
970-479-3072
FAX: 970-479-4396
Email: kschneider@vailresorts.com

SPORTS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS
MSCPVA Sports Contact
MSCPVA Chapter Offices
12200 East Iliff Avenue
Suite 107
Aurora, Colorado 80014
303-597-0038
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