The Adaptive Ski Program provides ski and snowboard lessons for individuals with physical and/or developmental challenges.
The mission of the Adaptive Ski Program (ASP) is to provide people living with a disability or a critical illness, the opportunity to ski or snowboard while under the watchful care of a qualified and caring instructor. Focusing on safety and fun, the program is geared to serve all types of disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, cognitive impairments such as developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, Down syndrome and autism. Our lessons are also geared towards physical conditions such as blindness, hearing impairments, amputation, spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis as well as those living with a critical illness such as cancer and AIDS. Everyone from a child with a moderate developmental/learning delay, to adults with total body paralysis, can participate in the thrill that snowsports provide.
The program is available at Sandia Peak outside of Albuquerque, Ski Santa Fe and Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos. The multi-week program runs from late January to mid-March (for six consecutive) weeks, and costs $200. Tuition includes; a weekly, two-hour, one-on-one lesson; lift ticket and equipment. Scholarships are available to students in need for the six week program. Skiing apparel, goggles and helmets can be loaned free of charge. Students may take lessons independent of the six-week program however no scholarship funding is available for these. Private lessons require two week advance reservations and cost $75 (3 hrs) and $100 (4 hrs).
The ASP is a not-for-profit program that is funded by community donations, grants and fundraising events. All of our lessons are provided by a yearly average of 250 specially trained volunteer instructors. We are proud to have served New Mexicans living with disabilities for over 25 years and are grateful for the ongoing community support we receive and for the incredible sponsorship of Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak.