2017 - 2018 Adaptive Program

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Adaptive Skiing

The Belleayre Adaptive Snowsports Program is for adults and children with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities who want to learn how to ski and snowboard.  The Belleayre Snowsports staff provides instruction to help each individual reach their highest potential by empowering individuals with disabilities.  Lessons range from "Never-Ever" to the advanced skier or snowboarder.  No matter your disability we will match you up with one of our expert instructors.  

Depending on the level of disability, there are multiple methods and adaptive equipment used for lessons.  At Belleayre, the primary methods for adaptive skiing are:  four-track, three-track, two-track, mono-ski, bi-ski and visual impairment.  See below for more information on the different methods.  

adaptive program pricing

Two Hours - One Instructor

On the Hour Every Hour From 9am to 2pm


Two Hours - Two Instructors

On the Hour Every Hour From 9am to 2pm


Lift ticket, lesson and rental adaptive equipment are included in the price.  Duration of lesson is usually two hours, depending on the student.  


Due to the high demand for lessons, reservations are a MUST  and all students have to complete an Adaptive Intake Form.  The intake form gives us all the important information we need to match you up with the best instructor and only needs to be submitted once a year.  To make your reservation, please call our reservation department at 845-254-6245.

All Adaptive Lessons will begin and end in the Adaptive Center, located on the ground floor at the Discovery Lodge.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your lesson.  Allow extra time for traffic, weather, parking and check in.   Remember to dress appropriately for your lesson.     

First time students will get an overview of the equipment, fittings, and set up with equipment which takes approximately 1 hour to complete.  Returning students will be fitted with equipment and be on the snow for approximately 2 hours, if capable.  The Snowsports School Director, Adaptive Snowsports Director or Supervisor has the right to cancel any lesson if, in their opinion, the student's present conditions would present an unreasonable risk to the student and/or snow conditions would do the same.  The Adaptive Program Director makes the determination on the instructor requirements. 

On occasion we will have a last minute cancellation and will be able to accommodate a walk in guest.  However, the best way to insure there is an instructor available for you is to make a reservation in advance.    


Adaptive snowsports uses specialized equipment and/or training to allow people with disabilities to experience the benefits of skiing.  Depending on your level of disability, there are several ways you can ski using different types of adaptive equipment.  The primary methods for adaptive skiing at Belleayre include: 

Four-track skiing is an ideal technique for persons with a wide variety of disabilities, including double amputees, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, head trauma, paraplegia, and polio. An individual with two legs and arms, natural or prosthetic, who is capable of standing independently or with the aid of outriggers, could ski four-track using two skis with two hand-held outriggers for balance/support, giving the skier four points of contact with the snow. Outriggers are metal forearm crutches with ski tips on the ends, some having adjustable brakes to aid with balance if necessary.

Three-track skiing is stand-up skiing using one full-size ski and two handheld outriggers for balance/support, giving the skier three points of contact with the snow. Individuals with above-knee amputations and single limb weakness typically use this method of skiing. It also can be suitable for those with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, arthritis, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. Three-track skiing requires strong leg and arm strength and may not be for those who have weakness in their remaining limbs.

Two-track skiing is suitable for any skier who stands on two skis and does not require outriggers. The skier can stand and maintain balance while in motion, although adaptive equipment (tethers, spacers, ski bras, etc.) may be used to aid in leg strength. Two track skiing is best suited to students with developmental and cognitive disabilities, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, Fragile X Syndrome, epilepsy, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and spina bifida.

There are many below-knee amputees who can ski using the two-track methods thanks to advancements in prosthetics (carbon fiber, durable systems and sockets, improved suspension) that make it possible. However, not every prosthetic knee can withstand the forces of alpine skiing, so a skier should consult with their prosthetist first to determine the best type of components for their intended activity.

Mono-ski and bi-ski: Anyone who cannot ski standing can use a technique called sit-skiing, using a mono-ski or a bi-ski.

Mono-skiing utilizes a bucket style seat with a single ski underneath it. An individual uses handheld outriggers for balance, requiring strong arms and good core strength and trunk balance. Individuals who have lower limb impairments and reasonable trunk stability and balance use mono-skis. Those with brain trauma, post-polio syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and double amputees are good candidates for mono-skiing.

Bi-skiing utilizes a bucket style seat with two skis underneath it. The bi-ski is designed for those who use a wheelchair or have difficulty walking even when assisted by crutches, canes or walkers. The typical candidate for the bi-ski would be an individual with a mid- to high-level spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, amputees, or other severe balance impairments.

A bi-ski can be skied independently like a mono-ski using the same type of handheld outriggers or can be skied with the assistance of an instructor using fixed outriggers and tethers (reins attached to the back of the bi-ski). Skiers turn by either moving their head and shoulders or by using handheld outriggers. A bi-ski can be a choice for a new sit-down skier before moving on to the mono-ski, depending on the shared goals of the skier and instructor.

Visual Impairment (VI) skiers learn to ski with the assistance of a specifically trained guide. For first-time VI skiers, the guide skis first, but facing backwards to the student; students with peripheral vision can be guided from the side. A guide can also call out instructions from behind the skier. The key is for the student and guide to determine the best method of communication before the lessons begin.


Reservations are to be paid in full at the time of booking. There are no refunds. Changes made more than 72 hours before the reserved date may be rescheduled with no fees. Changes made between 48 & 72 hours prior to the reserved date will be rescheduled with a $5 fee per lesson (item/person). Changes made between 24 & 48 hours prior to the reserved date may be rescheduled with a $10 fee per lesson (item/person). Changes made less than 24 hours prior to the reservation date will not be allowed. At that point reservations will be forfeited if you do not show.

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