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Ski/Snowboard Program

STRIDE offers adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons at three mountain resorts in the New England region: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA; Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, NY; and Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT. Our  volunteer coaches teach over 2000 annual lessons during the winter to individuals with both cognitive and physical disabilities. Private adaptive lessons are offered for 2.5 hours, and lessons include specialized equipment and rentals. Lessons run from December to April. We offer lessons for mono-ski, bi-ski, visual or hearing impaired, intellectual disabilities, 3-track, 4-track, and adaptive snowboarding. Advanced reservations are required. STRIDE is an official PSIA-E member school as well as a member of Disabled Sports USA, a Paralympic Sports Club, and Special Olympics Training Club.

**Cancellations require  24 hour notice, or you may be charged the entire cost of the lesson.  For emergency cancellations, please call the ski school desk at the mountain where you booked your lesson**


Where: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, MA

When: December – April,
            Mon-Wed 6:30-9 pm; Sat/Sun 9-11:30 am; 1-3:30 pm

Cost: $60 for a 2.5 hr private instruction lesson
            $110 for both morning and afternoon lesson,
   $30 Family shadow ticket for accompanying the adaptive skier/rider. (Ticket only valid for duration of lesson)

All lessons include adaptive and standard rental equipment.

To find out more information or to register, contact or (518) 598-1279.

NEW!  STRIDE Sliders Program! Enjoy a group mountain lesson program with other students who are same ability, to promote socialization skills while improving skiing/riding skills. Participants must purchase a package of 6 lessons for the discounted price of $340. Times offered will be Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. 

Join the STRIDE Race Team! Competition for both Special Olympics and Dianna Golden Race Series. Team practices on Saturday mornings.  


 Where: Ski Sundown, New Hartford CT

When:   December – April, Tues/Thurs 6:30-9 pm Sat/Sun 9-11:30 am; 1-3:30 pm

Cost: $77payable to Ski Sundown

To register, contact Ski Sundown Welcome Center: (860) 379-7669.

 Adaptive Lesson Package – $77

  • 2 ½ hours of private instruction (includes time for equipment fitting)
  • Adaptive and/or standard ski or snowboard equipment
  • Lift ticket

Lift Ticket available for one person accompanying adaptive lesson participant – $30
Handicap parking is available on the left and right of the main footbridge entrance.

For participation in Ski Sundown’s Adaptive Lesson program

  • Complete the Adaptive Application & Waiver. Your application must be accepted by STRIDE prior to making a reservation with Ski Sundown.
  • Call 860-379-7669 Ext. 211 to make an adaptive lesson reservation. All reservations are charged in full when booked. A full refund will be issued if cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the reservation. Reschedules made within 48 hours are subject to a $25 fee.

Where: Catamount Ski Area, Hillsdale NY

When: December – April, Sat/Sun 9-11:30 am; 1-3:30 pm

Cost: $60 payable to Catamount

To register, contact Gail Tagan at (860) 482-2931.

In case of cancellation, please notify Gail Tagan.

SKIING Social Story


These stories are designed to help your child understand what is going to happen in a ski or snowboarding lesson and how best to prepare for it. Social stories are helpful for kids who need support with transitions and new situations.


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