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Ski/Snowboard Program

Skiing/Riding is for EVERYONE: STRIDE offers adaptive ski and snowboard lessons at three mountain resorts in New England: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA; Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, NY; and Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT. Our volunteer coaches teach over 3,000 annual lessons during the winter to individuals with developmental, intellectual, and/or physical disabilities. Private adaptive lessons are offered for 2.5 hours and include specialized equipment / rentals. Lessons run from November to April for mono-ski, bi-ski, visual or hearing impaired, ski-bike, 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 Move United, a Paralympic Sports Club, and Special Olympics Training Club.

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How to book a lesson:

2021-2022 Reservations are now open. Feel free to  update you/ your child’s registration and liability forms (necessary for skiing) to be added to our email list and be the first to know when ski updates are sent!

**Each mountain program has different registration process.  Lesson costs are paid to the Mountain resort; STRIDE does not collect fees; we are volunteers! The costs for private lessons, equipment and lift tickets are highly discounted by each mountain.  


The Adaptive program at Jiminy Peak provides ski and snowboard lessons to individuals of all ages with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities. Jiminy Peak partners with STRIDE Adaptive Sports to provide lessons. Our Adaptive volunteer coaches are PSIA-trained and will assess, equip and teach individuals with special needs, one-on-on, to meet their specific goals, abilities and learning styles. We welcome individuals of all abilities!

For participation in our Adaptive Lesson Program:

Register online by completing the STRIDE registration form and liability waivers prior to making a reservation with STRIDE. Reservation requests are now fully online and open for the season, click here to fill out your request form today!

Please allow up to 5 business days to receive a confirmation email of your reservation request. A link to pay for your reservation will be sent with the confirmation email.


The Adaptive Lesson schedule for the 2021-22 season is as follows: 

Mon-Friday AM or PM * by special request;  Monday – Wednesday Nights 6PM – 8:30 PM;  Saturdays & Sundays  9AM – 11:30 AM and 1PM – 3:30 PM

Cancellation Policy:
You must give at least 24 hour notice when canceling a reservation.  The STRIDE Administrative office is not staffed on the weekend. To cancel a reservation if you are sick, please call Snowsport Desk at: Jiminy Peak @ (413) 738-5500 Ext. #5120. 


$70 for a 2.5 hr. private instruction lesson;

$130 for a morning and afternoon lesson;

$330 for 5 pre-paid lessons

$40 – purchase a shadow ticket for a family member who would like to learn how to effectively accompany the adaptive skier/rider. (Shadow ticket only valid for duration of lesson). 

All lessons include adaptive and standard rental ski/snowboard equipment, and helmet, as needed.

**Financial assistance through the STRIDE David H. Clark Memorial Fund helps families in need of financial assistance to fully participate in STRIDE’s activities or related activities.

To learn more about sponsorships for the Adaptive Program email

Where: Ski Sundown, New Hartford CTSponsor

Monday (January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14): 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm & 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm lesson times
Wednesday (January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9): 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm & 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm lesson times
Thursday (January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10): 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm & 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm lesson times
Saturday (January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5): 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm lesson times
                 (February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12): 9:30 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm lesson times
Sunday (February 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13): 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm lesson times
Cost: $85 payable to Ski Sundown; $28 Shadow pass
4-Hour Lift Pass & Lesson — 5 Pre-Paid Lessons Bundle: $395
4-Hour Lift Pass & Lesson — 5 Pre-Paid Lessons Bundle (Season Passholder or Midweek 12-Pack Passholder): $335

Lessons include:

  • 2 ½ hours of private instruction (includes time for equipment fitting)
  • Adaptive and/or standard ski or snowboard equipment
  • Lift ticket
  • SkiierShadow Ticket available for one person accompanying adaptive lesson participant = $28

*Handicap parking is available on the left and right of the main footbridge entrance.

To reserve a lesson, contact Ski Sundown Welcome Center: (860) 379-7669.

Join the STRIDE Sundown Race Team! Learn to race NASTAR, practice for Special Olympics or other regional races. Practices on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons must be booked in advance.  

For participation in Ski Sundown’s Adaptive Lesson program:

  • Complete/ update your registration by clicking the register tab above prior to making a reservation.
  • 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 24 hours prior to the reservation. Reschedules made within 24 hours are subject to a $25 fee.

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2021 Sundown Waiver & Rental Form:

Click here to download form. Please fill out the form in its entirety.

To return your filled out form to us, please click here, attach your completed form to the email, and click send. 

Where: Catamount Ski Area, Hillsdale NY

When: December – April, Saturdays from 9-11:30 am; 1-3:30 pm

Cost: $65 payable to CatamountSponsor

To reserve a lesson, contact Gail Tagan at (860) 482-2931

Adaptive Lesson Package – $65;
Family Shadow pass = $40

2 ½ hours of private instruction (includes time for equipment fitting)

Adaptive and/or standard ski or snowboard equipment is included with the lift ticket

In case of cancellation, please notify Gail Tagan (860) 482-2931.

Program Sponsored by Grants: