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Ski/Snowboard Program

Skiing/Riding is for EVERYONE: STRIDE offers adaptive ski and snowboard lessons at four mountain resorts in New England: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA; Catamount Mountain in Hillsdale, NY; Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT; and Yawgoo Valley in Rhode Island. Our volunteer coaches teach over 3,000 annual lessons during the winter to individuals with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities. Private adaptive lessons are offered for 2.5 hours and also include specialized equipment and rentals. Lessons run from December to April and are offered 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 Disabled Sports USA, a Paralympic Sports Club, and Special Olympics Training Club.

How to book a lesson:
All snow sport participants must have a current (within a calendar year) STRIDE registration form on file (Please visit our REGISTER tab to fill out the appropriate form). Once you have filled out the registration form , you can call or email the contact listed below for the mountain in which you’d like to participate. 


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: $65 for a 2.5 hr private instruction lesson;
            $120 for both morning and afternoon lesson; $40 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 book a lesson at this mountain, contact or (518) 598-1279.

STRIDE Sliders Program! Enjoy a group mountain lesson program with other students who are of the same ability to promote socialization skills while improving skiing/riding skills. Participants must purchase a package of 6 lessons for the discounted price of $360. Times offered will be Saturday afternoons (1 – 3:30 pm) and Sunday mornings (9-11:30 am). 

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

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

Jiminy Peak Cancellation Policy:

You must give at least 24 hour notice when canceling a reservation. Weekend reservations must be cancelled NO LATER than NOON on Fridays. The STRIDE Administrative office is not staffed on the weekend. 

  To cancel a reservation after Friday at noon, please call  Ski School Desk at: Jiminy Peak @ (413) 738-5500 Ext. #5120.

 If you do not show up for your reserved lesson, you will be charged $25; per our cancellation policy 

 Where: Ski Sundown, New Hartford CTSponsor

When: January – Februrary; STRIDE Explorers: Sat 9:00am – 11:30am; Sun 1:00pm – 3:30pm; Club STRIDE: Wed 2:30pm – 5:00pm or 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $80 payable to Ski Sundown

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

 Adaptive Lesson Package – $80

  • 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 – $40
Handicap parking is available on the left and right of the main footbridge entrance.

For participation in Ski Sundown’s Adaptive Lesson program

  • Complete/ update your registration by clicking the register tab at the top of the page. This must be completed 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 NYSponsor

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

Cost: $60 payable to Catamount

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

Adaptive Lesson Package – $60

In case of cancellation, please notify Gail Tagan.



Where: Yawgoo Valley,  Exeter, RI

When:   January -March,  Sat/Sun 10:30-12:30 am; 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: $75 payable to Yawgoo Valley

To reserve a lesson, contact Scott Frankel, Program Director:

 Adaptive Lesson Package – $75

  • 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 – $40

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Gratefully using this program to help manage our large base of volunteers at our Jiminy Peak location.

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