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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.

We are excited to get this season going!  You may be wondering how our policies and procedures will be affected by COVID-19. We are following the NSAA (National Ski Areas Association) with its’ “Ski Well, Be Well – Ski Area Operating Best Practices” program as a guide to operations along with government and resort operating procedures.

We are working on ever-changing policies and procedures at all 3 of our mountains for the 2020-2021 season. Check back for more updates that will be made in our schedule and booking processes.***

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. Before booking, please read the following:  Self- Assessment


Where: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

When: November – April; Mon-Friday AM or PM by request; Non-Holiday Sundays – staggered start times beginning at 9AM
Saturday – STRIDE Race team practice

Cost: $70 for a 2.5 hr private instruction lesson;
            $125 for full day 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. Package deal for booking 5 lessons in advance – $325. All payments will be made through STRIDE this season.  To book a lesson at this mountain, contact or (518) 598-1279.

Join the STRIDE Race Team! Competition for both Special Olympics and Dianna Golden Race Series TBD. 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 if you are sick, please call  Ski School Desk at: Jiminy Peak @ (413) 738-5500 Ext. #5120.  If you do not show up for your reserved lesson without notification, you may reschedule with $25 cancellation fee.

Where: Ski Sundown, New Hartford CTSponsor

When:  December-March;
 Wed 5:30-9 pm; Wed 2:30; Sat/Sun 9-11:30 am; 1-3:30 pm. Other times by request when available.

Cost: $80 payable to Ski Sundown

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

  • 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.

 Weekend & Weekday Programs! Enjoy a small group mountain lesson program with other students who are of the same ability to promote socialization skills while improving skiing skills.
Participants must purchase a package of 5 lessons for the discounted price of $375 ($325 for pass holder).
Times offered will be Saturday mornings (9-11:30 am),Sunday  afternoons (1 – 3:30 pm) and Wednesdays (2:30-5 or 5:30-8).  
Includes 2 1/2 lesson, 4 hour lift ticket and equipment rentals.
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 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 24 hours prior to the reservation. Reschedules made within 24 hours are subject to a $25 fee.

Where: Catamount Ski Area, Hillsdale NY

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

Cost: $60 payable to CatamountSponsor

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

Adaptive Lesson Package – $70

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

Program Sponsored by Grants:

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