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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.

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 offer ‘touchless’ lessons this year, engaging family members to be involved. Policies are ever-changing  and procedures adapt at all 3 of our mountains for the 2020-21 season.  Before booking, please read the following Covid-19 procedures document:  Self- Assessment Flow Chart

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How to book a lesson:
All participants must have a current (calendar year) STRIDE registration on file (REGISTER tab above). Once completed , call or email the contact listed below for that mountain to book a lesson.


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;
            $130 for full day lesson; $40 Family shadow ticket for accompanying the adaptive skier/rider. (Ticket 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 AM.  To learn more, contact or (518) 598-1279.

Jiminy Peak 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.  If you do not show up for your reserved lesson without notification, you may reschedule with a $25 cancellation fee.

When you have completed all of your paperwork and STRIDE has confirmed your lesson dates with you, you may click here to make payment.

Where: Ski Sundown, New Hartford CTSponsor

When:  January-March;
      Monday, Wednesday, & Friday’s @ 2pm
      Monday, Wednesday,& Thursday’s @5pm.
      Saturday & Sunday’s @ 9 & 10 am; 1 & 2pm
      Other times by request when available.

Cost: $80 payable to Ski Sundown; $28 Shadow pass
Participants may purchase a package of 5 lessons for the discounted price of $375 ($325 for pass holder).
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.

Learn more about our program as featured on NBC News – CLICK HERE!!!

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.

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