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There were countless organisations, news items and resources that helped us put  our Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide together - so find below the full collection.


Disabled Sports USA

National organization that runs a range of sports programs for people with disabilities. They have a number of chapters across the US offering programs including adaptive skiing, swimming, golf and cycling. They provide people of all ages the opportunity to take part in differing forms of adaptive skiing, such as alpine/downhill, nordic/cross country and snowboarding.

www.disabledsportsusa.org

Whistler Blackcomb Resort

One of the most sought after resorts in North America for ski vacations. Also one of the best for disabled access. They run their own in-house adaptive ski program and the village has a selection of easy access trails and routes for wheelchair users. The resort has excellent transportation options and a good selection of accommodation and facilities for disabled visitors.

www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Challenge Alaska

As well as providing adaptive skiing lessons, Challenge Alaska operates a service and rental shop with state of the art adaptive equipment, including sit-skis, snowsliders and snowboards. The shop and lesson meeting point is based on the slope side of the beginner hill in Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, which provides excellent accessibility.

www.challengealaska.org

Accessible Whistler

One of the most informative resources for disabled access in and around Whistler Blackcomb resort. Their website provides a great insight into the best accessible accommodation, how to make the most out of tour bookings and transportation options around the village. If you are a first time visitor or you travel regularly to Whistler Blackcomb, Accessible Whistler is packed full of information that will benefit your stay.

www.whistlerforthedisabled.com

Disabled Sports USA Far West

The organization has been running for over 40 years providing sporting opportunities for people with disabilities. They offer adaptive ski programs in Alpine Meadows resort, Squaw Valley resort and Northstar resort. All lessons are carried out by PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and they coach varying disciplines of adaptive skiing.

www.dsusafw.org

Accessible Travel Worldwide

A highly detailed and resourceful organization providing information on global travel for wheelchair users. They are the largest database and online community for accessible travel. You can pick up useful knowledge of accessible group tours as well as details of which airlines provide the best wheelchair access. You can also read journals of people who have traveled with a disability.

www.wheelchairtraveling.com

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge or 'Breck', as it is affectionately know as by the locals is a beautiful resort in Colorado. Due to it's location among the famous 14er mountain range, Breckenridge is usually guaranteed excellent snowfall throughout the season. There is adaptive skiing availability in Breckenridge and it is a popular resort for skiers of all abilities due to it's varying terrains. There is good disabled access around the village.

www.breckenridge.com

Jackson Hole Ski Resort

Jackson Hole is becoming an increasingly popular resort for intermediate and advanced skiers because of it's challenging terrains and backcountry accessibility. There are also good options for beginner skiers lower down the mountain. Teton Village, at the bottom of the mountain, has good disabled access with heated sidewalks and trails and there is good transport amenities for wheelchair users too.

www.jacksonhole.com

Vail Ski resort

Vail remains one of the most idyllic and iconic resorts due to its sheer size. There is a vast amount of skiing terrains and the town has three vibrant areas with a range of shops, bars and restaurants. Vail is a popular resort for all levels of skier as there are many challenging slopes as well as easier terrains. In terms of adaptive skiing there are many opportunities to do this, including in-house programs.

www.vail.com

Adaptive Adventures

This organization was set up in 1999, and has been providing people with disabilities sporting opportunities including adaptive skiing, canoeing and climbing. They run adaptive skiing operations across the country with qualified instructors. They provide a good selection of equipment for all levels adaptive skier.

www.adaptiveadventures.org

Eagle Mount

This organization works in cooperation with Big Sky, Bridger Bowl and Moonlight ski resorts. They offer a range of adaptive ski lessons in these three resorts taken by trained volunteer instructors. All adaptive equipment is provided and if extra kit is required for hire, it is offered at a discounted rate

www.eaglemount.org

Disability Snowsport UK

One of the UK's major organizations for adaptive skiing. They offer trips, camps and lessons for all levels of skier. There is also the opportunity to take part in race leagues or to represent the British Disability Ski Team.

www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk

Ski Club of Great Britain

Discover all the latest news from the world of skiing through the UK's biggest ski club. They provide regular up to date information on new equipment, snow reports and vacation discounts. Check out their online resort guides to discover which is the most suitable for disabled access.

www.skiclub.co.uk

Tessier

Innovative producers of sit-skiing technology. This company has been continually striving to increase the comfort and performance of adaptive skiing. Their groundbreaking dualski sit-ski was launched in 1996 and ever since they have been pushing the boundaries of what's possible for disabled skiers.

www.dualski.com

Back Up Trust

Back Up Trust are a UK based charity that provide support and life changing experiences for anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury. One of the opportunities they offer is an adaptive ski trip to Winter Park resort, where participants can enjoy coaching from qualified volunteer instructors.

www.backuptrust.org.uk

British Association of Snowsport Instructors

This association offers potential British ski instructors the training and coaching they require to become fully qualified. There is the opportunity to become an instructor for a range of ski disciplines, including adaptive skiing.

www.basi.org.uk

Impossible Dream

This charity was set up by Mike Browne and Bob Grieg, both T12 paraplegics in the early 90s, It undertakes projects to improve specialized equipment for disabled skiers and sailers.

www.impossibledream.org.uk

Tourism Whistler

This website provides exceptional detail on accessibility throughout the resort of Whistler Blackcomb. It contains disabled access maps throughout the village as well as testimonials from people with disabilities who live in the resort.

www.whistler.com

Here is a clip from a sit-ski lesson run by Disabled Sports USA Far West

Further resources and adaptive ski programs

Ability Plus

Throughout the winter Ability Plus provide a large range of adaptive skiing programs at Mount Snow, Vermont. There are lessons for all levels of adaptive skier and there are also options to take part in the alpine race team and local area school programs.

Splore

The team of staff and volunteers at Splore provide trips into Utah’s stunning mountain ranges for cross-country skiing day trips and excursions. They also offer snowshoeing trips through some of Utah’s most stunning and remote mountain paths.

Teton Adaptive Sports

Partnering with both Grand Targhee Resort and Jackson Hole, the Teton Adaptive Sports group offer a number of adaptive skiing opportunities in both areas. They provide lessons for all ages and abilities of adaptive skier. Camps and trips, such as the nine day Wyoming Adaptive Ski Experience are also available.

National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)

Located at Winter Park resort in Colorado, this organization runs adaptive ski programs throughout the winter season for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. They have an excellent group of volunteer instructors and group leaders who make this happen year upon year.

National Ability Center

This program runs alongside Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Brighton to offer all levels of adaptive ski lessons. The programs’ experienced instructors coach adaptive techniques to disabled skiers and their friends and families.

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)

Adaptive skiing opportunities are available at both Breckenridge and Keystone resorts through BOEC, which has been providing outdoor activities for people with special needs for over 35 years.

Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte

Enjoy the stunning mountain range of Crested Butte in Colorado with adaptive ski lessons provided by fully qualified instructors. Group and private lessons are available for all abilities.