Skiers and riders of all ages and varying abilities can benefit from instruction with an adaptive pro from the Ernie Blake Snowsports School. Our trained instructors assess, equip, and teach students with disabilities in a one-on-one setting.
This allows each student to be coached according to their specific needs, abilities and learning styles while optimizing their skiing or riding experiences. We offer adaptive lessons for two, three, and four track skiers, snowboarders, bi-skiers and beginning to advanced mono-skiers as well as accommodate different cognitive and physical abilities.
In addition, if you need the assistance of a blind guide or help getting around the mountain as an independent bi- or mono-skier, our adaptive mountain guides are ready to help you.
Taos Ski Valley works with the Taos Community Foundation and the Taos Winter Sports Team through the Foundation’s Adaptive Sports fund, providing scholarships for people with disabilities to ski or ride at the resort, as well as access to specialized adaptive equipment and training in adaptive coaching for the ski school’s ski and snowboard instructors.
Instructors are all qualified professionals in the Snowsports School with specialized training in adaptive instruction.
We offer lessons for two to six hour durations. Your first visit will meet inside the Snowsports School Ticket Office for an initial assessment and to properly fit appropriate adaptive equipment.
We require advance reservations for all adaptive lessons. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible to make certain that an appropriate instructor and any necessary equipment is available.
|2016 / 2017 Adaptive Lessons|
|Lesson Time||Regular Season||Holiday Season*|
HOURLY 9:00AM - 2:00PM
9:00AM - 12:00PM OR 1:00PM - 4:00PM
9:30AM - 3:30PM
*Includes rental equipment, novice lift ticket, and lift ticket for friend/family coming on lesson and assisting.
*Holiday season dates: February 13-15, 2017 and March 8–21, 2017.
*Some lesson arrangements require that a second instructor assist.
*New students meet their instructor the ski school ticket office for a 15 minute consultation at the start of the lesson.
|HALF DAY||FULL DAY|
Limited availability, outriggers included.
Two Track Skiing is suitable for any skier who stands on two skis and can maintain balance while in motion. Two tracking is best suited to students with developmental and cognitive disabilities, visual impairment, and hearing impairment.
Three / Four Track Skiing is appropriate for the skier who can stand on one or two skies but who requires additional support to remain balanced. Outriggers help compensate for weakness in the lower extremities. Three/four tracking is best suited to students with cerebral palsy, arthritis, spina bifida, leg amputation, and traumatic brain injury.
Snowboarding offers an exciting alternative for the guest who has difficulty standing in ski boots or for the student who is simply interested in the sport. Equipment, including outriggers, is available to assist the student. Snowboarding is suitable for anyone who can stand and maintain balance while in motion.
Bi-Skiing is designed for any skier who has significant lower extremity and/or trunk weakness and difficulty standing and balancing while in motion. The sit down ski offers a way for guests with severe balance impairment, including students with spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy, to experience the thrill of skiing.
Mono-Skiing is similar to bi-skiing but better suited to the student who has full use of the upper body and the ability to balance.
Lessons cancelled with a 24 hour or less notice will be charged 50% of the lesson cost.
Want to reserve a specific instructor? Our ski and snowboard instructors are very popular so we recommend you book early!
Weather and snow conditions are not viable reasons for cancellation, we strongly recommend you check the weather a couple of days prior to your reservations.