At the Mt. Hood Meadows Learning Center, it is our goal to make snow sports accessible to people of all abilities. Adaptive Lessons through our Meadows Learning Center cater to a full spectrum of skiers and snowboarders from beginning to advanced. Our trained instructors, guides, and assistants will help you access the slopes in a safe and fun way!
Please email MLC@skihood.com for more information and reservations.
Student Requirements for Adaptive Lesson for 20-21 Season
In an effort to minimize instructor’s physical contact with students, a student participating in an adaptive lesson must be able to independently:
- Self-manage wearing a face mask at all times
- Self-manage bodily needs (e.g., using the bathroom, managing catheter, get dressed)
- Put on and take off ski or snowboard equipment
- Students must be able to understand and appropriately respond to simple verbal directions for safety and maintaining Mt. Hood Meadows Covid-19 precautions
If the student is unable to meet the above requirements, then another adult must be present with the student to assist. The supervising adult must be able to ski, snowboard, or walk (on snow-packed terrain with a slight incline) on the appropriate terrain for the student’s lesson at all times to assist when needed. For more information, please contact MLC@skihood.com or call 503.337.2222.
Limited Lesson Offering
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Mt. Hood Meadows will be offering limited adaptive lessons at this time. Adaptive lessons will only be available for students who have previously taken an adaptive lesson at Mt. Hood Meadows in the past until January 1, 2021. Adaptive lessons will be limited to one per day on most weekdays and two per day on most weekends due to safety precautions. These numbers may change throughout the season. Please book your lesson well in advance to ensure instructor availability. Adaptive lessons for the 2020-2021 season are scheduled to start December 12, 2020.
Book Lessons in Advance
All adaptive lessons must be booked 72 hours in advance. To ensure lesson availability, it is recommended that you book 7-14 days in advance.
Safety & Health Considerations When Requesting an Adaptive Lesson
Before booking an adaptive lesson at Mt. Hood Meadows, please consider the health status of participants wishing to learn to ski and ride with us. Due to the nature of adaptive snowsports instruction, every student will inevitably be within 6 feet of their instructor at some point during the lesson (whether inside or on the chairlift). As much as we are minimizing risk through new precautions and our instructors wearing PPE, there is inherent risk in coming into close contact with your adaptive instructors. While we wish that all students could come learn with us, please use caution when requesting a lesson, particularly for students with more serious medical conditions, as it is impossible to eliminate all risk.
What Equipment and Lesson are Right for Me:
Adaptive Alpine and Snowboard Lessons
We offer adaptive ski and snowboard lesson to a wide range of abilities and special needs. Alpine and Snowboard rental equipment are available from our Rental Center. Specialty equipment such as “stand up outriggers” are available when needed or upon request.
Bi-skiing is a downhill ski technique whereby you are seated in a device attached to an articulating undercarriage, which is mounted on two uniquely designed skis. The design of the bi-ski offers a lot of stability and maneuverability and has a wide appeal to skiers with a variety of disabilities.
In adaptive skiing, a mono-ski is a piece of sit down equipment that enables people to ski sitting down in a molded seating apparatus, or bucket similar to a motorcycles sidecar. The mono-ski is the most difficult piece of sit down equipment to use because it requires the greatest balance, strength and coordination.
Three-track and Four-track (Standing with Outriggers) Explanation:
Outriggers are pieces of equipment, resembling forearm crutches, that can help with a student's balance and timing by providing extra points of contact on the snow. Hand-help outriggers are often used for stand-up skiing to provide the student with additional support. Three and four track skiing is typically suggested for students who are able to stand on one or both legs on standard skis but may require additional balance support with the use of outriggers because of limited strength in the lower body. Three-track skiers have three points of contact with the snow, typically with two legs on standard skis and one arm using an outrigger. Four-track skiers typically have four points of contact with the snow through both legs and arms. Skiers may participate in three or four-track skiing with either natural or prosthetic limbs.
Two-track Skiing (Standing without Outriggers) Explanation:
Students will typically use both legs and standard skis for two-track skiing. Additional support can be provided through tethering, tip retention devices, and more. Students will also be receiving one-one-one support for any additional learning needs.
Adaptive Snowboarding Explanation:
A member of our team will work with participants to adapt the snowboard lesson to each individual's abilities and interests. Additional equipment, such as hula hoops, bamboo poles, and increased visual, verbal, and/or one-on-one support is also available to enhance the learning process. Stand-up outriggers may also be used during snowboard lessons to provide students with additional support.
| 2.5hr Lesson
| 5hr Lesson
| Add Progression lift ticket
| Add All Mountain lift ticket
| Equipment Rental
| Outrigger Rental (Only)
*Reservations Required for adaptive equipment and lessons