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Adaptive snowsport programs at ski areas throughout New York State make winter sports accessible to people of all abilities. Programs offer adaptive skiing instruction, equipment rental or loan, and enthusiastic support. Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering while not eating or drinking. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available.
The mainstay of the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) Snowsports Program at Windham Mountain is alpine skiing. This highly recognized program teaches adults and children with cognitive or physical disabilities (age 5 and older), from first-timers to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Belleayre Mountain's new lodge, the Adaptive Snowsports Center, is wheelchair accessible and conveniently located for easy access to the trails.
The Lovejoy Adaptive Training Center at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes was designed for accessibility and snow sports. The Double H Ranch Adaptive Winter Sports Program offers children ages 6 through 18, who are dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, the opportunity to participate in winter sports in the beautiful Adirondacks. The Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville offers adaptive sports lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive.
Don't miss out on ski specials and check out the latest snow reports by visiting I Ski New York and check the I LOVE NY ski report for the latest trail conditions.
Ski resorts can reopen with 50 percent indoor capacity and with strict health and safety protocols under state-issued guidance. Remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires travelers from non-contiguous states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State. Travelers may undergo COVID testing to test out. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory here.