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What are adaptive skiing and snowboarding? Not much different from regular. All of us require some type of adaptive equipment to have fun on snow. For example, skiers use skis, bindings, boots and poles, which did not come as standard equipment on our bodies. The same rule applies to all snow sports—we all need some kind of adaptive equipment to ski, snowboard, and snowshoe. While much of adaptive ski or snowboard teaching concerns the actual mechanics of both sports, it is important to remember that all lessons focus around the student and his or her goals and needs. Our adaptive snow sports program work with a wide range of disabled people to provide the unique exhilaration of this sport. Along the way, we help our students build confidence and physical dexterity. Our key to success, and that of our participants, is to treat each lesson as an opportunity to learn about the person and the disability, how to best build confidence and understanding, and what combinations of teaching tools and progressions can most effectively lead to the common goals of fun, safety, and realistic skill development. ADAPTIVE SKIING The "intellectual disabilities" category encompasses techniques for working with people who need special behavioral or educational assistance. The "visual impairments" category addresses the adaptations of behavior or equipment that enable the blind or partially sighted student to ski. Standing skiers with disabilities may use one, two-, three- or four-track skiing techniques. These techniques often use "outriggers" for balance and are named for the number of tracks left in the snow. The other categories relate to the type of equipment that the skier will use and the special teaching progressions that may be warranted. Three-track and four- track refer to stand-up skiing using either two skis (four-track) or one ski (three- track), along with two outrigger poles. Mono-ski and bi-ski refer to types of sit-skiing equipment in which a molded seating apparatus (or "bucket") is mounted to either one (i.e., mono-ski) or two (i.e., bi-ski) skis. Outriggers are used for sit-skiing as well. ADAPTIVE SNOWBOARDING Some adaptive riders use outriggers to help balance themselves while they board, but many don't use any special equipment. Also bindings on the board can be moved to help with balance. Participants include riders with spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, head injuries, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. Improved balance and increased leg and trunk strength are some of the benefits of riding. As with adaptive skiing, a wide variety of specialized equipment is used for adaptive snowboarding. Choosing from among these tools is dictated by a rider's strengths and weaknesses. We use these aids merely to assist a rider and not to make him or her dependent on them. The goal is to develop independence from accessory equipment through effective riding. POWDERHORN RESORT Powderhorn Resort has a fresh approach to a skiing or snowboarding adventure. With more than 600 acres to explore, novice and experts can cruise the corduroy, dash into the aspens for glade skiing, plow through waist deep powder, hit the bumps or jib through the terrain parks. Some Powderhorn distinctions include short lift lines, amazing views, hospitable service, informal atmosphere and a welcome feeling of being home. Powderhorn Resort is located in western Colorado on the side of the beautiful Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-top mountain. With 510 acres of terrain and a vertical drop of 1,650 feet, Powderhorn offers slopes for beginners and experts
Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons Make giant strides by customizing a private session to address your needs. Individual lessons in alpine skiing or snowboarding with one of our pro instructors will empower you to conquer the mountain and increase your comfort zone. In our lessons the focus is always on your goals, whether you want to improve your technical skills or simply need a partner to explore the mountain.   Individual Full Day:  $95.00* Individual Half Day:  $75.00*                   
Tag-Along Lessons Family members who already know how to ski or snowboard can learn the proper techniques to assist the family member or a friend with special needs on the hill. Inquire about the Tag-Along Lessons when making reservations. Please contact the Powderhorn Office at 970-268-5700 X2037 for rates.
Group Lessons for Agencies  Serving People with Disabilities Group (5 or more) Full Day:  $83.00* Group (5 or more) Half Day:  $73.00* VA Group (5 or more) Full Day:  $73.00*
Ski Buddy or Sighted Guide for the Blind or Visually Impaired Independent skiers and snowboarders can request a Ski Buddy. It's best to call the office to reserve a Ski Buddy.     Full day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one-hour lunch break. Please contact the Powderhorn Office for rates. Ski Buddy:  $25.00*
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“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” - Sir Edmund Hillary
*15% discount if booking 5 days or more and paying in advance.
Equipment Rental Bi-Ski or Mono-Ski:  $50.00* Outriggers:  $40.00/pair*
Active Military Full Day:  $85.50* Half Day:  $67.50*
To sign up for all lessons, please call:       Powderhorn Office: 970-268-5700 ext. 2037       Administrative Office: 970-257-1222
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740 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81502  Phone 970-257-1222 - Fax 970-241-2154
What are adaptive skiing and snowboarding? Not much different from regular. All of us require some type of adaptive equipment to have fun on snow. For example, skiers use skis, bindings, boots and poles, which did not come as standard equipment on our bodies. The same rule applies to all snow sports—we all need some kind of adaptive equipment to ski, snowboard, and snowshoe. While much of adaptive ski or snowboard teaching concerns the actual mechanics of both sports, it is important to remember that all lessons focus around the student and his or her goals and needs. Our adaptive snow sports program work with a wide range of disabled people to provide the unique exhilaration of this sport. Along the way, we help our students build confidence and physical dexterity. Our key to success, and that of our participants, is to treat each lesson as an opportunity to learn about the person and the disability, how to best build confidence and understanding, and what combinations of teaching tools and progressions can most effectively lead to the common goals of fun, safety, and realistic skill development. ADAPTIVE SKIING The "intellectual disabilities" category encompasses techniques for working with people who need special behavioral or educational assistance. The "visual impairments" category addresses the adaptations of behavior or equipment that enable the blind or partially sighted student to ski. Standing skiers with disabilities may use one, two-, three- or four- track skiing techniques. These techniques often use "outriggers" for balance and are named for the number of tracks left in the snow. The other categories relate to the type of equipment that the skier will use and the special teaching progressions that may be warranted. Three- track and four-track refer to stand-up skiing using either two skis (four-track) or one ski (three- track), along with two outrigger poles. Mono-ski and bi-ski refer to types of sit-skiing equipment in which a molded seating apparatus (or "bucket") is mounted to either one (i.e., mono-ski) or two (i.e., bi-ski) skis. Outriggers are used for sit-skiing as well. ADAPTIVE SNOWBOARDING Some adaptive riders use outriggers to help balance themselves while they board, but many don't use any special equipment. Also bindings on the board can be moved to help with balance. Participants include riders with spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, head injuries, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. Improved balance and increased leg and trunk strength are some of the benefits of riding. As with adaptive skiing, a wide variety of specialized equipment is used for adaptive snowboarding. Choosing from among these tools is dictated by a rider's strengths and weaknesses. We use these aids merely to assist a rider and not to make him or her dependent on them. The goal is to develop independence from accessory equipment through effective riding. POWDERHORN RESORT Powderhorn Resort has a fresh approach to a skiing or snowboarding adventure. With more than 600 acres to explore, novice and experts can cruise the corduroy, dash into the aspens for glade skiing, plow through waist deep powder, hit the bumps or jib through the terrain parks. Some Powderhorn distinctions include short lift lines, amazing views, hospitable service, informal atmosphere and a welcome feeling of being home. Powderhorn Resort is located in western Colorado on the side of the beautiful Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-top mountain. With 510 acres of terrain and a vertical drop of 1,650 feet, Powderhorn offers slopes for beginners and experts
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Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons Make giant strides by customizing a private session to address your needs. Individual lessons in alpine skiing or snowboarding with one of our pro instructors will empower you to conquer the mountain and increase your comfort zone. In our lessons the focus is always on your goals, whether you want to improve your technical skills or simply need a partner to explore the mountain.   Individual Full Day:  $95.00* Individual Half Day:  $75.00*                   
Tag-Along Lessons Family members who already know how to ski or snowboard can learn the proper techniques to assist the family member or a friend with special needs on the hill. Inquire about the Tag-Along Lessons when making reservations. Please contact the Powderhorn Office at 970-268-5700 X2037 for rates.
Group Lessons for Agencies  Serving People with Disabilities Group (5 or more) Full Day:  $83.00* Group (5 or more) Half Day:  $73.00* VA Group (5 or more) Full Day:  $73.00*
Ski Buddy or Sighted Guide for the Blind or Visually Impaired Independent skiers and snowboarders can request a Ski Buddy. It's best to call the office to reserve a Ski Buddy.     Full day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one-hour lunch break. Please contact the Powderhorn Office for rates. Ski Buddy:  $25.00*
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