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Alpine Ski & Snowboard, adaptive - Twin Cities

Downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Get one-to-one instruction in adaptive skiing techniques that accommodate people with a variety of physical disabilities and visual impairments.

We also offer a Development Race Team for athletes interested in competing in alpine racing.

Alpine skiing and snowboarding is offered weekly for eight weeks at for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Locations include:

  • Afton Alps
  • Hyland Hills
  • Trollhaugen

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Who it is for

Lessons are available for intermediate to advanced athletes with disabilities, ages 6 to adult. Appropriate for people with a physical or cognitive disabilities who may need the assistance of adaptive equipment. This includes people who have amputation, visual impairment, stroke, cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism, spinal cord injury and other physical or cognitive disabilities.

There is a 200 pound weight limit for all skiers and snowboarders due to equipment manufacturer specifications and ski instructor safety.

Our volunteer instructors specialize in teaching skiing and snowboarding with the use of adaptive equipment to ski or ride. Priority is given to students who need adaptive equipment, subject to availability. This may include those with physical disabilities, and sensory and visual impairments.

What to expect

Our goal is for you to work with the same volunteer instructor each week, as much possible. However, schedules and needs of the participants sometimes require flexibility. The first week you’ll meet with your instructors, discuss your goals for the season, and your past ski and/or snowboard experience, and come up with a lesson plan. Instructors will assess the type of adaptive equipment you may need.

All lesson programs include a lift ticket, equipment and instruction.  If we have to cancel three or more lessons during the regular season due to weather, a make-up lesson may be offered at the end of the season, depending on volunteer and ski area availability. No refunds available for missed lessons or weather cancellations. 

If you are interested in learning how to snowboard, please let the coordinator know at the time of registration. If you have questions as to what type of equipment or lesson would be the best fit for you, please contact the coordinator.

Good to know

Registration open in October and is first-come, first-served, based on the date you register and availability of volunteer instructors. However, we are unable to confirm your spot until late November/early December once we determine if we have enough volunteer instructors. Call for availability of a one-lesson option.


Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute requires the use of appropriate ski helmets by both participants and volunteers. There is a 200 pound weight limit for all skiers and snowboarders due to equipment manufacturer specifications and ski instructor safety. The maximum weight limit for participants may be lowered for ski instructor safety as needed. You may be asked to provide a note from your physician confirming your weight.

If we have to cancel three or more lessons during the regular season due to weather, a make-up lesson may be offered in March, depending on volunteer and ski area availability. No refunds are available for missed lessons or weather cancellations.

Weather Policy
Lessons will be canceled when the air temperature is expected to be colder than 5 below zero and/or 10 below zero wind-chill. Cancellation decisions are made each lesson day based on local weather reports and other factors. 

Attendence Policy
If you miss more than three lessons without prior notification, you forfeit your spot and the next person on the wait list will be given the option to fill your position. 

Get involved

Volunteer Information

Introduce someone with a disability to the world of snow sports. Experienced skiers and boarders are needed as volunteer instructors. Additional volunteers are needed to assist with registration, getting skiers to and from the lifts, and working with equipment. All volunteers receive instruction on adaptive equipment and techniques. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

To volunteer at Afton Alps contact Mari Salveson612-775-2729. 

For information and to register

Contact information

Tara Gorman
Phone: 612-775-2314

Fee information

See registration link for fee information.

No participant will be turned away due to financial hardships. Cost sharing and scholarships applications are available upon request. Contact for more information.

What to bring

  • Ski helmet (required)
  • Winter clothing including a hat, gloves/mittens, boots (for sit down skiers)

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