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Nordic Skiing, adaptive - Twin Cities

Experience the thrill of one of the Minnesota’s great winter sports! Cross country skiing is a fun family activity, a sport you can enjoy for a lifetime, or a intense physical competitive challenge! Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and the Loppet Foundation team up to offer cross country ski lessons for beginner to intermediate level skiers, ages 6 to adult. One-to-one instruction is available for both “stand-up” skiers and “seated" disciplines.


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Who it is for

For people with a physical or cognitive disability who may need the assistance of adaptive equipment. People who have amputations, visual impairments, stroke, autism, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and other physical or cognitive disabilities are welcome to join. If you have questions about whether cross country ski lessons would be a good fit for you, please call or email to inquire.

Stand-up skiers: Stand up Nordic independently requires the ability to walk and balance on one foot for a short prior of time in order to glide through the tracks. If you have challenge with balance, a “ski walker” may be handy when you first get started to get comfortable with balancing on the skis.

Visually-impaired skiers: VI skiers typically will ski standing up with poles and a guide. Our volunteer guides typically will use a mic and speaker system and give verbal commands.

Sit skiers: People who have limited to no use of their legs, double leg amputees and some single leg amputees may choose to use a sit ski. A sit ski has a seat mounted on top of two fixed-width skis and requires the use of your upper body to “double pole” to propel the ski.

Get involved

To volunteer, contact CKRI Volunteer Services at 612-775-2727. 

Athletes are paired one-on-one with volunteers and meet every week throughout the 6-week session.

For information and to register

Contact information

Daniel Edmondson
Phone: 612-775-2311

Fee information

$90 for 6 weeks of lessons, includes trail pass and equipment.

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

  • Dress in layers
  • Bring hat and gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Light snack

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