Adaptive Snow Sports programmes provide support, accesiible facilities and professional services to people with disablilities to allow them to ski and board. These vary from mountain to mountain and include qualified adaptive instructors, specialised adaptive equipment, trained on-snow buddies and concessions on lift passes and rental for Adaptive Snow Sports members.
Adaptive Snow Sports programmes are run by the ski areas with guidance and training from Adaptive Snow Sports NZ. Specialist adaptive equipment on the fields is owned by Disabled Snowsports NZ. Disabled Snowsports Canterbury run a programme at Mt Hutt with regular trips and instrcution.
Adaptive Programmes are available at the following mountains:
Booking is essential to ensure that the adaptive coordinators know you are coming and can ensure equipment and staff are available and you can enjoy your time on the slopes.
|Mountain||Programme Coordinator||Contact Details|
|Cardrona Alpine Resort||Leslie Johnston|
(O3) 685 8116
|Mt Hutt||Disabled Snowsports Canterbury||website
(O3) 365 8348
|Snowplanet||Individual Groups running firstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Remarkables||Ross James||website
|The Snow Farm||Ski School||website|
Travis Thiele Adaptive Coordinator
|Turoa||Bob Williams Adaptive Coordinator||website
All commercial ski areas in New Zealand support the work of Adaptive Snow Sports, offer discounts to members to improve accesibility to people with functional impairments, and welcome you. Some ski areas that do not have an official adaptive programme do have instructors that have adaptive trainiing. Some ski areas and club fields are more accessible than others. Check with your ski area before heading up, that their facilities met your requirements especially car parking, buildings, equipment, instruction and terrain.