Mountain Programmes

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) 443 7341 ext 733

Mt Dobson

Adam Cuffe website
(O3) 685 8116
Mt Hutt Disabled Snowsports Canterbury website
(O3) 365 8348
Snowplanet Individual Groups running programmes

Special Olympics

Disabled Snowsports Auckland

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.