Adaptive Ski Programs

Achieve Tahoe

Achieve Tahoe, formerly Disabled Sports USA Far West, leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. With over 40 years’ experience, their trained staff and volunteers guide people with disabilities in discovering life without limits. They are a PSIA Member Ski School (Professional Ski Instructors of America). Their PSIA certified instructors and trained volunteers make skiing or snowboarding possible for anyone with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities. 

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Adaptive Lift Tickets & Season Passes

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows offers discounted products and services to guests with disabilities. Please read the below requirements to see if you qualify for our adaptive discounts.

Adaptive Pass Details
  • Blind: Legally blind (20/200 in the good eye) to totally blind. Individuals with one good eye are not candidates. Physician diagnosis is required.
  • Amputations: any single or combination of hand, arm, foot, leg amputations.
  • Cognitive Disabilities: a mental impairment that affects the ability to process information and/or coordinate and control the body, which limits the individual’s ability to navigate the mountain safely and independently. (e.g. Severe Cognitive impairments, Autism, Down Syndrome, TBI-traumatic brain injury that results in severe cognitive impairments. An IEP is required for children with cognitive disabilities.) Individuals that are on social security disability will be reviewed case by case however this does not qualify someone for an adaptive pass.
  • Physical Disabilities: Any individual with a permanent physical disability that requires adaptive equipment or adaptive ski technique. Having a disability or illness alone does not qualify for an adaptive pass. Individuals that are on social security disability will be reviewed case by case.

Examples of cases that do not qualify: Asthma unless the individual is dependent on oxygen. Severe back pain unless the individual requires a wheel chair or adaptive equipment. The disability must affect day to day functions.

2018-19 Adaptive Pass
Pass TypeRate
Adult Adaptive (ages 19+)$225
Youth Adaptive (ages 5-18)$95

Download Adaptive Season Pass Application 

Please note adaptive season pass application & required forms mandatory upon purchase. 

Adaptive Ski Equipment

Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows allows the use of adaptive devices or other “manually-powered mobility aids” designed for use on the ski slopes. Adaptive devices are any specialized equipment that have been designed and manufactured primarily for use by individuals who have disabilities, including: ski bikes, mono skis, bi skis, outriggers and sit-skis. The Disabled Sports America Center provides instruction and will arrange use of such mobility devices when requested in advance to ensure qualified instructors are available. For those that have disabilities and choose to use ski bikes outside of an instructional setting, we ask that you contact ski patrol (Squaw Valley: 530-581-7260 or Alpine Meadows: 530 581-8311) prior to your visit. The use of ski bikes by those without adaptive needs is prohibited. 

Power Driven Mobility Devices

Winter Policy

The Ski Area has determined that the use of any power-driven devices or vehicles by the public on the mountain (including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities), would conflict with the Ski Area’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include, but are not limited to: the use of devices on the slopes that expose the user and other skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard; collisions with downhill skiers and snowboarders. These safety concerns are compounded by our facility’s volume of skiers and snowboarders. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way. Use of power-driven mobility devices are authorized in the base village area.

Summer Policy

The use of any power-driven devices or vehicles by the public on the mountain, (including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities that were not primarily designed for use by individuals with disabilities) creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the immediate environment and natural resources. Due to the need to address soil integrity, erosion and vegetative concerns, the Ski Area has adopted a “no motorized” policy for the public during the summer season.  Use of power-driven mobility devices are authorized in the base village area.

Service Animals

Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, including but not limited to: guiding people who are visually impaired, alerting people who are hearing impaired, pulling wheelchairs, opening doors, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets. 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), businesses and organizations that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals into all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. This federal law applies to all businesses open to the public. However in the interest of safety, service animals will not be allowed on ski lifts, but this will exclude the Funitel and Tram.

Service animals are permitted in pedestrian areas UNLESS one of the two exceptions are met: (1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken. A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work of tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g. voice control, signals, or other effective means). Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. Miniature horses will be evaluated on a case by case basis. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition. Miniature horses are not permitted on lifts. Because of the size and weight of miniature horses, their presence on a lift would create a safety hazard to the animal, its handler, employees and/or other guests.