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.

2020-21 Adaptive Pass
Pass Type Rate 
Adult (ages 18+)$225
Young Adult (17 & Under) $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.