Sierra Adaptive Lesson Program

Ages: Adults,Kids
Ability Level: Beginner,Intermediate
Age Range: 3+

Welcome to the Sierra-at-Tahoe Adaptive Program! We are proud to offer adaptive lessons for both physical and intellectual disabilities. We have PSIA/AASI certified instructors in both children and adult lessons, skiing and snowboarding. Our mission is to help disabled skiers + snowboarders develop new skills and build self-confidence. We strive to create an atmosphere which produces positive physical, psychological and therapeutic results.

The program is dedicated to adaptive skiing and snowboarding for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Our specially trained instructors, who are Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA/AASI) certified in adaptive snowboard and ski techniques, provide one-on-one private lessons so you can expect highly personalized training for your individualized needs.

We serve students of all ages who have a variety of disabilities.

Lesson Benefits

  • Customized one-on-one private instruction based on ability
  • PSIA-AASI certified instructors
  • Fun environment to fall in love with winter sports

Lesson Types

Sierra’s Adaptive PSIA/AASI-Certified instructors are trained to teach in the following lesson types:

  • Cognitive: Neurological
  • Bi-Ski
  • Blind or Low Vision
  • Skiing or Snowboard Stand Up

Lesson Rates

An Adaptive Lesson includes private instruction, lift ticket, adaptive equipment and standard ski/snowboard equipment rental.

  Adult (23-64) Young Adult (13-22) Child (12 & under)
2.5-Hour Lesson $99 $99 $99
Adaptive Lift Ticket $49 $44 $20
Rentals (Ski, Snowboard or Sit Ski) $30 $30 $30
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All prices subject to change. Adaptive lessons do not include lift tickets or equipment rentals.
Lesson Start Times: 10:00AM and 1PM


Reserve an Adaptive Lesson

Complete the following form here to inquire about an adaptive lesson, then contact Brent Kuemmerle by emailing him here .

*Please note this is only a reservation request and lessons are subject to instructor availability. Your lesson will be confirmed via email or phone. Forms must be submitted 48 hours in advance of the desired lesson.

Cancellation Policy

There is no charge if you cancel before 24 hours of the reservation. A $40 fee applies for cancellations made before 7:00 AM the day of the reservation. Full lesson amount you have reserved for will be charged for cancellations after 7:00 AM the day of the reservation. If you do not call, or are not present the same day of the reservation (no call/no show) you will be charged the full price of the lesson.

Things to Know

  • Please note that lessons are subject to selling out. We strongly recommended you make them at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.
  • We recommend you arrive one hour before your lesson time to allow for ample time for the check-in process.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Layers are best.
  • Be sure you have eye protection (goggles for snowy days and sunglasses for sunny days).
  • Hats, gloves, sunscreen and other items you might forget are available at the Sierra Mt. Sports Shop .
  • Ski pants and helmet rentals are available at the mountain.

Skiing/Riding at Sierra has Many Perks

We love our passholders and show it often by offering Early Loads on select powder days through the season. Sierra's wind protected lifts and trails make Sierra-at-Tahoe your best bet on stormy days. Our hard-working crews know every minute on the hill counts and makes it their mission to open on time. Our passholders get hooked up with 20% discounts on food, new gear and rentals with My Sierra Rewards! Sierra is the closest major resort to Northern California (ensuring you less driving and more skiing/riding). Sierra's blessed with natural snow from heaven, not hoses.

Passholder Benefits
3-PAK Your Way to BIG Savings!

At Sierra, we offer our best deals in threes! From lift tickets, lessons, rentals, day care and more - we've got you covered! 3-PAKs are good for one person for any three days this season. It's just the ticket for your ski holiday vacation plans.

Good Things Come in 3's
Learn to Ski/Ride Fridays

Whether you're learning, need a refresher or if you’re confident in your current abilities, maybe consider expanding your horizons + take a lesson in something you haven’t tried. (If you ski, try snowboarding. If you snowboard, try skiing.) This special Learn to Ski/Ride Day event is only $79! Hurry, space is limited!

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