Aspen Snowmass has made it a priority to make its four mountains as adaptive-friendly as possible for those with physical disabilities or cognitive challenges. Our belief is that the mountains belong to all of us, and that every opportunity for enjoyment should be provided to guests of all abilities.
The following section details resources available to adaptive skiers about our mountains, and specialized adaptive services available in the area.
If you have specific questions about our resort and its adaptive programs and ADA accessibility, please call guest services at 800-525-6200.
PDMD & Service Animal Policy
View our policy on other power-driven mobility devices (PDMD) and service animals.
Formed in December 1995, Challenge Aspen has evolved into a year-round program offering access for anyone with a disability to a variety of sports, recreational and cultural activities. In the winter, the program offers all levels of recreational skiing and snowboarding instruction for individuals ages 4 and up who have a physical or cognitive disability. Participants receive specialized private instruction through Challenge Aspen's PSIA-certified adaptive instructors, and adaptive equipment is provided to accommodate all needs.Private lesson rates with Challenge Aspen include one-on-one instruction. If you simply need a "buddy" for the day, trained volunteers are also available for a minimal fee. Reservations are required.
Ascendigo Autism Services is a year-round program that provides specialized ski and snowboard instruction as well as camps and support services for adults and children on the autism spectrum. Ascendigo ski pros and ski buddies have been specially trained by BCBAs and OTs in evidence-based autism specific techniques. These techniques focus on facilitating social communication and maximizing the skiers independence on and off the mountain. With the help of Ascendigo, children and adults anywhere on the autism spectrum and of any athletic ability can learn to ski or snowboard here in beautiful Aspen Snowmass.