Camelback Adaptive Program: Ski Lessons For The Disabled

Partnering with the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports, Camelback offers a full-service adaptive ski program.

Programs and lessons are available for all levels and abilities, from beginners to racers, age 4 and up. Our instructors are certified in the latest techniques and methods,ensuring thatyou’ll enjoya safe and fun experience. State-of-the-art equipment is provided, with the goal of making each lesson the best it can be. Lessons are available by appointment for people with a wide range of disabilities.

Building Access Meets ADA standards

Staff Training and Certification

Staff Certification: Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Specializations in Developmental Disabilities

Participants Served

Program is available to people with and without disabilities. Age range of participants (4 to 85)

Adaptive Equipment

Adaptive equipment available: state-of-the-art adapted skiing equipment: mono-skis, bi-skis

Membership Fees

There is a fee to participate in the program. Sliding/Adjusted Fee Scales: Sliding/ Adjusted fee scales or discounts are available.


The Youth Development Camp is designed to give kids who are already skiing, a chance to improve their skills, and challenge their athletic abilities. For some skiers, this means learning to navigate an intermediate hill with confidence, for others, it means learning to take race gates for the first time.

All too often, young skiers learn the fundamentals, and never progress much beyond. By giving them a concentrated week long opportunity, they gain real mastery of a sport, an opportunity most youngsters with disabilities don’t often experience. What comes from this mastery, is renewed or newfound confidence, that leaves the slopes with them when they return to school and home.

The Program The programs goal is to teach independence, responsibility and to give the participants an opportunity to interact at length with peers who share similar experiences. While the focus is on having fun, the instructors, counselors and coaches involved, all realize that the peer connection is one of the most important aspects of the event. When the skiers first arrive, they are outfitted with the adapted equipment they need. Each skier is assigned gear they are responsible for through the week. Skiers are then broken into groups according to ski abilities. Once done, they are taken out in their groups, with their coaches or instructors. Some go with great eagerness, others with great trepidation, but by the end of the first day, they return from the slopes happy, laughing, and eager for the next day. The week ends with two races. One geared for the new skiers, and a second that is set on the race course at Camelback. Skiers are placed into categories according to disability sports classification, age and sex. Its always impressive to see the change in ski ability between the time the skiers arrived, and the time they race. Improvement is dramatic. The race is a culmination of a weeks work. If you have never stood in a race start and looked down at the sea of gates, it can be intimidating. For many, if not all of the young participants, standing in the gate, facing the fear, going through the course, results in a level of confidence that is new to them. Participants Most of the skiers come to the Camp through two organizations, ASPIRE, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia(CHOP). ASPIRE is dedicated to giving youth with amputations, opportunities to experience sports, and to take their abilities to the highest level they can. Most of the children from CHOP have had amputations due to cancer.

People Involved The Camp is run as part of the Centers programming, along with the National Center for Disabled Sports (Winter Park, CO), and is conducted through the Adapted Ski Program at Camelback Ski Area, PA. Instruction is jointly conducted by adapted ski program staff at Camelback and race coaches from NCDS’ competition program. Counselors, physicians, prosthetists and other staff are also in attendance.

Adaptive Ski Program Office at Camelback: 570-629-1661 x2239

Organization: Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports Address 1: Camelback Ski Area – Exit 299 I-80 Address 2: PO Box 168 City: Tannersville State: Pennsylvania Zip Code: 18372 Phone 1: 570.629.1661 exy. 2239 Phone 2: 215-765-5118 Fax: 215-765-4504 URL:

Other Programs from Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports:

Camelback’s Adaptive Ski Program – Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports

Rowing and Cycling – Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports

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The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.

NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Being physically active is good for every body. Being active is an important part of getting and staying healthy. One 'must read' item on is our monograph on Can Disability, Chronic Conditions, Health and Wellness Coexist? in which author June Kailles discusses the common confusion people have about the relationship between having a disability and being healthy. Once you realize that EVERY BODY needs some activity to get and remain healthy, you will find we have a great many resources to help you find how YOU can participate. We have information and resources for EVERYONE, from guidelines to consider before starting any kind of exercise program to factsheets on many popular activites, games, recreational pursuits, and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish, become as active as they wish. (more below)