OAS provides teaching for a variety of skiing disciplines including two track, three track, four track, mono-skiing, bi-skiing, nordic skiing, and snowboarding. Our specialized and innovative equipment and techniques provide an opportunity for anyone with a disability to learn how to ski. Our adaptive skiing programs help our skiers build self-esteem and confidence, improve their fitness levels, make new friends, and have fun. The individuals taking advantage of our services have a range of disabilities including visual and hearing impairments, amputations, cerebral palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, spina bifida, developmental disabilities, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and many more. Individuals with a permanent or long-term physical or neurological disability who require use of adaptive ski equipment and/or adaptive teaching techniques are eligible for participation.
Scheduling is important so we may accommodate everyone who would like to participate. Students or their parents should call Jeremy Fox @ 541-848-9390 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least three days prior to the day(s) they wish to ski to schedule a lesson.
Cancellations must be called in at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson day.
OAS’s season runs from early January to late March, depending on snowfall. Saturday and Sunday are the primary days for participation, but any day may be scheduled depending on availability of equipment and staff. Special arrangements are possible with prior notice.
Types of ski lessons OAS provides:
Two Track (two skis)
Skier uses two skis, with or without poles.
- Used by skiers with visual impairment, brain injury, developmental disability, cerebral palsy, below the knee amputation, arm amputation, multiple sclerosis, learning disability, and post polio.
Three Track (one ski, two outriggers)
Common method for amputees.
- This the most successful method for those with post polio and above the knee amputations.
Four Track (two skis with outriggers)
Outriggers are required for extra support and balance. For individuals with two arms and two legs, natural or prosthetic, who are able to stand.
- Used by skiers with cerebral palsy, post polio, brain injury, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ortho impaired, and spina bifida.
Mono-ski (sit-ski with one ski outriggers)
For those with strong upper bodies and limited or no movement below from the waist down.
- Used by skiers with lower level injuries including paraplegia or ortho impairments.
Bi-ski (sit-ski with two skis and optional outriggers)
Provides more stability than a mono-ski.
- Designed for those with high-level injuries (C1-T7), quadriplegia, and people with severe MS, MD, CP, spina bifida, and multiple amputations.
**OAS also provides Ski Guides for those who are visually impaired and those who are hearing impaired.