winter-headerWe will start taking lesson & scholarship requests for Winter 2018-19 starting November 5. We encourage early planning as our weekends generally fill quickly. Our winter season is as listed: 

Mount Bachelor Winter Season: December 15 – March 31

Hoodoo Ski Resort Season: January – Early March

For first timers, weekend warriors and seasoned athletes with disabilities, we offer half-day and full-day lessons in the following sports: skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing, this includes adaptive disciplines. Participants can sign up for lessons at either Mt. Bachelor or Hoodoo Ski Area. To learn more, please read on.


Winter Lessons:

The OAS staff consists of certified adaptive instructors in the disciplines of mono-ski, bi-ski, 3-track, 4-track, alpine, cross country skiing and snowboard.   We also have instructors experienced at guiding blind and visually impaired skiers, as well as teaching D/deaf and hard of hearing participants.  Each lesson is individually crafted to fit the needs and goals of the participant.


Lesson Overview:

At the beginning of your lessons, you’ll meet your instructor and possibly a trained volunteer or two available to provide support.  The instructor will do an assessment and may ask you about your mobility level, watch you move, talk about activities you do, your strength, flexibility and endurance in order to match you to the best equipment.  From there you’ll be fitted with your equipment and together with your instructor you’ll set a goal that matches your desires and what the instructor knows about the area and conditions of the day.

*For first timers, please plan for up to an hour for your first initial fit-up.  OAS wants to ensure you have the best fit and equipment possible.  From there, you will start on flat snow with some skills and drills and then transition from there.



Our lesson rates include all necessary equipment (rentals and/or adaptive) lift ticket and a trained instructor:


  • Half Day: $TBD
    • Offered either as an AM (morning) or PM (afternoon) lesson:
      • 9:30 am – 12 pm
      • 1 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Full Day: $TBD
    • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
    • One hour unsupervised lunch break from 12 pm – 1 pm 


Ski Buddy:

For independent skiers/riders who may need nothing more than a “buddy” to ski with.  The OAS Ski Buddy is a trained volunteer who provide on-hill support such as assistance with loading/unloading the chairlift or getting back up after a fall.  Ski Buddies also provide guidance around the mountain but do NOT provide instructions.  Available at both Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo Ski Area.

General Rule of Thumb: Participants interested in this option need to be able to ski independently on green terrain with the understanding and respect of the skier responsibility code.  The participant must also be able to safety select and navigate terrain that is appropriate to their skill level.  


Our Ski Buddy rate includes adaptive equipment, lift ticket and at least one ski buddy.  

*If you do not need adaptive equipment (i.e. mono-ski, bi-ski, snow slider, etc.) you may want to consider making arrangements to pick up rental gear.  


  • Ski Buddy: $TBD
  • You may choose to do a half day session or a full day session: 
    • Half Day
      • Morning session: 9:30 – 12 pm
      • Afternoon session: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
    • Full Day
      • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
      • One hour unsupervised lunch break from 12 pm – 1 pm

Local Ski Program:

In effort to increase accessibility and consistency of adaptive skiing for residents of Deschutes County, OAS is excited to offer a Locals Ski Program.  Lessons are offered at discounted rates on set dates from January to March.  

To learn more, feel free to look at last year’s flyer HERE

Ski For Life: Student Group Ski Program

Each year OAS invites student groups to come participate in a group ski program on Mount Bachelor. The group comes up together on a school day for 4 to 6 weeks and receives instruction in alpine skiing, snowboarding or nordic skiing. OAS provides: 1. Professional ski instruction from OAS Staff and trained volunteers 2. A morning full of fun, learning + safety 3. Rentals provided by OAS through Mt. Bachelor 4. Lessons in snow, rain and shine.

For more information, check out our Ski For Life Flyer or send us an email at


To Register:

Online registration opens November 5. We are always available to answer questions via email or phone call. We recommend placing lesson requests a minimum of two weeks before lessons, more for weekends or holidays and events.



For participants who need financial assistance to pay for lessons or ski buddies may apply for a scholarship on our OAS Winter Scholarship Page.  We ask that you submit your application at least two weeks prior to the day you wish to schedule a ski day.



There is a 24-hour cancellation policy.  Reservations that are cancelled within 24 hours of lesson start time will be charged a $25 fee. 




Understanding the Equipment:

The following information is intended to give you a broad working understanding of adaptive disciplines we have available.


kadee-with-ellieTwo Track (2T):

Skier who can stand and maintain balance while in motion often use standard skis, although adaptive equipment (tethers, spacers, ski bras, etc.) may be used to aid in leg strength.








A metal forearm crutches with ski tips on the ends.  Some have adjustable brakes attached to the back edge of the ski to give some speed control and to aid with balance.  Outriggers are generally used by mono-skiers, bi-skiers and standing skiers needing aid with balance.







Three Track/Four Track:

Three track skiers have one leg and two arms.  Three trackers use a full size ski and outriggers giving them three points of contact on the snow. Four track skiers have two legs and arms, natural or prosthetics who is capable of standing independently with the aid of outriggers, giving the skier four points of contact with the snow.



kellie-jana-allan-2016Snow Slider:

Another form of four-track skiing for those with more severe balance issues.  Separate skis are are mounted to a metal frame making it something like a walker with skis.  The stand-up skier uses their own boots and skis with the metal frame as support.  The Snow Slider is also tethered (reins attached to metal frame) by a trained instructor.






10153702_10153932704740153_971583607_nRider Bar/Snowboard:

Most adaptive snowboard lessons employ a standard snowboard set up. Bamboo poles, ski poles and the adaptive snowboard with a handrail otherwise known as a Rider Bar may also be used.







Utilizes a bucket style seat with two skis underneath it. The bi-ski is designed for those who use a wheelchair or have difficulty walking even when assisted by crutches, canes or walkers.  A bi-ski can be skied independently like a mono-ski using the same type of handheld outriggers or can be skied with the assistance of an instructor using fixed outriggers and tethers (reins attached to the back of the bi-ski). Skiers turn by either moving their head and shoulders or by using handheld outriggers. A bi-ski can be a choice for a new sit-down skier before moving onto the mono-ski, depending on the shared goals of the skier and instructor.




Utilizes a bucket style seat with a single ski underneath it. Skier uses handheld outriggers for balance, requiring strong arms and good core strength and trunk balance. Individuals who have lower limb impairments and reasonable truck stability and balance generally use the mono-ski.






becki-robinsonVisual Impairment (VI):

Participants make turns with the assistance of a specifically trained guide. For first-time skiers, the guide may ski in front but facing backwards to the student; students with peripheral vision can be guided from the side. A guide can also call out instructions from behind the skier. The key is for the participant and guide to determine the best method of communication before the lesson begins.







1150863_10153879982030153_1776273080_nD/deaf and Hard of Hearing:

OAS currently has one instructor who is Deaf and fluent in ASL but also articulate in spoken language.  Participants can receive instructions in ASL or spoken language, use personal hearing assistive devices to help minimize background noise if desired and work directly with an instructor who has the shared understanding of deaf/hh needs.