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The OAS staff consists of certified adaptive instructors trained in the disciplines of mono-ski, bi-ski, 2-track, 3-track, 4-track, alpine, nordic skiing, snowboarding and guiding skiers with visual impairments. Each lesson is individually crafted to fit the needs and goals of the participant.

OAS offers ski and snowboard lessons at both Mt Bachelor and Hoodoo ski resorts.  Mt Bachelor lessons run from mid-December through March, Hoodoo runs from early January until early March.

Athlete Registration

Rates and Fees

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

Half Day Lesson: $130

  • Offered either as an AM (morning) or PM (afternoon) lesson
  • 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Full Day Lesson: $185

  • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • One hour unsupervised lunch break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Adaptive Equipment

Adaptive sports are a unique experience for each individual. The following information is intended to give you a broad understanding of the adaptive disciplines we instruct and some of the equipment that is used in each of them. There are many adaptations and variations within each discipline.

Adaptive Winter Equipment

D-deaf and Hard of Hearing Skiing

Adaptations for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing

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. OAS currently contracts local interpreters to assist on lessons.

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Adaptations for visual impairment

OAS staff and a number of volunteers are trained to be able to assist individuals with visual impairments. Guides are able to assist in a variety of ways such as calling turns for a skier, tandem paddling or cycling with an individual, or hiking alongside a participant and guide dog. Assistive Devices such as a radio system, a bell, trekking pole or rope can be used depending on the preference and needs of the students.

Bi Ski Adaptive Equipment

Bi-Ski

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 or standing. 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.

OAS Fleet Includes:
Enabling Technologies Dynamique
Mountain Man Bi-Ski
HOC Glide
Enabling Technologies Bi-Unique

 

Mono-Ski

Mono-Ski

Utilizes a bucket style seat with a single ski underneath it. Skier uses handheld outriggers for balance, typically made easier with strong arms, core strength and trunk balance. Unlike the bi ski, the mono ski can only be skied independently.

OAS Fleet Includes:
KBG Lynx
Enabling Technologies Monique
Praschberger Monoski
Freedom Factory Revolution
Yeti

Nordic Sit Skiing Adaptive Equipment

Nordic Sit Ski

Nordic skiing is a fun alternative to typical downhill skiing. OAS has two sit down nordic skis available for use on nordic lessons or nordic programming.

youth cross country skiing classic style

Nordic Skis

Nordic skiing is a fun alternative to typical downhill skiing. Nordic skiing is typically performed on flatter terrain using narrow skis with boots that can be raised off the ski at the heel when striding. There are two main types: classic and skate skiing.

Snow Slider Adaptive Equipment

Snow Slider

Another variation of skiing for individuals with more severe balance challenges. A mounted frame that clicks into separate skis appears like a walker on skis and is tethered by a trained instructor. The stand-up skier uses their own boots and skis with the metal frame as support. This can be used long term or in a progression towards three track or four track skiing.

OAS Fleet Includes:
Enabling Technologies Slide Unique
Freedom Factory Snow Slider

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Snowboard

Most adaptive snowboard lessons employ a standard snowboard set up using progressions taught by the American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Pole Rider Bar

Snowboard Adaptations

If a snowboarder is in need of extra assistance beyond adapted teaching techniques, bamboo poles, tethers, hula hoops and/or the Rider Bar (adapted snowboard handlebar) may also be used.

Three Track Skiing

Three Track/Four Track

Three tracking and four tracking are for individuals who have the ability to stand on one leg or two but need the added balance and steering of using two outriggers. Three track skiers typically have one leg and two arms. Three trackers use a standard ski and two outriggers giving them three points of contact on the snow. Four track skiers have two legs and arms, natural or prostethic. They typically use standard skis and two outriggers, giving the skier four points of contact with the snow. Stand up outriggers are also sometimes used with a snowboard.

Two Track Ski Equipment

Two Track

Skier who can stand and maintain balance while in motion often use standard skis, although adaptive equipment (tethers, spacers, tip retention devices, etc.) may be used to aid in the learning of muscle movements.

Adaptive Snowboard Equipment

snowboarder going through trees

Snowboard

Most adaptive snowboard lessons employ a standard snowboard set up using progressions taught by the American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

Pole Rider Bar

Snowboard Adaptations

If a snowboarder is in need of extra assistance beyond adapted teaching techniques, bamboo poles, tethers, hula hoops and/or the Rider Bar (adapted snowboard handlebar) may also be used.