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Eaglecrest Ski Area

Juneau, Alaska
tel. 907-790-2000
www.skijuneau.com
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BOWL STATUS:  Pittman Ridge = CLOSED  |  West Bowl = CLOSED  |  East Bowl Chutes = CLOSED

Adaptive Lessons

Adaptive Lessons

In partnership with the Outdoor Recreation and Community Access Program (ORCA) at Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), Eaglecrest offers adaptive ski and snowboard lessons to people experiencing physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Whether it’s simply an exposure to mountain snowsports or advancing skills to carve down the mountain, adaptive ski and snowboard lessons offer an unmatched opportunity for children and adults with disabilities to build confidence, independence, improve fitness levels, make new friends and have fun!

Eaglecrest and ORCA offer adaptive lessons in the following areas:

  • Two-track: skier is able to stand independently
  • Three-track: disability of one leg.
  • Four Track: disability of both legs but able to stand with support
  • Mono-ski: disability of lower body, good upper body strength
  • Bi-ski: disability of lower body, limited upper body strength
  • Blind/low vision: little or no visual sight
  • Snowboard: student is able to stand independently

Weekend Adaptive Lessons with ORCA

The Outdoor Recreation and Community Access Program (ORCA) at Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) offers adaptive ski and snowboard and Nordic lessons every Saturday and Sunday from January-April. Half and full day lessons are available, and are open to all ages and abilities. Half and full day Ski Buddies are also available to assist intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders safely navigate the mountain.

For more information about the ORCA Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program call Lindsay Hallvik at (907) 586-0104 or email lhallvik@sailinc.org.

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The ORCA Program is always looking for patient, responsible and excited volunteers interested in sharing their passion for skiing and snowboarding with students with disbailities. Volunteers work with a diverse range of students primarily assisting with ski/snowboard techniques, safety, and appropriate terrain choice. Volunteers receive a complimentary lift ticket or Eaglecrest Ski, Snowboard or Nordic lesson for every 1.5 days they volunteer!

If you are interested, please click here to download a registration form and return to ORCA at:

3225 Hospital Dr. Ste. 300 , Juneau, AK 99801

Weekday Adaptive Lessons

Private weekday adaptive lessons with ORCA and Eaglecrest Instructors are also available upon request. Please click here for Adult Private Lesson rates or click here for Youth Private Lesson rates.

For more information or for reservations, call the Snowsports School at 907-790-2000 ext. 211

Accessible Transportation

Accessible transportation is available to and from Eaglecrest through the Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA) program at Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). Accessible transportation is available Saturdays, Sundays and School District Holidays. Advanced reservation at least 48 hours prior is required. Please call the ORCA program at (907) 586-0104 to schedule a pick-up or drop-off at one of the following locations:

  • Mendenhall Mall
  • Nugget Mall
  • Wal-Mart
  • SAIL Office
  • JDHS
  • Douglas Breeze-In

Accessible Transportation Fares:

One Way: $6 Round Trip: $10

 

Mid-Week School Program

Eaglecrest also offers adaptive instruction for children with disablities attending the Eaglecrest School Group Program with their elementary and middle school classmates. One-on-one adaptive lessons are available and are designed to meet the interests of all ability levels.

Adaptive lessons allow students with disabilities to learn to ski alongside their classmates; building confidence, independence, and acquire invaluable skills in balance, coordination, movement, sensation, personal space and communication.

For more information or to schedule a class group, call Tommy English at (907) 790-2000 x503 or email at tommy.english@skijuneau.com.

Nordic Lessons for Visually Impaired

Eaglecrest's certified instructors are excited to begin offering adaptive lessons in nordic skiing for students with disablities. All ages and abilities are welcome!

For more information or for reservations, call (907) 586-0104 or email lhallvik@sailinc.org.

Be sure to arrive at least 1/2 hour before lessons or programs to ensure you have enough time to sign in and gear up!

Questions about your first day? Check out our New Skier FAQ's!

The Eaglecrest Snowsports School is a team of very talented professionals who are dedicated to creating a fun and exciting learning experience. We are members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Get the most out of your skiing or snowboarding experience and GO with a PRO!

For information and reservations, call the Snowsports School at (907) 790-2000 x211.

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