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Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program

Our programs are popular and may sell out during holiday periods. To avoid disappointment please book in advance.
At Whistler Blackcomb, we believe that all Guests are entitled to enjoy the beauty and benefits of winter recreation in our unparalleled natural resource. The Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program, works in partnership with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP). This winter program caters to a full spectrum of skiers and snowboarders from beginner through advanced. Our trained and certified instructors, guides, and assistants will help those with both physical and cognitive disabilities access the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb. Please join us to experience outdoor activity in a safe, friendly, and FUN way. We tailor our lessons to suit your needs, creating the best memories….again and again.

Register online through Whistler Adaptive:

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Or call the Whistler Blackcomb Reservation Centre on 1-800-766-0449



The Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program offers individualized ski, or snowboard instruction to meet the needs of clients with cognitive disabilities. It is taught by instructors trained to use specialized equipment, techniques and adaptations specific to the client’s disability. Over the years, we have had great success in teaching children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy (and various other disabilities) to ski and snowboard. The skills developed within this program have provided lasting benefits and often served as a catalyst to incorporate other physical activities into our Guest’s lives.


This program’s main focus is to provide an environment which is ideal for increasing social skills, improving communication, and building self-confidence and self-esteem in an outdoor setting, while learning ski, sit-ski or snowboard skills. Our goal in the ASD Program is to provide consistency and support for any behavioral learning strategies which may already be taking place, all leading to further development and independence of the child. In this program, the specific skill level is evaluated and recorded for each child prior to the program. A specific plan is developed in cooperation with the parents and staff to meet and enhance the communication level of the child, with ASD. The staff has been trained in the use of picsyms (if needed) and in creating opportunities to self-initiate requests or needs or to share feelings. They also have been trained to create opportunities to increase the social skills of the child. The staff, who will be delivering the program to the child with ASD, pre-plans the day given all the prior written information on the child, to create a positive day which meets the individual needs of the specific child with ASD. The staff then reviews and writes a report at the end of the day to assess how the day met the individual goals for the child and then to plan specific strategies and goals for the next day.

If your child (6-18 years old and resides in BC) has been diagnosed with ASD and you have an Autism Funding Agreement, funding may be available through the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Autism Funding: Ages 6-18 Program. Please contact the Autism funding unit for pre-approval. Approval is granted on an individual basis.


Please refer to AUTISM FUNDING ELIGIBILITY (For BC Residents) in the “Financial Assistance” section of the price page, for complete details. We cater to all disabilities or special needs from ages 3 and up. Lessons typically run from 9am - 3pm. The meeting times may be adjusted to suit your needs.

Stand-Up Ski

Standing skiers employ various methods including one, two, three, or four-track skiing techniques. These techniques often use outriggers for balance and are named for the number of tracks left in the snow. Besides instruction, we can also provide physical and psychological support to those looking to be re-introduced to the sport, following injury.

Sit Ski

Anybody can try this method. This popular sport makes skiing possible for many people including those with limited lower body strength, people who use wheelchairs; including those with paraplegia and quadriplegia, bilateral lower extremity amputations, or developmental disabilities. We have a full fleet of both bi-skis and mono skis.

* PLEASE NOTE: There is a weight restriction for sit skiers of 200lbs, due to the holding capacity of the ski/binding

Whistler Adaptive Snowboard Program

The Whistler Adaptive Sports Program offers a wide variety of snowboarding lessons for the beginner through the expert snowboarder. We have certified Snowboarding Instructors on staff to ensure that your experience is safe and fun. We also have a range of adaptive snowboarding equipment to help you learn and develop your snowboarding skills.

Visually or Hearing Impaired

An Instructor provides instruction and/or guiding with or without audio/visual devices.

We offer a full range of products from any of the above full service lessons to the Lesson Buddy, which allows for integration into the mainstream Whistler Blackcomb Ski School - explained under Program Details.




Due to the demands of the program on staff, volunteers, and equipment, we strongly urge you to book as far in advance as possible. Should your chosen dates already be fully booked, you will have the option to be placed on our wait list for those dates.


This option is for guests booked into any non-Whistler Adaptive Sports Program lessons at Whistler Blackcomb (ie. Adult, Teen, or Whistler Kids Ski/Snowboard School Lessons). This option provides trained personnel to assist the integration of the guest into their mainstream ski school lesson. This option must be used with a ski lesson and is not designed to replace a caregiver. Lift ticket and rental equipment are not included with the Lesson Buddy.


The Whistler Adaptive Ski and Ride Program is located inside the Carleton Lodge. To find this store first locate the Whistler Gondola in the Whistler Village, then turn with the gondola directly to your back and you will be facing the Carleton Lodge. Our check in counter is located at the rear of the store, you will see our Whistler Adaptive Sports Program sign. The wheelchair access is on the left side of the building (with the gondola to your back) take the door to your right at the immediate top of the ramp and follow the signs, this sounds confusing but we are very easy to find. There is also a ramp on the right side of the patio.


  • Warm clothing, including a hat, water proof jacket/pants, gloves and goggles.
  • Money to buy lunch, or bring a lunch.
  • A smile (one will be supplied, if you don’t already have one)

Our volunteers and instructors are not able to administer medication or cater to specific personal toileting needs. If you need help with these areas please arrange to have a family member or caregiver meet you throughout the day as required. A free lift ticket can be provided to facilitate this requirement.

Prices and Financial Assistance

2016.17 Programs Price
Full Day
Lesson Only
Full Day
Lesson & Lift Ticket
Full Day
Lesson & Lift Ticket
Sea-to-Sky and Lower Mainland Resident *
Full Day
Lesson Only
Sea-to-Sky and Lower Mainland Resident *
Full Day
Applies to those enrolled in mainstream Ski School Lessons
ASD Program $239
ASD Program
Sea-to-Sky and Lower Mainland Resident *

Prices include equipment rental if required; the price does not change if you have your own equipment. All lesson with ticket packages include access to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.

* Sea to Sky and Lower Mainland area encompasses regions from D’Arcy through Langley

Financial Assistance

Available Funding for Persons with Disabilities/Special Needs

We are always looking for available funding sources and ways to reach new participants. If you have any contacts or leads for us, please feel free to email wbadaptive@whistlerblackcomb.com.

We sincerely appreciate your referrals.



Established by Sport BC in 1993, KidSport is a community-based sport funding program that provides grants for children aged 6 – 18 to participate in a sport season of their choice. Grants of up to $200 (depending on the community) are to be used for the payment of sport participation / registration fees.




The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program focuses on helping individual children become involved in organized sports and recreational activities to help them develop a healthier lifestyle in their younger years. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a charitable program that helps kids in financial need aged 4 to 18 participate in organized sport and recreation activities.

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program works with community organizations to form local Chapters that identify and approve the children who receive support. If you would like to apply for your child to receive support, Canadian Tire Jumpstart accepts applications from eligible families twice per year: 1) the last 2 weeks in January; and 2) the last 2 weeks in July.

The application process is handled through a central toll free call centre 1-877-616-6600. The family name, address and phone number and other relevant information pertaining to the recreational activity your child would like to participate in will be required and recorded at the time of your call. This information will be passed along to the local Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter for review. Applicants will only be contacted should they be approved or if further information is required.




Starting with the 2007 tax year, the Government of Canada allows a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible fitness expenses paid by parents to register a child in a prescribed program of physical activity. The children's fitness tax credit lets parents claim up to $500 per year for eligible fitness expenses paid for each child who is under 16 years of age at the beginning of the year in which the expenses are paid.

The Whistler Adaptive Ski and Ride Program meets all criteria, provided your child is registered a minimum of eight weeks long or, for a minimum of five consecutive days long.

If a child qualifies for the disability tax credit, parents can claim up to $500 per year in eligible fitness expenses paid for the child who is under 18 years of age at the beginning of the year. Also, if at least $100 in eligible fitness expenses has been paid for the child, an additional amount of $500 can be added to the eligible fitness expenses actually incurred.





Parents are encouraged to access other avenues of funding, listed above, prior to using Autism Funding.

If your child (6-18 years old and resides in BC) has been diagnosed with ASD and you have an Autism Funding Agreement, funding may be available through the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Autism Funding: Ages 6-18 Program. Please contact the Autism Funding Unit for pre-approval. Approval is granted on an individual basis.

DSABC Membership fees, lift tickets and rentals are not eligible for autism funding. Only the daily 6 hour intervention price from 9am-3pm (reflected in the “ASD Program rate”) can be claimed. A separate invoice listing only the daily intervention rate will be provided, upon request to wbadaptive@whistlerblackcomb.com, to facilitate your funding application.




The Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program prices have been set to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to access our beautiful mountains and enjoy the freedom and therapeutic benefits of skiing and snowboarding.

We also rely on the generosity of contributions, sponsorship, fundraising efforts and volunteers to run our services. If you would like to make a donation, contact whistleradaptive or visit the donations page. Please note the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program is a registered charity. Thank you for your support.

Program Logistics
Read through the program logistics for all parents and adult participants of Whistler Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Programs. We have information from pre-arrival right to the end of your lesson so you can rest assured you will be fully prepared. Learn More
Meet the Team
If you are a visitor to this community, you may not know that there are over 120 “locals” behind our amazing Team, all with one thing in common: the foundation of a good heart, one that acts out of a desire to help others share all that Whistler Blackcomb has to offer, regardless of ability or perceived disability. Learn More
The Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program volunteers provide a safe and fun learning environment for all of our students. Volunteers help greet and assist students with appropriate equipment, assist them up the mountain and assist the instructors as required during the lessons. Volunteer today, and make a difference and brings happiness to other peoples lives. Learn More
Shape of the Day Storybook

Shape of the Day Storybook is an illustrated guide for Children about what their Memorable day up the mountain would look like. It was written by Susan Holden, and illustrated by Sheree Blanch, WASP Instructors.

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Shape of the Day
A look at your day for as an Adult Sit Skier or a Kid Skier program. See what a typical day consists of from the beginning of your day to the very end. More Info