Frequently Asked Questions
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We will provide all the equipment needed to safely participate in most of our summer programs.
We do not provide standard skis, snowboards, boots, and poles. Plan to bring your own, or rent, snowsports equipment before you come to the resort for your lesson. Rental discounts for Achieve Tahoe participants taking lessons are offered at the following retailers:
- Alpine Meadows Rental Shop - discount is 50% off
- Olympic Valley Rental Shop- discount is 50% off
- Northstar Rental Shop - free rental with scheduled lesson
- Tahoe Dave's (Olympic Valley, Tahoe City, Truckee) - discount is 50% off
Adaptive ski equipment can be rented at Achieve Tahoe:
- Mono-or Bi-ski rentals with lesson is $10 per lesson
- Mono-ski (without lesson, must be independent) $75 for full-day or $50 for half-day*
- Mono-ski rentals without a lesson can only be skied at Alpine Meadows. Bi-ski not available without a lesson.
- Rates vary for other adaptive equipment (e.g. ski tip connectors, outriggers, blind bibs, etc). Please contact us for more information.
Achieve Tahoe members with extreme financial needs may apply to waive the fees for participation in our sports programs thanks to our Katherine Hayes Rodriguez Scholarship Fund. Achieve Tahoe reserves the right to review documentation of your income prior to approval of your application. Scholarships are limited to one (1) per winter and summer season, per applicant when available.
- Staff and Volunteer Training: Our team of staff and volunteers are trained in the latest adaptive teaching methods, equipment, and safety techniques to provide the best experience possible for each participant. Our volunteer team spends over 3,000 hours training each year. Many of our instructors go on to earn professional certifications from the national governing bodies of each sport.
- State of the Art Equipment: We use state of the art equipment in all our sports programs.
- Essential Eligibility Criteria for each Sport Program: We require participants meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria for safe participation in each sport. You can view these criteria on the Eligibility tab on each sport page.
- Sport Protection Policy: Our Sport Protection Policy increases our community’s knowledge base, creates stronger detection and protection systems for our programs, and establishes barriers to entry for abusers. This policy is specific to all services provided directly through Achieve Tahoe, including special events, sports and outdoor recreation programs, and related activities. In addition, all staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check with the National Center for Safety Initiatives, and an online athlete safety training course provided by US Center for Safe Sport. If you would like to read our Sport Protection Policy click here.
- If you have personally experienced or witnessed what you feel is misconduct while participating in an Achieve Tahoe program or event, please help us keep our community safe by letting us know. Contact Cindy Smith, Administrative Director, (530) 581-4161 x2; [email protected]. Or report the incident using this online form.
- Seizure Policy: Snowsports participants who have experienced any type of seizure in the past 24 months must wear a climbing harness with a retention strap which the instructor attaches to the chairlift when riding. Additionally, Achieve Tahoe strongly encourages anyone with a history of seizures to use a climbing harness while riding a chairlift.
- Water Safety Policy: Watersport participants must be able to turn themselves face-up from a face-down position in the water while wearing a type-1 life vest. All participants, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a properly fitted Class III, inherently buoyant (no inflatable, mechanical or automatic) personal flotation device, commonly known as a life jacket, when in the water or within the shore zone as directed by Achieve Tahoe staff.