About

Achieve Tahoe COVID-19 Policies for Winter 2020-21.

The snowsports program provides private adaptative ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities. Achieve Tahoe seeks to utilize each individuals’ abilities to help them find the greatest amount of independence in recreation. 

The Achieve Tahoe Program Center is located at Alpine Meadows Resort in the North Lake Tahoe area of Northern California. Lessons are offered at Alpine Meadows, Squaw ValleyNorthstar and Sugar Bowl. We are open daily for lessons from December 1, 2020 through April 25, 2021 (conditions permitting). 

We are a member school of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). Our PSIA-certified instructors and trained volunteers make skiing or snowboarding possible for anyone with physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities.

Lesson Types

We invite and encourage people of all skill levels - first-timers to advanced - and abilities to come take a lesson with us. We can accommodate just about anyone with any disability through our specialized teaching techniques and adaptive equipment.

We utilize each person's individual abilities to help them experience the greatest amount of independence they can in recreation. The following snowsports lesson types are different methods that can be used to assist participants in gaining such independence.  

Two-Track (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: None)
Two-tracking is stand up skiing on two skis, therefore making two tracks in the snow. Stand-up skiing is for students with a wide range of disabilities. Adaptive equipment and teaching techniques are utilized to help students with balance, coordination, motor control, sequencing, communication and processing challenges to achieve independence in stand-up skiing.

Two-track

Snowboard (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: None)
Snowboarding is standing with one’s feet strapped onto one board in a surfing position. Snowboarding is for students with a wide range of disabilities. Adaptive equipment and teaching techniques are utilized to help students with balance, coordination, motor control, sequencing, communication and processing challenges to achieve independence in snowboarding.

Snowboard

Three-Track (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: None)
Three-tracking is skiing with one leg on a ski and a hand-held outrigger in each hand, therefore making three tracks in the snow. The outriggers assist in balance, stability and turning while skiing. Instruction is designed to allow for independent skiing on one leg. 

Three-track

Four-Track and Slider (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: None)
Four-track and slider consists of skiing on two skis and either outriggers in both hands or a slider (walker on skis), therefore creating four tracks in the snow. The outriggers and slider assist in balance, stability and turning while skiing.

Four-track and Slider

Blind/Low Vision (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: None)
Blind or low vision skiing or snowboarding adapts skiing and snowboarding with verbal, physical and other cues to ski or snowboard in a safe and supportive environment.  Participants may utilize a variety of adaptive equipment.

Blind/Low Vision

Mono-Ski (Age: 12+ recommended | Weight limit: 225 lbs*)
The mono-ski is a seat that is mounted on one ski. The skier uses hand-held outriggers to make turns, stop and load/unload the chairlift. 

*Mono-skis are rated by the manufacturer for a maximum skier weight of 225 lbs. Skiers may not exceed this weight. 

Mono-ski

Bi-Ski (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: 185 lbs**)
The bi-ski is a seat that is mounted on two skis and is a more stable sit-ski than the mono-ski. While it can be skied independently, an instructor may tether from behind to assist with turning and speed control based on the needs of each participant.

**For the safety of the participant and instructor, a bi-skier must weigh no more than 185 lbs.

Bi-ski

TetraSki (Age: 4+ | Weight Limit: 185 lbs**)

The TetraSki is a seat mounted on two skis and is controlled by a joystick and/or a sip and puff control mechanism similar to most electric wheelchairs. The TetraSki is the most stable bi-ski and is designed for individuals with complex mobility impairments. While it can be skied independently, an instructor will always remain connected via a safety tether and have a remote-control override for safety.

**For the safety of the participant and instructor, a tetra-skier must weigh no more than 185 lbs.

The TetraSki has been made available to Achieve Tahoe thanks to the generosity of Mike and Gina Rayfield and the University of Utah.

TetraSki

Schedule & Rates

Achieve Tahoe is open from December 17th, 2020 - April 25th, 2021 and open Thursday-Monday (and daily during holiday weeks). 

Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

ALPINE MEADOWS

Half Day Lesson
Price: $100

Lesson Times
9:00 am to 11:30 am
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Full Day Lesson
Price: $200

Lesson includes:
private instruction
• Lift ticket (during lesson)


SQUAW VALLEY

Full Day Lesson
Price: $215

Lesson Times
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
with a one hour lunch break

Lesson Includes:
private instruction
• Lift ticket

NORTHSTAR

Half Day Lesson
Price: $135

Lesson Times
9:00 am to 11:30 am
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Full Day Lesson
Price: $270

Lesson includes:
private instruction
• Lift ticket and equipment


SUGAR BOWL

Full Day Lesson
Price: $270

Lesson Times
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
with a one hour lunch break

Lesson Includes:
private instruction
• Lift ticket and equipment


Holiday Premium Rates

Dec 19th - Jan 3rd
Jan 16th - 18th
Feb 13th - 21st

Alpine Meadows: $115 Half Day; $230 Full Day
Northstar: $150 Half Day; $300 Full Day
Squaw Valley: $240 Full Day
Sugar Bowl: $300 Full Day

If cost is a barrier to your ability to participate with Achieve Tahoe, please apply for a scholarship here.


Equipment Rentals

Standard skis, snowboard, boots and poles can be rented at a discount for Achieve Tahoe lessons at the following retailers:

Alpine Meadows Rental Shop 50% off

Squaw Valley Rental Shop 50% off

Northstar Rental Shop Complimentary with a scheduled lesson, info will be included in your lesson confirmation email in order to reserve your rentals ahead of time

Sugar Bowl Rental Shop Complimentary with a scheduled lesson, info will be included in your lesson confirmation email in order to reserve your rentals ahead of time

Tahoe Dave's (Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Truckee) 50% off

Participant Forms 

Please complete and return the following forms prior to participating in an activity with us. 

  1. Participant Information Form
  2. Liability Releases (be sure to fill out releases 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  3. Northstar Liability Release

Completed forms can be sent by email, fax or mail.

Email to: [email protected]
Fax to: (530) 999-2245
Mail to: Achieve Tahoe, PO Box 8339, Truckee, CA 96162

Seizure Policy for Snowsports: Any participant who has 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.

Regular Cancelation Policy: 

Please give notice of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance to receive an Achieve Tahoe credit, which can be used towards any future Achieve Tahoe Program.   

Cancelation Policy Due to Illness: 

If you are sick, or feeling sick, please contact Achieve Tahoe to cancel your reservation as far in advance as possible, and before the start of the program. In the case of illness, you can either:
-Request a credit, which can be used towards any future Achieve Tahoe Program
-Request a refund, minus at 15% processing fee.

Please review Achieve Tahoe's COVID-19 Guidelines for Winter 2020-21 before booking a lesson.

Essential Eligibility Criteria for Participation

For the health and safety of our community, in order to participate in the Achieve Tahoe Snow Sports Program, a participant must meet the criteria listed below.

  • If the participant has had a traumatic injury, or surgery/medical treatments that affected your activities of daily living in the past 12 months, they can only participate with a doctor’s release stating that they have been cleared to participate in high-risk sports.
  • If help is needed with bladder or bowel routine, feeding tube, or administering prescription medications care provider or family member will be present to assist.
  • Participant can be independent of supplemental oxygen for a sustained period of time at high elevations.
  • Sit-down skiers weight limit is 185 lbs. Exceptions will be considered if participant is strong enough to transfer down and up about 12”.
  • While strapped in a sit-down ski the participant will unload the chairlift, with assistance, by dropping down as much as 2 feet onto the unloading ramp. In this unloading process, the participant's hips and back must be able to sustain this jarring.
  • For participants with Down Syndrome, the participant must have been examined by a physician for Neurologic Symptoms of Atlantoaxial Instability, found the symptoms to be absent, and has been cleared to participate in high risk sports.

Locations

Alpine Meadows, Achieve Tahoe Program Center
2680 Alpine Meadows Road, B3686, Alpine Meadows, CA 96146

Squaw Valley Ski Resort
1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley CA 96146

Northstar Ski Resort
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA 96161

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
629 Sugar Bowl Road, Norden, CA 95724

Sign Up for Snowsports Lessons

Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance.

If you have questions or need assistance with making a reservation, please contact us:

(530) 581-4161 x6

[email protected]

We are happy to assist you in making a reservation!

If cost is a barrier to your ability to participate with Achieve Tahoe, please apply for a scholarship here.

Sponsors

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