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    Here is an article with a list of Adaptive Ski locations and instructors.
    This article list programs in Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
    http://www.disabled-world.com/sports...ations-usa.php

    Found a lot of entries by searching "ski resorts with programs for people with disabilities."

    Happy planning and have a great trip.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Can't be beat

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    Lots of mention of Crested Butte. I have heard nothing but good of their adaptive sports program.

    But I did read this...

    So what I am thinking is a lodge, ranch or resort. Family friendly. Skiing isn't a priority at all. I know he likes to snow mobile. Kids love nature, horses, kids clubs. I want it to be relaxing, just easy...good food and wine. Not an action packed, mile a minute vacation.
    CB is a small town. Maybe those who have been comment on this as it was mentioned that skiing was not much of a priority.

    Good food, wine, relaxing... I am thinking Jackson, Vail, Aspen? Never been to any of these in the Winter but thinking it might be more what they might be looking for.

    Besides alpine skiing. There is Nordic skiing. Or just enjoying a winter experience someplace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Quad View Post
    Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Can't be beat
    Seems like just what they might be looking for. Here is a link to snowmobile tours in Whistler. http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/res...entures.detail

    Now I want to go Whistler.
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    Crested Butte is indeed a small town, but it's a great place to unwind. There's no hustle & bustle, and it's easy to get around without a car – there's a free bus system (with lifts) to get around. CB does get a ton of snow (averaging ~400"/yr), however, and snow sports are the big appeal in the winter months.

    The Adaptive Sports Center is second to none, and they'll make anything family-friendly. I worked with them for a season.

    Watch some of ASC's videos here: https://vimeo.com/adaptivesportscenter

    Lodging depends how long you'd want to stay & budget. Mountaineer Square has a couple great condos with full kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and super easy wheeling access to the base area (and ASC). Examples:

    http://cbaccessibility.com/lodging/t...uare-condo-203

    http://cbaccessibility.com/lodging/t...uare-condo-222

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    Quote Originally Posted by My395 View Post
    Lots of mention of Crested Butte. I have heard nothing but good of their adaptive sports program.

    But I did read this...



    CB is a small town. Maybe those who have been comment on this as it was mentioned that skiing was not much of a priority.

    Good food, wine, relaxing... I am thinking Jackson, Vail, Aspen? Never been to any of these in the Winter but thinking it might be more what they might be looking for.

    Besides alpine skiing. There is Nordic skiing. Or just enjoying a winter experience someplace.

    No one else has mentioned these: Crested Butt is at 9000+ feet. So is Aspen and Vail. All are expensive. Jackson Hole is cold, even in the summer. Cold you can dress for, but altitude is tough. It effects your sleep, energy and even some people's sense of taste. Some people adjust in a few days, it makes smokers just miserable. On the other hand you can get hammered on two beers.

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    I've gone to Adaptive Sports twice. Great fun! Their people are very personable and will talk to you about your specific needs and desires. They like to help families all have fun together- able and disabled together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My395 View Post
    Seems like just what they might be looking for. Here is a link to snowmobile tours in Whistler. http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/res...entures.detail

    Now I want to go Whistler.
    Some of the phenomenal wheelchair access and advocacy of Vancouver has translated well to Whistler. Some resources:

    http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/abo...travelers.aspx

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    Check out Telluride too. If you're worried about the altitude you can fly into Montrose, spend the night to get acclimated at 6,000 ft and then drive to Telluride (about 50 miles) or Crested Butte (about 70 miles). The website for Telluride Adaptive is:
    Tellurideadaptivesports.org. There are lots of great restaurants in Telluride and the gondola is public transportation and free. There are also plenty of things to do besides ski as you can see by the website.

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    FYI-Aspen is expensive...for EVERYTHING! I have seen other resorts offer more activities at a more reasonable price. Don't get me wrong-I love it here, but I think that other places have more to offer the average family. Also, Challenge Aspen does not offer the wide variety of sports that other programs in the area offer-and their equipment is not great. I concur with the other posters-try Crested Butte, Park City or maybe Breckenridge if you want to stay close to Texas. Otherwise, there are some GREAT places in New England that will offer a wide variety of family activities and are reasonably priced.
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