Winter Adaptive Sports & Recreation Activities for People with Disabilities

Here are some programs and groups who have accessible winter recreational programs. Many of these are open to people of all ages and abilities.

DCR Outdoor Activities

DCR's Universal Access Program -  Provides outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all abilities at Massachusetts State Parks. Winter activities include accessible snowshoeing, kick sledding, cross-country skiing and ice skating. Sit-skis and seated ice sleds offer options for those with limited mobility, balance or endurance. Check out the wonderful adaptive recreational activities at DCR's Universal Access  Program.                      Phone: 413-545-5353 (Voice) or 413-577-2200 (TTY)

Additional Accessible Winter Activities

AbilityPLUS - AbilityPLUS adaptive sports programs has three program venues: Attitash NH; Mount Snow Vermont and Wildcat NH.  Offers specially designed adaptive ski equipment, a mono-ski, and one-on-one instruction. To schedule a lesson or learn more info about all the AbilityPLUS programs, contact Sue Tatem, Executive Director of Programs.
Phone: 800-287-8415 x103

All Out Adventures - Located in Easthampton, MA offers winter programs include snowshoeing, x-country skiing & sit-skiing, ice skating, sled skating and more!
Phone: 413-584-2052

Chapter of Disabled Sports at Northeast Passage - Offers cross country skiing and competitive sports such as sled hockey and quad rugby. Located at University of New Hampshire’s Durnham campus.
Phone: 603-862-0070

CHD Disability Resources - Adaptive Sports & Activities provides barrier-free recreational and competitive opportunities for people of all skill levels and age groups, as well as their family and friends in the Springfield area. Click on above link to view monthly newsletter for activities. For additional information, contact Nancy Bazanchuk. 
Phone: 413-788-9695

Maine Adaptive - Located in Newry, ME Offers skiing lessons at four of Maine’s finest ski resorts: Alpine skiing and snowboarding at Sunday River Ski Resort, Sugarloaf and Saddleback and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at Sunday River XC Center at Wilderness House and Pineland Farms. Toll Free: 
Phone: 800-639-7770

New England Disabled Sports - Offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and biathlon.  Phone: 603-745-9333

New England Handicapped Sports Association - NEHSA's winter program provides ski and snowboard opportunities. Located at Sunapee, NH. For additional information, call Tom Kersey, Executive Director
Phone: 603-763-9158

Subury Winter Adaptive Sports & Recreation Programs - Over 20 programs (indoor & outdoor) for people of all ages and abilities.  They also offer an  Adaptive Ice Skating program. Anna Wood is the Recreation Therapist. All programs run by Anna are open for people from any community. Contact Anna.
Phone: 978-443-1092 X3257

You can also find more winter sports programs at Just go to our resource database, click "advance search", then choose "recreation: winter sports" from the service menu.

Fact Sheet last updated on: 12/31/2014

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