Accessible skiing

Learn about accessible skiing opportunities in Massachusetts state parks.

Sit ski equipment

Seated ski equipment allows you to ski from a sitting position. Sit skis are available for use free of charge at Leo J. Martin Memorial Ski Track in Weston, from the Weston Ski Track ski concession.

Our cross-country or Nordic sit skis have a metal frame with a seat that is mounted on cross country skis. Depending on the shape of the frame, the skier's legs extend in either a straight or bent position. Straight-leg skis offer a larger angle between the upper and lower body, for greatest power. Bent-leg skis help those without as much torso strength sit more securely in the ski. Skiers push themselves through the snow with shortened ski poles.

This equipment works best if you have previously sit skied or have good upper body athletic ability. If you are new to the sport, we recommend attending one of our programs first.

Weston Ski Track staff can also provide adaptive cross-country skiing instruction and rentals for skiers with physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. Reduced price and free rentals and instruction are available through a grant program. If you would like to use a sit ski independently or take advantage of instruction, please email the Weston Ski Track staff, or call them at (617) 965-5110.

Adaptive cross-country skiing programs

Accessible cross country skiing is also offered at our adaptive winter programming. These programs provide instruction, adaptations, and support to get out in the snow. Our equipment includes sit skis, kicksleds, and walkers with skis on the bottom.

Some of the sit skis at our programs have stroller bars on the back and outriggers on the sides. The bars let a standing skier push the sit ski from behind. The outriggers provide more balance and stability.

Kicksleds are a fast and fun way to get around the snow. A wooden chair is mounted on long runners with footplates. When you are pushing the sled, you can can stand on the plates and glide along when moving quickly. You steer the sleds by twisting the flexible frame, and stop them by braking with your feet. The person sitting in the sled can assist with ski poles to make the ride an easier one.

Our walkers with skis can provide you with balance support that glides across the snow with you.

There is no cost for winter programming, but you must pre-register. You will also need to sign a release form and meet our Essential Eligibility Criteria for winter programming.

Our adaptive winter programming is offered from January–March each year, weather permitting. Our main program locations are Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Weston and Wendell State Forest in Wendell.

Please take a look at our current program schedule to see if skiing is currently being offered. If you would like to be notified of upcoming programs, please contact us to get on our mailing list.

Adaptive downhill skiing

Adaptive downhill skiing lessons are available at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. These lessons are offered by Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Wachusett Mountain staff are trained in working with skiers with physical, cognitive, hearing, visual, and developmental disabilities. You need to make a reservation to schedule an adaptive lesson. Lesson cost varies by the type of lesson, the type of area ticket needed, and the equipment required.

For more information or to schedule a lesson, visit the Wachusett Adaptive Lessons website and send them an email or call (978) 464-2300, ext. 3308.

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