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.

This sit ski has a frame that is bent up at the knees at a 110 degree angle. Two long skis are under this frame, and two smaller skis are on either side to act as outriggers. The sit ski has a padded seat and a strap for the skier's legs. A handle has been added to the back of the sit ski.
A sit ski with a bent frame, outriggers, and a handle.

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.

A skiier is sitting in t sitski with legs slightly bent. The skier has their arms raised and is pushing two short ski poles against the snow.
A sit skier in action at Leo J. Martin Ski Track.

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.

A standing skiier and a skiier in a sitski are next to each other in the snow. A woman is pushing the sit skier using handles on the back of the ski.
A skier gets a push in a sit ski with outriggers and a stroller handle.

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.

Two women are using a kicksled. The woman on the back is standing on the runners, while the woman in front sits in the chair. They are sledding down a hill and laughing.
Two kicksledders try out a gentle hill.

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

A young man is pushing a walker in front of him in the snow. The walker has skis mounted on it. A young woman in an orange vest is walking beside him.
A walker with skis on it provides balance in the snow.

There is no cost for winter programming, but you must pre-register. You will also need to fill out 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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