Lesson Types

Achieve Tahoe seeks to utilize each individuals’ abilities to help them find the greatest amount of independence in recreation. The following lesson types are different methods that can be used to assist participants in succeeding on snow.  

Two-Track

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.

Age: 4+

Weight Limit: None

Snowboard

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.

Age: 4+

Weight Limit: None

Three-Track

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. 

Age: 4+

Weight limit:  None.

Four-Track and Slider: 

 

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.

Age: 4+

Weight Limit: None

Blind/Low Vision:

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 ski equipment. 

Age: 4+

Weight limit:  None.

Sit-Down Ski Type Descriptions

Mono Ski

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.

Recommended age: 12+ 

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

Bi-Ski

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.

Age: 4 +

Weight limit: For the safety of the student and instructor, a bi-skier must weigh no more than 185 lbs.

TetraSki

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.

Age: 4 +

Weight limitFor the safety of the student and instructor, a tetra-skier must weigh no more than 185 lbs.

You can watch an example of the TetraSki being skied here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJwy9DIf-xE

 

Feel free to call us if you have questions on what type of lesson will best help you or your loved one succeed on the snow at (530)-581-4161 x 6 {Link to Activities Page on OnlySky}