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Skiing with autistic kids?

post #1 of 11
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A friend of a friend has four kids, the youngest are 4 & 5 and autistic--she wants to know if there is somewhere she can take her whole family for a ski vacation.

I guess this could be a resort/ski-school that tries do do that sort of thing, or simply an instructor somewhere who says "yeah, I'm familiar with autistic kids and I think I could help them have a good time skiing"

Anyone have any advice?

Remember, this is posted for a friend regarding HER friend--so if there are details I've left out, I'll try to get them, but it may take some time.
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In addition to being "The Number One Family Resort in the Country" Smugglers' Notch also has a great Adaptive Program with many well-qualified instructors who have years of experience teaching kids and adults with a variety of disabilities including autism. If they want to ski somewhere on the East Coast, it may be the best option.
post #4 of 11
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Thanks, these both look like great suggestions, I'll pass them on.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by cometjo View Post
A friend of a friend has four kids, the youngest are 4 & 5 and autistic--she wants to know if there is somewhere she can take her whole family for a ski vacation.

I guess this could be a resort/ski-school that tries do do that sort of thing, or simply an instructor somewhere who says "yeah, I'm familiar with autistic kids and I think I could help them have a good time skiing"

Anyone have any advice?

Remember, this is posted for a friend regarding HER friend--so if there are details I've left out, I'll try to get them, but it may take some time.
Whatever your friend does, make sure she contacts the ski school and explains the special needs. There are many ski schools with good adaptive programs. It's important that the ski school is aware of any special needs and can assign an appropriate instructor. Call in advance.
post #6 of 11
You should also check out the programs for this population at Steamboat.
post #7 of 11
I was going to mention Smuggler's Notch, too, that place is totally family oriented. I'd bet that they'd have this covered.
They did break my heart when they tore up their XC area to add condos, though.
post #8 of 11
Just bring along some art supplies if that's what they're into.

The older kids aren't so artistic?
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Just bring along some art supplies if that's what they're into.

The older kids aren't so artistic?
post #10 of 11
Our neighbors with the same situation raved about the program at Winter Park. Worth checking out.
post #11 of 11
At the Middlebury Snowbowl we have 1 instructor who has been working with an autistic child since the child was around 8 or 9 , he is now 15. This instructor has a real easy going, patient way with him and he might work out for your friends child. you can pm me for more info.
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