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Overview of Programs

Whistler Adaptive provides multi-sport programming for people with disabilities

Whistler Adaptive offers a range of sports and programs year-round in Whistler's mountain playground. Learn more about how we adapt the playground and contact us to book a lesson today!


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For intermediate to advanced skiers with a sensory, physical or cognitive disability, the Whistler Adaptive Alpine Ski Racing program works with athletes to increase their skill set and practice gate training. The goal of this program is to develop each athlete’s skills and techniques in order to advance into competitive events.

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Coaching individuals with sensory, cognitive or physical disabilities, Whistler Adaptive operates at Whistler Blackcomb offering specialized equipment, therapeutic programming and alpine ski instruction for a range of participants. For those returning to the slopes following injury, Whistler Adaptive also provides physical and psychological support.

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The ASD program is designed as an ideal environment for increasing social skills, improving communication, building self-confidence and self-esteem in an outdoor setting, while learning a sport such as skiing, biking, kayaking or hiking. The ASD program provides consistent support of any behavioural learning strategies and leads to advancements and independence of the child or adult. The ASD program is recognized by BC’s Autism Funding Unit as an eligible autism intervention through sport and recreation therapy. Contact the Autism Funding Unit for information on the application and funding process.

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Whistler Adaptive and Whistler Sport Legacies are introducing biathlon experiences and training for standing skiers, sitting skiers and athletes with a sensory disability. A combination of free-technique cross-country skiing or sit skiing and small-bore rifle marksmanship, biathletes develop a balance of stamina and stability.

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Whistler Adaptive offers a variety of biking programs, ranging from Valley Trail cruising to tackling Whistler’s off-road single track trails. Biking programs are available for individuals with a wide range of abilities. Hand-cycling experiences are aided by low-to-the-ground wheels powered by the arms rather than the legs. Whistler has a range of paved and gently graded trails for novice to experienced riders.

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The Whistler Adaptive canoeing program builds skills in a controlled and safe environment on scenic Alta Lake and Green Lake. With instructors guiding on dry land and in the water, the courses build water safety skills and techniques and creates a solid foundation for a sport that can be shared with others. Whistler Adaptive aims to have a two to one instructor to athlete ratio.

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Whistler is renowned for its spectacular alpine trails. With over 50 kilometres of beginner to expert hiking and walking trails on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, Whistler Adaptive leads participants on adventures from short alpine jaunts and peak-to-peak experiences to full-day technical trail hikes. Exploring the alpine vistas, Whistler Adaptive caters to each individual depending on their ability. Trail Riders allow people with mobility restrictions to access and explore Whistler’s beautiful hiking trails with the help of two volunteers. The entire family can enjoy the alpine together.

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The kayaking program builds skills on Alta Lake and local rivers. Full-day outings and multi-day courses are designed to build confidence and independence and create a solid foundation in the sport of kayaking. Participants get immersed in a paddling environment to learn strokes, wet exits, rolls, ferries and eddy turns. Participants can enjoy a mellow day on the lake or experience the thrill of the current on the River of Golden Dreams or Lillooet River. Double kayaks are available for beginners and those with mobility restrictions. Adaptations are made to the equipment to fit the individual’s needs.

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Whistler Adaptive offers Nordic skiing, Nordic sit-skiing, snowshoeing and the biathlon experience. Whistler Adaptive takes you through Whistler’s Lost Lake trails which is centrally located near Whistler Village or to Whistler Olympic Park in the beautiful Callaghan Valley, where over 50 kilometers of cross-country ski trails are expertly groomed for classic, skate and sit skiing, ranging from beginner to Paralympic calibre.

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Below are the prices for our Whistler Adaptive programs and rentals. Prices subject to change. Please contact us with questions.

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Early mornings on glassy Alta Lake are best experienced gliding across the water in a rowing shell. Whistler Adaptive offers instruction and coaching using shells that can be adapted with pontoons and specialized seats and straps to suit the individual’s needs. Rowing can offer independence, strength and an adrenaline rush. It is also a sought-after cross-training tool for competitive para-athletes. For wheelchair users, rowing can be an excellent way to open the chest and strengthen the muscles opposing those that are often overworked.

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Whistler Adaptive offers beginner to expert level snowboarding lessons. Certified snowboarding instructors and staff have worked with individuals with disabilities to ensure that every experience is safe, friendly and fun. Adaptive snowboarding equipment is available.

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The Whistler Adaptive yoga program is a great introductory course for participants new to adaptive sport and the community. As an open and inclusive therapeutic program, yoga allows people of all physical and cognitive ability levels to get in touch with their bodies, still their minds and focus on their wellbeing. With a great community of volunteer yoga instructors, Whistler Adaptive is able to offer this inexpensive program in Whistler and Pemberton. The instructors are also trained in chair yoga and are experienced in working with individuals with mobility restrictions. Whistler Adaptive aims to have a two to one instructor to athlete ratio.

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