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Alpine ski and snowboard

  • 2019 Season – Ages 6 to adult

    Courage Kenny Ski & Snowboard offers one-to-one instruction in adaptive skiing and snowboarding techniques that accommodate people with a variety of disabilities. Our volunteer instructors specialize in teaching skiing and snowboarding with the use of adaptive equipment to ski or ride. Priority will be given to students that need adaptive equipment subject to availability. This may include those with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, and visual impairments. Downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for beginning to advanced skiers. We also offer a Developmental race team for athletes interested in competing in alpine skiing.

    The ski and snowboard program is offered in both the Metro Area and Duluth Northland.

    PLEASE NOTE: No participant will be turned away due to financial hardships. Cost sharing and scholarships are available. Contact the program coordinator for more information.


    Twin Cities: Megan Welty, 612-775-2280 or

    Duluth Northland:Tara Gorman, 218-726-4762 or 

    Call for availability of a one-lesson option.

    Registrations for all lessons will be first come, first served, based on the date you register. All lesson programs include a lift ticket, equipment and instruction.

    If we have to cancel three or more lessons during the regular season due to weather, a make-up lesson may be offered in March, depending on volunteer and ski area availability. No refunds available for missed lessons or weather cancellations. There will be no lessons President's Day week.


    Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute requires the use of appropriate ski helmets by both participants and volunteers. There is a 200 pound weight limit for all skiers and snowboarders due to equipment manufacturer specifications and ski instructor safety. The max weight limit for participants may be lowered for ski instructor safety as needed. Participants may be asked to provide a note from their physician confirming their weight.

    Locations - Twin Cities area

    Weekly program: Designed for the participant with the insatiable thirst for snow and desire to continually improve. 

    • Trollhaugen – (Twin Cities) - 8 weeks
    • Welch Village – (Twin Cities) - 6 weeks
    • Afton Alps – intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders only (Twin Cities) - 8 weeks          
    • Hyland Hills (Twin Cities) - 8 weeks
    • Adaptive Development Race Team - meets at Hyland Hills and Afton Alps (Twin Cities) - 8 weeks
    • Paralympic Development Race Team – Additional training for athletes ready to compete is alpine skiing – 4 weeks

    Registration and schedule for Twin Cities lessons (available in season)

    Locations - Duluth Northland area

    • Spirit Mountain Ski Program (Duluth Northland)
    • Giant's Ridge Learn to Ski Program (Duluth Northland)
    • Great Lakes Monoski Madness (Duluth Northland)
    • Lutsen Mountain Learn to Ski Days (Duluth Northland)

    Registration and schedule for Northland lessons (available in season)

    Volunteer information

    Introduce someone with a disability to the world of snow sports. Experienced skiers and boarders are needed as volunteer instructors. Additional volunteers needed to assist with registration, getting skiers to and from the lifts, and working with equipment. All volunteers receive instruction on adaptive equipment and techniques. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. To volunteer for:
    Twin Cities: contact Mari at or 612-775-2729
    Duluth Northland: contact  Elizabeth.Albrecht or 218-726-4834