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 Join us on the slopes of Squaw Valley SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017!

  You’ll experience a wild and wacky day of fun and games on the
  mountain followed by a generous raffle and Après Ski Party. 
  We’ll celebrate the effort Challenge participants made to raise
  awareness and money for Achieve Tahoe.
  It's easy to get involved and open to anyone! START HERE!




Intellectually disabled individuals with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other intellectual disabilities can ski or snowboard using a variety of adaptive equipment and techniques.

Individuals with spinal cord injuries, amputations and other ambulatory challenges can ski using a mono ski. Typical student is fully cognitive, with good upper body strength and coordination.



Wheelchair users with Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Muscular Distrophy,  Multiple Sclerosis, Quadrapilegic Spinal Cord Injury, or bi-lateral leg amputation can ski using a bi-ski which is a more stable sit-down ski than the mono-ski. While it can be skied independently, an instructor typically tethers from behind to assist with turning and speed control. Students who bi-ski are typically not ambulatory. They may or may not have functional arm movements. 

Ambulatory individuals with mild Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Muscular Distrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and some stroke survivors can ski or snowboard using a variety of adaptive equipment that improves balance and stability.


Individuals with low vision or blindness ski or snowboard with instructors who use verbal,  physical and other cues to ski or snowboard in a safe and fun environment.




Skiers with leg amputations or injuries may adapt using hand held outriggers. This method is called Three  Track skiing.Three-tracking gets its name from one ski and two hand held riggers making tracks down the hill.


Based in North Lake Tahoe . . . . Achieve Tahoe leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. With over 48 years experience, our trained staff and volunteers guide you in discovering life without limits. Our specialized adaptive equipment and teaching methods allow us to accommodate almost ANYone with ANY disability.

Our Mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

Brief History In 1967 Jim Winthers, a World War II Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and Director of the Soda Springs Ski School, brought together a group of Vietnam Veterans to support each other as they learned to cope with their disabilities. These Veterans taught themselves and others how to ski. From there, our organization was born.

Achieve Tahoe has continued its rehabilitation orientation and remains dedicated to the belief that sports are a vital part of the process in which individuals with disabilities gain self-confidence, mobility, and greater independence. Our programs promote education, socialization and employment. They help turn tragedy into triumph by instilling in participants the knowledge that it's not their disabilities, but their abilities that count.

Family Orientation   We encourage the whole family to participate in many of our programs and activities. This can strengthen family bonds while ending the isolation of individuals with disabilities by uniting families through recreational activities.