Adaptive Snow Sports Lessons

All commercial ski areas in New Zealand support the work of the Snow Sports NZ Adaptive programme, offer discounts to our members to improve accessibility to people with functional impairments, and welcome you. Some ski areas that do not have an official adaptive programme do have instructors that have adaptive training. Some ski areas and club fields are more accessible than others. Check with your ski area before heading up, to ensure that their facilities meet your requirements, especially car parking, buildings, equipment, instruction and terrain.

Adaptive snow sports programmes provide support, accessible facilities and professional services to people with disabilities to allow them to ski and snowboard. These vary from mountain to mountain and include qualified adaptive instructors, specialised adaptive equipment, trained on-snow buddies and concessions on lift passes and rental for Snow Sports NZ Adaptive members.

Adaptive snow sports programmes are run by the ski areas, with guidance and training from Snow Sports NZ.

Specialist adaptive equipment on the fields is owned by Snow Sports NZ. 

Booking is essential to ensure that the adaptive coordinators know you are coming and can ensure equipment and staff are available so that you can enjoy your time on the slopes.

Adaptive programmes are available at the following mountains:


Programme Coordinator

Contact Details


Cardrona Alpine Resort

Scott Palmer

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[email protected]  

(O3) 443 7341 ext 733


The Snow Farm (limited equipment)

 Ski School Manager

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 [email protected]

03 443 7542


Mt Hutt

Barbara Wackwitz


(O3) 365 8348


Snowplanet (limited equipment)

Ski school

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 09 427 0044


The Remarkables and Coronet Peak

Adaptive Supervisor

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[email protected]

03 442 4613



Lara Macdonald

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[email protected]

0800 468 235 



Adaptive Coordinator

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[email protected]

0800 468 235 


 Treble Cone (limited equipment)

 Ski School

 [email protected] (Prior booking essential)