COVID-19 Safety Requirements

DSES strives to make adaptive sports inclusive for athletes of all abilities and their families. We have identified some minimum participation criteria for our programs to maintain safe, supportive programs. In order to participate in lessons with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, we expect all athletes to meet the following requirements to ensure their safety and the safety of our instructors.

Please click this link for this season’s COVID-19 Requirements and Essential Eligibility Criteria

2020/2021 Winter Season

Winter Lessons

DSES’s professional staff and volunteers teach alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, and snowboarding. We specialize in working with students of all ages and abilities using advanced adaptive techniques and equipment to help athletes achieve their goals. Our fleet of adaptive equipment includes mono skis, bi-skis, snow sliders, and more. Teaching techniques are tailored to the abilities and goals of each student emphasizing safety and fun.

We offer lessons seven days a week starting November 14, 2020 until the winter season ends.

Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

In winter, our athletes alpine ski and snowboard at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Whether a student wants to pursue competition in a given sport or simply feel the sensation of sliding down a snow-covered slope, DSES provides customized, one-on-one lessons for each athlete. We offer state-of-the-art adaptive equipment and specialized teaching methodologies to empower people with special needs to learn and achieve their outdoor recreation goals. Location: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Cross-Country Skiing (also called Nordic Skiing)

The serene, tree-lined trail network at Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Area loops and crisscrosses the Mammoth Lakes Basin with incredible vistas including frosted lakes, snow-covered peaks, and the back side of Mammoth Mountain. If you are looking for a peaceful landscape or an activity to get your heart pumping, come cross-country skiing with DSES! We've got a talented team of Nordic instructors and a variety of equipment to support an unforgettable adaptive winter experience. Location: Tamarack Cross County Ski Area or another cross country ski trail in mono county


If you are looking for an introductory winter sport, would like to try a low-impact aerobic exercise, or love hiking in the summer, snowshoeing on a quiet trail in Mammoth Lakes may be just right. Create lasting memories in a beautiful outdoor wonderland - ask about snowshoeing with DSES!

Lesson Times:

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM*

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Lesson Prices:

$105 per 2.5 hour lesson

$75 per 1.5 hour lesson*

All Lessons include a lift ticket, equipment and instruction.

Making a Reservation

Reservations are open for the 2020/2021 Winter Season! Advanced reservations are required. We will no longer be accepting walk-ins.

To make a reservation, please fill out the required Student Information Form and Move United Liability Release below. Once this is completed, please give us a call at 760.934.0791. We are open from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM seven days a week!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us via phone or email at info@disabledsportseasternsierra.org. Please note that we will not be able to take reservations over email this year. Thank you for understanding.

Student Information Form & DSES Liability Release

The Student Information Form gives us the information we need to ensure the best lesson experience for our athletes.

Move United Liability Release & Optional Media Release

DSES is a chapter of Move United which provides resources and insurance for adaptive sports and athletes in the United States.

Cancellation Policy

Athletes may cancel a lesson at any time with no cancellation fee. To cancel a lesson, please email us at info@disabledsportseasternsierra.org or give us a call at 760.934.0791.


DSES operates all alpine and snowboarding lessons from our base in the Panorama Gondola/Mammoth Kids/ Adventure Center building at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Main Lodge. Accessible parking is available nearby. Directions and Map Here.

Summer Sports

In summer, Mammoth Mountain, the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the surrounding area offer a wealth of recreational activities. DSES offers lessons in flat water kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, hiking, road cycling, and mountain biking using state-of-the-art adaptive equipment and specialized teaching techniques. We also provide skilled guides to help guests participate in the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center (link) activities including the climbing wall, zip line, bungee, and ropes course.


“Our main purpose is to open the doors and make everything accessible for people with special needs,” said Kathy Copeland, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Founding Director. “We want everyone to enjoy the experience of being active.”

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