Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has adaptive equipment to fulfill everyone’s winter and summer dreams: gliding down a snow-covered mountainside, cruising on a cycle or skimming over a placid lake.

Activities are customized to each individual; one-on-one or in a group. Our goal is for everyone to be active year round!

DSES makes the outdoors accessible and affordable!!

Winter Program

We have the equipment and instructors to provide a wide range of activities for students of all ages. Skiing (using regular skis, bi-skis or mono-skis) and snowboarding. Our volunteer instructors are well trained in adaptive techniques, many having Professional Ski Instructors of America certification. The techniques used are tailored to the individual abilities of each student with safety and FUN! at the forefront.

All lessons are taught on a private basis, one-on-one or even two-on one, appropriate terrain dependent. Lessons are taught twice daily, seven days a week during the winter season, appropriate terrain dependent. The first session is from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon and the second session is from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Please note that if you have made a reservation for both morning and afternoon lessons, there is a one hour break between 12 and 1. Instructors are not available during this time.

Lessons are $95 each, and include instruction, any rental gear or Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra adaptive equipment needed, and a lift pass. There is also a one-time, annual $45 membership fee, which helps us cover programs costs, etc. (Note: for families with two or more students, the membership fee is $80.)

The program is operated from our facilities in the Panorama Gondola/Mammoth Kids (Ski School) building at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Main Lodge. Handicapped parking is available nearby. Directions and Map here.

Reservations are required. Call 760.934.0791 for answers to your questions and to make reservations.

Summer Program

The summer programs at DSES are continuing to expand and evolve. Mammoth Mountain, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding areas offer a wealth of recreational activities. Programs include kayaking, rock climbing, camping, hiking, cycling/mountain bike rides, horseback riding and some enjoyable outdoor adventure learning activities.

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

The staff is trained in adaptive techniques for each activity offered, so that assistance will be readily available while still maintaining the ultimate goal of personal independence for all those who participate.

All summer activities are scheduled individually and are specific to personal interests and capabilities. Please call 760.934.0791 to schedule your adventure activities or for answers to your questions.


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