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Adaptive Sports

Founded on the slopes of Purgatory, ASA has been exploring the possibilities of Recreation since 1983. Each year, Purgatory Resorts supports Adaptive Sports Association‘s year-round mission to provide outdoor recreational programs for individuals with disabilities.

Through sports and recreation, participants meet positive role models, increase socialization skills, improve physical fitness and combat depression. Personalities blossom and self-esteem soars as our students challenge themselves physically and emotionally and experience success.

Through the use of state-of-the-art adaptive sports equipment, ASA is able to offer its services to individuals with every type of disability. Over 50 ASA ski and snowboard instructors are nationally certified through Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). ASA is also a member of Move United. Quality instruction and safety are primary concerns of ASA.

For more information give us a call at (970) 385-2163

  • Adaptive sports takes a dessert raft trip
  • Mono skier makes turn heading down to the Purgatory base area
  • Adaptive instructors guide student using a balance bar
  • Adaptive bike rider on the Animas River trail in Durango, Colorado
  • Group prepares for Adaptive lesson in the Columbine base area
  • Fun in the snow
    Winters with ASA
    Adaptive sports group on mountain

    During the winter, you’ll find ASA at the base of Purgatory Resort in the Dave Spencer Center. From traditional skis and snowboards to ski bikes or sit skis, ASA serves a diverse group of participants.

  • Fun in the sun
    Summers with ASA
    Adaptive Sports takes to the water in a canoe

    ASA has a diverse array of summer programs as well with activities such as rafting on the Animas, group cycling, and canoe/kayak day trips. All summer, ASA facilitates camping trips and an adaptive rental equipment program.

Volunteer with Adaptive Sports

At Adaptive Sports Association, we depend on our local volunteers to make our ski and snowboarding lessons possible. We train intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders to teach adaptive snow sports, so no previous experience with ski/snowboard instruction or with disabilities is necessary.


  • FREE ski improvement clinics
  • Improved skills to help people with disabilities enjoy the experience of winter snow sports
  • Discounted skiing at Purgatory Resort
  • Generous discounts at a number of local businesses
  • Pro (discounted) deals on ski equipment including ExpertVoice

Find Your Adventure of a Lifetime

Adaptive mono ski lessons brings joy to both students and instructors

See what all the ASA has to offer, including half and full-day private lessons for children and adults.

Call 970-259-0374 or email [email protected].

Adaptive Sports Annual Events

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