Accelerate the Learning Curve

Colorado Discover Ability (CDA) is the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School at Powderhorn Resort in western Colorado. We have a complete inventory of adaptive equipment for instruction.

You can expect the highest quality lesson from our instructors.

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If you were booking a lesson less than 3 days prior to a lesson,
call us at 970-268-5700, ext. 2037.

Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Make giant strides by customizing a private session to address your needs. Individual lessons in alpine skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing with one of our pro instructors will empower you to conquer the mountain and increase your comfort zone. In our lessons the focus is always on your goals, whether you want to improve your technical skills or simply need a partner to explore the mountain.

Half-Day: $55     Full-Day: $75

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Family Lessons

Enjoy learning together through our Family Lessons, which combine ski, snowboard and adaptive instruction in the same class. The shared experience on snow will satisfy the diverse needs and goals of every member of the group. You can bring up to six family members and friends of all ages and ability levels.

Lesson will be conducted by a team of instructors from Colorado Discover Ability and Powderhorn Snowsports School.

Minimum of 2 people and up to 5, any age combination.

Half-Day: $55     Full-Day: $75

Equipment and lift tickets included only for the adaptive guests. All-mountain ticket: $15; EZ Rider ticket: $12; equipment rental: $15.

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Tag-Along Lessons

Family members who already know how to ski or snowboard can learn the proper techniques to assist the family member or a friend with special needs on the hill. Inquire about the Tag-Along Lessons when making reservations.

Group Lessons for Agencies Serving People with Disabilities

Full Day: $40.00 per person, from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one-hour lunch break

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Sighted Guide for the Blind or Visually Impaired

Full Day: $50.00 (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one-hour lunch break)

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Open Tuesday through Sunday
Mondays only with advanced reservation
From December 17 through the end of March

Phone: 970-268-5700, ext. 2037

Lesson times:

  • Full Day: from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. with one-hour lunch break
  • Half Day: from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Advanced reservations recommended.


Download Scholarship Application

or apply for a scholarship when making an online lesson reservation.

Scholarship Policy »

All prices include lift ticket, instructor and equipment rental.

Personal attendant care is NOT provided by CDA. If possible, please schedule your lesson a few days in advance. We require that all our customers wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding. We can provide you with a helmet if you don't have one.

Did you know?
Our snowsports lessons are open to everyone: people with disabilities, their families and friends.

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