ARISE & Ski

ARISE & Ski is one of the longest running premier adaptive winter sports programs in the Central New York Region. We are dedicated to ensuring that anyone who wants to is able to participate in winter sports to their fullest potential.

Each year, ARISE & Ski gives lessons to individuals with various disabilities including: spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, all developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, Lowe syndrome, behavioral disorders, vision impairments, and many others.

The program has grown over the years thanks to the support of the Hickey Family (owners of Toggenburg); the staff at Toggenburg; donations from individual donors, corporations, and agencies; the incredible volunteers that work with us; and all the skiers at Toggenburg that share the mountain with us.

Who are the instructors?

Our ARISE & SKi program is officially recognized by PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and our directors and training staff are certified adaptive snow sports instructors with a combined 60+ years of ski teaching experience. In addition to our certified staff, we also have over 100 dedicated volunteer instructors who are trained and supervised by our certified staff. Our instructors are experienced in all forms of adaptive ski instruction, including mono-ski, bi-ski, 3 track and 4 track, blind instruction, and working with people who have developmental disabilities.

When are lessons available?

Lessons are offered every Saturday and Sunday for six weeks starting in early January. Students can register for a lesson in the morning or afternoon. All lessons are held at Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center in Fabius, NY.

Student Information

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Participant registration information and FAQs. Learn how to register for ARISE & Ski.

Volunteer Information

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Help someone feel the thrill of flying down the slopes . FAQs and learn how you can volunteer.


Meet Our Staff

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Get to know our lead ARISE & Ski coordinators and instructors. Meet our staff.