United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC)


In 1989, the United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) established the first full-time on-site adaptive ski school in Southern California at Bear Mountain.  This unique program works with schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, & park & recreation departments to offer an incredible skiing & snowboarding opportunity for children & adults with physical & cognitive disabilities.

Lessons are offered 7 days a week, December-March*!

Each lesson includes:

  • Five Hours of Private Instruction
  • 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

  • Equipment
  • Excluding clothing & accessories.

  • Lift Ticket

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*Lesson are not available December 25, January 1, and designated volunteer training days.

Additional Information

Using the best adaptive equipment (Mono-skis, bi-skis and outriggers) participants experience the freedom of gliding down the mountain with their families and friends. These experiences often result in increased self-confidence & greater success in academic, professional and personal life challenges.

USARC has earned a national & international reputation as a model program in adaptive outdoor recreation & its exceptional team has served in training programs throughout the United States & around the world.

As a member school of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, the USARC maintains high standards of service and safety. Each student is individually assessed by an instructor, outfitted with appropriate adaptive equipment and led through the lesson at a safe, yet challenging pace.


There are some factors that may preclude certain people from participating (for example, sit down skiers may not weigh over 200 pounds). Snowboarding lessons are available on request, based on the availability of instructors and ability of the participant.  Most new snowboard participants are required to have had a ski lesson before they begin snowboarding.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts, 880 Summit Blvd / POB 77, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

General Info: 909.866.5766, Reservations: 909.866.5841, Snow Report: 800-BEARMTN

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