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. The unique program works with schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and park and recreation departments to offer an incredible opportunity for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities to ski and snowboard.
Using the best adaptive equipment (Mono-skis, bi-skis and outriggers) and teaching techniques available, participants experience the freedom of gliding down the mountain and recreating with their families and friends. These experiences often result in increased self-confidence and greater success in academic, professional and personal life challenges.
The USARC has earned a national and international reputation as a model program in adaptive outdoor recreation, and its exceptional team has served in training programs throughout the United States and 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. The half-day or full-day lesson includes private instruction, lift ticket and equipment. For details visit the USARC website.
Approaching our 25th winter, the USARC is committed to the therapeutic and integrative goals inherent to experiential outdoor programming. Each lesson is scheduled on a one-to-one basis and is provided by professional staff members or expertly trained volunteers. Utilizing adaptive equipment and / or teaching techniques, the student discovers the freedom of gliding down a slope and the satisfaction of self-reliance and personal accomplishment.
Lessons are offered 7 days a week, December through March, with the exception of December 25, January 1, and designated volunteer training days. Each lesson includes five hours of private instruction (9:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM), all ski equipment (excluding clothing and accessories) and a lift ticket to Bear Mountain Resort. 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.