Challenge Alaska Information

    Challenge Alaska -Improving the lives of people with disabilities and the whole community through Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Sports, and Education

    Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School was established at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska in 1995. A beautiful, 4,500 square foot accessible facility was built on the slope side of the beginner hill and is the same building used today for the Challenge Alaska ski school.

     The ski school back door literally opens right onto the ski area, with splendid views of the Chugach Mountains and Turnagain Arm. Inside there is a full kitchen, comfortable great room with couches and fireplace, and a full service rental shop.

     Participation in Challenge Alaska's programs helps people break down the barriers that may exist for them in many aspects of life, by building confidence and security, creating an infrastructure for support, increasing mobility, and improving health: which in turn promotes education, social development and involvement, employment, and the ultimate goal on independence.


             Challenge Alaska can schedule morning, afternoon, or all day lessons nearly every day that the resort operates. The ski school maintains a full service rental shop including all the very latest in adaptive, alpine and snowboard equipment. This includes:

        • Sit Skis: mono, dual, & bi
        • SnowSliders
        • Ski Equipment
        • Snowboards

    Teaching techniques are adapted to suit individual needs.

             No matter what your ability might be, Challenge Alaska Ski School has the knowledge and/or equipment to get you on the slopes. Students are guaranteed the very best care and instruction with every visit to our ski and snowboard school. Staff, instructors, and adaptive equipment are prepared for the challenge and success of each and every lesson.
    If you would like more information on how your school and community could get involved in Challenge Alaska, please contact:
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    Heather Simmons
    Palmer High School
    Challenge Alaska Trip Coordinator
    PH: 746.8440   
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