Disabled skiing

Crystal Adaptive

Booking a holiday with us is easy – and that goes for everyone. As an independent, disabled skier you’ll want knowledgeable recommendations and a bit of extra support, but other than that you just want to hit the slopes and have fun with your family and friends. Crystal Adaptive makes that happen.

Flights, transfers and accommodation are included as standard with all of our holidays. We’ll arrange special assistance at the airport and adaptive transfers if needed, plus you can be sure that your accommodation is fully accessible. The ski schools we use in each resort have qualified adaptive instructors too.

Adaptive skiing equipment can vary in style from country to country so get in touch with us should you need specific information about the equipment available in your resort. We’ve got reps in-resort who you can speak to 24/7 while you’re away.

Flights

Thomson Airways offers equipment carriage to Crystal Adaptive guests for £35 return. This includes both parts of the equipment; the skis and sit-ski in transport cases. This service is only available on European flights operated by Thomson Airways.

Soldeu, Andorra

New for this season – Andorra is well known for being great skiing, without the expense of other European destinations. The Hotel Sport gives you exactly what you want too – great value and high quality accommodation right by the adaptive ski school. With 210km of piste this is a sizable, plus you won’t be let down on après side too.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Hotel Sport 4*
Just 100m from the gondola with decent wheelchair-accessible rooms and communal areas. This hotel ticks most of the boxes for quality, adaptive accommodation.

Val Thorens, France

As La Plagne proved so popular with our customers we’ve found another great option in France. The accommodation is impressive and ski-to-door, and we can arrange private adaptive transfers. The ski school has an excellent reputation for adaptive instruction so overall we’re sure this will prove popular.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Hotel Tango 3.5*
Practically brand new – this property looks the part and you can almost ski right to the back door. Although not a massive amount of facilities they have well-priced, high quality adaptive rooms.

Whistler, Canada

New for the 2013/14 season, this resort is known for its incredible level of service and ski school. The adaptive school is no different. We can arrange shared or private adaptive transfers here, and the accommodation is right in the heart of the village, next to both the gondola and adaptive ski school.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Crystal Lodge 4*
The Deluxe Room category here has spacious adaptive rooms. It’s in an ideal location too, making it a perfect choice for disabled customers.

La Plagne, France

La Plagne needs little introduction – it’s part of the Paradiski area with 425km of pistes. We can arrange private adaptive transfers for the 3hr transfer to resort and once you get there it’s easy to get around. The hotel is on the side of the ski slope and close to the ski school who have tailor-made tuition for a range of disabilities.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Hotel Terra Nova 4*
The Terra Nova is great value. It’s close to the ski school and you can ski to the door on a gentle green run – it’s these elements that have made this hotel the number 1 choice for Crystal Adaptive customers over the last few years.

Schladming, Austria

There’s a massive linked ski area of 111km here, and the adaptive hotel is opposite the main Planai gondola. We can arrange private adaptive transfers to get to the resort and once there the ski school offers a range of packages, plus you can just hire adaptive equipment if you don’t need lessons any more.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Hotel AQI 3.5*
Large, fully wheelchair-accessible rooms with adapted facilities. Plus the bar and restaurant are also easily accessible. Being right opposite the gondola make this a popular choice for our adaptive customers.

Sestriere, Italy

Home of the 2006 Winter Paralympics, for which the Hotel Lago Losetta was designed specifically for – so it’s perfect for disabled customers. We can always whisk you to resort in a private adaptive transfer if you wish. As you would expect from a resort so focussed on the disabled, the ski school is superb with tailor-made tuition – tell us what you want and we’ll sort it.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Hotel Lago Losetta 3*
Totally designed around disabled customers. All rooms and bathrooms are fully accessible and the hotel also has an accessible bus to take you to and from the hotel to the slopes or resort centre.

Beitostolen, Norway

A perfect resort for disabled customers – the compact centre makes it easy to get around and the gentle slopes mean that whether you’re learning for the first time or an advanced sit-skier you’ll be well looked after. Choose lessons or just hire equipment if you’re a confident skier, plus there’s a range of winter activities too.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel 4*
Just across a quiet road from the main lifts and ski school meeting place. The adaptive rooms are large and the food is excellent.

Winter Park, USA

A great American resort, the third largest in Colorado. It’s home to the National Sports Centre for the Disabled in the USA, who provide 23,000 lessons annually for disabled people. Just 1.5 hours from Denver it’s an easy transfer, although we can’t offer adaptive transfers here. They offer lessons suitable for a huge range of disabilities, and you can hire mono, bi or sit-skis if you don’t need lessons and just want to rip up the mountain.

Recommended Crystal Adaptive accommodation: Fraser Crossing 4*
Offering "condo" apartments with full wheelchair and disabled facilities in the heart of the village, just a short distance from the ski lifts and adaptive centre.

Disability Snowsport UK

DSUK

If you would prefer to go away to the slopes on a disabled group holiday then click here to find out about the overseas weeks organised by the fantastic charity Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK).

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