You don’t have to be a special needs family for cabin fever to set in over the winter months. But it can definitely be intensified, as there are fewer options to get out. Fortunately Indiana still has a handful of traditional winter activities adapted for special needs families.

For those looking for the thrill of the slopes, sledding and skiing are a great opportunity to spending time together and enjoying a crisp winter day. These activities also build proprioceptive awareness and provide great physical activity. So, it can be fun and therapeutic at the same time. Just make sure to check with your doctor or therapist to get the thumbs up before heading out.

The ski slopes are typically open mid December to mid March, and while they do use snow machines, they are still highly weather dependent. Because of this, hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Make sure to check the snow reports on their websites to stay up to date on conditions.

Perfect North Slopes

For $80, a three hour lesson includes instruction from a specialized trainer, lift ticket and adaptive equipment rental. (A six hour lesson costs $150.) Pre-registration is required. Please e-mail adaptive@perfectnorth.com to schedule an adaptive lesson.

Paoli Peaks

Paoli Peaks offers adaptive instruction to people with disabilities for $45. Reservations are required at least 3 days in advance by calling (812) 723-4696 ext.232 or emailing snowsports@paolipeaks.com.

Snow Sledding in Carmel

The BIG hill at West Park in Carmel has an accessible path making it a little easier to navigate than traditional sledding. Contact Michelle at myadon@carmelclayparks.com for more information and to be notified for the next sledding day.

Winter Programming with Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation

All programs through Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation are inclusive. If you or your family member would like to participate in any program or use the facility, CCPR will make modifications to meet your needs. Requests for modifications must be made at least one month before participation.

Indy Sled Hockey

Kids between the ages of 5-18 and adults of all ages can choose to play recreational or competitive ice hockey on a sled. The first practice of every month is an open house where guests can meet players, ask questions, enjoy food and meet the team.

 

Find more activities for children with special needs on Indywithkids.com.