PROGRAMS

General Information

We offer adaptive lessons and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, ages 5+.  Our programs provide people of all abilities the opportunity to experience the great outdoors without limitations.  It’s our hope that through these experiences our participants build confidence, create new relationships, and gain independence, skills we hope will impact other areas of their lives.

Most DREAM participants live in or near the Flathead Valley, however we enjoy working with those visiting from out of town as well.  Additionally, we are proud to provide our programs free of charge to service members and military veterans with a disability.

Locations:  We operate our winter programs at Whitefish Mountain Resort.  Our summer opportunties are primarily based on bodies of water and trails in the Flathead Valley.  However, each year we partner with other adaptive sports non-profits in the northwest to expand our reach through special programming.  

Cost to Participate:  Each program varies.  Financial aid scholarships are available.


Guidelines for Participation

Essential eligibility criteria are created by adaptive sports programs to ensure we can provide safe and quality lessons and opportunities for all involved.
  • Individual lives with a long-term disability and requires specialized instruction or adaptive equipment to recreate outdoors.
  • Individual is 5 years old, or older.
  • Individual is cleared by their doctor to participate in designated activity.
  • While participating with DREAM programs, individual can refrain from risky behavior that pose a threat to themselves and others including: aggressive behavior, ignoring safety precautions identified by instructors, drug/alcohol use, inability to set boundaries pertaining to their physical ability and needs.
  • Individual can contribute to a safe learning environment. Harassment and abusive behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Individual can follow instructions given by instructors independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can wear all protective equipment required for the activity.
  • Individual can manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion*.
  • Individual can breathe independently and does not require medical devices to sustain breathing.

DREAM reserves the right to request that a guardian/caregiver be accessible to program staff while the student is participating in the program.
* For the use of this document, a companion can be a personal support person, family member, or friend and excludes any and all DREAM instructors or assistants.

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

  • Less than 200 pounds if using sit-down ski equipment.
  • Stand-up skiers & snowboarders (whether independent, on a slider, or on a tether) must be able to assist themselves in getting up from the snow.

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

  • Can hold head upright without head/neck support.
  • Can maintain closed mouth/lips while under water.
  • Can turn from face down to face up independently in water, while wearing a properly fitted life vest.
  • Can remain seated and balanced in a boat (with or without adaptive equipment).
  • Can reenter a capsized boat independently or with the assistance of others.
  • Can successfully execute a wet exit independently for any advanced paddle trips.

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

  • Individual lives with a long term physical disability and requires specialized instruction or adaptive equipment to recreate outdoors
  • Individual can make safe cognitive decisions in a changing environment
  • Individual can follow all safety precautions identified by the instructors
  • Individual can hold their head upright without any head and/or neck support
  • Individual can wear a properly fitted and rated bike helmet, as well as any other safety equipment appropriately
  • Individual can understand and follow multiple-step instructions from the instructors
  • Individual can transfer in and out of the bike independently or with some assistance
  • Individual can remain alert and focused for the duration of the ride and can make decisions quickly
  • Individual can demonstrate they can independently peddle, steer, stop, start and ride the bike over and around a variety of terrain deemed appropriate for their experience level

If you are not able to meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC’s) listed above and want to discuss alternative options, or have any questions and need clarification, please contact DREAM program staff @ programs@dreamadaptive.org; (406)862-1817

Summer Programs

  • Paddle Program (kayaking & paddle boarding)
  • Water Sports Program (sit water skiing, water skiing, wake boarding, tubing, etc.)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Military Programs

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Winter Programs

  • Alpine Ski & Snowboard Lessons at Whitefish Mountain Resort
  • Backcountry Powder Camp with Great Northern Powder Guides
  • Nordic/Cross Country Skiing
  • Military Programs

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