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Achieve Tahoe, formerly Disabled Sports USA, Far West

Adult Day Programs, Camps, Equine Therapy
  • Location Address: 2680 Alpine Meadows Road | Alpine Meadows, CA 96146
  • reviews Rating: 5.00 (31 reviews)
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About Achieve Tahoe, formerly Disabled Sports USA, Far West

Achieve Tahoe was started in 1967 by Jim Winthers, a World War II Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and Director of the Soda Springs Ski School. He brought together a group of Vietnam Veterans with disabilities and they taught themselves how to ski and found ways to adapt equipment to do so. At the time, adaptive sports equipment did not exist. The ex

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  • person icon Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director

Founding Story

Haakon joined Achieve Tahoe in 1992 as a volunteer ski instructor and has been a part of the organization ever since. He took over as Executive Director in 2013. He has an innate knack for bringing the staff and volunteers together as a team and leading them with professionalism and enthusiasm. Haakon enjoys sharing his love of sports with people of all abilities.


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2680 Alpine Meadows Road, CA, 96146

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Wonderfulknowledgeable people who provide skiing to people with disabilities.

Leslie Halkett
26 May 2024
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10 out of 5 stars How can you possibly rate a company that has allowed me to open a chapter in my book of life that I thought was permanently closed. My husband and I and 2 other children have been skiing together for years. We always leave my oldest son with disabilities at home. He watches us drive away and we spend these lovely days on the slopes without him. Its so happy to see my other kids thrive and painful to know were not together and complete.I then found Achieve Tahoe. And it all changedA few days ago for our first time ever our family was together on the slopes. He had his first lesson by two sweet patient lovely skiers. We got to ride the gondola with him be on the mountain with him watch him do his lesson eat in the lodge and spend the day as a real ski familyThe 2 coaches Josephine and Trevor were rays of light. Constant cheerleaders. Believers that he could learn to ski. They werent phased by his hand flapping or funny noises. His throwing off his gloves every 10 seconds and his silly personality. He felt empowered and loved by them. The first 5 minutes of it I spent with tears in my eyes.I just cant rave enough about this program. Thank you for the coaches and donors and everyone behind the scenes. I treasure you

Katie Robison
26 February 2024
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Amazing Program and Amazing People Blessed to have them in our WorldPlease Support and Donate

Nourish The Dream & Roblox Live (The Ellis Family)
26 May 2021
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Been coming here for years with my son who has autism. He grows so much more as a person every time we visit. Truly thankful to everyone who is part of this organization. They truly embody this quote Imagine with all your mind believe with all your heart achieve with all your might.

Cornel Ecuacion
26 May 2021
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My ten-year old is an above the knee amputee. He took five days of lessons last April at Achieve Tahoe. By the end of the week he was taking the lifts by himself and making it down all the green slopes on his own. His instructors encouraged him to use outriggers something hed been reluctant to do which really helped. They worked on adjusting his boots to get the proper lift and angle on his prosthetic leg. All of the instructors were so patient encouraging and highly skilled. We are huge fans of the organization and cant wait to ski with them again.

Karen Fredericks
26 May 2020
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Im so happy with these guys wow Our little boy had such fun. We seek them out at least once every season.

Brandon Knitter
26 May 2018
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Awesome instructors and a worthy organization. They can help almost anyone with nearly any disability get up on the slopes. If you or a relative has a disability of some kind paraplegia quadriplegia stroke epilepsy autism intellectual disability amputation and you would like to go skiing its totally worth calling them to see if they can help you get up on the slopes...and chances are..they can.

William McMullen
26 May 2018
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The staffs are great My son made good progress in just a couple hours of practice. Highly recommended.

Weiran Ye
26 May 2018
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The volunteers and staff do everything they can to give participants an amazing experience. Be sure to book in advance

Amanda Norskog
26 May 2017
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The folks who work here are amazing We felt totally at ease letting our fragile boned daughter rip up the slopes. Thank you so much for making a dream come true for our little girl. We will be back

Kat Fish
26 May 2016

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