I just wanted to share. My son just turned 12...he is on the autism spectrum (PDD-NOS). We just returned from a weekend stay at a ranch that provides free adaptive skiing lessons for kids w/ special needs, cancer, blood disorders, etc. I never would have thought to put him on skiis, but he absolutely LOVED it and did pretty well!!! They had all sorts of adaptive equipment so that no matter what the disability (physical, cognitive, etc.), the kids could ski! All of the instructors were volunteers and soooo patient with the kids. Many mountains offer adaptive lessons and the rate is very very reasonable I'm finding. It's something worth checking out!