Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

For forty-six years the MSC has offered deaf and hard of hearing children a chance to participate in the sport of skiing, and snowboarding was added in January, 2010.  The program for beginning to intermediate skiers, promotes self-confidence, physical activity, and skill set development.

The program takes place at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington.  Equipment and lift tickets are provided for students at a minimal cost, and lift tickets are free for interpreters and qualified instructors who have completed the mandatory training clinic.  The people involved in this program donate their time for teaching and other assistance as needed; non-MSC members are also more than welcome.

It is not necessary to have previous instructor experience.  Two three-hour clinics for instructors are held at the beginning of the season.  These clinics will also add to your skiing/boarding skills.  Anyone with intermediate or better ability can qualify as an instructor.  Instructions are geared specifically to each student’s ability.

When working with the deaf & hard of hearing students, most instructors have only one student apiece, as instructors are geared specifically to each student’s ability. Interpreters will be available on the hill to provide assistance during the lessons.

People with rusty or beginner skiing skills are welcome in the program and at the clinic. They can be used in other areas of the program while they improve their skills to the point that they are capable of instructing.

more info:  MSC DHH 2023-24 Brochure: