Skiing is a sport that anyone can enjoy! Special Needs lessons are available through Mount Pakenham's certified pros or through CADS instructors(Canadian Adaptive Snowsports).

Special Needs

Students with Special Needs and "Inclusion" in Group Ski and Snowboard Lessons
We often receive requests from schools and families to accommodate children with various challenges in group lessons.
Although schools now routinely include students with significant behavioral or emotional problems that occasionally render them disruptive, special needs students may not do well in a group ski lesson.
Students with intellectual, emotional, or behavioral challenges learn better one-on-one in a private lesson setting.
Students with physical challenges, requiring an instructor with special adaptive training should consider booking private lessons with a CADS (Canadian Adaptive Snowsports) certified instructor. To register your child with CADS program or if you have any questions, please send an email to: or check out

If you need to switch your child to private lessons, please speak to a Mount Pakenham reservation agent.

Accessible Customer Service Plan

Providing Goods and Services to People with Disabilities
Mount Pakenham is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities.
Assistive devices
We will ensure that our staff or volunteers are trained and familiar with various assistive devices we have on site or that we provide that may be used when teaching skiing to customers with disabilities. We recommend that ski lessons for customers with disabilities be arranged with CADS- the Canadian Adaptive Snowsports. See for more information.
We will communicate with people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.
Service animals
We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Tethered Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public except ski lifts and alpine ski runs.
Support persons
A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person will be allowed to have that person accompany them on our premises.
Fees are only charged to the support person if they require use of any ski lifts or recreational use of Mount Pakenham's alpine ski runs, tubing hill or snowshoe trails.
We will notify customers of this through a notice posted on our premises and on the Mount Pakenham website at the tab for "Services-Special Needs" and at the tab for "Instruction- CADS-Adaptive Skiing"
CADS will provide training to their volunteers and others who deal with the public or other third parties on our behalf.
Individuals in the following positions will be trained by Mount Pakenham:
Managers of all departments and all employees who directly service our customers at the front desk, in snow school lessons, on the lifts, in the cafeteria and rental shop
This training will be provided to staff each year before the season starts or within 2 weeks of hiring new staff.
Training will include:

  • An overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the requirements of the customer service standard
  • Mount Pakenham's plan related to the customer service standard.
  • How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities
  • How to interact with people with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a service animal or a support person
  • Who to refer customers to who are interested in ski lessons requiring adaptive devices
  • Where the "handicapped parking spaces" are located (across from main lodge entrance).
  • Where the washrooms are located that can accommodate wheelchairs and/or a support person ( one in main lobby and one just outside door facing Snow School meeting place)
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty in accessing Mount Pakenham's goods and services

  • Staff will also be trained when changes are made to our accessible customer service plan.

Feedback process
Customers who wish to provide feedback on the way Mount Pakenham provides goods and services to people with disabilities can speak to a supervisor at the front desk or send an email to
All feedback, including complaints, will be directed to Joanne Clifford-President or Andrew Burns- Mountain Manager.
Customers can expect to hear back in within 3 days.
Modifications to this or other policies
Any policy of Mount Pakenham's that does not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities will be modified or removed.

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Equipment Rental

Not only does Mount Pakenham have the best in ski and snowboard rental but we bring in quality retailers on a regular basis for demo days. PARENTS TAKE NOTE - IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE RENTING YOU NEED TO COME INTO THE RENTAL SHOP AND SIGN THE FORM.


A Locker Makes Your Life Easy! Keep your equipment warm and secure for your next ski day!

Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing is great fun for everyone! Open Saturday, Sunday and School Holidays 11am-5pm.


A slide party is the perfect winter party option for birthdays, Christmas parties, company outings or whatever reason you have to get a group together for winter fun!

Ski and Snowboard Sale

Nov 16th and 17th, 2019
9am - 5pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday
Both Used equipment and New equipment for sale

First Timers Guide

First Timers Guide to Skiing/Snowboarding at Mount Pakenham.


Snowshoe At Mount Pakenham on our Winter Outdoor Wonder trail.