I just got some new info so i figured i would bump this for anyone else interested. I can no longer finagle a college pass and this looks like a lot of fun as well.
Winter Volunteer Questions
1. What is Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports?
· Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. We promote independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities.
· Check us out at: www.vermontadaptive.org
· We have lots of great info and as a volunteer you should know what other programs we offer!
· We serve all disabilities and all ages
2. What Types of Winter Adaptive Activities Can I Volunteer for?
· Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding - Our Primary Activities offered 5-7 days a week
§ Scheduled on a more sporadic basis-- and by request only:
· Cross-Country Skiing
3. Where Can I Volunteer in the Winter
· Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports has 3 Base locations in Vermont for winter sports
· Pico Mountain - Killington, VT
· Sugarbush Resort - Waitsfield, VT
· Bolton Valley Resort - Bolton Valley, VT
4. What Are the Benefits to Volunteering?
· For each full day you volunteer downhill skiing or boarding you get a free ski ticket to the mountain you volunteered at!!
What Skills Do I Need?!
§ You must be an advanced skier, boarder, tele skier, cross-country skier or snowshoer! (No beginners please!)
§ You will be assisting with an active ski lesson, so you must also be physically fit enough to sometimes help folks up when they fall, assist with adaptive equipment, and must be willing to commit to either a full or half day of volunteer instruction.
What if I am Advanced Downhill Skier or Boarder…But Have No Experience Ski or Snowboard Instructing or Working with People with Disabilities?
· No Problem, we will train you!
We ask volunteers to attend THREE training days
1. Off-Snow Training: attend one of the many we offer in November. They cover disability awareness, program logistics and orientation
2. On-Snow Orientation Part 1: Skiing and Riding 101: How to teach a ski or board lesson
3. On-Snow Orientation Part 2: You choose a discipline: Blind Guiding, Developmental Disabilities, Sit Down Equipment or Snowboarding. It’s up to you!
5. Can’t make it to the training? You must shadow 3 lessons with our experienced trainers until you are considered a volunteer. YOU WILL NEVER BE ON A LESSON ALONE.
· There will be a special training for those interested in Cross-Country or Snowshoeing- Dates TBD
VERMONT ADAPTIVE VOLUNTEER TRAINING WINTER 2009-2010
14Off Snow Volunteer Orientation at Sugarbush- Mt Ellen
15CPR Training at Bolton Valley
21Off Snow Volunteer Orientation at Bolton Valley
22Off Snow Volunteer Orientation at Pico Mountain
6On Snow Volunteer Training at Sugarbush
11On Snow Volunteer Training at Sugarbush
12-13On Snow Volunteer Training at Sugarbush
12-13On Snow Volunteer Training at Bolton Valley
16On Snow Volunteer Training at Bolton Valley
19-20On Snow Volunteer Training at Sugarbush
19-20On Snow Volunteer Training at Pico
19-20PSIA Sit Down Clinic at Bolton Valley (2 day clinic, returning volunteers only)
19-20PSIA Personal Ski Improvement Clinic at Bolton Valley (2 day clinic, returning volunteers only)
9-10PSIA Blind Guiding Clinic at Pico (2 day clinic, returning volunteers only)
6-7PSIA Level I Exams at Sugarbush
6. What Type of Time Commitment Do I Have to Make?
· None. Once you do the training we do not require any specific number of days, but remember, the more days you volunteer, the more free ski time you get.
· Also we obviously require you to show up on the days you commit to volunteering.
o You must give us 24hrs Notice if you can not make a scheduled volunteer session
7. How Do I Sign Up?
· Go to Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports website at http://www.vermontadaptive.org/volunteerapp.html and fill out our Volunteer Application
· Contact one of the friendly Coordinators and ask to be added to the e. mail list:
a. Pico Mountain: Donna Stanley, email@example.com
b. Sugarbush Resort: Maggie Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Bolton Valley Resort: Dave D’Angelo, email@example.com