Vermont Adaptive seeks volunteers for winter season

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, the largest nonprofit organization in Vermont to provide sports and recreation to people with disabilities, is seeking new volunteer ski and snowboard instructors for its winter programs at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Bolton Valley in Bolton, and Pico Mountain in Killington. This rewarding opportunity allows members of the Vermont community to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities seven days a week. Vermont Adaptive relies heavily on its more than 400 volunteers to provide and support more than 2,000 lessons to people with physical, cognitive, and emotional or behavioral disabilities on an annual basis.

Volunteers are required to attend an off-snow orientation at the mountain of choice in November as well as two days of on snow training in early December. Trainings are held on weekends. The off-snow trainings are slated for: Saturday, Nov. 10 at Sugarbush, Saturday, Nov. 17 at Pico Mountain, and Sunday, Nov. 18 at Bolton Valley. Junior volunteers, ages 14 and up, also are welcome to attend training and volunteer.

Volunteers will be taught about disability awareness, how to teach a ski or ride lesson, as well as how to teach a specific type of lesson such as blind guiding, sit down skiing, or working with participants with cognitive disabilities. Volunteers are expected that they be a competent skier or rider prior to training. The program begins at all three locations on Dec. 26 and runs through the end of ski season at each mountain, typically the end of March or early April.

There are many benefits to volunteering including opportunities for specialized training and certifications, earning lift tickets, making new friends, and being a part of life changing accomplishments for people with disabilities. Vermont Adaptive also has internships available throughout the year for students interested learning more about adaptive sports.

To sign up to volunteer, visit www.vermontadaptive.org/volunteer_overview.php or contact Dave D’Angelo, program supervisor, at (802) 353-3178 or email at truenorth@vermontadaptive.org.

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