Help out adaptive skiers and snowboarders

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 23, 2009 9:57 am

Are you living in Vermont right now? First of all, if you are, then you must be loving life. Vermont is seriously one of the most beautiful states in the country. Plus it’s home to Phish. But I digress…

If you’re in the area, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports could really use some more volunteers. If you need more incentive other than the fact that you’re helping out adaptive athletes…for every day you volunteer, you get a free lift ticket at the place you worked.

There’s already been a training session in Warren at the Sugarbush Ski Resort, but don’t worry, there’ll be more. Other training sessions at Sugarbush are set for December 6 and 11, December 12-13 or December 19-20. Training also will be held at Pico Mountain Decrmber 19-20 and Bolton Valley Resort December 12-13 or Dec. 16. Training is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on all days. At the training sessions, you’ll learn how to empower people with disabilites to thrive in the world of winter sports. You’ll learn how to guide the blind, how to teach someone in wheelchair how to ski, etc.

Donna Stanley is the program coordinator for Southern Vermont programs: “During the first weekend of training we were inside, reviewing our winter program schedule and Vermont Adaptive history, basically an overview of the organization. We also looked at safety procedures, disability awareness, and reviewed the various types of adaptive ski devices we will use with our clients during the winter. It’s a great introduction for new volunteers but also an informative refresher for those who are returning too. And of course, we’re always looking for new volunteers!”

And here’s Executive Director Erin Fernandez: “Our volunteers dedicate their free time to helping others enjoy the outdoors that many of us ‘abled’ body folk take for granted. We appreciate any amount of time that people can donate. We appreciate every hour and every moment. It makes a difference in someone else’s life.”

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