Our Adaptive Winter Sports Program runs from January through March (with training for instructors beginning in November); however, as a volunteer you are able to select which days’ work best for you. The magic that takes place on the slopes is made possible through the efforts of our volunteers!
Below are the volunteer positions available during our winter program:
- Ski/Snowboard Instructor – Volunteer instructors personally commit to PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) based certified training, and teach Double H Ranch students how to ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, or snowshoe with the use of appropriate adaptive equipment.
- Ski Patrol – Experienced certified National Ski Patrol volunteers provide supervision and first aid for our skiers and snowboarders.
- Lodge Host – Lodge Hosts greet families, serve hot soup and snacks, staff the gift shop, play with kids, and help maintain the cleanliness of our lodge.
- Family Pals – On Family Sleepover Weekends, volunteers are matched up with a family, and accompany the family through daily programming. These weekends give students, siblings, and other family members the opportunity to participate in winter sports together. After a day of winter sports, instructors head home, and Family Pals sleep over at the Double H to help facilitate evening activities.
- Equipment Room Assistants – Equipment room assistants are trained to assist winter sports students with selection, fitting, and use of adaptive winter sports equipment (i.e. boots, helmets, wrist guards, etc). In addition ERA(s) also assist Equipment Room technicians with completion of equipment forms, equipment tracking, and provision of adaptive teaching tools to instructors.
- Equipment Room Technicians – Technicians complete online technical certification course(s) and an on-site certification exam in November. Technicians are responsible for the proper setting of ski bindings based on information provided on equipment forms. ERT(s) also assist in proper protective equipment selection and fitting, equipment tracking, and provision of adaptive teaching tools to instructors. (ERTs would perform all functions of ERAs, plus binding setting).
- Conveyor Lift Operators – A “moving sidewalk” brings students up the beginner instruction area. Students walk onto the lift and stand as they are carried up the hill. Lift operators are expected to assist with loading and unloading students and operating the conveyor lift during regular programming. Volunteers should be able to work in a cold environment and have the physical strength and dexterity to assist students on and off as well as return students to a standing position if they were to fall. Lift operation occurs between 10 am and noon and 1 pm and 3 pm on regular programming days; between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on Friday night sessions.
- Jr Ski / Snowboard Instructors – We welcome high school students who are interested in volunteering as ski and/or snowboard instructors. Jr Instructors are at least 16 years of age. They receive the same training as our other Instructors, but will always work with a more experienced instructor. New volunteer instructors must complete 24 hours of training in areas of their choosing offered by the Winter Adaptive Sports Program throughout November and December. We will also track and certify your volunteer hours for any high school community service requirements.
Winter Volunteer Applications are now available!
If you have any questions please contact Deb Creten, Volunteer Director, at 518-696-5676 x241.