The magic that takes place on the slopes of Double H Ranch is made possible through the efforts of our volunteers! Volunteers teach lessons, work as equipment technicians, meet and greet our students and their families, and act as lodge hosts.
Our Adaptive Winter Sports Program runs from January through March, with training for instructors beginning in November. No previous teaching experience is required, on-site training is available.
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.
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. Volunteer instructors will complete training in areas of their choosing offered by the Adaptive Winter Sports Program. We will also certify your volunteer hours for any high school community service requirements.
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).
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.
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.
On Family Sleepover Weekends, Family Pal 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 Ranch to help facilitate camp activities.
You will be working closely with a family to help them to feel comfortable at camp, to have someone to entertain the children with parents/guardians, to serve as a camp liaison and to answer questions, but most of all to HAVE FUN!
Sign up to receive Volunteer Application information
Winter Volunteer Applications will be available on October 1st, 2019. Let us know of your interest and we’ll be in touch when applications become available. In the meantime, you’ll start receiving our monthly Health & Happiness Herald e-Edition so you can stay up-to-date with camp happenings!
- Ranch Stories -
The Disney World of skiing
5 / 5 stars
Nicholas S., who turned six year’s old in December, just made the age cut, and 2008 was his first year of skiing. His dad, Leo did not think that he would be able to do it – “he won’t ride a bike, so why would I think he would ski?” But he loves it. He’s had five opportunities to ski. Nick’s parents make only ‘tentative’ plans on the weekends because, as they tell family and friends, they are on the cancellation list which means if someone cancels at the last minute, they may receive a call that morning that there is a spot for Nick, and they pack their bag and head for the slopes. Lisa and Leo call it the Disney World of skiing.