STUDENTS

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The SSASS program is for anyone who cannot participate in a mainstream ski lesson. Many of our students have physical or cognitive impairments that make it difficult to be part of the traditional ski school.

If you are new to the program, we will speak with you and perhaps meet in person and explore what type of instruction would be best suited to your individual situation. We have a large inventory of specialized equipment to deal with physical impairments of any nature.

SSASS programs are delivered by trained volunteers with CADS ( www.bcadaptive.com ) certifications.  Some SSASS instructors are also CSIA ( www.snowpro.com) certified.  Generally, clients will be taught and escorted by two instructors during a lesson, using an adaptive technique to modify ski teaching to take advantage of and build on the abilities of the client.  We operate through the entire ski season with the majority of our programs delivered from early January through late March.

Becoming a Student

To join SSASS as a student, you need to contact us and tell us a bit about yourself. If you have not been with us before there is an application process whereby you fill out the forms online, or print them off and mail them in. Then, we contact you directly and determine what type of lesson would be best for you. You tell us your dates and times and we work on assigning some instructors. This process takes some time so be in touch as early as you can.

If you have skied with us in the past you can go directly to the Members Portal, update your information and select the dates you are coming. We will get in touch with you to finalize the details. We do need some time to get ready, so start the process as early as you can.

Getting to Know You

Before the day of the lesson, the instructors will try to contact the parent/cargiver, or the students themselves, to learn as much as possible about each student’s unique situation. Information about triggers, deescalation, and learning style is very important. On the day of the lesson, before they go out, the instructor will observe the student and speak with the caregiver to help determine how best to proceed.