PROGRAMS

Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports provides snow sport instruction to anyone who cannot be part of a regular ski lesson due to a mental or physical impairment, or who needs a partner to assist during the ski day.

To best serve the membership, SSASS offers lessons in five distinct Programs. SSASS programs are delivered by trained volunteers with CADS ( www.cads.ski ) certifications.  Some SSASS instructors are also CSIA  certified.  Generally, clients will be taught and escorted initially by two instructors during a lesson, using an adaptive techniques 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.

SSASS services are free of charge, but we accept donations to cover out costs ( $100/lesson).  Please book in advance.  Our students range in age from 5 to very experienced adults.  Age and previous skiing experience are not barriers.

CAN YOU HELP ME?

The short answer is yes! Our instructors are trained and certified to work with students with diverse cognitive and/or physical challenges:

Cognitive challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities or the effects of brain injury.

Physical challenges such as the effects of injuries or amputations, or conditions including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Our students range in ability with any condition effecting their mobility.

Hearing or visual impairment – from minor to total.

HOW DO WE TEACH

Our instructors begin by assessing a student’s ability and areas of challenge.  We have access to a wide range of adaptive equipment for both upright and sit ski students.   For upright skiers this equipment ranges from simple tools such as tethers to help skiers with speed control and direction changes through to poles, Snowslider, and hoops to help with balance and outriggers, which look like crutches with short skis attached.

For sit skiers we teach beginners through to budding racers.   We have a variety of equipment to help students learn to ride a sit ski including tethers and outriggers.   For those with severe challenges we have a Tessier SnowKart or will “stagecoach” the sit ski by steering it for the student so they can get out and enjoy the mountain.

Our Visitors program (formerly known as our “out of town program”) is intended for visitors to the resort. We can provide a single lesson or a series of lessons depending on the length of the student’s stay and their ability. We recommend applying AT LEAST 2-3 weeks in advance to allow us time to schedule volunteer instructors. The more notice you can give the better the chances of finding a volunteer instructor. Visitor program is available mid-week only during the winter operating season for SilverStar Mountain Resort. For more information contact visitors@ssass.bc.ca.

Weekly Lessons

Our weekly lessons program provides students the opportunity to participate in a regular series of lessons with the same instructor(s). Lessons are offered seven days a week. The program provides eight lessons, once a week, and starts in early January. Register early to avoid the waiting list, as lessons are on first come first serve basis. For more information contact info@ssass.bc.ca.

Discovery Program **Suspended due to Covid-19

Our Discovery Program provides an opportunity for students who have never tried out adaptive snow sports. SSASS will cover the cost of lift tickets & equipment rentals for a lesson and up to 3 lessons at the discretion of the Discovery coordinator. For more information contact discovery@ssass.bc.ca.

Race Team

The SSASS learn-to-race program is a more challenging program for SSASS students with intermediate/advanced skiing, sit-ski or boarding skills who are looking for fun, coaching and challenge. The program helps students to develop advanced alpine techniques using adaptive methods and focuses on building student independence on the mountain using a race program format.
The race program includes:

  • Nine weekly Sunday full day training sessions at SilverStar Resort operate from Jan to April. The program is all day with 2 hr sessions on the mountain in both the morning and the afternoon.
  • Opportunity to attend  All Mountain Camps at ski hills in BC/AB.

Interested?
If you can ski unassisted on intermediate (blue) and advanced (black) runs, have the stamina to ski for 4+ hours a day, and want to improve your skiing, please apply by sending an email to raceteam@ssass.bc.ca.

School Groups

When your school has a ski day, no one should be left behind because of a disability. Contact our  school group coordinator to assign one-on-one, or two-on-one instruction for any students with special needs. For more information contact schools@ssass.bc.ca.

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