Silver Star Adaptive Snowsports (SSASS)

SSASS programs make snow sports accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive challenges or age.  Our methodology focuses on the student’s ability, not on their disability.

Our mission statement sums it up:  “Our dream is a of place without barriers where everyone can share passion, joy, freedom and friendship, connecting with nature and community through snow sports at Silver Star Mountain and beyond.”

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.

SSASS services are free of charge.  Please book in advance – at least 3 days’ notice is appreciated.  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, and spinal injuries, to name a few.

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 sitski students.   For upright skiers this equipment ranges from simple tools such as tethers to help skiers with speed control and direction changes through to Snow Sliders, poles and hoops to help with balance and outriggers, which look like crutches with short skis attached.

For sitskiers we teach beginners through to budding racers.   We have a variety of equipment to help students learn to ride a sitski including tethers, pontoons, and outriggers.   For those with greater challenges with balance or strength we have a Tessier Snow Kart or we can“stagecoach” the skitski by steering it for the student so they can get out and enjoy the mountain.


We are funded through donations

SSASS lessons are free of charge.  SSASS exists thanks to the generosity of donations, which are tax-deductible. A number of fund-raising events are planned each year.  So whether you are potentially a student, volunteer, donor or interested supporter, we thank you for visiting our site. Please look around to find out what we do and how you can be a part of the action.We operate at Silver Star Mountain Resort, near Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.