Empowering people of all abilities through high quality outdoor experiences
We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with our summer adaptive kayaking and canoeing program. Our summer application form is being updated. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the program please contact Marnie at (208)630-6135.
Ski volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Qualified Junior volunteers (16 and 17 years old) are welcome, with parent’s permission, and may have opportunity to earn school credits, gain leadership skills, build disability awareness, and give back to society.
Volunteers should be at least intermediate skiers, skiing basic parallel turns on typical “blue square” rated runs. Comfort and confidence are more important than technical precision.
Free training clinics are offered in December. The clinics will take place at Brundage Mountain, meeting at the AWeSOMe! hut (A-frame building), just off the main parking lot, next to the Children’s Center at the top of the Easy Street Chairlift/bottom of the Bluebird Chairlift. Clinics are usually scheduled for several Saturdays in December, depending on ski conditions. 9:30 am to approximately 3:30 pm each day, with a break for lunch. Additional training opportunities will be scheduled for Saturday afternoons several times throughout the season. New volunteers are initially paired with experienced instructors until ready to be a lead instructor. Most lessons are taught on a 2 instructors to 1 student ratio, with occasional 1:1 ratios depending on student need and instructor experience.
Volunteers are asked to sign up for at least 6 Saturday lesson program days. Most Saturday lessons occur 10:00 am to noon and instructors are asked to arrive by 9:30 am. Occasionally we will have need for staffing Saturday afternoon lessons, 1:00 to 3:00pm and this may be chosen in addition to or instead of a morning session.
Volunteers must provide their own ski equipment.
Volunteers receive a complimentary day lift ticket for the day of training or teaching and are free to ski on their own using the ticket, after training or lesson(s) are over. After the first year of training, there may be opportunity for those with a high level of continuing commitment to the program to be granted a season pass for subsequent seasons of teaching. Standards for this are set by our Board of Directors each year.
Volunteer hours may qualify for fulfillment of some requirements for universities, continuing education programs or community service programs. Please let us know if you are obtaining credit for your volunteer time.
What to do next:
1.) download and complete the volunteer application form
2.) submit to: [email protected]
Our winter coordinator will contact you, and add your name to our email list for upcoming training and volunteering opportunities.
All volunteers are required to sign a waiver. Please download, print and sign the waiver and submit to the winter coordinator prior to participation in the program.
Helmets are required for all volunteers and participants for alpine skiing, per our insurance. AWeSOMe! has a few loaner helmets and can get rental helmets at no cost for lessons, but we encourage you to procure your own helmet as soon as possible.