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Adaptive ski program needs help

Without the volunteers there would be no adaptive ski program.

The program works because of the dedication of about 70-80 trained volunteers. But the program is growing at such a rate that there just simply isn't enough manpower for the demand.

"We're in a position where we have to turn people away," said program co-ordinator Larnie Meeking.

Meeking is the only paid member of staff.

For people who are interested volunteering as an adaptive ski instructor, consider the following things:

• you must take the CADS course – Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing; it's a three-day Level One course and can be taken through the Adaptive Ski Program at a cost of $45;

• you must be at least an intermediate skier or snowboarder;

• it's an asset if you have your CSAA or CASI but not a requirement;

• they are looking for committed, enthusiastic and energetic individuals.

The program runs from the end of November until mid-April and is open seven days a week.

There are a limited number of seasons passes that are issued or volunteers may get a complimentary day pass in lieu of a day's volunteering.

Recruitment for next season will begin in October-November.

For more information, email: adaptiveski@intrawest.com

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