Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, long known for its year-round adaptive sports programming for people of all ages and disabilities, will offer adaptive skiing and snowboarding for the first time at Bolton Valley Resort this season, partnering with this northern, metro Burlington ski resort.
Vermont Adaptive Executive Director Erin Fernandez has named Anna Davis, CTRS, as the new program coordinator at Bolton. Davis will also oversee the organization's summer Burlington region programming including its sailing programs.
"Anna spent the last three years with National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, and brings to Vermont Adaptive extensive adaptive teaching and programming experience not just in skiing, but in swimming, therapeutic riding, rock climbing, and cycling," said Fernandez of the Augusta, Maine native. "We also are thrilled to be partnering with the team at Bolton to be able to offer adaptive programs to people with disabilities in the greater Burlington area and northern points of Vermont. The folks at Bolton have been so enthusiastic and supportive of our mission. We appreciate their support and look forward to developing a long-term relationship that will ultimately benefit our clients."
Adaptive programs at Bolton will include daily ski and snowboard lessons.
Taught by trained volunteers, these lessons are offered for students who have either physical or developmental disabilities. Stand-up Skiing and Snowboarding, 3 & 4 Track Skiing, Mono-Skiing, Bi-Skiing, and Snow-Slider lessons are all available. The program is offered daily beginning Dec. 26 until the resort's closing in the spring. Half and full day lessons are available and costs vary, starting at $60 for a half day lesson, which includes the cost of a lift ticket. Adaptive rental equipment is also available.
"My hope is that by expanding to Bolton, we can introduce adaptive skiing to more people, as well as provide the opportunity for some athletes to take their skiing to the next level," said Davis. "We believe that the physical, mental and social experiences sports provide are immeasurable in promoting self confidence and independence in an individual. We're looking forward to a fantastic season in our new location. We are also seeking volunteers to teach at Bolton as well."
Since its inception in 1987, Vermont Adaptive has served more than 20,000 individuals of all ages and abilities with a volunteer and trained staff. Vermont Adaptive is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, and a training academy sport club and resource for the U.S. Paralympics. It is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the Vermont Ski Areas Association.
Vermont Adaptive at Bolton Valley is eagerly looking for volunteers to kick off its inaugural season in this northern location. For those interested in the Bolton Valley program, please visit the organization's website at www.vermontadaptive.org and fill out a volunteer application online.