How to get involved with Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports has decades of experience sharing the fun of safely learning how to adapt so as to develop the unique skills it takes to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. WAS has over a hundred highly-trained volunteer instructors. All lessons include lift ticket, equipment, and private instruction, typically with a minimum of two instructors.
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports invites all military personnel injured during their military service to register for free adaptive snow sports lessons, including ski or snowboard rentals, any day of the week. Advance reservations are required. With sufficient advance notice, WAS can often also assist with lodging.
People of all ages with disabilities such as amputations, autism, developmental disabilities, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, or visual impairment have enjoyed the adventure and relaxation of paddling canoes and kayaks on Virginia's beautiful lakes and rivers with the dedicated and talented Wintergreen Adaptive Sports' instructional teams.
Learn about this program that combines Physical Therapy and Adaptive Skiing. WAS and Shenandoah University welcomes individuals with spinal cord injuries, amputations, degenerative diseases of the nervous system, MS, muscular dystrophy, CP, spina bifida, or other ambulatory disabilities to participate in a program with Wintergreen Adaptive Sports that combines Physical Therapy and Adaptive Skiing.
Part of Wintergreen Adaptive Sports powerful educational environment has come from expanding the opportunities for students' inclusion and participation. Its mentoring program pairs students and instructors with similar disabilities. Mentors serve as a coach and friend who can relate to students' experiences.
The diversity of our volunteers is the strength of our program. Volunteers are needed every day of the week in the winter. A variety of talents are needed. Our volunteer instructors teach all ages and work with all types of disabilities. WAS depends on volunteer support off the snow and water as well.
Junior instructors are at the heart of our adaptive snow sports program. Junior instructors are typically on the slopes serving as assistant adaptive ski instructors. The minimum age is 14. Many junior instructors become lead instructors, becoming certified by PSIA or AASI.
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports is fortunate to have the support of a variety of caring individuals, corporations and private foundations. Funding from the corporate and grantmaking communities has been vital to the organization's success.