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GDSP Volunteers

Welcome New & Returning Volunteers!

We're excited to be working alongside you for another fantastic season with the Gateway Disabled Ski Program.  Please take a moment to review the information provided below before beginning the registration process.

New to the Program?

DASA GDSP VolunteersVolunteers are essential to the success of athletes participating with the Gateway Disabled Ski Program.  They assist and lead lessons, help with fittings and modifications, coach racers, and fulfill many other needs of our athletes and the program.   Our program provides a rewarding opportunity to bring the fun and excitement of alpine skiing and snowboarding into the lives of athletes, regardless of ages and ability levels, while also giving volunteers a unique opportunity to enhance personal skiing and boarding skills.

We are always looking for new potential members to join our team.  Need to fulfill community service hours?  Volunteering with us can satisfy anywhere from 16-40 hours!  Although prior skiing/snowboarding experience is preferred, there are several opportunities to contribute off the hill, too - and the chance to learn how to ski yourself!  If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Weekly Program Schedule (Begins Jan. 2019)

3 Nights Available to Volunteer with DASA GDSP...

REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING NIGHTS
Our Evening Sessions provide (up to) an 8-week season to our athletes.  Each night is assigned to a specific group of athletes in order to effectively assign and train volunteers based on the very specific needs and equipment that are required for specific disciplines of adaptive skiing. 

EVENINGGROUP
Monday
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Physical Disabilities, Cardiac
Wednesday
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Visual Impairments
Thursday
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Hearing Impairments, Developmental & Cognitive Disabilities, PTSD, Brain Injury


Projected start of the season will be the first FULL week of January 2019.


Other Opportunities to Volunteer

GDSP also provides group clinics to disabled veterans, as well as partnering organizations from around the St. Louis Area.  Additional information can be provided upon request.

DAY & TIMEGROUPDATES 
Thursday Afternoons*
2:30PM to 5:00PM
Veteran ClinicsJanuary 10th & 24th
February 7th & 21st
Saturday Mornings*^
8:30AM to 12:30PM

Group Clinics January 26th
February 2nd & 9th

*Not all Thursdays and Saturdays will have special clinics (see 'DATES' above).
^Volunteers without FULL-SEASON PASS will be provided a lift ticket - sign up with [email protected]

Volunteer Registration

Please carefully read through all of the steps before getting started...

Register with DASA

Our volunteer registration survey will provide us information that will help us coordinate our lessons on the hill. It is important to complete this survey as thoroughly as possible to ensure that we are adequately prepared for the best possible success on snow.

Receive Email Confirmation & Pass Instructions

Within 48 hours of completing the volunteer registration survey, a confirmation email will be delivered containing information needed to purchase a discounted DASA Season Pass (if needed). This email will also contain information on how to sign up for ongoing program communications.

Dry-Land Refresher & On-Hill Training

ALL volunteers should attend one of our Dry-Land Refreshers, as well as one of our On-Hill training seminars (see ‘Volunteer Orientation’). Attending these events is vital to the quality of the lessons we provide, as well as the safety of athletes and volunteers, alike. Registration for these events will be made available leading up to their scheduled dates.

DASA Liability & Media Release Waiver

In addition to the waiver required by Hidden Valley, we will need all participants to complete a waiver prior to participation. This waiver will be provided leading up to the first night of the program, as well as on the first night of the program. For participants under the age of 18, this waiver must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

Pick up your DASA Season Pass

Passes can be picked up in the front office of the main lodge at Hidden Valley during normal business hours - or on the first night of the program (just make sure to arrive early!).

Let (or Make) it Snow!!!

Hidden Valley will begin making snow as soon as temperatures allow. Our program is scheduled to begin the first, full week of January, but that will largely be determined by mother nature. In the meantime, make sure that you have all of the gear needed to stay warm and dry on the snow! We will be sure to send you further instructions on where to meet us when there is snow, and what else to expect on the hill.

Register Now

Season Pass

DASA Pass

Hidden Valley offers a discounted pass specifically for our athletes and volunteers.

Valid Mon.-Thurs. throughout the 2019 Season

PASS TYPECOST
Lift Pass$75
Lift Pass
w/ Rental*
$85

*Rental option MUST be selected at the time of purchase - cannot be added to a regular lift pass after the sale is final.

Instructions on how to purchase your DASA Pass will be sent via email after completion of registration with DASA.

Volunteer Orientation

Dry-Land Refresher:

Monday, November 12th
-or- Wednesday, November 14th

On-Hill Training:

Wednesday, January 2nd
-or- Thursday, January 3rd

All volunteers are expected to participate in 1 Dry-Land and 1 On-Hill clinic. Please contact [email protected] if a scheduling conflict occurs.

Pass Reimbursement Eligibility

Volunteers with attendance of 80% or more during the season will be eligible to receive a $50 reimbursement for their DASA Pass purchase.  Those volunteers will also have the option to donate their reimbursement back to the program as a tax deductible donation.  For more information, contact the program coordinator at [email protected].

Other Resources

DASA GDSP Volunteer Manual
by Pam Weber

Understanding PTSD
by Disabled Sports USA (Video)

Contact Us

Disabled Athlete Sports Association

1236 Jungermann Rd., Suite A
St. Peters, Missouri 63376

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 636-477-0716
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