Snow Sports NZ


Sports / Community Event - Adaptive Snow Sports Volunteer

Organisation Summary:

Snow Sports NZ facilitate adaptive snow sports volunteer training programmes in conjunction with Cardrona Alpine Resort that match volunteers to clients with a disability to act as on-snow support. The programmes welcome skiers and snowboarders.  Volunteers play a crucial role in adaptive snow sports, providing assistance to clients with a disability and allowing them to access the snow and enjoy a safe and fun day. Without the support of volunteers our on-mountain programmes would not be able to provide this service.

Tasks:

As a volunteer you will learn to assist, provide a safe environment, to encourage and, above all, to have fun. You are not expected to teach.

Time Commitment:

We welcome volunteers who can offer varying amounts of time commitment however you will be required to attend an on-snow training weekend at the beginning of the season. This weekend will be on the 23 and 24 of June and is free to attend.

Located at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka.

Skills Required:

Volunteers need to be confident skiers or snowboarders and have excellent communication skills. We are looking for people who are happy assisting people of all ages and abilities, someone with patience, a sense of humour and who has a genuine interest in enabling everyone to enjoy their time on the snow.

You will be required to attend an on-snow training weekend at the beginning of the season. This weekend will be on the 23 and 24 of June and is free to attend.

The aim of the training weekend is to introduce volunteers to the adaptive equipment and techniques used to assist our clients and to understand the skills required to assist a person with a disability. We will give you the opportunity to experience and work with the adaptive equipment and learn the techniques related to specific disabilities and equipment. There will also be ongoing training during the season in the programmes that offer volunteer services.

This will include:

  • VI guiding (Guiding those with a visual impairment)
  • 3 and 4 track (1 or 2 skis with extra support)
  • Mono and Bi Ski (Sit skis)
  • Intellectual disabilities 

Skills Gained:

In addition to learning adaptive snow techniques you will gain experience in assisting people from a range of backgrounds, meet other adaptive snow sports volunteers, enjoy time up on the mountain and hopefully gain satisfaction for enabling others to enjoy the snow!