Volunteers are the lifeblood of Challenge Aspen. More than 75 volunteers foster, support, and accommodate the physical and emotional needs of our disabled guests and safely assist in the operation of the indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities made available by Challenge Aspen.

Challenge Aspen serves our guests and families in the Recreational, Educational, Cultural (REC) program, and disabled veterans and families through the Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) program.

Being a volunteer with Challenge Aspen is a life-changing opportunity, and the inspiration that volunteers take with them is undeniable. Volunteers have the opportunity to change lives and to be personally moved in the process, reaping the benefits of interacting with people of all abilities while also being able to take full advantage of the varied outdoor activities offered on the mountain.

Whether working with a disabled athlete in an outdoor activity, helping in the office, planning an event, or giving back to a disabled veteran, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to use your talents to inspire and to be inspired.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program
  • Winter Camps and Groups for both REC and CAMO programs
  • Summer Camps and Groups for both REC and CAMO programs
  • Office
  • Special Events
  • Transportation
  • Fundraising
  • Equipment Maintenance

The application period for winter 2020-2021 volunteers has closed. If you are interested in future opportunities please reach out to volunteer@challengeaspen.org for more information. 

Winter Volunteers

  • Volunteers must be intermediate or advanced skiers or snowboarders for On-Hill activities
  • If you do not meet the on-hill requirements or prefer to volunteer in other ways, off-hill volunteer activities may include:
    • Office/Front Desk
    • Events
    • Movie day
    • Game Day
    • Bowling
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Leading virtual experiences

Winter Pass Volunteer:

As a winter pass volunteer, you will be paired up with one of our local participants on a Thursday and/or Saturday and assist them as they navigate the NASTAR race course and train for Special Olympics.  As a winter pass holder you will also be expected to volunteer an additional 5 days outside of the locals program during the winter season.

  • Pass Volunteer (applications will open on October 1st and will close on November 5th.

Winter Non-Pass Volunteer:

A winter non-pass volunteer will have the same responsibilities and experiences as a pass volunteer, but you can make your own schedule and are not committed to a specific number of days.

  • Non-Pass Volunteer (applications will open on October 1st and will close on November 15th)

Required trainings for both pass & non-pass volunteers

All volunteers are required to go through trainings each year. The trainings will start middle to end of November and run into December.

All NEW volunteers are required to attend the following trainings.

  • Indoor Basics
  • Outdoor Basics
  • One additional specialized training:
    • Cognitive/Visually Impaired
    • TBI/PTSD
    • Sit-Ski
    • Ski-Bike

Returning Volunteers are required to attend 2 of the following trainings.

    • Cognitive/Visually Impaired
    • TBI/PTSD
    • Sit-Ski
    • Ski-Bike

All volunteers must agree to and pass a federal background check (every two years). The cost is $25 and is payable before you start your first training day. We accept cash, check, Venmo, Paypal.

The minimum age to volunteer with Challenge Aspen is 18 years old, unless it is for Music & Dance Camp then you can volunteer starting at age 14.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please e-mail volunteer@challengeaspen.org.

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