Volunteer

Summer volunteer applications are currently closed, we will be posting the winter volunteer application at the beginning of September! Please contact Erin at eloftus@challengeaspen.org for more information about the volunteer program. 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Challenge Aspen. More than 95 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.

Winter Volunteers Opportunities:

Winter Volunteer Applications will open in the Fall of 2022, if you would like to add your name to the new volunteer list please email eloftus@challengeaspen.org

On-Snow:

       Local’s Race Team

o   8-week program – Thursdays and Saturdays (exact dates TBD)

o   Special events like Special Olympics National Competition are optional but recommended

       Buddy Program 

o   One on one experience with volunteer and participant

o   Volunteers do not teach during buddy days, they assist with participant’s personal needs (i.e., helping put on equipment, VI guide, helping with terrain choice) and make sure the participant is having fun and being safe

       REC Program

o   Private Lessons

§  Volunteers will assist in private lessons with an Aspen Skiing Company, adaptive-certified ski professional as their “seconds” helping with equipment set-up, safety procedures, lift loads, and social-emotional needs of the participant

o   Group Lessons

§  Volunteers will be paired with one participant or a small group of participants and assist an Aspen Skiing Company, adaptive-certified ski professional, to provide a safe and meaning ski lesson 

       CAMO – Challenge Aspen’s Military Opportunity Program

o   Volunteers will be paired with one veteran or a small group of veterans and assist an Aspen Skiing Company, adaptive-certified ski professional, to provide a safe and meaning ski lesson

 

 

Off-Snow:

       Front Desk & Office Assistance

       Ski Equipment Maintenance

       Office Maintenance

       Special Events

       Fundraising

–    Photography & Videography

 

 

Winter Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be a level 7 skier/rider
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a federal background check. The cost is $20 and is payable by cash, check, Venmo
  • Must complete other required paperwork, depending on program, prior to volunteer
  • Must complete required training, training requirements TBD

Challenge Aspen does have passes available for volunteers who commit a certain number of volunteer days per season. If you are interested in receiving a season pass from Challenge Aspen, please contact the volunteer manager. Every volunteer who does not have a pass will be given lift tickets for training and volunteer days.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Music and Dance Camp
  • I Can Bike Camp 
  • Bike Program – every Tuesday
  • SUP Program – every Thursday
  • Custom Adventures Program
  • CAMO – Veteran Retreats
  • Special Events/Fundraising
  • Office Maintenance

Summer Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years old, except for Music and Dance Camp and I Can Bike Camp, volunteers to be at least 14 years old
    • All volunteers over the age of 18, must agree to and pass a federal background check (every two years). The cost is $20 and is payable by cash, check, Venmo, PayPal.
  • Must complete other required paperwork, depending on program, prior to volunteer day
 
 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the office 970.923.0578 or e-mail eloftus@challengeaspen.org

 

“The most satisfying thing about volunteering is seeing the smiles on the faces of participants as they overcome their initial fears and anxieties, and experience the joy of being outdoors on the mountain.  I love it when they realize they ,too, can be an active winter sports participants.” 

– Winter Volunteer 2021-2022 season 

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