The concept of an expanded adaptive snow sports program at Sun Peaks was first discussed by a small group of volunteers and personnel from the Sun Peaks Resort Corporation in June 2007. The name Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) was formally adopted by a core group of volunteers at an inaugural steering committee meeting in January 2008 following a Level 1 Instructor Training Course facilitated by an Examiner from the Disabled Skiers Association of British Columbia (DSABC). Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks was granted status as a not for profit society by the Province of British Columbia in April of 2010.
The focus of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks is to provide opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in adaptive snow sports and recreation programs at Sun Peaks Resort. Volunteer Instructors are trained and certified through the national CADS Instructor training program and hold Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record clearance.
A primary role of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks is to serve the needs of people with disabilities in the community of Kamloops and surrounding areas, enabling them to experience the freedom, joy and satisfaction of skiing and riding. ASSP’s reach has now extended to guests from the lower mainland, USA, Australia and New Zealand with many returning each year to Sun Peaks as their destination resort for adaptive snow sports lessons.
Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks works in consultation with staff at Sun Peaks Resort Guest Services and the Snow Sports School to provide an optimum level of customer service to resort visitors with disabilities.
Programs offered by Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks include:
- Adaptive learn to ski/snowboard lessons (including sit-ski, 3-track, 4-track, sight and hearing impaired adaptations as well as adaptations for intellectual and cognitive disabilities).
- School program to assist students with a disability to participate in school sponsored programs.
- Training and continued development of volunteer instructors to deliver these programs and facilitate a positive and safe experience for participants.
Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks is a registered charity, not-for-profit society and relies on the generosity of contributions, sponsorship, fundraising efforts and volunteers to run our Program. If you would like to make a donation or are aware of a potential sponsor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.