Nordic / Cross-Country Ski Program

The Nordic Ski Program operates through a cooperative agreement with Glacier Nordic Club

2021 Program Opportunities 

 

Chet Hope Youth Ski League (CHYSL)  – To learn more & register through Glacier Nordic Club, Click HERE!
This inclusive program is for youth ages 4-12 of all abilities.  DREAM will provide trained one-on-one instructors to support the adaptive athlete and help include them in the group lessons.

Individual Private Lessons for ages 5 to adults @ Whitefish Lake Golf Course.   We offer adaptive equipment if needed (standing and sit-ski) and trained instructors to support your individual goals.

  • Lessons are offered on Monday and Thursday afternoons 1:30-3PM and Sunday mornings, 10-11:30AM for the 2021 season.
  • Lessons must be scheduled at a minimum of five days in advance.
  • Each lesson is 1.5 hours long, which includes time for equipment set up and fitting as needed
  • Cost: $20/lesson; OR a 3-Lesson Pack: (3) 1.5-hour lessons for $50
  • Not included in the lesson fee:  You must purchase your daily trail pass ($6) and standard rentals ($10 kids; $12 adult-classic), if needed, from the Glacier Nordic Shop  We’ll be glad to help you navigate this step once you’ve registered for your DREAM lesson(s).
  • Financial Aid Scholarships are available.  Please contact us to learn more.

Please read the important info below, then scroll down to find the steps to register!


DREAM COVID-19 Response – Nordic Program

DREAM is excited to serve our mission in-person this winter by providing program and volunteer opportunities in Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, and Snowboarding! Our focus remains on providing safe and quality programming, to ensure everyone has access to the benefits of outdoor recreation.

We are committed to raising the bar on safety initiatives to mitigate the risk and spread of COVID-19.  Our staff is working closely with Glacier Nordic Club and following Local and State Health Department guidelines.

DREAM has adopted heightened standards for safety and sanitation to include:

  • All program operations will be conducted outside; please note there is no area at the golf course to warm up during a lesson.  We encourage you to use your personal vehicle as a locker room!
  • Lessons will have staggered start and end times to avoid large gatherings and mixing of groups
  • We have instituted paperless check-in at programs and events, ensuring all forms and payments are completed in advance
  • Participants, Instructors, and Staff will go through a symptom screening prior to each lesson
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized before and after each use
  • Per mandate from the Governor of the State of Montana, face coverings are required when inside any building or when a 6′ social distance cannot be maintained.

We ask that all involved with our programs help by:

  • Following recommendations from the Montana Department of Health https://dphhs.mt.gov to prevent the spread and to protect yourself, to include:
    • Avoid contact with sick people when possible,
    • Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently
    • Use a cloth face covering while in public
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
    • Staying home if you are not feeling well or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Adhering to all Glacier Nordic Club/Center policies while on their premises

 

Lesson Re-Scheduling  / Cancellation:  If you or someone you know is feeling unwell prior to your lesson or volunteer shift, please notify us and we’ll reschedule your experience when the time is appropriate.  Lessons canceled by COVID-19 will receive a full refund if they cannot be rescheduled.

Throughout the season DREAM staff will carefully monitor the situation and adapt as health department recommendations evolve in our local area.  We will communicate with volunteers and participants if any changes are made to programming or health-safety procedures.

Please contact us before your lesson or volunteer shift with any questions or concerns: (406) 862-1817

We look forward to skiing and riding with you this season and know that as a team we can diligently work together to ensure lessons continue!

Our goal is to provide a professional level of care and service that creates the best possible experience for each and every individual.  We hope to safely accommodate every person wanting to utilize our services and provide them with a great ski experience.

DREAM Adaptive Recreation programs are open to all individuals who can satisfy the following:

  • Have a permanent disability.
  • Be age 5 or older at the time of the lesson.
  • Identify seizures within the past year on the registration form;  based on the nature of the activity and a review of the physician statement and medical history, DREAM Adaptive may adopt appropriate program procedures to allow or preclude program participation.
  • Understand that they are participating with DREAM Adaptive Recreation.
  • Be able to actively participate & engage appropriately in the lesson. Behavioral challenges will be assessed on an as-needed basis.  Harassment or abusive behavior towards others, for any reason, is not tolerated.  Participants may not participate in the program if we have reason to believe that they would put another participant, volunteer, or staff member at risk.
  • Be able to follow basic instructions and effectively communicate independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Be able to wear all protective equipment required for the activity, such as helmets, shoes, gloves, personal floatation devices, harnesses, etc.
  • Attend dressed in suitable clothing for the sports environment, to protect from the elements.
  • Manage personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • If the student is a minor or if they require a caregiver, the caregiver must be accessible to program staff while the student is actively participating in the program.
  • Be able to breathe independently, not require medical devices to sustain breathing.

 

In addition to the above, DREAM Nordic Programs are open to all individuals who can satisfy the following:

  • Must be 250 pounds or less if using sit-down ski equipment.
  • Must be able to assist themselves in getting up from the snow with minimal assistance.

New Participants  If you are new to DREAM or haven’t participated in a few years, follow these steps to create a new account in our system and register for the nordic program.

  1. CREATE an Account:  Each individual participant must have a unique login and account.
    • Click on the following link to Create an Account
    • Once you’ve created an account, follow the prompts and Log-In.
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side that asks What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile“.
    • Complete ALL pertinent fields in each section, except the section labeled for Volunteers only.   Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year or update on an as-needed basis.  
  3. REGISTER for Nordic Lessons
    • Once logged-in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side that asks What would you like to do? and select “Register:  Events/Programs”
    • Select Nordic Lessons from the list of events/programs
  4. Upload a Headshot:  Go to the navigation that asks “What would you like to do?” and select “Share Documents
    • Go to “Upload a New Document” link on the right side of the page.
    • Make sure the Document Name field and the file includes your (participant’s) name
  5. Log-out!  Go to the menu that asks “What would you like to do?” and select Log-Out!
  6. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • If you’ve completed an online Waiver & Media release within the last yar, you do not need to complete another one.  DREAM has to pay for this service, so please do not complete multiple forms in a season. Please contact us if you are unsure of your waiver status.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your lesson(s)!

Returning Participants  If you participated with us in the last two years for any program, please follow these steps to log-in to your existing account and sign up for nordic lessons.  If you do not have an account, please follow the instructions above for new participants.

  1. Log-In:  Each individual participant must have a unique login and account.
    • Click on the following link to Log-in
  2. *DONT MISS THIS STEP!* Update Your Profile:  Once logged-in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side that asks What would you like to do? and select “Update My Profile“.
    • Please make sure ALL fields that are under labels for “All Users” or “Participants”are complete.  Missing information may delay your participation.  This information will be securely stored in our system and you’ll only need to review it once a year or update on an as-needed basis.  
  3. REGISTER for Nordic Lessons 
    • Once logged in, go to the navigation drop-down on the right side that asks What would you like to do? and select “Register:  Events/Programs”
    • Select the option for Nordic Lessons
  4. Upload a Headshot:  Go to the navigation that asks “What would you like to do?” and select “Share Documents
    • Make sure your photo file name includes the participant’s name, otherwise we will not know who the file belongs to.
    • Go to “Upload a New Document” link on the right side of the page.
  5. Log-out!  Go to the menu that asks “What would you like to do?” and select Log-Out!
  6. Liability Waiver and Media Release.  Click HERE to complete the TWO separate online forms.
    • If you’ve completed an online Waiver & Media release within the last year, you do not need to complete another one.  DREAM has to pay for this service, so please do not complete multiple forms in a calendar year. Please contact us if you are unsure of your waiver status.

Once you complete all steps we’ll contact you to confirm your lesson(s)!


Adaptive equipment and instructor training generously funded by the Peter Tracy Family Foundation.