Volunteers are the backbone DREAM!
Over 100 volunteers generously donate their time to our programs and events throughout the year. Due to growing program demand, we are always in need of help!
No previous adaptive sports experience is necessary!
Volunteers receive special training to learn about the individuals we serve and about adaptive equipment we use to ensure a successful experience for everyone involved.
Winter Volunteer Perks
- Help others have access to the sport you love!
- The time you commit to DREAM is open and flexible based on your schedule.
- Meet a terrific group of individuals to learn from and ski/ride with.
- Trainings provided for ski/snowboard instruction, disability awareness, equipment use, and personal skiing/snowboarding skills.
- For every (4) days of volunteering you’ll receive a 50% off lift ticket voucher, up to 10 / season.
- Our top (7) instructors that volunteer the most days receive a season pass for the following season; #8/#9 receive 50%-off Season Passes.
- Access to pro-deals based on # of days you volunteer.
- Access to equipment storage in the DREAM Shack (Spruce Lot) for those that give 3+ days a week.
- Opportunities to become a Professional Ski Instructor of America in Alpine, Snowboard and/or Adaptive – training and certification costs covered by DREAM Instructor Training Fund.
- Free season pass the following season if you get PSIA/AASI certified and volunteer 10+ days!
Qualifications & Training
- Potential volunteer instructors should be comfortable skiing or riding on intermediate (blue) terrain.
- Must have their own equipment, including helmet.
- You do not have to be an expert to learn to teach basic ski and snowboarding skills. Training provided!
Through a combination of clinics and shadowing (assisting an experienced instructor during a lesson), volunteers develop teaching skills that allow them to move from a shadow position to teaching lessons on their own. The time it takes to move from a shadow to an instructor depends on the person. The great thing about your training at DREAM is that you can progress at a pace that you are comfortable with, and that is compatible with your schedule. The more you are here the quicker you will gain skills and feel comfortable teaching.
If you are a returning volunteer (within the last year), you already have an account in our *new* system. YAY!
However, you must:
Create User Name & Password. This account will save you from filling out all your general info each season. On the Sign-In screen, go to “I forgot my log-in name / password” and follow the prompts to set up a username and password. Go to Sign-In Screen HERE.
Once Logged-In, there are TWO important steps:
1. Update ALL missing profile/account information. This should be done annually or when something changes. To do this, go to the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page and select “Update My Profile.”
2. Complete the “Volunteer Registration: Winter Alpine Ski/Board“. The form can be found in the drop-down navigation on the right side of the page. This form registers you for the 2019/2020 winter season and allows you to sign up for trainings.
Thank you so much for your interest in joining our team! Please follow the steps below:
1. Read Volunteer Resources
Those wishing to volunteer should read the volunteer handbook & manual prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for them. We also encourage everyone to take a look at the handouts on disability etiquette and people first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.
2. Fill out a Volunteer Application
Complete a registration form to give us information about you, your interests and background. Volunteer Application
3. Complete a Winter Volunteer Registration & Sign Up for Trainings
After completing your main account registration, you’ll receive and email with instructions on how to complete your winter ski/snowboard application. This process will also allow you to sign up for trainings.
4. Complete a Waiver and Media Release Form (once annually)
DSUSA Waiver of Liability & Media Release (two separate forms)
5. Complete a background screening
To assist with any of our summer programs, please complete the steps below:
- Register HERE (2020 info will be posted at a later date)
- Read the DREAM Volunteer Handbook found on our volunteer resources page
- Complete an online liability & media release waiver HERE *Please note there are two separate online forms*
- Complete a background screening; valid for two years *Information will be emailed once you complete steps 1-3.
Visit our summer program pages to learn more about each program!
Our calendar of events will also give you an idea of all the fun to be had this Spring – Fall.
The Joy of Volunteering
By Bob Zahler, 30+ Year Volunteer
I started skiing with DREAM in the 89-90 ski season because they needed people to load sit-skiers on the chair. I didn’t know how to downhill ski, so I would help load a skier and then snow plow back down the hill and help load another one. I learned to ski from DREAM volunteers and tried to keep up with them. Over the years as equipment got better, I had the opportunity to use the gear as it became available to us. Finding a need to help people without muscle control to access the mountain, we started to give bucket rides. I discovered that it gave me great pleasure in seeing the different individuals truly enjoying doing something they couldn’t do on their own – skiing fast and getting out with the other skiers.
Over my 24 years of volunteering I’ve met so many truly wonderful people willing to give their time to help others and some have become good friends. From Randy who has MS and caught more air in the bi-ski than I’ve every done since, to my friend Daniel who wouldn’t quit skiing unless we took away his skis. From the young man that had no arms and no legs that snowboarded the whole mountain with me to the young lady that stretched out her arms to fly as we pointed the bi-ski down Home Again – they all tug at my heart and give me great joy to see them succeed.
Thoughts from Randy Carspecken, a valued DREAM Volunteer:
Working with kids and adults in an active & spectacular environment is active & spectacular volunteering. Time spent out-of-doors in the slopes of our winter-wonderland mountain exercising mind and body is healthy for participants and volunteers alike. Relationships that develop with participants can be highly rewarding but naturally not without challenging moments. And having like-minded colleagues who are willing to take the risk of not always predictable work is also predictable rewarding.