ALPINE SKI/RIDE PROGRAM

The Alpine Ski and Snowboarding Program works through a cooperative agreement with Whitefish Mountain Resort. 

Dream provides private lessons for individuals with disabilities ages 5+.

Important Program Info

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 or snowboarding 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. 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 Winter Alpine Programs are open to all individuals who can satisfy the following:

  • Must be 200 pounds or less if using sit-down ski equipment.
  • Must be able to assist themselves in getting up from the snow with minimal assistance.

DREAM COVID-19 Response – Winter Programs @ Whitefish Mountain Resort

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 Special Olympics Montana, Whitefish Mountain Resort, 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 in a covered and heated tent, rather than inside the base lodge
  • Individual and group lessons will have staggered start and end times to avoid large gatherings and mixing of groups
  • All participants will meet their instructors outside on the base lodge patio that faces Chair 6, to start and finish lessons
  • We have instituted paperless check-in at programs and events, ensuring all forms and payments are completed in advance
  • Participants, Instructors, and Staff will be screened 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, masks are required when inside any building at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Masks are also required when in chairlift lines or when within 6’ of another person.

 

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 Whitefish Mountain Resort policies while on their premises
  • If participating as a Special Olympics athlete, please follow all Special Olympics Montana Policies and Procedures.

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 cancelled 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!


2020/2021 Program Dates

December 21st, 2020 – March 21st, 2021

2020/2021 Holiday Dates
  • December 21st – January 3rd
  • January 16th-18th
  • February 13th – 15th


2020/2021 Lesson Opportunities

Read the important info for the type of lessons you are requesting, then scroll down to Register!

General Lessons – Read important info HERE! before registering.
General lessons can be booked December 21st– March 19th. Our lesson rates include adaptive equipment, lift ticket, and a trained instructor.

Locals Program – Read important info HERE! before registering.
Lessons are offered at discounted rates for those wishing to schedule consistent weekly lessons on set dates from January 4th to March 19th (min. 4-week commitment). This program is designed for individuals that live within 90 miles of Whitefish, that come up independently from a school group or Special Olympic team.

Group Program (Schools, Programs, Special Olympic Teams)
Each year DREAM works with schools, Special Olympic teams, and other groups that visit us for special programming. To learn more please contact:  programs@dreamadaptive.org

Military Ski/Ride Weekends 
We are honored to provide adaptive ski & snowboard lessons at no cost for service members & veterans with a disability. We offer private lessons as well as host specific weekends just for Veterans. Learn more and REGISTER HERE!

Registration Details - Register HERE!

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 ski/snowboard program.

  1. CREATE an AccountEach 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 Winter Lessons & Make Payment  
    • 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 appropriate lesson type.
  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 this past summer (2020), 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)!


Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org and we’ll be glad to help!

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

  1. Log-InEach 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 Winter Lessons & Make Payment  
    • 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 appropriate lesson type and go through the pages to register
  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 this past summer (2020), 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)!


Questions?  Email: programs@dreamadaptive.org and we’ll be glad to help!

Financial Aid

We believe that everyone should be able to participate in our programs, no matter their financial situation.  We strive to keep our programs affordable, but recognize that some may need additional support to access our programs.  Our scholarships are based solely on financial need and only complete applications will be considered.

Visit our Scholarship Page to learn more.

A big thanks to the following businesses for supporting our winter ski & snowboard programs: