Stand-up skiing is where VASS put its roots down almost half a century ago. Skiing give us a greater ability to adjust balance than boarding and makes it easy for students to control their speed until there is a mastery of turning and terrain management. Check out all of the program descriptions below.
***NEW PROGRAMS*** listed at the bottom of the page for SUPPORT/ FAMILY MEMBERS and PEER TO PEER Programs. Two programs that are for family and friends to come and ski and be supportive of a student and learn how to ski independently together. Click links above to jump to full descriptions.
Tuesday Night Autism Spectrum Disorder Skiing | Grouse Mountain $250
January 26-March 2, 2022 -6:00-8:30 pm
This is a programmed that was launched many years ago in conjunction with Vancouver Autism Network. Since then our national training association has developed a deep pedagogy that allows us to maximize the opportunity to teach student on the autism spectrum. Our instructors on this program not only have amazing knowledge but also a deep passion to work with the students and meet them where they are. Open to all ages and ability level.
Tuesday Night Intermediate and Advance Skiing | Cypress Mountain $250
January 26-March 2, 2021 -6:00-9:00 pm
Cypress Mountain is an incredibly beautiful venue in the north shore, and the terrain lends itself to a skier with a little more skill. We reserve this program for our accomplished skiers the require only 1 to 1 instruction. Skiers should be able to negotiate blue runs. Rentals can be arranged, though it is better if students have their own gear at this level of performance.
Wednesday Night Ski | Grouse Mountain $250
January 27 – March 3, 2021 – 6:00-8:30 pm
This is our powerhouse evening session the is wide open to anyone with any type of disability. The ages in the program last year ranged from 6 – 68. This is the perfect evening session for brand new skiers or students looking to refine there craft and still may require some extra support. If you are lucky enough, you will even find the president of VASS up volunteering on the ski hill that night. Make sure to go and give board president ANNE a giant hug when you see her teaching on Wednesdays…. she is responsible for what VASS has become in the past 20 years.
Saturday Morning Ski | Grouse Mountain $250
January 30- March 6 ,2021 – 7:30-10:30 am *** No Session March 5, 2022 Due to VASS Snowfest
Saturday morning skiing is filled with electricity. We have special permission to get the very first tram up before the crowds start. Daytime definitely can work better for some of our students and the team of instructors are ready to assist anyone that shows up with any disability. Many family, that love to ski, will take the opportunity to enjoy the slopes while their family member is having a lesson with us…. and then if appropriate with students skill level, enjoy skiing together as a family in the afternoon.
Sunday Morning Ski | Grouse Mountain $250
January 31- March 7 ,2021 – 7:30-10:30 am
Although true that the Sunday team can support any type of skier and sitskier, there is also a twin snowboard program running at the same time. If you are a student and you are not sure if you want to ski or board, this is the perfect program for you. It is always great to have more options when it comes to learn about sliding on snow. This program is open to all ages and people with any disabilities.
Drop-In Ski, Board and Sitski Lesson |ALL Mountains $50 per lesson
January 01- March 19 ,2021 – Times vary
If you don’t think that any of programs really address your specific needs nor time frames, then please signup for this opportunity to notified when we have singular lesson opportunities arrive. We will do our best to fill them and you can take up to 3 a season.
THURSDAYS January 28 -March 4 ,2021- 6:00-9:00pm
Sundays January 31 -March 7 ,2021- 1:00-4:00pm
This program is for students that are at a level of ski or board development where they are at an intermediate level of skill and would benefit from being in a group environment with less direct supervision. The major focus in on getting mileage and having fun. There will be some instruction but it is much more terrain based learning and managing the environment.
This program is by invite only. For more information please email John at email@example.com to see if this is a good fit for you.
TRAINING Saturdays Jan 15- Feb 26, 2022- 7:00am-12:00pm $250
or add PRACTICE Thursdays Jan 20- Feb 24, 2022 – 5:30- 8:30pm $450
*** there is no Training Session on Feb 19th, 2022
The VASS Adaptive Alpine Racing Program is run in partnership with Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski Club. Known as “The Blue Streaks”, this program is intended for intermediate to advanced skiers with a physical or intellectual disability who have an interest in ski racing.If you are a strong, confident skier who can make it down a Blue run, we want to talk to you about joining our team.Team members will start dry land training in the fall and then train and race on Grouse on Thursday evenings and Saturdays. The team will participate in local races at Grouse Mountain as well as other races as ski areas throughout the province. Depending on their ability, racers use recreational skis and boots or race equipment.
***Fees include VASS Program Fees (includes coaching & lift passes) and Tyee Ski Club Membership ($65)
Fees do not include any required travel, accommodation, or meals to attend out-of-town races. Fees do not include race fees.
Helmets are required for all racers.
This program is by invitation only. For more information and to registration please contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Available on all Mountains and through all disciplines $100
This is was a pilot program in 2020 for VASS, with the end goal of creating ski families/groups. And we are expanding the program to encourage training and participation in all of our programs with family, friends and supporters.
HOW IT WORKS: First we are going to offer the support person some training before we get going the student on hill.
NEW SKIERS: If you are brand new to skiing, we are going to teach you to ski and several of the safety protocols around playing on a mountain. 4 evening lessons in total, with a focus on person development and one session on basic use of adaptive equipment. Fees cover rentals if needed and a season pass to Grouse or privileges at other mountain programs. You will need you own clothing, helmet and a BCAS membership which is $53, which can be signed up in your own profile registration.
6-9pm JAN 3,5,10,12 2022 (Mondays and Wednesdays)
EXPERIENCED SKIING: If you can already ski at a green run level, then you will have 2 classes. The first lesson for us to go and ski and look at drills to grow skills and the second to address basic adaptive equipment. Fees cover rentals if needed and a season pass to Grouse or privileges at other mountain programs. You will need you own clothing, helmet and a BCAS membership which is $53, which can be signed up in your own profile registration.
6-9pm Jan 6 & 13, 2022 ( Thursdays)
PROGRAMMING WITH STUDENT: Your student will be already in a program and you will be invited to attend all 6 weeks. The first 3 weeks, you will be an observer and maybe still working on your own skiing. In the last 3 weeks, you will be integrated into the lesson, with the goal of being independent as a pair at the end of 6 weeks. The student can be at an level and the adult participant must be a strong green run skier as a minimum. There are only 30 spots available and after signing up, you will be contact for a quick interview to ensure that a high success rate for everyone. This program is only $100 and is an add on to your student having secured a spot in a 6 week program. You will sign up as a student yourself, need to complete a profile and have a CADS membership. ($53) When you signup, please indicate on the Club Information Request tab, who you will be supporting. VASS will find away to support your development however we can. If you have questions, please reach out to us at 604-646-8277.
Available on all Mountains and through all disciplines $100
This is a pilot program in 2022 for VASS, with the end goal of creating ski friends that can support one another. If you are over the age of 10 and want to accompany a friend or sibling of your on a adaptive ski lesson, we will teach you how to ski as well. And we will help you learn how to support your friend.
HOW IT WORKS:
Fees cover rentals if needed and a season pass to Grouse or privileges at other mountain programs. You will need you own clothing, helmet and a BCAS membership which is $53, which can be signed up in your own profile registration.
Your student will be already in a program and you will be invited to attend all 6 weeks. The first 3 weeks, you will be an observer w maybe still working on your own skiing. The goal is that hopefully you are both at similar developmental levels and we can teach both of you together. There are only 10 spots available and after signing up, you will be contact for a quick interview to ensure that a high success rate for everyone. This program is only $100 and is an add on to a student having secured a spot in a 6 week program. You will sign up as a student yourself, need to complete a profile and have a CADS membership. ($53) When you signup, please indicate on the Club Information Request tab, who you will be supporting. VASS will find away to support your development however we can. It is going to be awesome. If you have questions, please reach out to us at 604-646-8277.