Alpine Ski and Snowboard Program

Ski and snowboard instructors work with students who have a range of cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Ski and snowboard instructors spend their days on the slopes creating lifelong memories with participants. We train you to work with adaptive students and equipment. Training begins in November and continues through December. Volunteers start working with participants in January and lessons continue until early April.

Schedule: The average volunteer day is from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Programs operate 7 days a week. We have programs that begin the first weekend in January and run for 5 weeks at a time throughout the winter season. In addition, we have custom groups that are scheduled on varying dates and durations. Typically a volunteer picks the same day each week to volunteer throughout the season, or can volunteer on flexible days with Custom Groups. Lunch is usually spent with the student and/or group.

Location: Winter Park Resort | 88 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482


  • Bronze Alpine Volunteers are also known as Assistants to the Instructors, as their primary purpose is to ASSIST other Staff and Volunteer Instructors with lessons. Bronze Volunteers commit to 1 full day of training and 2 full days of volunteering (lift pass provided). For every 2 full days of volunteering, a Bronze Volunteer will receive 1 day of free skiing at Winter Park Resort. Assistant to the Instructors will progress towards becoming a fully trained NSCD volunteer instructor over the course of 2-3 years.
  • Silver Alpine Volunteers are fully trained NSCD volunteer instructors that commit to 5+ instructing days per season. New volunteers to the winter program are required to complete 4 on-mountain training sessions their first season and a total of 5-6 within a calendar year. Returning volunteers are only required to complete 1 refresher training. Silver Volunteers will receive a limited lift pass to Winter Park Resort, which will cover all training and teaching days, plus 5 free days.
  • Gold Alpine Volunteers are also trained NSCD Instructors, although they commit to 10+ instructing days per season. Gold level volunteers will receive an unlimited Winter Park Resort Season Pass. Training for Gold level volunteers is the same as a Silver Volunteer.
  • Platinum Alpine Volunteers have already volunteered with the NSCD at the gold level for 15+ consecutive years, and earn a lifetime pass to Winter Park Resort. These instructors commit to 1 day of training and a pre-determined number of volunteer days.

Volunteers may sign up for more days than their commitment level requires.

Please Note: The NSCD-issued Winter Park Resort day and season passes are issued to volunteers who do not own a pass of their own that includes Winter Park Resort, such as the Ikon Pass. Additionally, NSCD passes are only for the volunteer and are not transferable to others.


  • Must provide your own ski/snowboard equipment (NSCD provides rentals for a fee and on an ‘as available basis’ after ensuring participants have the equipment they need)
    • Telemark equipment is NOT allowed.
  • Must be an intermediate skier/snowboarder (or advanced-beginner)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older (15 or older if you are a Junior Volunteer)
  • Background check: $16 fee – Required for volunteers over 18 years old and good for three years of volunteering with the NSCD.

Become a Volunteer

Ski/Snowboard Administrative Volunteer

These volunteers help make our winter programs successful by signing in volunteers, answering questions, entering data, filing, making phone calls, compiling information for newsletters and conducting research!

Become a Ski/Snowboard Administrative Volunteer

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