Participate Volunteer

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.

Volunteer Commitment: We train you to work with adaptive students and equipment. Training begins in October and continues through December. Volunteers start working with participants in January.

Schedule: The average volunteer day is from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Programs operate 7 days a week. We have 5-week 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 season or can volunteer on flexible days with Custom Groups. Lunch is usually spent with the student and/or group.


  • Bronze 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 a ½ 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.
  • Silver 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 Volunteers are also trained NSCD Instructors, though they commit to 10+ instructing days per season. Gold level volunteers will receive an unlimited Winter Park Resort Season Pass.* Training for volunteers is the same as a Silver Volunteer.
  • Platinum Volunteers have already volunteered with the NSCD at the gold level for 15+ consecutive years, and have earned a lifetime pass to Winter Park Resort. These instructors commit to 1 day of training and 5 volunteer days.

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


*Please note: NSCD provided lift passes are given to volunteers who do not have a season pass to Winter Park Resort. Additionally, NSCD passes are only for the volunteer and not transferable to others.

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