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Nordic and Snowshoe Day 2012

Shasta Disabled Sports held its Nordic and Snowshoe day earlier this month. We were happy with the number of people that came out to enjoy exercise and fun in the woods during the winter. We got a campfire going and volunteers and families brought up great food to keep us energized. Thanks to all of our volunteers who contributed their time to this great event. We'd like to especially thank the Mount Shasta Nordic Center for providing free gear for this event.

Patrick Cotinni and his nordic skiPatrick Cotinni and his nordic ski

Ski Buddy Program Continues This Year at the Mount Shasta Ski Park

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Shasta DSUSA Ski Buddy Program is designed to connect volunteers with skiers with disabilities who may need some assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes.

Ski buddies are volunteers trained to assist users of mono-ski and bi-ski equipment. They are also trained in the techniques used to assist skiers with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities.

Shasta DSUSA members seeking to be paired with a ski buddy should call 530-925-1531 or email info@shastadsusa.org to make a reservation. Try to give us a one week notice so that we can find a volunteer appropriate for your needs. Ski buddies are not instructors. Participants in the ski buddy program should already have some prior ski instruction.

Volunteers seeking to become a ski buddy need to particpate in one or more of Shasta DSUSA training dates and to be checked off by a qualified trainer. Candidates should be intermediate to expert skiers comfortable on green, blue, and black groomed terrain. See our event calendar for dates and times. If there is enough demand, we will schedule more training dates. Ski buddies receive a complementary ski pass for the day the volunteer and one for an additional day.

The Ski Buddy Program is only available at the Mount Shasta Ski Park, who have graciously supported our efforts to offer this program to our members.

Summer 2011 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Winter Wrap Up
- Fundraising
- Slide Ride Run Glide
- Summer Schedule

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Nordic and Snowshoe Day -- Testimonial

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Here is a great testimonial from our friends the Nurnberg family. Check it out.

http://www.autismepicenter.com/autism-blog/blog2.php/2011/03/02/shasta-d...

Naresh is Fresh

Check out video of Naga Naresh Karuturi ripping down the slopes in our bi-ski. Naresh is now a fully independent rider in both the bi-ski and mono-ski.

Thanks to ski buddy Ray Pettengell for filming this footage!

SHASTA DISABLED SPORTS USA WINTER PROGRAM BEGINS WITH SKI BUDDY VOLUNTEER TRAINING JANUARY 9TH

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Ski Buddy program matches special needs skiers with volunteers

Free Adaptive Weekend and Nordic Day round out 2011 winter program calendar

Mt. Shasta, CA -- December 18, 2010 Shasta Disabled Sports USA is hosting their first of two ski buddy training events on Sunday January 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Volunteers will be trained to buddy up with special needs skiers who wish to enjoy the slopes of Mt. Shasta. A second and final training session will take place Sunday, January 23rd.

The goal of Shasta DS/USA's Ski Buddy Program is to connect trained volunteer who are strong skiers with those with disabilities who may need assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes. The program enables members of the community with special needs to reach their greatest level of independence on the slopes, and engenders a sense of adventure and self-determination for participants and volunteers.

Northern California has a sizable disabled population with a high demand for adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, and Shasta DS/USA has filled this niche since 2005. Many of their ski program participants travel from as far away as Shasta, Tehama and Humboldt counties just for the chance to ski on Mt. Shasta for a couple hours with a ski buddy. According to Shasta DS/USA treasurer and co-founder Aaron Beverly, ”Over the past few years we have developed a core group of trained and dedicated ski buddies. But due to growing demand from disabled skiers that wish to experience snow sports, we have a need to increase our volunteer pool.”

The Ski Buddy training events are designed to teach volunteers to become “ski buddies,” who are matched with appropriate disabled individuals on an as needed basis and according to each person's level of experience and comfort. As a ski buddy trainee, DS/USA will instruct you on how to assist skiers with mono-ski and bi-ski equipment as well as how to assist skiers with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities. “We hope more local ski athletes will join us in lending a hand and get involved this season,” says DS/USA secretary and co-founder Donna Boyd. “As part of our program, we help volunteers identify in what way they’d like to help. We work one-on-one with participants and volunteers until everyone feels comfortable and is having fun.”

Ski buddy candidates should be strong skiers comfortable on the green, blue, and black terrain at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Shasta DS/USA trainers will check you off in one or more ski buddy disciplines of your choice before matching you with a disabled member of the community. Veteran ski buddies are encouraged to attend these training events each year to refresh their skills.

This program is generously supported by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park by providing DS/USA's ski buddies with a free lift ticket for days they volunteer and a lift ticket voucher for another day. Call Shasta Disabled Sports USA at (530) 925-1531 or email them at info@shastadsusa.org for more details or to attend either Ski Buddy training event.

Shasta Disabled Sports USA was formed in 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering year round recreational and outdoor opportunities to the region’s disabled community.

Winter 2011 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Winter 2011 Program and Schedule
- Fundraising 2011. We Need Your Help!
- Slide Ride Run Glide Xtreme Mobility Challenge

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Summer 2010 Newsletter


In this issue:

- Winter Wrap Up
- Summer Is Here - Almost
- Summer 2010 Schedule
- Thankyou!

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‘Ski buddies’ allow disabled residents to take to the slopes

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Siskiyou Daily News, December 31, 2009

The Shasta Disabled Sports USA “ski buddies” will take to the slopes again this year, giving special needs residents the chance to ski on the slopes of Mt. Shasta with a trained helper, a press release announced this week. The group will hold two training sessions this month for those interested in becoming ski buddies.

Shasta Disabled Sports USA is hosting the first of two ski buddy training events on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. The second and final ski buddy training event of the 2009/2010 ski season will take place Sunday, Jan. 24.

The goal of Shasta DS/USA’s Ski Buddy program is to connect expert volunteer skiers with those with disabilities who may need assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes. This program enables members of the community with special needs to reach their greatest level of independence on the slopes and engenders a sense of adventure and self-determination for all participants and volunteers, the release stated.

According to the release, Northern California has a sizable disabled population with a high demand for adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, of which Shasta DS/USA does their best to fill. Many of its ski program participants travel from as far away as Shasta, Tehama and Humboldt counties for the chance to ski on Mt. Shasta for a couple of hours with a ski buddy.

The training events are designed to teach volunteers to become ski buddies, who are matched with appropriate disabled individuals on an as-needed basis and according to each person’s level of experience and comfort. As a ski buddy trainee, DS/USA will instruct volunteers on how to assist skiers with mono-ski and bi-ski equipment, as well as how to assist skiers with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities.

“We help volunteers clarify in what way they can help. We work one-on-one with participants and volunteers until both are comfortable,” DS/USA secretary and co-founder Donna Boyd said.

Ski buddy candidates should be expert skiers comfortable on green, blue and black terrain, and their qualified trainers will check them off in one or more ski buddy disciplines of their choice before matching them with a disabled member of the community.

Veteran ski buddies are encouraged to attend these training events each year to refresh their skills. This program is supported by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park by providing DS/USA’s ski buddies with a free lift ticket for days they volunteer and a lift ticket voucher for another day.

Call (530) 925-1531 or e-mail info@shastadsusa.org for more details or to attend either of the ski buddy training events.

New Disabled Sports shed was community effort

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Mount Shasta Herald, December 30, 2009

Shasta Disabled Sports U.S.A. will have a new shed this winter in which to store its adaptive ski equipment thanks to McClellan Builders, the Mountain Wheelers, and the Mount Shasta Ski Park.

"We now have more bi-skis than we have places to put them. This shed will provide convenient access to our members and instructors," says Shasta Disabled Sports board member Aaron Beverly.

"McClellan Builders donated two-thirds the cost of the shed, the Mountain Wheelers provided the rest. The Ski Park provided the labor to install it. This is a great example of local organizations working together to support each other."

McClellan Custom Sheds are built locally by the McClellan family's general contracting business. The lumber used in the construction of the 8' x 8' custom shed comes from the McCloud Basin and is harvested and milled using sustainable methods.

"We are happy that our shed will be helping out Shasta Disabled Sport's winter program," says Lin McCellan of McClellan Builders. "Our sheds can withstand even a McCloud winter."

For more about Shasta Disabled Sports programs go to www.shastadsusa.org. For more information about McClellan Builders, visit their website at www.macbuild.net

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