Winter Programs Special Olympics Team Powderhorn

ATHLETE TRAINING DATES   SPECIAL OLYMPICS EVENT DATES
December 8, 2007
December 9, 2007
January 5, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 26, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 23, 2008 (Ski Challenge)
March 8, 2008 (Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge)

Western Area Winter Games (regional competition):
February 8-9, 2008 at Ski Cooper in Leadville
Friday: drive-up and dance. Saturday: competition and drive back.

SOCO Winter Games (state competition):
March 2-3, 2008 at Copper Mountain Resort
Just looking? Sign-up to volunteer with CDA's Team Powderhorn.

LOCATION
All training sessions for the athletes are conducted at Powderhorn Ski Resort in western Colorado. Locations of training trips for volunteers will vary; most will be conducted at Powderhorn, some at Copper and Telluride.

ATTENDANCE and PASSES
Season Passes for Powderhorn Resort
Coaches must volunteer with Team Powderhorn and/or CDA's adaptive snowsports program 20 or more days to qualify for a season pass at Powderhorn. Season passes are issued at the discretion of the Head Coach, CDA's Executive Director or CDA's Program Director.

BACKGROUND CHECKS
Every volunteer with Team Powderhorn must have completed a background check through Special Olympics Colorado. Please ask the head coach for details.

TRANSPORTATION
CDA provides transportation to athletes who need assistance in getting to training sessions at Powderhorn Resort. Coaches are invited to join in on those trips or to carpool. Colorado Discover Ability provides transportation to and from events at Ski Cooper in Leadville and at Copper Mountain Resort.

MEALS
Coaches should bring an appropriate lunch for each training day or enough money to buy lunch at Powderhorn's cafeteria. All meals will be provided during Area Games and Winter Games..

EQUIPMENT
All coaches supply their own ski and snowboarding gear, which may be purchased at pro-discount prices at Gene Taylor's Sporting Goods store in Grand Junction. Pro forms for ski and snowboard gear are also available through Martin and Sean. Qualified instructors may purchase Team Powderhorn or CDA's instructor's jacket. All uniforms (jackets, pants) must be ordered through Head Coach or CDA's Snowsports Director. All coaches are required to wear helmets when practicing with the team (no exceptions) and are encouraged to wear helmets when skiing or riding outside official training sessions.

Daily Schedule for Volunteers:
9:00 a.m. Meet-up by "Take Four" lift for instructors' clinic
10:00 a.m. Meet-up with assigned students
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. On-snow training session
12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3 p.m. On-snow training session
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wrap-up of the day's training