Skiing for a good cause

Sunny skies greeted skiers as they took to the slopes of SilverStar Mountain Resort Saturday to raise money for the Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports program during the annual Carter Classic.

SSASS enables skiers with physical and mental challenges to ski the North Okanagan mountain with the aid of specially designed equipment.

SSASS programs make snow sports accessible to everyone, regardless of physical or cognitive challenges or age.

The SSASS mission statement sums up what the group is all about: “Our dream is of a of place without barriers where everyone can share passion, joy, freedom and friendship, connecting with nature and community through snow sports at Silver Star Mountain and beyond.”

SSASS programs are delivered by trained volunteers with CADS  certifications.  

Some instructors are also CSIA  certified.  

Clients are taught and escorted by two instructors during a lesson, using an adaptive technique to modify ski teaching to take advantage of and build on the abilities of the client. SSASS operates through the entire ski season with the majority of programs delivered from early January through late March.

SSASS services are free and events like the Carter Challenge make the program possible.

The Challenge is not a competition, but there are prizes. Participants have their first run timed and then must 'guesstimate' the time each following run will take.

The person closest to those times wins a prize.

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