What is the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic?
A five day clinic consisting of ski lessons, training, a challenge race, adaptive sports workshops, educational classes, plus sponsored and self-directed alternative activities. Qualified adaptive ski instructors will provide ski instruction.
When is the clinic?
March 26 – April 1, 2017. Registration will take place Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Snowmass Village Conference Center. Closing ceremonies will be held Friday, March 31, 2017.
Where is the clinic held?
Snowmass Village, Aspen, Colorado. It is located just eight miles from Aspen’s Sardy Field, the most convenient ski resort airport in the United States. It is serviced by three major airlines. The base elevation is 8,104 feet and the summit elevation is 12,510 feet. For more information, please visit the Snowmass Village website at www.snowmassvillage.com
Participants’ lodging is planned at The Westin Resort (for wheelchair athletes only) or the Wildwood Snowmass. Lodging information will be sent to you upon acceptance.
Who is allowed to participate in the clinic?
Participation is open to male and female military service veterans with qualifying disabilities such as spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputation, visual impairments, certain neurological problems, and other disabilities. Veterans who currently have inpatient or outpatient status at a VA Medical facility will have first priority. All disabilities are subject to review by the Winter Sports Clinic medical director and program director. Their decisions are final.
For more information on eligibility visit our eligibility page.
How do I register?
In order to be a participant all eligible veterans can apply filling out the application found on our registration page which includes important information about medical care.
How much does the clinic cost?
Participants are responsible for their room charges, incidentals and airfare and/or transportation costs to the event. Hotels will require cash or a credit card at check-in for incidentals. Ground transportation will be provided by the Grand Junction VA Medical Center and Village properties. There will be a $10.00 portage fee charged to your room. Additional transportation that is not related to the event will be the responsibility of the participant. Ski instruction, ski equipment, lift tickets, meals and all other related clinic activities and functions will be free of charge. To avoid confusion and possible loss of funds, please do not make any travel or lodging reservations until you have received the letter notifying you of your accepted clinic registration.
Coaches, Family, Friends and Support Personnel:
Coaches, family, friends and support personnel are responsible for their room charges, the cost of all transportation not included in the even, meals, lift tickets and ski equipment rentals. Coaches providing aid to their participants will be permitted to room in the Wildwood Snowmass or The Westin Resort if absolutely necessary. To avoid confusion and possible loss of funds, please do not make any travel or lodging reservations until you have received the letter notifying you of your accepted clinic registration.
*Special Note to Coaches: Snowmass Village will not accept government purchase orders. Please be sure to make your payment arrangements to avoid any last minute confusion.
Participants receive all meals free of charge. Coaches, family, friends and support personnel are responsible for the cost of their meals. More information regarding meal plans will be sent in the acceptance package.
Will there be medical professionals on-site?
Medical care supervision will be provided throughout the event. Support personnel must accompany all participants requiring daily supportive care or assistance in activities of daily living. Nursing care for ADLS such as bathing, showering, and catheter care is not planned.
*Note – We recommend that if you anticipate needing personal equipment or supplies such as catheters, leg bags, irrigating solutions, etc., plan to bring these items with you, or arrange for them through a local pharmacy.
What other information should I know about or remember?
- Bring with you all necessary medications that you will require.
- Mail your completed application and forms no later than November 30, 2016.
- Please double check to make sure you have all the medical information the application requires in addition to the two medical pages enclosed in the acceptance package.