2017- A.K.A. Round #3. Go!
We were back at RMR in Revelstoke this spring for our Mini Big Mtn Camp. A camp focused on the progression of sit skiing beyond the existing intro programs. We are looking to develop riders so they’re able to help take the sport to new heights. And who knows where?!!
This was our biggest camp at RMR yet! We had 10 sit skiers with a mix of coaches, ambassadors, returning athletes and new athletes. This made for a progressive posse that would take over runs as we charged the steep rolling groomers!
Things started out as they do on the first day with some fundamental big mountain skill sessions. After a day of working on those skills and putting them to the test, we were almost prepared for what lay in store for day two.
GNAR DAY!!! For those of you familiar with Shane McConkeys Saucer Boy, we were fortunate to have coincidentally lined our event up with this day’s tribute to him! That was the saving grace to the moral of the group. We knew it was going to be a tough day as we got off the top of the gondola and it was raining…. nothing like seeing a bunch of naked bodies, male and female skiing, screaming ‘I’m the best skier on the mountain’ to help you forget about how wet you’re getting…
Day three started like the previous years last day in hopes to create a bit of a tradition. First tracks. Enough said. Ok, not quite enough. There is something about cutting fresh corduroy with friends as the sun comes up that just makes you feel like you’re where you’re supposed to be. It’s almost as good as unpacked pow. But that’s coming next, so just you wait!
Revelstoke Adaptive had its second annual BINGO fundraiser, and it was another huge success! We wanted to say Thank You again to the town of Revelstoke for the incredible support. We Love you Revelstoke, and we’ve got a hunch the feeling is mutual!
More specifically we want to thank our host, the Taco Club! Less specifically, sort of, we want to thank our volunteers for pulling this together and the following local businesses for the amazing prizes!
The funds raised will help us to develop our volunteers through courses, set up our storage space, and tune up our equipment!
Serendipity Book Store
Revelstoke Backcountry Guides
Love Making Designs
Free Spirit Sports
Balu Yoga Studio
James and Rich in the green RASP Volunteer jackets out with some athletes!
The one and only Amanda Timm is our 2017 Living Right Award recipient! She’s been after this award for several years and we’re very excited to be able to help her this year. She’s got an infectious positive attitude and skis like her life depends on it. This season she broke her sit ski bucket, because she was charging! The award will help her buy a new sit ski bucket to keep her out on the hill all winter.
This award was funded by the TJ Schiller Charity Golf tournament which was last summer. A huge thank you – shout out – to TJ for helping keep adapted athletes stay on top of their game!
Better a day (or two) late than a dollar (or two) short! We had an awesome round of applicants, which doesn’t make it easy. We are excited to announce Tristan Smyth as our first 2016 recipient of the Living Right Award! Tristan is an aspiring track athlete with his sights set on Rio in the fall. For more info, and to follow him on his journey check out his athlete page! Tristan Smyth
Toronto, ON – Aug 14 2015 – Tristan Smith competes in the Men’s 1500m T54 Final in the CIBC Athletics Stadium during the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
This Living Right Award is brought to you by The Extreme Everest Challenge in Smithers BC.
“If you live right, once is enough. “
At Live It! Love It! we believe “Living Right” means embracing our passions, overcoming obstacles, discovering our potential, challenging ourselves and making a positive impact on the people around us.
This year we’re awarding two Living Right sponsorships.
Starting Now, we are accepting applications for this years first Living Right Award, a $1000 scholarship to help one lucky person with some expenses.
The contest is open to anyone with a physical disability.
Perhaps you are working towards a goal, inspiring others, facing a fear, accomplishing something great or staying positive in hard times. We want to know how you define “Living Right” and how you have put Living Right into practice in your own life.
Tell us what this award would mean to you and how you would use it in a short essay or video.
Spread the word, get your thinking caps on and start telling your story.
Have a friend or family member with a disability that inspires you by “Living Right”? Let them know about this great oppotunity!
Contests Closes at noon
1- FEB 20th Successful applicant announced March 20th aka The Spring Equinox!
2- AUG 22nd Successful applicant announced Sept 22nd aka The Fall Equinox!
For application details click : Living Right Award
Once again, VISAS is offering a learn-to-ski/board week at Mount Washington between January 3rd and 7th, 2016 for people with disabilities who would like to try their hand at these fabulous pursuits. It’s an incredible opportunity to get up in the mountains and slide around on snow! Here‘s a link to more information, and a video of our co-founder Jeff Scott and his crew getting some tasty turns at Mt. Washington.
Like a bat out of hell, blind and on fire, I come barreling out of the trees of Vertigo Ridge with Al at the helm. We swing it around in time to watch the disciples pick their way through the final steep treed section of the run. It ain’t pretty, the run that is. The skiing is Ace’s though. It needs to be, it’s on a few inches of warm blown in fresh, on top of a nice spring crust that’s been softened ever so slightly. It’s the graduation run of The Revy Sit Ski Camp. Considering it’s hard to tell who’s a coach and who’s a camper as they leapfrog their way down, I’d say the campers surprised themselves with how far they’ve come in three days.
Twice as many sit skiers went through our application process as we were able to invite. These 3 fit the bill, intermediate skills and looking to push their skills beyond what any adaptive program in the province is doing.
There’s a definite niche in the sit ski school of progression. That’s what this camp was designed to do, fill the free skiing void after one out grows the adaptive programs of the province. We gathered some of the best the province has to offer as coaches. From recently retired national team athletes to X Games gold medalists, these guys are a wealth of knowledge especially when it comes to the steep challenging terrain Revelstoke Mountain Resort has to offer.
The event was a huge success, which could have very easily gone the other direction considering the weather. I don’t like to be the guy that talks about the weather. So I’ll stop. We had our first run on the top of the Stoke chair, here the foundation for the weekend was laid. Our coaches discussed and demonstrated some essential skills to ‘billy goat’ your way through any kind of terrain.
Think about that. A Billy Goat, in a sit ski. Or a sit skier in Billy the Goats terrain. Neither seem quite right. Regardless, the drills were laid out and executed. After the basics were covered, to keep flow, we adopted a coaching on the go approach. This allowed us to keep some nice rhythm in our runs and let the coaches challenge and give feed back right away to the campers. Then before you know it, it’s over. Like the weekend, the article ended sooner than most would have liked. Good news, it’s going down again next year!
Huge thank you to all of our sponsors and our volunteers that made this event possible!
This camp was made truly incredible by our:
William Eaton Photography
So our skiing plans have changed a little bit this year. We are unfortunately not going to be running a Make Their Day event. We are now going to be running an intermediate free skiing camp for athletes with a physical disability at RMR in Revelstoke this March! This camp is going to be for athletes looking to really build their skills. RMR has some steep terrain and is known for their deep snow, hopefully we’ll be working on both!
Given the right weather, there might be an opportunity to do some para gliding as well!
We are going to put together a group of individuals that we feel will benefit the most from this camp.
What you need to do, to be considered, is tell us a little about yourself:
1- How long you’ve been skiing/experience, are you comfortable getting on and off a ski lift by yourself?
2- Nature of your disability
3- Device/s you use on the hill
4- Skills you would like to work on at a camp like this
5-Any medical issues we should know about that might put you or others at risk while doing the activities mentioned?
6-Are you available to be in Revelstoke the night of March 26th through to the 29th
7- Whether you’d be interested in paragliding
Send that along with the following basic info to email@example.com
– Date of birth
– Contact info
-Emergency contact info; ie parent
We look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any questions, ask away!