The summary of this winter season is: the numbers are up. More lessons, more instructors, more volunteers, more equipment, more donations, and more fun. The program continues to have healthy, manageable growth while still maintaining the personal connection with our clients. The small size of our operation fosters the friendly atmosphere that surrounds our team and our clients.
This season we taught 102 clients 501 lessons, an average of 4.9 lessons per client. Our students have cognitive and/or physical challenges and ranged in age from 3 to 93 years old. The season was 111 days in length from mid December through the first week of April. We averaged 4.5 lessons per day for this period.
Financial support continues to be a bright spot within the program. Our partners and donors were very generous with equipment, dollars, and services. Several projects and fundraising events created the financial resource necessary to fund equipment and our scholarship program. But individual donors continue to be a large and vital part of our financial success.
Tammy Babbitt, our program coordinator, did a great job of stepping in at the last minute as the season began. I am sure she found it challenging to learn a new job while scheduling our students and instructors and running the day to day operation of the program. We are all grateful for the work she has done this year.
Our staff of 25 full and part time instructors continues to develop their skills through practice and training. We held a number of training sessions throughout the season including events with the National Abilities Center and the University of Utah. Six new instructors joined our ranks this season. They arrived with a variety of skills and new enthusiasm for the work we do.
We welcome them to our family and have been extremely impressed with their eagerness to learn and interact with the students. Our volunteer program, which began last season has continued to be extremely beneficial to our operations. Several hundred hours of service by these generous individuals have greatly benefitted our clients and enabled staff to provide outstanding instruction.
Our board of directors has been extremely supportive of the mission of our program. They are there to help with fundraising and events and provide valuable guidance at our meetings and facilitate the operation of the organization. Their connections in the community and throughout the valley have proved invaluable to Snowbasin Adaptive Sports Education Foundation.
This season we added Special Olympics training sessions to our schedule on Wednesday afternoons. The training was conducted by parents, volunteers and staff. Funding for this work was provided by Snowbasin Resort, Snowbasin Adaptive Sports and various parents and individuals. Three of our clients received gold, silver, and bronze medals during the Utah Special Olympics at Powder Mountain.
Snowbasin Resort is responsible for the continuing success of the adaptive program at the mountain. The staff of snow sports instructors, lift services, rental equipment specialists, ski patrol, mountain grooming experts, ticketing and management services are all part of the team that makes adaptive snow sports possible. We could not function without their efforts and expertise. The monetary support that Snowbasin Resort provides makes our program tick. Discounts and donations by the corporation in the form of lift tickets, lessons, and rental equipment are essential to our clients. We greatly appreciate the corporation’s generosity. This season our program generated approximately forty thousand dollars of revenue for Snowbasin Resort. In addition, the publicity and goodwill produced by our work is clearly an asset to resort operation and public relations.
Snowbasin Adaptive Sports was founded in 2009. Six years later I still have the same enthusiasm for what we do and who we are. Daily, people stop to tell me how much they appreciate what we do. I know that our staff feels their work is important, fulfilling, and fun.
The laughter, tears, and joy on the faces of students, instructors, and parents says it all.
We call it Miles of Smiles.
All the Best
Snowbasin Adaptive Sports