Volunteer FAQs2019-10-07T15:17:28-07:00

Volunteer FAQs

What kind of volunteer opportunities are available?2019-08-20T10:23:21-07:00

Winter: Assist on our Adaptive Ski & Ride Program Lessons, Special Events
Summer: Wilderness Program, Adaptive Cycling, Ropes Course, Rock Climbing, and Special Events

How do I become a Volunteer?2019-08-20T10:23:15-07:00

It’s easy! If you would like to become a Volunteer, just fill out our Online Interest Form, or email our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@boec.org.

Are there any specific qualifications I will need?2019-10-31T12:11:52-07:00

All Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program volunteers must be a confident level 5 skier or snowboarder; Must ski or ride comfortably on all “green circle” and most groomed “blue square” terrain at Vail Resorts.

All Wilderness Program volunteers do not need to enter the Volunteer Program with any special skills or experience. BOEC will conduct training for adaptive cycling, rock climbing, and high ropes course.

Previous biking, climbing, or ropes course experience and knowledge is preferred, but not required.

BOEC Volunteers must be a minimum age of 14 years old in order to Volunteer. If you are looking to Volunteer, and are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

What sort of training will I receive?2019-10-31T12:14:13-07:00

Volunteer positions vary in length and responsibility. Volunteers who work directly with participants are provided training in adaptive equipment, disability awareness and BOEC procedures. New Volunteers in the Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program must take at least three training sessions, including:

Winter Programming:

  • Dryland Orientation
  • Disability Awareness
  • 2 additional clinics of your choice

Summer Programming:

  • Dryland Orientation
  • Disability Awareness
  • Adaptive Cycling Training
  • High Ropes Course training
  • Adaptive Rock Climbing training

New Volunteers are required to complete 3 full days (6 half days) of training. Two required training clinics are Dryland Orientation and Disability Awareness.

Returning Volunteers are required to complete 1 full day of training.

Do I need insurance?2019-08-20T10:22:40-07:00

Yes, you must provide proof of health insurance prior to volunteering in any aspect of our adaptive program.

Note: All participants, instructors, staff, interns, and volunteers must wear helmets during appropriate activity as designated by BOEC policy.

Does it cost anything?2019-10-31T12:16:39-07:00

In 2014-15, we instituted a one-time, $25.00 Volunteer Fee for New Volunteers. This helps to cover the costs of a background check and the trainings you are required to take. If this nominal fee causes you undue hardship, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Can I get a season pass?2019-10-31T12:19:41-07:00

BOEC is able to provide Adaptive Ski & Ride Program Volunteers a season pass for Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin mountains. Volunteers that are receiving a season pass must commit to volunteering a minimum of 15 days total throughout the season.
Note: The 15 total day count begins once you complete your required training (For New Volunteers: 3 full days of training; For Returning Volunteers: 1 full day of training)

We are not able to commit season passes until after all volunteers have completed their training, usually mid- to late November. BOEC is given a limited number of passes, which are given to returning volunteers first, then the remaining amount to new volunteers, who can work at least 15 days. In the past we have not had any problems with getting a pass to those who were interested, but we cannot guarantee a pass at this time. However, if by chance you do not receive a pass, we do offer an additional one-day lift ticket for each day you volunteer, up to 15 days. We can say from experience that if your only motivation for working as a Volunteer is to get a pass, the Adaptive Ski Program is probably not the place for you. Additionally, if you are not meeting the minimum volunteer requirements, it is the Program Director’s discretion to make your season pass inactive.

Am I required to work a certain number of days?2019-10-31T12:23:47-07:00

Winter Program requirements: If you are signing up for a season pass through BOEC, Volunteers must commit to completing a minimum of 15 days total throughout the season. Days are subject to your availability and you must sign up via the BOEC Database.

If you are NOT signing up for a season pass through BOEC, there is no minimum day requirement.

Summer Program Requirements: There is no minimum day requirement in our summer Wilderness Program.

However, if BOEC invests our time in you, our expectation is that you invest your time in us.

I am not built like a linebacker and can’t lift much weight. Can I still volunteer for the Ski Program?2019-08-20T10:22:21-07:00

Yes! Not all lessons require strength. There are plenty of students who require little more than a fun companion and encouraging words on the mountain.

I don’t have experience working with people with disabilities. Can I still volunteer?2019-08-20T10:21:56-07:00

Absolutely! More than anything, we are looking for people who believe in the purpose of our program – that people of all abilities deserve opportunities for participating in outdoor activities in a supportive, caring, and equal environment where abilities – not disabilities – are the focus.

Are there opportunities available for snowboarders?2019-08-20T10:21:50-07:00

We are always seeking Volunteers who snowboard to help on lessons. You may go riding with someone who has an amputated limb or a youngster who attends an alternative high school. Proficient snowboarders can also become excellent assistants on sit-down lessons.

Ready to apply? Please complete the following steps:

Fill out our online application

  • New Volunteer Application
  • Returning Volunteer Application
  • Risk/Release Liability Form (All Volunteers must complete this form per season)
  • Follow our Background Check Directions to complete BOEC’s required background check. Returning Volunteers must complete a renewed background check every 4 years.
  • All New Volunteers must pay the required $25.00 Volunteer Fee with cash, check, or credit card in person, over the phone (970-453-6422), or via US Mail to:
    BOEC Adaptive Ski Office
    P.O. Box 697
    Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Attend required training clinics

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