How Your Contribution Will be Used

Funds raised from the Ski-A-Thon will be used primarily for student scholarships, student uniforms, and equipment.

The scholarship program was adopted due to comments heard time after time — “I’d love to go and try to snow ski, and even though the equipment and instruction is provided, lodging is costly.”  However, the typical response after a student attends a weekend  is “This is great, and certainly worth the small amount the group condos cost”.  Quite a difference!

So, in an effort to provide students with the experience itself, without worry regarding the cost, the scholarship program for new students was approved.  Through these scholarships, first-time students are able to enjoy a whole weekend with lodging for the student and a parent/guardian paid by the group.  By doing this, cost concerns are alleviated, and the student can be exposed to the organization and skiing before making any cash outlay or commitment.  This year we would like to offer 15 scholarships, at an estimated cost of $200 per scholarship.

New equipment is needed because of typical wear and tear.  Also, sometimes we have had to turn away students because we did not have enough equipment for everyone or because we did not have the proper equipment for their particular disability.  Our goal is never to turn a student away because of lack of equipment.  We are particularly in need of additional mono-skis and bi-skis, since the number of paraplegics in our group is growing.

A brief outline of the costs associated with scholarships, uniforms and equipment is shown below:

Scholarships $200 per student — 15 for the year
Mono-ski interchangeable parts $3,000 seats & inserts
Snow Slider $1,300 each — need one
Radio Headsets $400 Student/Instructor communications
Outriggers $270 each pair — need six
Ski bras $60 per pair — need eight
Skis and Bindings $400 per student — need four
Helmets $100 each — need ten
Student Uniforms $100 each – need ten

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