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Nordic and Snowshoe Day 2012

Shasta Disabled Sports held its Nordic and Snowshoe day earlier this month. We were happy with the number of people that came out to enjoy exercise and fun in the woods during the winter. We got a campfire going and volunteers and families brought up great food to keep us energized. Thanks to all of our volunteers who contributed their time to this great event. We'd like to especially thank the Mount Shasta Nordic Center for providing free gear for this event.

Patrick Cotinni and his nordic skiPatrick Cotinni and his nordic ski

The Long Way Out

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Here's a great video about our old friend Mark Thorton and his latest endeavor.

The Long Way Out from Cody Caldwell on Vimeo.

Ski Buddy Program Continues This Year at the Mount Shasta Ski Park

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Shasta DSUSA Ski Buddy Program is designed to connect volunteers with skiers with disabilities who may need some assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes.

Ski buddies are volunteers trained to assist users of mono-ski and bi-ski equipment. They are also trained in the techniques used to assist skiers with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities.

Shasta DSUSA members seeking to be paired with a ski buddy should call 530-925-1531 or email to make a reservation. Try to give us a one week notice so that we can find a volunteer appropriate for your needs. Ski buddies are not instructors. Participants in the ski buddy program should already have some prior ski instruction.

Volunteers seeking to become a ski buddy need to particpate in one or more of Shasta DSUSA training dates and to be checked off by a qualified trainer. Candidates should be intermediate to expert skiers comfortable on green, blue, and black groomed terrain. See our event calendar for dates and times. If there is enough demand, we will schedule more training dates. Ski buddies receive a complementary ski pass for the day the volunteer and one for an additional day.

The Ski Buddy Program is only available at the Mount Shasta Ski Park, who have graciously supported our efforts to offer this program to our members.

Letter To Our Supporters

Greetings from Shasta Disabled Sports! Our winter 2011/2012 events schedule has been set and can be viewed in the right hand column of this website.

For the past 6 years, we have been helping kids and adults throughout the region enjoy the great outdoors that we all cherish. Our programs provide a unique chance to interact with nature, be physically active and socialize with others, opportunities that no other organization in our area provides. Thank you for being a part of what we do each year.

As we prepare for the winter season, we are faced with the seasonal insurance payments required to keep us in business. If you value the work we do in the disabled community, I urge you to take a moment now and become a member of Shasta Disabled Sports. The generosity of our annual members makes our programs possible, as grants rarely cover insurance costs. By becoming a member, you become an important partner in the work we do. You can always feel good about giving to Shasta Disabled Sports, because your gift goes directly to our programs, as we are an all-volunteer organization with no other overhead costs.

To become a member now, donate online at or mail in a check for $25 to Shasta DS/USA, PO Box 191, Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Thank you in advance for supporting Shasta Disabled Sports with your valuable membership gift and playing an active role in serving the disabled community. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you out on the slopes this winter!

Aaron, Robin, Merle, Donna, Didier, Anna, and all of us at Shasta Disabled Sports.

Winter 2011/2012 Newsletter

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In this issue:

- Summer Wrap Up
- Ski Buddy Program
- 7th Annual Free Adaptive Weekend
- 2011/2012 Winter Event Schedule


Summer 2011 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Winter Wrap Up
- Fundraising
- Slide Ride Run Glide
- Summer Schedule


Nordic and Snowshoe Day -- Testimonial

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Here is a great testimonial from our friends the Nurnberg family. Check it out.

Naresh is Fresh

Check out video of Naga Naresh Karuturi ripping down the slopes in our bi-ski. Naresh is now a fully independent rider in both the bi-ski and mono-ski.

Thanks to ski buddy Ray Pettengell for filming this footage!


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Ski Buddy program matches special needs skiers with volunteers

Free Adaptive Weekend and Nordic Day round out 2011 winter program calendar

Mt. Shasta, CA -- December 18, 2010 Shasta Disabled Sports USA is hosting their first of two ski buddy training events on Sunday January 9th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Volunteers will be trained to buddy up with special needs skiers who wish to enjoy the slopes of Mt. Shasta. A second and final training session will take place Sunday, January 23rd.

The goal of Shasta DS/USA's Ski Buddy Program is to connect trained volunteer who are strong skiers with those with disabilities who may need assistance or are looking for some company while out on the slopes. The program enables members of the community with special needs to reach their greatest level of independence on the slopes, and engenders a sense of adventure and self-determination for participants and volunteers.

Northern California has a sizable disabled population with a high demand for adaptive sports and recreation opportunities, and Shasta DS/USA has filled this niche since 2005. Many of their ski program participants travel from as far away as Shasta, Tehama and Humboldt counties just for the chance to ski on Mt. Shasta for a couple hours with a ski buddy. According to Shasta DS/USA treasurer and co-founder Aaron Beverly, ”Over the past few years we have developed a core group of trained and dedicated ski buddies. But due to growing demand from disabled skiers that wish to experience snow sports, we have a need to increase our volunteer pool.”

The Ski Buddy training events are designed to teach volunteers to become “ski buddies,” who are matched with appropriate disabled individuals on an as needed basis and according to each person's level of experience and comfort. As a ski buddy trainee, DS/USA will instruct you on how to assist skiers with mono-ski and bi-ski equipment as well as how to assist skiers with visual impairments and cognitive disabilities. “We hope more local ski athletes will join us in lending a hand and get involved this season,” says DS/USA secretary and co-founder Donna Boyd. “As part of our program, we help volunteers identify in what way they’d like to help. We work one-on-one with participants and volunteers until everyone feels comfortable and is having fun.”

Ski buddy candidates should be strong skiers comfortable on the green, blue, and black terrain at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. Shasta DS/USA trainers will check you off in one or more ski buddy disciplines of your choice before matching you with a disabled member of the community. Veteran ski buddies are encouraged to attend these training events each year to refresh their skills.

This program is generously supported by the Mt. Shasta Ski Park by providing DS/USA's ski buddies with a free lift ticket for days they volunteer and a lift ticket voucher for another day. Call Shasta Disabled Sports USA at (530) 925-1531 or email them at for more details or to attend either Ski Buddy training event.

Shasta Disabled Sports USA was formed in 2005 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering year round recreational and outdoor opportunities to the region’s disabled community.

Winter 2011 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Winter 2011 Program and Schedule
- Fundraising 2011. We Need Your Help!
- Slide Ride Run Glide Xtreme Mobility Challenge

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