February 15 – 19, 2018
$999 (Now only $599 for 2018! ;
$799 if you register before Oct 1)
For Deaf* youth aged 10 to 17
(hearing siblings & KODAs welcome)
Spend President’s Weekend in a beautiful winter wonderland, catching up with old friends and making new ones. Your days will be filled with skiing or snowboarding at top-rated, award-winning Snowmass Mountain. You’ll also get to experience snowshoeing, swimming at the hot springs, tubing down a snowy hill, arts & crafts, games, and s’mores over a bonfire!
What kind of rider are you?
Never skied or snowboarded before? No worries! We have ski and snowboard instructors ready to teach you the basics of how to stay safe, get moving, and stopping.
Don’t worry, our staff are fun and patient. They want to see you have fun! The advanced campers started at one point too, and most of the time they love sharing tips with the new riders.
If you pick up quickly, you can advance to new groups for new trails and skills to pick up!
Wanna hit the park and practice those boxes, pipes, and jumps? If you pass the test as an advanced rider, your group can hit up the parks during the day.
Year after year, Snowmass’ terrain parks are consistently placed toward the top of Transworld Snowboarding Magazine’s rankings. With approximately 100 features in total — including a 22-foot Zaugg-cut Superpipe — this mountain has earned its reputation as one of the best for terrain parks.
Ready to go all out?
How Funds Are Used
- Activities & Supplies
- Food & Beverage
numbers indicate percentage (%)
What Is Included
- 4 nights stay at Aspen Camp
- 3-day lift ticket pass
- Access to 3,332 acres of trails and parks at Snowmass Mountain
- Ski or snowboard rental equipment (including helmets)
- Meals and drinks
- Deaf* ski or snowboard instructor/guides
- Off-hill activities like snow tubing, snowshoeing, and bonfires
What Is Not Included
- Traveling to/from Colorado
- Medical check-up for camper physical (must be less than 2 years old)
- Anything else
The following add-ons are optional and can be added at registration.
- Shuttle between airport and Aspen Camp for arrival/departure days
- Photo DVD to preserve memories
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Why Aspen Camp?
Not only do we love kids, we also love the great outdoors. We’ve worked hard the past 50 years to create a safe place for Deaf* kids to grow their self-esteem and contributions to the world. Not only will you get to be wholly yourself at Aspen Camp, you will also get:
- 100% communication access. Because you are among Deaf* role models, you learn with direct communication. No more missed information or feeling left out.
- So. Much. Fun. Because you’re not missing out on anything, you can finally truly enjoy the entire experience- the way you deserve it.
- Improved body awareness & strength. By fine tuning your motor skills with skiing and snowboarding, you will become stronger and self-aware.
- Increased perseverance. When you learn to get up after each time you fall, you build grit (the stuff leaders are made of). Plus, nothing beats the confidence you get when you realized you’ve picked up a new, and cool, skill!
- Wilderness therapy. Being outside has tremendous research we can write a book about! You will learn to love nature as much as you love yourself.
- And so much more.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the camper to staff ratio?
We keep a small ratio for an intimate and pleasant experience for our campers and staff.
- 5:1 off campus
- 8:1 on campus
Learn more about what our camp policies are at https://aspencamp.org/parents/ (the FAQ part).
How do you manage campers on the mountains?
Campers are never allowed to wander on their own. Each group of campers are assigned to a staff/volunteer for the duration of their visit on the mountain. Groups are assigned on the camper’s experience level and attitude.
At most, an experienced staff may be assigned 5 advanced campers who want to ride. For beginners, we likely group two to three campers with an instructor where they stay at the fanny hill.
We have a room right off the mountain for all campers and staff to take a break, relax, and get their noms on. There is always staff and the camp nurse there.
How do you screen staff?
Because we care and know that you entrust your children with us, we have high standards for staff members as well as volunteers.
All staff and volunteers are rigorously screened with a time-tested interviewing and reference check process. Once hired, they undergo a background check that may include checking with sex offender registry and federal registry.
Learn more about what our staff are trained on at https://aspencamp.org/parents/ (the FAQ part).
How does transportation work?
When your registration request is accepted, you’ll find more information about travel options in the welcome packet shared with you.
Just to give you an idea of possible options, we can:
- Pick up & drop off campers at the Denver or Aspen airport (If flying in, our staff will wait for campers at their gate to escort them back to the group. If flying out, our staff will escort campers to their gate and stay until their plane is in the air.)
- Pick up & drop off campers in Denver
- Welcome family and friends who drops off & picks up campers (with explicit parental authorization)
Note: camp tuition does not include these kind of travel arrangements. Shuttle to/from Denver is available at an additional cost.
Do campers have a choice if they get to ski or snowboard?
We believe in empowering campers with educated options. Campers are welcome to choose one sport for the entire weekend or switch between the to get a feel of it all.
No extra cost. Yes, for real.
Do campers bring their own ski/snowboard equipment?
It’s up to you.
We provide equipment rental from a local shop. This includes the ski/snowboard, poles, and helmets. The equipment rental is included, no extra charges for you. We also know there are some campers who wants to bring their own equipment, and we’re fine with that too.
Which is easier, skiing or snowboarding?
This is not an easy question to answer. It really depends.
Some campers find that skiing is easy. Some campers find that snowboarding is easier. When campers arrive, we’ll have an orientation and an introduction to skiing and snowboarding. From there, they’ll have a better understanding of what they want to experience.
Can parents volunteer for Winter Camp?
As long as the parent’s children are not attending Winter Camp, they are welcome to sign up as a volunteer.
Questions answered on the parent page include staff screening and training, use of sunscreen, registration process, keeping in touch, food and allergies, and more. Check it out.