WINTER PROGRAM 2014
Scholarships Available- Click here to apply
Scholarship applications don't have to be submitted at the same time that you register- the earlier we receive them, the better!
If your child lives in the local area (between Aspen and Parachute) and you want to enter him or her into the camp for respite reason, you may be qualified for assistance from website
External scholarships are available as well. Autism Care and Treatment Today offers scholarships to families, with priority going to military families and families with more than one child affected with autism. See http://www.act-today.org/index
Winter 2014 Program Descriptions
Winter Day Camps- Autism Skis!
At the Winter Day Camp, we enjoy 5 days of skiing and snowboarding at Snowmass, Colorado, one of the world’s premier family-friendly ski resorts just a few miles outside of Aspen.
- 5-day on-mountain skiing/snowboarding*
- One-to-one private lesson with an Aspen Skiing Company professional specializing in teaching persons across the autism spectrum
- Additional support from ski buddies will also be provided throughout the day
- Ski/Snowboard equipment (skis or board, boots, poles, helmet)
- Lift tickets
- Lunch and daytime snacks for camper Monday-Friday
- Breakfast for camper and one (1) guest (e.g. parent, aide) at Monday Meet and Greet
- Friday awards ceremony for camper and one (1) guest with light appetizers and beverages. Additional guests are welcome at the breakfast and Friday awards for an additional cost.
*Severe weather and camper sickness may neccessitate substitute activities.
Click Here for more information on Autism Skis
The private lesson option pairs campers with Aspen Skiing Company instructors trained in working with persons with autism. Because it is a 1:1 program, private lessons allow for greater flexibility and convenience for participants than the camp program while still providing them the same quality ski/ snowboard instruction.
The private lesson package includes:
- 5 days of 1:1 lessons with an Aspen Skiing Company professional instructor
- Lunches and daytime snacks
- Equipment rental
- Lift pass
Click Here for more information on Private lessons
Buddy-supported Group Lessons
Families that want their students to enjoy a lesson with an Aspen Ski Company professional instructor while developing their social skills in a mainstream environment can request to sign-up for our buddy-supported group lessons. Supervised by an ESC buddy, enrolled students will participate in one of Aspen Skiing Company’s group lessons alongside neuro-typical learners of the same age group and skill level. The buddy-supported group lessons package includes assistance from an ESC buddy throughout the day.
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AVSC (Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club) Alpine Program
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is a local Aspen Valley institution that for generations has taught skiing and snowboarding to youth and teenagers throughout the community. ESC is proud to have recently become part of that tradition, and during our winter session we’ll be offering buddy support for up to 12 participants who want to experience the first-rate instruction AVSC has been offering for decades. Activities include in-depth training, skier safety, and gate racing! Participants have the option of skiing/ snowboarding on either Snowmass or at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen.
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ESC has made a few arranmements for your lodging needs. There are several options in all price ranges – one should fit the needs of most families! As with camper registration, all lodging arrangements need to be made 21 days prior to first date of occupancy. The sooner you reserve your spot, the more likely the room(s) will still be available.
Snowmass Hospitality- follow the link to make your reservations at our discounted rate.
Click the “Promo Code” link and the blue box will pop up. Enter ESC2014 in the Group Code portion.
Viceroy Hotel Snowmass- Follow the link to make your reservations at our discounted rate.
Colorado Mountain Express
Extreme Sports Camp has made arrangements with Colorado Mountain Express to provide a discounted rate for their transportation services. They provide transportation from Denver International Airport, Eagle County/Vail Airport and Aspen/ Pitkin County Airport to Snowmass Village, and they will drop you off right in front of your hotel or condo. Click Here for reservations. Discounts are available for travel days between December 26, 2012 and April 3, 2013.
Additional Breakfast/ Dinner Guests
- Additional Monday Breakfast: Prices available soon.
- Additional Friday Awards Dinner: Prices available soon.
If you choose this option, campers can stay with an ESC trained buddy after the normal 3/3:15pm end of the program day until 6:00pm. They will participate in a variety of after-ski activities including swimming, relaxing in the jacuzzi, games, watching movies, using computers, and listening to music. ESC has also enlisted local school and youth group volunteers to provide peer interaction and mentoring. Dinner will be included with this option. This option promotes social, emotional and communications engagement. $350 for 4 evenings: Monday-Thursday 3:00 – 6:00 PM.
Please note that ESC does not provide overnight supervision for campers during the winter program. Upon request, ESC will provide a list of people who are authorized to contract separately with parents/guardians to provide supervision of campers outside of ESC Winter Program hours. Parents/guardians must complete the required waiver acknowledging that ESC is not liable for any activities or incidents that occur while anyone other than an ESC staff member is supervising campers outside of ESC Winter Program Hours and Activities.