Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports (SSASS) was founded in 1992 as a local association of volunteer instructors who wished to share their joy of snow sports by teaching people with disabilities. They provide ski and snowboard lessons for students of all ages with a variety of disabilities including Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, brain and/or spinal cord injured, cognitively challenged and the visually impaired. The team of volunteer instructors work closely with each student to determine the most appropriate method of cruising the slopes and their goal is to have each individual safely enjoying the snow in the least restrictive way possible.
The Carter Classic is a fun recreational fundraising event for all ages and abilities, which socially and financially benefits SSASS programs for disabled skiers and snowboarders. Over a decade ago, Donna Carter and friends took the first steps to make Silver Star Mountain accessible for all people with disabilities. Having a daughter, Danielle, with a disability motivated Donna to purchase the specialized equipment needed and to co-ordinate lessons with certified instructors.
Due to Donna's devotion to her daughter and her commitment to making Silver Star trails available to all, the first annual Carter Classic fundraising race was held in 1996. In 2001, at age 24, Danielle passed away and in her memory the race now proudly continues as the "Carter Classic Memorial Dual Slalom" benefiting the programs for all disabled persons at Silver Star Mountain Resort. The net proceeds will be used to fund various programs for disabled students at Silver Star.
The Carter Classic will utilize its new guesstimation dual slalom format on February 19th, 2005. The fun race will be held on Big Dipper; complete with infrared timing devices! Last year, over $6,500 was raised to buy new equipment and support the program for this season.
Guesstimation is a great race format, based on guessing how long it takes each racer to complete the slalom course. On your first run, you race down the course and find out your time, then you guess how fast you are going to come down the second time. The closest actual time to the guessed time wins! So it doesn't matter if it takes you 1 minute or 10 minutes, as long as you guessed right!
Each team is comprised of four able-bodied racers and 1 disabled racer. SSASS will provide a disabled racer for your team if you are not able to locate someone. Each team can enter 1 costumed person for the Team Mascot Challenge. Each team member is encouraged to collect at least $75 in pledges. All racers must wear a numbered bib and an alpine helmet.
SSASS is a non-profit organization and registered charity and a member of the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers. They rely upon the generosity of their sponsors and their volunteers to help make their program a success. For more information, please visit their website at www.ssass.bc.ca.