An accident at Revelstoke Mountain Resort six years ago, which left a snowboarder a quadriplegic, kickstarted what today is the Revelstoke Adaptive Program.
Jeff Scott was snowboarding the last day of ski season in 2010 when he went in to hit a roller and landed awkwardly. With two fractured vertebrae, he spent the next year and a half in surgery and rehabilitation.
With the help of some friends, Scott began the Victoria-based organisation Live It! Love It! The Revelstoke Adaptive Program stemmed from this and the need for an adaptive program at the resort.
It has been going strong for four years, thanks to the help of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and as club president Ron Glave said, any mature resort these days has an adaptive program.
“We can pretty much accommodate just about any learning or physical disability ranging from something fairly simple to something fairly complicated,” Glave said.
The program is getting some leverage with destination bookings. This is when groups want to come to Revelstoke but have a member who needs adaptive ski instructing.
“Last year we had destination bookings out of Seattle and Montreal,” Glave said.
“It’s important to them, whether they want to split up, to know that everyone is going to enjoy their time.”
The Revelstoke Adaptive Program is 100% volunteer based and ski instructor James Eger has been leading the charge. In partnership with Community Connections, he takes groups up twice a week to the resort.
This Friday, Mar. 25 the program is venturing out on their first fundraising event with a bingo night at the Taco Club. Funds raised will be used to increase awareness and to purchase and maintain adaptive equipment.
Glave has also been instructing for years and moved into the area of adaptive ski instructing naturally. He said his passion for skiing is what drives him.
“It was a natural fit for me to participate [with Revelstoke Adaptive],” he said. “To maintain that access so there aren’t groups that are sidelined because they have some learning or physical disability, it doesn’t seem right.
“I guess a personal motivation is that life changes very quickly. If I’m ever in an accident or something, I don’t want to miss out of a season because of it. It would be great that there was a program always available on my home resort.”
Glave was looking forward to Friday’s event and took the chance to shout-out his thanks to the community.
“It’s overwhelming at times how much this community can rally together and I’m sure Friday is going to be standing room only,” he said. “The generosity and kindness and support from the community is exceptional.”
Event details: Friday, Mar. 25 at the Taco Club, 4:30–7:00 p.m.