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2021 Ski Program

What: Vamonos Outside is partnering with Mt Bachelor and LCA to create a learn to ski/ride program specifically for Latinx/BIPOC teenagers in Bend. VO believes that Latinx/BIPOC youth in this community deserve the opportunity to thrive to be their best selves. We at Vamonos Outside want to get underserved youth out on the slopes. This program is geared towards those who have a strong interest in becoming skiers and snowboarders.

The goal of this program is to introduce youth to skiing and snowboarding, establish a connection with the winter environment and the potential for winter recreation career opportunities at places like Mt Bachelor or other winter resorts. This program will include lessons from Mt Bachelor instructors, a full season pass once 5 lessons are completed, winter clothing if needed, all ski or snowboard equipment necessary, transportation, food, and mentorship by members of the Latinx/BIPOC community. This VO Ski and Ride Academy is intended to be a multi-year program. Here is a broad breakdown what each year of the program will focus on:

Year 1: Learn to ski/ride + practice skills
Year 2: Build skills, mentor younger participants
Year 3: Opportunities to continue to mentor and grow skills

We understand that skiing and snowboarding have a lot of barriers to overcome including expensive gear, cost of passes, and transportation. Below is what we have to offer.

What’s included:
Five 2 hr lessons plus lift tickets for each day
A season lease on all ski or snowboard equipment
Full season pass after completing 5 lessons (50% off 2022-2023 season pass, 25% off 2024-2025 season pass)
Coaching from Mt Bachelor ski/snowboarding instructors
Snowsport clothing: snow pants, jacket, baselayers, beanie, gloves, goggles, and helmet.
Adult mentorship
Transportation to and from Mt Bachelor
Shuttle passes
Lunch, snacks, drinks

Timeline:
Lesson Days: Saturdays → Jan. 8th, Jan. 15th, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5th, Feb. 12th
Ride Days: Saturdays → Feb. 19, Mar. 5th, Mar 19th, April 2nd, April 16th, April 23rd (also all are possible make up days for lessons)

What participants need:
Backpack
Water bottle
Masks
Winter clothing
VO will provide any needed winter clothing. We do not want this to be a barrier to participation.

Sample Flow of Day
8:30 am: Leave Bend from Park and Ride
9:15 am: Arrive at Sunrise Lodge
9:30 am: Break for snacks, change of clothing, bathroom breaks
10:00 am Opening circle and activity
11:00 am: Start lessons
1:00 pm Break for lunch
2:00 pm: On snow practice w/ mentors
3:30pm: Closing circle and reflection activity
4pm: Depart from the mountain
4:30 – 4:45 pm: Arrive at Park and Ride.

Next steps:
Take a flyer
Ask parents for permission
Fill out application
Get excited!!!

Any questions:
Message us on IG @ Vamonos_outside
Email Wesley at wesley.heredia@vamonosoutside.org
Call Wesley @ 5038519411


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