Through the Eagle Mount Billings, adaptive ski and snowboard program, thousands of children and adults with disabilities have enjoyed the sport of skiing through the assistance of a well trained staff and a dedicated corps of volunteer instructors.
We offer two separate 4 week programs of Alpine skiing and snowboarding at Red Lodge Mountain Resort. Using specially designed equipment and adaptive techniques, anyone with a disability can learn to ski. The benefits of skiing far outreach just learning a skill. Self-esteems soar, limitations are challenged and shattered, potentials are discovered and unleashed, and new relationships are created while sharing the joys of skiing or snowboarding.
Eagle Mount Billings is an affiliate of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA). With cutting edge technology available through DSUSA, Eagle Mount is able to be up-to-date on all adaptive equipment available to help individuals with disabilities participate in skiing and snow boarding. We truly have something for everyone!
If you are visiting from outside the area, from an group or school and would like more information about visiting the ski program for a day or a weekend please contact us at (406) 969-2949.
2016/ 2017 ALPINE VOLUNTEER TRAINING
- DRY LAND TRAINING – Billings (American Lutheran Church) – December 8th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
- DRY LAND TRAINING – Red Lodge (Red Lodge Community Foundation Bldg) – December 9th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
- ON SNOW TRAINING – Red Lodge Mountain – January 7th and 8th, 8:00am to 4:00pm
*** “DRY LAND TRAINING” is mandatory for all new volunteers and volunteers who have not helped in the past 3 years (choose either Billings or Red Lodge for most convenient training location)
*** “ON SNOW TRAINING” is mandatory for ALL Volunteers!
2016/2017 ALPINE SKI SESSION PROGRAM DATES
- Session #1 – January 14th through February 10th
- Session #2 – February 11th through March 17th
*** School groups must per-register
Meet our Ski Staff for Ski Season 2017!!!
Adaptive Programs Supervisor – Chris Wernert (406) 208-9262
Chris is an Ohio native and graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chris spent time outside of his field after college with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center in their ski and summer programs. He was also the recreation coordinator for the City of McCall and an after school ski instructor. Chris helped in the start-up of a small non-profit called AWeSOMe! Which is an organization very similar to Eagle Mount in McCall, ID. Chris most recently joins our team after working with the DOE, EPA, and the State of Idaho DEQ as an environmental engineer. He is excited to be back in the adaptive recreation world following his passion. Chris started with us in August 2016. He will be running our ski, golf and cycle programs. Chris, his wife and four children love enjoying the outdoors!!!
Adaptive Ski Instructor – Terry Cronin (Weekdays)
Terry started volunteering in 1989 with our ski program and was hired as the ski director in 2001. He has provided guidance to everyone who has taken the time to listen and has a willingness to learn. Terry continues his pursuit to maintain up-to-date knowledge of current practices by attending adaptive focused PSIA trainings every year. Terry’s eye and creative mind has helped us adapt our own adaptive equipment to make the impossible, possible for so many of our participants through the years. Terry has committed to return to the ski program to assist with transition, training and working with our participants.
Adaptive Ski Instructor – Prudy Ladd (Weekends)
Prudy started as a ski volunteer in 1991, hired as an instructor in 2008 and shortly after was asked to oversee the weekend program. Her out-going personality and huge heart makes her someone you will never forget once you meet her. Prudy’s dedication to the adaptive skiing world is long-standing and she continues her personal development through participating in trainings as well as her annual commitment to the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Prudy will return this year on weekends to help continue make our ski program the best it can be.
Adaptive Ski Instructor – Kim Reeves, CTRS
Kim returns for her 9th year with the Eagle Mount Ski Program. As a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist she takes her skill based knowledge to challenge each skier to be the most independent skier as possible. Kim maintains her PSIA Level 1 and her adaptive Alpine Level 1 to bring expertise to our skiers. Her bubbly personality and love for our participants shines through her work and makes her a favorite for every skier that she brings out on snow.
Adaptive Ski Instructor – Becca Starr
Becca joined our ski team in 2015. She is currently the adaptive chair of the Northern Rocky Mountain Division for PSIA. She also maintains her PSIA Level 1 and Adaptive Alpine Level 1. “I am a long time skier who moved from Vermont to Montana to find better snow and new ski buddies! I spend summers in West Yellowstone exploring the park and surrounding rivers with fly rod and friends in tow. I love mountains, snow, dogs, word games, good music, and anything covered in chocolate.”
Adaptive Programs Supervisor – Lucy Swaffield, CTRS
Lucy is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with her degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University. She has spent the last several years working with Oregon Adapted Sports. She also has experience working as an inclusion specialist for the City of Bend Parks and Recreation District. She also has worked with children with chronic medical conditions in a fishing program at a Paul Newman Camp and volunteered as a Special Olympics Swimming Coach. Lucy started in April and looks forward to bringing new adventures to Eagle Mount. She will be running our summer programs, swimming and the Out and About Group (Previously known as Social Group). When Lucy is not at Eagle Mount you will likely find her out on the ski hill or in the mountains camping.
Winter Bus Driver – Bruce
Bruce returns to us for his 3rd ski season to drive our bus. After retiring he was seeking a new adventure and found Eagle Mount. He has embraced our participants and looks forward to spending time with everyone again. When Bruce isn’t behind the wheel you can find him biking, camping, fishing or restoring classic boats/cars. Welcome back Bruce!
A Special Thank You go out to our Volunteer Training Team!!!
Pat Hodges, Shauna Rademaker, Jason Biggins, Tammy Biggins, Dick Bergum, Richard Brown, Bob Wilson, Bryce Fauskee and Aaron Waller
2016/ 2017 NORDIC VOLUNTEER TRAINING
- ON SNOW TRAINING – Red Lodge Nordic Center – February 5th, 10:00am to 3:00pm
2016/ 2017 NORDIC SKI PROGRAM DATES
- PROGRAM SESSION DATES – Red Lodge Nordic Center – February 12th & 26th, March 5th & 12th, 10:00am to noon