Nakiska Ski and Snowboard

Soldier On will be hosting a ski and snowboarding day at the Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis, AB on the 10th of December, 2020.

This will include two hours of lesson on skiing/snowboarding at the beginner and intermediate level. In addition, those members who require adaptive lessons and equipment Soldier On and Rocky Mountain Adaptive have partnered in order to accommodate those needs. Rental equipment will be provided for all if necessary and additional ski/snowboard time will be allotted after the lessons are completed.

No meals or transport will be supported for this event. This event is open to anyone within two hour’s drive from the Nakiska Ski Resort.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

The aim and scope of the practice will be to introduce basic/intermediate ski and snowboarding lessons, introduce different equipment and function and demonstrate that this is an adaptable sport open to most any ability or disability, but most of all - to have fun!

Using skiing and snowboarding as part of their recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Regardless of the current skill level, the participants will receive lessons toward skiing and snowboarding.

The event will include some beginner lessons/intermediate lessons as well as additional opportunities to utilize your new skills on the slopes after the lesson. Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Nakiska Resort staff.

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 15.

Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) within two hour’s drive from the location – Nakiska Ski Resort – who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.

Travel assistance will not be provided.

Serving Members
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.

Mental & Physical Requirements
Participants must be able to tolerate four to five hours of moderately-paced activities.

Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Nomination Forms must be received by Soldier On no later than the 3rd of December 2020.
Express your interest here.

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.

Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:

  • Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
  • Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
  • Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
  • Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
  • Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
  • Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
  • Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.

Soldier On, during the conduct of this activity, shall:

  • Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
  • Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;
  • Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
  • Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used;
  • Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;
  • Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.

Confirmation details The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity. A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

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