Gaining confidence on the mountain

All Mountain Camp participants. SPIN Photo.

All Mountain Camp a success for Sun Peaks athlete


“This is the most time that he’s been able to have on the mountain because there has to always be someone with him up the mountain,” said Deanna Jones of Kamloops, mother of 11-year-old Dawson Jones. “This has given him the opportunity to go up there, and he’s gained so many skills it’s been incredible.”

A student with Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks’ program, Dawson requires an instructor with him on the mountain at all times and took part in this weekend’s All Mountain Camp. The camp, a collaborative project with BC and Rocky Mountain Snowsports, gives intermediate skiers and snowboarders like Dawson an environment to better their skills.

“Dawson has special needs. It’s been incredible to see him make the anxiety go away and all the worries. To see him just be free on the mountain and have that opportunity, to be a part of something that everyone can do and he can do it too. I’m so proud of him,” said Jones.

During the four-day camp, participants were learning racing techniques, rails and jumps in what many of the participants described as a stress-free environment.

“His skills have improved tremendously. I’m excited to see what his coaches that he has regular lessons (with) notice from him now because he’s gained so many skills, and the confidence and the anxiety is less,” she said.

This year’s camp brought together 30 athletes with a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments. The participants were able to test their new skills in a dual slalom race that ended the camp on Sunday.