Winter Parent Resources

Important Information

Please Note:

  • Have you packed all your child’s gear, as per gear list here on this page?
  • Have you marked/labeled all of your child’s belongings?
  • Have you clearly labeled your child’s medication, with name and dosage? Please make sure all medications are in their original bottles, do not separate into other containers!
  • Are all your original signed waivers ready and packed in your suitcase?

Please Note:

  • Acendigo is an outdoor recreation and sport camp and would like to encourage campers to leave their electronic devices at home. We understand that many campers use electronic devices for communication and these devices are fine to bring, but please make sure they are well protected, as we are on the water and outdoors most of the week.
  • It is important to note that campers are discouraged from using electronic devices during sports activities. If your camper must carry electronics of any type, please insure that they are enclosed in an easy to carry waterproof container, labeled with their name.
  • To help your son/daughter keep track of all of their gear, please label all of their items…Thank you!

Please Note:

We are outdoors on the mountain each day for camp. We will take frequent breaks indoors when needed, but please dress your son/daughter with the appropriate winter clothing. Ski/snowboard equipment will be available for rent through Four Mountain Sports, but please bring any equipment of your own that you may have!

  • Long underwear
  • Winter coat
  • Winter pants
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Wool Hat
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Change of clothes
  • Bath towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Swim shirt

If your son/daughter will be participating in Apres Ski, please make sure to bring the following items in a backpack.

  • Change of clothes
  • Bath towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Swim shirt
  • Tennis shoes

If you have questions, please call or email, we’d be happy to help. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Monday Welcome

 Monday Welcome

  • Meet Monday morning at 8:00 A.M. for breakfast
  • During this time you will meet with the ski/snowboard instructor paired with your son/daughter.
  • This is a great time for you to ask any questions with your camper.
    Following breakfast, at 9:00 A.M. the instructor and your child will leave to pick up equipment.
  • The instructor and your child will be on the mountain by 9:30 A.M.
  • Tuesday-Friday we will NOT meet for breakfast and will meet to being the day between 8:45-9:00 A.M.
  • Additional breakfast cost is $20 per person.
Friday Awards

Friday Awards

  • The camper awards ceremony begins at 3:00 P.M. on Friday
  • Please plan to arrive at 2:45 P.M.
  • The awards ceremony consists of a video of the week, awards for your child, and light refreshments and appetizers.
  • To secure additional guests for dinner, please call or email Ascendigo’s main office at 970-927-3143 prior your camp date.

Places to Stay in Snowmass, CO

The Viceroy Snowmass

  • Reservations
  • (970) 923-8000
  • 130 Wood Rd.
  • Snowmass Village, CO 81615

The Stonebridge Inn

  • Reservations
  • (970) 923-2420
  • 300 Carriage Way.
  • Snowmass Village, CO 81615.

Travel Tips and Resources: Preparing your child for Ascendigo

“Transitions are usually difficult for many on the spectrum,”  says autism mom Chantal Sicile-Kara, “and traveling is really a series of transitions.” Odds are that traveling to our camp will be stressful to your child, whether you’re traveling a few hours by car or an entire day by plane. We want your child to arrive to camp as soundly and happily as possible, the better to smoothly transition into our activities. In that spirit, here are some tips and links to resources that can help you and your child manage your journey here, one transition after another.

Let us know if you have any tips or resources of your own in the comments section!

Travel By Air

In select airports, JetBlue offers its Wings for Autism program, a walkthrough/ simulation of the air travel process for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Check to see if the program is offered at your nearby airport.

By Train

Amtrak’s Accessible Travel Services offers travel companions, information about travel accessibility, and other resources. (The train itself arrives/departs at Glenwood Springs.)

By Bus

The Roaring Fork Valley’s RFTA bus system provides paratransit services for persons with disabilities within Aspen and to the airport. For more information, call RFTA at 970-925-4482.

By Shuttle

Colorado Mountain Express (CME), a shuttle service that transports passengers between the Denver International Airport and the Roaring Fork Valley, requests that you call them at least 24 hours prior to riding for them to accommodate your needs.

Travel Resources

Autism Speaks has a roundup of travel books, tips, web resources and articles specifically for individuals with autism and their families.

 Tips From Parents of Ascendigo Campers

  • Always request bulkhead seating (seats that have no seating in front of them, allowing for more leg room and personal space).
  • Let all crew know ahead of the flight that your child has autism and not to be alarmed by any sudden movements and/or noises.
  • Always ask for special assistance in the security line. They may let you cut to the front.
  • Use a visual story for the entire travel day, including “waiting,” as there is so much of it.
  • Ride the train back and forth in the Denver airport on layovers. Not much else to do there for kids.
  • Encourage crying if you think it will be helpful! It’s a natural cleansing process, with the bonus that it helps to pop ears on the airplane.
  • Put IDs on your child’s bags and person.
  • Carry a snapshot of your child to show to other travelers if he gets lost.
  • National parks now offer free parks passes to those with autism. Bring a recognized certification of your child’s autism to any park ticket office and your purchase will be compensated in full.
  • Check for early boarding if you can!
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