Join the Type 1 diabetes community on the slopes this season.
Connected in Motion is teaming up with the folks at LMC Diabetes & Endocrinology and Riding on Insulin to bring a ski and snowboard program to life this winter. The program will bring together teens with Type 1 diabetes, adult mentors from the Connected in Motion community, and Riding on Insulin Elite Coach/Team USA Ski Cross Athlete, Lauren Salko, to learn how to live life without limits.
Teens will ski and ride for the day in small groups of similar ability while having the chance to connect with and learn from some adults in the Type 1 diabetes. Parents will have the opportunity to network while teens are out on the hill learning the basics or hitting the half pipe. We’ll head out of the city by coach bus, spend the day outside together, and then enjoy a banquet dinner with special guest speakers. See you there!
This trip welcomes teens with Type 1 diabetes (12-17 years of age), as well as 5.5ers. Who is that, you ask? Our support networks and the people who help make life with diabetes just a little bit easier. Siblings aged 12-17 without Type 1 diabetes are welcomed to register as well. Each registration includes one child and one adult.
All abilities of skiing/snowboarding welcome. Need some skiing/snowboarding tips? No problem! Basic skill instruction will be provided – more advanced skiers and riders will be ripping the mountain together, along with our Type 1 mentors.
Mt St Louis Moonstone Resort in Coldwater Ontario. We’ll meet in Toronto (meeting location to come!) and jump on coach buses to head up north. Don’t worry about winter driving, we’ve got that covered!
7:00am – Arrival in Toronto to load the buses
7:30am – Depart Toronto
9:00pm – Arrival at Mt St Louis Moonstone
DURING THE DAY
9:15am – Rental pick-up (if you need them)
9:30am – Head out on snow
10:00am – Parent networking/educational session
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – More skiing/riding
1:45pm – Parent activity session
4:00pm – Group picture
4:15pm – Return rentals
4:45pm – Networking and photo op with Lauren Salko
5:00pm – Dinner and evening presentations
7:15pm – Depart Mt St Louis Moonstone
8:45pm – Arrival back in Toronto
Lift Ticket and Rental equipment for your teen
All Meals and Snacks for you and your teen (Lunch, Dinner, and low supplies)
Bus to and from Mt St Louis Moonstone for you and your teen
Educational and parent networking session
Guest Speaker Presentations
Transportation to and from Toronto
Snacks throughout the day
Everything you’ll need to ski and snowboard in, as well as some comfy clothes for the bus journey. We’ll send you a list of everything you’ll need closer to the date. In general, we’ll expect that you’ll bring your own diabetes supplies and your own winter gear. Don’t have skis or a snowboard? Don’t worry, we will help hook you up with rentals at the resort. Have them? Great! Bring them along!
What is the vibe of the event?
Good vibrations! We’ll cater to various skill levels and abilities of skiing and snowboarding. The emphasis will be on getting outside and having fun rather than breaking speed records. Parents will get the opportunity to spend time together, connect with educators, and do an activity on their own! There will plenty of time to connect with other teens and families and a chance to meet with guest speakers and mentors.
Me and/or my child have never skied or snowboarded before. Can we still attend?
Of course! Teens are grouped based on their ability levels so they will learn together and feel comfortable in a new setting.
My teen is an expert skier/snowboarder, is this event really for them?
Of course! Connected In Motion and Riding On Insulin pride ourselves in making sure our events are for all ability levels. We’ll make sure they are skiing and riding the terrain of their choice with their peers and mentors of the same ability level. We’ve got an amazing group of mentors lined up to spend the day on the slopes with them. If you blink you might miss them as they rip by!
My teen’s sibling isn’t 12. Can they still attend?
This event is geared towards teens and their parents so we want to make sure they are having a blast; however, we know how important family is. Get in touch with us directly and we can discuss options. Email CIM and ROI’s Program Director Julie De Vos at email@example.com
I have a special dietary need – celiac, dairy sensitivity, allergy – Can the venue accommodate me?
CIM has plenty of experience catering to a variety of dietary needs. We’ll work closely with you to make sure that you’re comfortable with the food situation. We don’t want food to be a stress! You’re always welcome to bring your own food and snacks, as well!
Will there be low supplies on site, or do I need to pack my own?
Low supplies will be plentiful! We’ll supply juice boxes, glucose tabs, granola bars, etc. As always, if you have your own favourites, please bring them along! (Maybe they will become our favourites, too!)
Do you have questions that you’d like answered? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with Teen Ski Day FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!
Thanks to the generous team at LMC Diabetes and Endocrinology, the financial barriers to participation on the ski hill have almost all but been eliminated. Usually, an experience like this would cost upwards of $350, once you factor in lift tickets (~$50), rentals (~$50), a return trip from Toronto (~$50), private ski instruction (~$100), meals and snacks at the ski hill (~$75), activity session for adults (~$50) – not to mention the expertise of our Type 1 diabetes mentor team, HCPs, special guest speakers, and planning crew.
The teams at CIM and ROI are coming together to volunteer their services, our adults mentors are giving up their weekends, and our HCPs are sharing their expertise for free, too! All to ensure that the Type 1 diabetes community in Ontario continues to thrive!
Of course, if your family is able to make an additional donation, the teams at Connected in Motion and ROI would be grateful. All donations above the regular registration fee will receive a tax receipt for the 2017 tax year.