ORCA/Recreation Services

ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) is the adaptive sports and recreation program of SAIL. Our purpose is to promote inclusive recreation and adaptive outdoor pursuits for Southeast Alaskan’s who experience disabilities. We maintain three offices–one in Juneau, one in Ketchikan and one in Sitka. Services include community access and inclusion opportunities, an adaptive ski and snowboard school, youth and transition recreation services, adaptive outdoor pursuits, adaptive equipment for loan, classes and courses, and multi-day domestic and international trips.

 

 


News and Updates

ORCA Ski & Snowboard Program SUSPENDED
1/21/2015

The ORCA Adaptive Ski & Snowbaord Program is suspended until Eaglcrest Ski Area re-opens with more snow. Eaglecrest has closed operations due to lack of snow, and plan to re-open when the upper mountain receives significant snowfall. ORCA will be offering an adaptive Skating Course on Saturdays from 1-2:30pm until Eaglecrest re-opens. Contact ORCA for more information & stay tuned for updates on snow conditions on Eaglecrest's website: www.skijuneau.com.

 

Learn to ADAPT! - Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Awareness Day
1/12/2015
Sunday Jan. 18, 2015, 10am-2pm

The 5th Annual Learn to ADAPT day welcomes all community members, with and without disabilities to come try out adaptive equiment including sit-skis, nordic sit-skis, and outriggers. Learn more about opportunities for yourself, friends and or loved ones living with disabilities and have a blast discovering the limitless application of new adaptive ski technology. Drop-by the orange tent outside the Eaglecrest Lodge between 10am-2pm and sign-up to demo equipment, or ask questions about volunteering or getting involved. Cost: FREE!

 
Last Ski & Snowboard Volunteer Training
1/11/2015
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, 9 -3:30pm
Volunteer as an adaptive ski, snowboard instructor or ski buddy with the ORCA Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program at Eaglecrest Ski Area. The final Volunteer training of the season will be Saturday, Jan. 17 from 9-3:30pm. The training will cover essential information about working with people with disabilities, adaptive instruction techniques, program logisitics and upcoming certification opportunities. Volunteers are required to attend one full day training, and receieve a comolimentary day lift ticket for every 1.5 days of service. Find out more under the ORCA Volunteers tab on the SAIL homepage. Contact ORCA Office to sign-up (907)-586-0104 or email mahleman@sailinc.org.
 
 
Thank You to Juneau's Winter Program Supporters!


 
1/9/15
A big THANK YOU to our partners and supporters this winter season. Eaglecrest Ski Area continues to collaborate with SAIL and ORCA to provide adaptive snowsport pursuits for inividuals of all abilities. Foggy Mountain Shop is our official Nordic program supporter. SAIL's ORCA program is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. DSUSA provides support for instructor training, grant funds and national exposure for our small program tucked away here in Southeast Alaska. And thank you to the many volunteers who dedicate their weekend days to teach ski and snowboard lessons. We couldn't do it with you!
 
Volunteer Info Night
11/17/2014
Thursday Dec. 4, 4pm at Coppa - Come find out 
more about volunteering as an adaptive ski, snowboard or Nordic instructor or buddy with the ORCA Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Volunteers are required to attend one full day training, and receieve a comolimentary day lift ticket for every 1.5 days of service
. Find out more under the ORCA Volunteers tab on the SAIL homepage. Contact ORCA Office to get involved: (907)-586-0104.
 
Juneau Aqua Fitness Course
11/14/2014
Last chance to join the Aqua Fitness Course on Monday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 20! The course will offer an opportunity to join community aqua aerobics & balance classes every Monday and Thursday throughout November. Cost: $25/session. Scholarships available. Contact ORCA Office to Sign-up: (907)-586-0104.
 
Juneau ORCA Rock Climbing Course - October
10/10/2014
Juneau ORCA Program will begin the fall Open Rock Climbing Course on Monday, Oct. 13th from 6-8pm. The course will offer classes every Monday and Thursday evenings in October from 6-8pm at the Rock Dump (on Thane Rd.). Cost: $25/session or $85/course (including month pass). Contact ORCA Office to Sign-up: (907)-586-0104.
 
 
Save some PFD for ORCA Fall 2015 Trip to New Zealand!
10/3/2014
Experience a disability? Join ORCA Adaptive Recreation Program for the trip of a lifetime in New Zealand in November 2015!  Road-trip through snow-capped peaks, white sand beaches, and green sheep pastures around the adventure capital of the world. Fully ADA accessible.   Included: Adaptive recreation activities (kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, site-seeing,etc), accessible transportation, meals & lodging. Cost: Approx. $2200. Airfare not included. Limited Space Available. Dream Big & SAVE now!
Contact ORCA Office to Sign-up: (907)-586-0104.