About Ignite Adaptive Sports

Athlete FAQs

How do I sign up for a lesson?

The first step is to create your account. Once your account is created you will enter in more details about yourself and sign up for lessons.

What is included with a lesson from Ignite?

When you purchase a lesson with Ignite, you will receive a lift ticket to Eldora, a lesson with an adaptive instructor, properly fitted equipment, and a parking pass if needed.

How do I get to Ignite at Eldora?

Denver South

Take I-25 and connect to C-470, connect to Route 6 in Golden, see Golden directions below to continue into Eldora.

Denver Metro & North

APPROXIMATELY 47 MILES (60 MINUTES). Take I-25 North to 36 West, head into Boulder, use directions from Boulder.


APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES (45 MINUTES). Take Highway 93 North to Highway 72, follow Highway 72, turn right onto Highway 119, turn left on road 130 to Eldora.

Fort Collins

APPROXIMATELY 70 MILES (90 MINUTES). Take I-25 South, exit onto Highway 119 West to Boulder, exit onto the Diagonal Parkway (Iris Blvd.), turn left onto 28th Street to Canyon Blvd, turn right. Follow directions from Boulder.


APPROXIMATELY 21 MILES (35 MINUTES). Take Canyon Blvd. West (Canyon Blvd. is Hwy 119). Follow 119 to Nederland. Turn left at the Roundabout. Continue South on 119 for one mile. Turn right on 130 and follow the signs to Eldora. Our Location at Eldora – Ignite is located in the South East Parking area and is housed in the brown buildings. This is the parking area that is located by the beginner slopes.

By Bus/RTD

Take the RTD bus to Eldora. It’s the only resort with scheduled bus service, and CU students ride free! The RTD “N” bus departs from 14th & Walnut Station in downtown Boulder, stops in downtown Nederland, then drops you off right in front of the Main Lodge at Eldora. Busses depart from the same area back into downtown Boulder at various times throughout the day. You can also tell the driver that you’re coming to Ignite and they will drop you off at our facility.

For more information including routes, stops, transfers and fares, visit: www.rtd-denver.com or call 303-299-6000.

Where do I park when I get to Eldora?

There are several accessible parking spots right in front of the Ignite Trailers. When you are greeted by a parking attendant please tell them you are taking a lesson at Ignite. They will direct you where to go.

Does Ignite have a scholarship program?

We sure do! Click here to learn more about how to qualify for the Ignite Scholarship Program.

Is there a first-time athlete discount?

You bet. Discover Ignite offers a discount for first time athletes. Pay $ 75.00 for a half day lesson. This also includes your $40.00 registration fee. To use this option you must contact the Ignite Scheduler via email call them at 720-310-0328.

Who is eligible to participate in Ignite programs?

In the event there is a question regarding a particular athlete’s eligibility to participate in Ignite activities, Ignite will apply some or all the following criteria:

  1. The prospective athlete will have a physical, behavioral, or cognitive issue or issues that would preclude effective participation in any of the Eldora ski school programs.
  2. Ignite may, under the guidance of our medical staff, ask certain questions relating to a
    prospective athlete’s condition in order to determine eligibility.
  3. For cognitive disabilities, the prospective athlete should be diagnosed as living with a disability as defined in the current DSM.

Naturally, given our mission, Ignite wishes to have as much participation as possible by all eligible athletes. When applicable, the Ignite Program Manager in consultation with senior staff, will decide eligibility. That determination can be appealed, without prejudice, to the Ignite Executive Director.

Volunteer FAQs

How do I become an Ignite Volunteer?

Prospective Volunteers need to attend orientation sessions, which are held each Fall. Email [email protected] about being added to our prospective volunteer email list. When we schedule the orientation sessions, you will be automatically notified. Once you have completed your orientation sessions, you will attend on-snow trainings in December. Ignite’s lesson season typically runs from the beginning of January to the end of March.

Do I need to be an expert skier to volunteer with Ignite?

No, you are expected to ski up to blue terrain if you are teaching. We also have other volunteer opportunities available for those who are not intermediate skiers yet.

Why should I volunteer with Ignite?

I’m sure every Ignite volunteer will answer this question differently, but something we hear often from our volunteers is that the experiences they gain from giving lessons to our athletes are some of the most valuable experiences they will ever receive. Most all of our volunteers share a love of snowsports, and to be able to share that passion with our athletes is a very profound thing.

What sort of training can I receive as a volunteer instructor?

Ignite Adaptive Sports is honored to host numerous training clinics throughout the season.

Some of our clinics include: Adaptive Snowboarding Fundamentals, Lift Evacuation Training (with Eldora Ski Patrol), Nordic Skier Improvement, Precision Skiing, PSIA Prep Courses, Sit Down Tethering Techniques, Ski Bike Training, and Upward Mobility Training.

Donation FAQs

Is a gift to Ignite tax deductible?

Yes, to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Where do I send a check?

Ignite Adaptive Sports
P.O. Box 19016
Boulder, CO 80308-2016

Can I make a donation to Ignite on-line?

In what ways can donations be made to Ignite?

Annual gifts
Ignite relies on strong annual support from our many friends to help us with day-to-day operating costs. Unrestricted gifts provide us with the flexibility to enhance existing programs, develop new services, and continue to succeed as a leader in therapeutic recreation.

Matching gifts
Your gift can be doubled, or even tripled, if you or your spouse work for a company with a matching gift program. All you need to do is obtain a matching gift form from your human resources department, fill it out, and mail it to Ignite, PO Box 19016, Boulder, Colorado 80308-2016.

In-Kind Donations
Products or services, which have the effect of reducing our operating costs, are greatly appreciated.

Charitable bequests
A charitable bequest can be tailored to almost any set of circumstances, and it provides an unlimited deduction for estate tax purposes. Bequests also provide a flexible planning tool for meeting the needs of loved ones and making choices that fulfill personal wishes. Today, bequests can take many forms. In a last will and testament, you may stipulate a specific cash donation, or state a percentage of your gross assets.

Life insurance
A gift of a life insurance policy allows you to make a major gift for a modest cost. Many donors like to use insurance gifts to receive a current tax deduction while disposing of an old policy that is no longer needed.

Other assets
Stock, closely-held stock, real estate (including land), checking or savings accounts, property, art, or any combination of these.

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