Alpine Sports


South Region Stars Alpine Sports

The Team

Alpine skiing and snowboarding are exciting winter sports offered by Special Olympics.  We invite you to be a part of our very own South Region Stars Ski and Snowboarding team!  Typically we begin our season in December, weather permitting. Practices and tournaments are held at Afton Alps Ski Area. 

New in 2018:  As a result of a change in SOMN's state schedule, athletes will no longer be able to compete in both Alpine Skiing and Floor Hockey.  Athletes who play floor hockey may still practice with the team, though.


Practice begins in December and runs through the State Meet on March 4.   We meet on the upper level of the Afton Alps Chalet at the bottom of hill between 8:45 and 9 am. Practice on the hills runs from 9-11 am; however you may stay and ski after 11.

Please be sure to contact your Head Coach Rick Vance prior to the first practice so that he can make arrangements for your free rentals and lift tickets.  

To the extent possible, please arrive at 8:45 to get your lift tickets and ski rental vouchers for the day.  Rick leaves for the slopes at 9 am.  Contact him by TEXT at 952 210-8743 to let him know if you will be arriving after 9 AM to arrange a place and time to meet to get your lift tickets.

Finally, because we don't ski as a "team," we need each athlete to be accompanied on the slopes by a Level I coach.  We highly recommend that you bring a chaperone. Talk with Rick if your athlete will be needing an independent chaperone so we can work on finding and scheduling someone for you.

Special Reminders for Skiers

  • Each athlete MUST be accompanied on the slopes by a responsible adult.  Please do your best to provide your own chaperone.  Talk with Rick if your athlete will be needing an independent chaperone so we can work on finding and scheduling someone for you.
  • For insurance purposes, chaperones need to be at least a Level I coach.  Go to Level I coach here.
  • Complete your registration form. Coaches need complete information from EVERY participant so that they can reach you if practice is cancelled.
  • Contact Rick Vance, Head of Delegation before December 11 if you plan to ski. (See Contact Information) The head coach needs to know how many plan to attend to get the number of tickets needed.


Alpine Sports Qualifier

January or February
Afton Alps
6600 Peller Avenue
Hastings, MN  55033

Athletes must participate in this tournament to move forward to State. 

State Alpine Sports Tournament

Sunday, March 4
Afton Alps
6600 Peller Avenue
Hastings, MN  55033


Head Coach
Rick Vance
Direct: 763/452-1370
Mobile: 952-210-8743

Available Events

Special Olympics Minnesota offers alpine skiing events from novice to advanced levels, as well as the glide event for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic alpine skiing skills.

Registration Closed

Registration will open for the 2017-18 Alpine Sports season later this year.  When completing the registration form, don't forget that we need you to fill it out COMPLETELY. If participating in the state tournament, there will be a $25 registration fee.


  • Eligibility: Athletes cannot be allowed to practice or compete unless they have an up-to-date application and physical on file with Special Olympics of Minnesota.
  • Check Conflicts: Please add the competition schedule to your calendar so that if you are planning a vacation you can try to work around these dates. Keep in mind that athletes must compete at the area tournament in order to compete in the state competition.
  • Remain on Site: If you are sending an athlete who is a beginner; requires one-on-one attention; or has a behavioral issue, the athlete must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is to remain with the athlete.
  • Group Homes:  Out of respect for all athletes who want to participant, we ask that you provide us with one Level 1 coach when bringing three or more athletes to practice and competition.  We are required to document a specific ratio of athletes to coaches; if we can't meet the ratio, some athletes may not be able to participate.