Snowability & Visually Impaired Skiing
Snowability was formed ten years ago to enable people with a physical disability to participate in the exhilarating sport of skiing, either for competition or for leisure.
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We ski and train on the artificial slope here at Kendal Snowsports Club every 3rd Saturday with training sessions lasting between one and two hours. Kendal Snowsports Club donate the use of the slope facilities and equipment to Snowability free of charge. Instructors are also provided free by the club.
As well as providing the opportunity for people with physical disabilities to ski, Snowability also encourages the members of their families to join in and take lessons.
This enables them all to join in on the ski holidays as a family group, sure in the knowledge that they have developed a high level of independence in their newfound sport.
Snowability organises one main training holiday on real snow each year. This is usually to a European ski resort like Tignes, Soll or Avoriaz but resorts do tend to be selected to suit abilities. Snow permitting, weekend trips to Scottish resorts are organised for members and guides.
Training on Kendal’s slope is essential to be able to get the basics. These include transferring from the wheelchair to a monoski, strapping yourself in and learning to manoeuvre around. Also, basic turning and stopping skills need to be obtained before venturing on to the real stuff. Other things like how to get yourself and the sitski up the mountain need to be tackled. All tows have to be stopped to enable us to get on. At Kendal we use a remote control which allows us to stop and hook on and then start the tow ourselves.
Training at Kendal has helped several members of Snowability to develop their skiing to a high level resulting in one of them being chosen to train with the British Olympic Squad.
If you are interested in skiing for the disabled or visually impaired and want to know more, then you can contact us via the form on the contact us page.