The United Kingdom may not have the best climate for skiing but a number of indoor slopes offer the opportunity to try this popular leisure pursuit without leaving the country.
Indoor centres now offer a range of disabled skiing sessions and equipment can be hired so all you need to get started are some warm clothes and a sense of adventure!
There are lots of ways to feel the adrenaline rush of snowsports as a wide range of equipment has been developed to suit a variety of impairments. We have listed some of the options below:
Three-track where skiers use one ski and two outriggers (outriggers are forearm crutches with ski tips mounted to the base).
Four–track where skiers use two skis and two outriggers or a walker.
Monoski where the skier is in a seated position. The moulded seat is attached to a single ski and requires balance and strength.
A Bi-ski is more stable than a monoski and also allows skiers to sit down. Outriggers can be used, which have short skis attached to the bottom to aid with balance.
Things you might need to get started
All equipment you will need can be hired at the centre and includes:
- Skis or similar
- Warm, waterproof clothing
Find Out More
GB Snowsport is the National Governing body for Para Snowsport https://www.gbsnowsport.com/
Disability Snowsport UK work to make sure that anyone with a disability, may it be learning, sensory or physical, can ski or snowboard alongside other people. http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/What-We-Do.aspx
Disability Snowsport UK
Via Aviemore Inverness-shire