Winter Sport Intro for People with a Disability
By Todd Larsen
There is an exciting opportunity at Kimberley Alpine Resort – ski lessons for community members with a physical or cognitive disability.
In a partnership between the East Kootenay Adaptive Snowsports (EKAS) club, BC Adaptive Snowsports and Kimberley Alpine Resort, they are offering adaptive lessons on Sunday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visit the booth in the plaza at the base of the ski resort to see how the adaptive equipment can make sliding on snow accessible for everyone. This includes tethers, standing outriggers, several sit-skis, and other gear for people with a visual impairment, paralysis, amputation, neurological disorder, or another disability. The trained instructors will assess the participants to determine how to reach their goals.
Instructors are certified with the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) and can also assist students with autism or Down syndrome. These volunteers are eager to share their love of skiing with others.
If you like the sport, there may be future opportunities to ski with an instructor on a regular basis. It is even possible to further your skiing and join a race club!
All ages and backgrounds are welcome. The cost to take a lesson is $25 which includes one-day CADS insurance, equipment rental, instruction, and lifts.
On Saturday, February 6 there is an Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop for anyone interested. An ASD specialist will cover techniques to benefit instructors, care-givers, and students.
For more information please contact [email protected] or call 250-426-6435. Visit the Facebook page: East Kootenay Adaptive Snowsports