Snowsport Cymru Wales works closely with our member club Disability Skiing Wales to deliver opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in snowsport activities and develop their skills. Currently the club organises sessions at a number of our ski & snowboard centres in Wales.
There are great opportunities for committed disabled athletes to pursue their sport to the highest levels of competitive skiing and snowboarding. For further information on how to get involved with competitive disabled skiing and snowboarding, contact Disability Snowsport UK.
We currently have a number of Welsh athletes preparing to compete in international events - follow our facebook page for updates of their progress.
Disability Skiing Wales
Disability Skiing Wales is an entirely voluntary organisation who's aim is to bring the joys of snow sports to disabled people.
They train volunteers and work with disabled people on dry slopes in Wales, they also organise trips to Europe to train on snow.
They use specialised equipment where necessary and are always looking for non-disabled volunteers, whether they can ski or not. On the social side they have regular gatherings including residential weekends, summer BBQs, quiz nights and firework displays.
Their ultimate goal is to help disabled people develop confidence, fitness and social skills which will help improve their quality of life. This also gives any volunteers the opportunity to improve their skiing and meet new friends.
In 2014 Disability Skiing Wales became a Centre of Excellence, further demonstrating their dedication and commitment to providing accessability to all who are interested in skiing.
The five main requirements for this are:
3. Shared Learning
Ski4all provides adults with physical, visual and neurological disabilities the opportunity to experience skiing as part of their rehabilitation programme.
They primarily cover learning basic skills on dry ski slopes in South Wales, whilst also enabling some patients to experience the mountains for themselves as part of a charity funded programme working with ski adaptive partners in Switzerland - the results and impact on the patients is truly life changing and groundbreaking.
They are a team of volunteer neurological physiotherapists and rehab coaches who work alongside the adaptive ski instructors at Pembrey to provide our skiers with bespoke instruction, advice and coaching to maximise their ski experience. They see between 10-15 skiers each week and the club offers a social environment for skiers and their families/support.
Ice Cool Kids is a charity that raises money to take special needs children skiing.
ICK celebrated their 10 year anniversary at Llangranog Ski & Snowboard Centre during a recent weekend of inclusivity, nonstop fun and a great family weekend.
52 parents, volunteers and of course children (with three new families) all enjoyed the weekend, with many staying at the Urdd centre in Llangranog. It was a busy time as always with nonstop skiing – well except for coffee breaks and lunch. All the staff at the slope helped, and everyone was very grateful for their assistance with the sitskis - 11 or 12 were going constantly – Diolch!
Everyone enjoyed the annual weekend get-together, both old hands who have been with ICK for their whole 10 years and new families who had never been before. They all left tired and smiling looking forward to next time!
To find out more about ICK contact Llangranog Ski Centre.
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Snowsport Cymru/Wales is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Cardiff No. 2918336