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It's My Sport, My Dry Slope - Holly Morrisey

August 9, 2017

Another one of our It's My Sport, My Dry Slope stories, in case you don't know this is what it's all about:

We are aware that grassroots snow sports in the UK invariably revolves around artificial snow or dry slopes, but that doesn't just have to be the beginning, it can be a life-long love affair! 

We're keen to feature people making use of their local dry slope on a regular basis. We want to hear from a diverse background of users from across all disciplines (Ski, Board, Nordic, Disability) young and old. It would be great to have stories from recreational participants, instructors or coaches, competitors and people who work in the sport.

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This time round it's Holly Morrisey's turn. She is a regular at Llandudno Ski Slope in North Wales and works with the Disability Ski Wales team. She's a dedicated young woman who makes a real difference to other people's lives...

Who are you?

My name is Holly Morrisey.

Tell us a bit more about yourself...

I am 15 years old and a Sit-Ski operator and volunteer guide for the Disability Ski Wales team in Llandudno.

Which slope do you use?

I ski on the Llandudno ski slope, North Wales.


How long have you been using dry slopes and how often do you go?

I have been training on their Tuesday evening sessions, along with Ski Instructor training on Thursday evenings for over four years.

What do you when you are there?

I have learned many skills, such as visually impaired skiing, and participated in courses such as the Autistic Society Course, the first aid course and a general disability course, which has taught me about all types of diablity and ways we can embrace them in different activities. I've had training on sit ski operation, completed more than the minimum of 20 hours supervised practise and recently been accredited as a competent Sit-Ski operator. I am thrilled.
The monthly ski sessions bring everyone together and everyone learns new skills and makes new friends. Overall, the wide range of disability services in Wales is extraordinary and the opportunities (such as ski holidays to Bulgaria) are endless. 
I have recently attended the SSW Level 1 Instructor Course and hope to complete that when I am 16, later this year.

Why do you go to your slope?

I use a dry slope because it gets me skiing regularly, is relatively cheap, keeps me fit and I am able to socialise with other instructors/guides and disabled skiers. I love skiing.


Is there anything else you want to add or say about dry slope skiing or boarding?

I would love to see more input and funding into dry ski slopes, as this is the base of the pyramid for all disciplines.



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