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Disabled Skiing in Gstaad

Disabled Skiing in Gstaad with Plusport and Active Motion

Ski 2 Freedom’s Director, Catherine Cosby, meets a group of disabled skiers on the Eggli mountain above Gstaad

Gstaad – once again the ski slopes on the Eggli provide hours of enjoyment for a group of physically and mentally disabled teenagers and adults from Switzerland.

For one week, 27 February until 5 March 2011, a snow-camp organised by Guisi Randatto (Active Motion and private ski instructor) in collaboration with the Swiss Foundation Plusport ski with a group. Using sit-skis provided by Active Motion based in Interlaken, everyone has the opportunity of participating in snow-sport activities.

Catherine Cosby, the Director of Ski 2 Freedom, had an opportunity on Thursday to meet with Guisi Randatto and hear more about why the group love coming to Gstaad. “This is the 8th year we have been coming to the Gstaad Saanenland with a snow-camp group from Plusport – the ski slopes on the Eggli offer great skiing and are an ideal area to ensure that everyone has an exciting and fun time up on the ski slopes. The Bergrestaurant Eggli gives the group a welcome break at lunchtime and are extremely accommodating to the needs of everyone skiing. What I would like to say is also that the lift operators on the Eggli are exceptionally helpful and look after us very well – they understand exactly what is required and when loading the sit-ski always make sure that the lift is either stopped or slowed down. “ Guisi

For Catherine it is always a great feeling of joy to see these groups and individuals skiing on the mountain – Ski 2 Freedom supports the development of disabled skiing in the region and works closely with both the ski schools and tourist office.

What makes the area so successful also is the provision of a first-class hotel in Saanen called The Solsana – this beautifully placed hotel has stunning views and is fully adapted to meet all the needs of disabled people. In particular their strength is in providing facilities and services meeting the specific needs of blind and visually impaired guests.

For more information on skiing with a disability in Gstaad Saanenland contact us.

Useful contacts:

Active Motion - www.activemotion.ch popoup: yes
The Solsana Hotel - www.solsana.ch
Plusport - www.plusport.ch
Gstaad Tourist Office - www.gstaad.ch

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