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Skiing with a visual impairment is often an activity not thought to be possible - but there are so many blind and visually impaired skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers who can be found on the ski slopes throughout the winter!
Summer in the mountains with a visual impairment is also rewarding with so many places that are actively supporting and encouraging visitors who are blind and sharing culture, sport, leisure activities, wine, food and so many amazing experiences with you!
For the winter and regardless of your sight impairment there are a growing number of ski resorts which will give you the opportunity of skiing or snowboarding with family or friends. There is also the opportunity to travel independently and perhaps have the chance to meet new friends and experience a new challenge in your life.
Kelly Gallagher is a Patron Ski 2 Freedom and actively supports the work that Mountains 4 All is doing in providing the best advice and information on where to go for that all inclusive and accessible ski holiday. Kelly was born with Ocular Albinism and this is a condition that affects a number of families we help.
Mountains 4 All and Ski 2 Freedom Foundation's aims are to be able to encourage and promote the wide range of opportunities which are available in the mountain ski resorts. We know that there are a number of ski resorts which cater specifically for people who are blind or partially sighted and we have taken the opportunity of listing these below. With our affiliated non-profit, Mountains 4 All, providing the comprehensive and tailor-made advice and support that you may need, the sky is the limit on where to go and what to do!
On this page you will find ski resorts and year-round experiences where there are experienced guides for walking, hiking, cycling, golf, ski instructors for blind or partially sighted people, hotels and accommodation which also offer a warm welcome and meet your specific requirements (a number of these are wonderful places to explore in the summer and year round offering hospitality to your dog and family!), events which you could also attend either joining a group of similarly impaired children or adults either for a holiday or taking the challenge and having a go at ski racing! Nothing is impossible!!
We hope that the information we can give you on skiing blind will help you to find a new challenge or just enjoy life with family and friends.
Snow Magazine Snowblind October 2014
(Article by Daniel Elkan featuring Ski 2 Freedom who also arranged the location) - Do you really need sight to ski or snowboard? Could relying on your other senses actually make you better? Daniel Elkan heads to St François Longchamps to try blindfold snowboarding Do you really need sight to ski or snowboard? Could relying on your other senses actually make you better? Daniel Elkan heads to St François Longchamps to try blindfold snowboarding.
We are delighted to provide details of a number of national organisations who specifically support and work with blind and partially sighted children and adults. Some of these organisations provide skiing trips and holidays either for individuals or groups.
Blind Veterans - a charity registered in the UK which works with serving and ex-service persons.
GRSA - a Swiss organisation which offers skiing activities
Gruppo Verbanese Sciatori Ciechi - based in Italy
American Blind Skiing Foundation - To provide an educational skiing program that is open to any blind or visually impaired person in the hope of providing both physical and psycological therapeutic value.
Please note that we are not responsible for any of the information we give and that although we have direct contact with some of the organisations we are not responsible for the content of the websites listed.
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France - skiing and snowboarding for blind and visually impaired
Les Gets; St François Longchamp; Morzine, Val d'Isere, La Rosiere, Les 2 Alpes, Le Grand Bornand, La Clusaz, Alpe d'Huez, Meribel,
Switzerland - skiing and snowboarding for blind and visually impaired
Gstaad (a major centre with over 10 specialist instructors)
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