Special adaptive skiing session at Kimberley Alpine Resort

Long history of disabled skiing in Kimberley continues

Volunteers demonstrate the use of  a sit-ski at a recent course at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Jim Race is in the sit-ski

Volunteers demonstrate the use of a sit-ski at a recent course at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Jim Race is in the sit-ski

by Todd Larsen

There is an exciting new 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, Special Olympics BC Kimberley/Cranbrook, and Kimberley Alpine Resort, they are offering adaptive lessons on Sunday, February 8 from 11 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 of Disabled Skiers (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.

For more information please contact ekas.club@gmail.com or call 250-426-6435. For Special Olympics call 250-489-3110