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Adaptive Skiing Holidays For Disabled People

The mountains welcome everyone and if you have dreamt of skiing or snowboarding, then don’t let your disability stop you from hitting the slopes this winter. To help make your skiing adventure happen we offer some information about the types of disabled skiing equipment available and present some fabulous tour operators that specialise in adaptive skiing holidays for physically disabled people as well as those with sensory and learning disabilities. 

Disabled Ski Equipment

There are a few different adaptive skiing technologies and when booking skiing holidays via our featured tour operators, you will be helped to arrange ski equipment that is best suited to your needs but just to give an idea of the types of adaptive ski equipment available today, we’ve done a brief breakdown:

Sit-Ski: One of the first solutions invented for skiing in the sitting position the Sit-Ski allows those with significant physical limitations, blind and visual impairments to negotiate the slopes in a seated shell which sits directly on the snow. Short outriggers and forearm crutches with shortened skis attached are used for balance and steering.

Mono-Ski: Great for an independent ski experience, the mono-ski is designed for skiing in a sitting position with a moulded seat mounted onto a single ski. Two hand held outriggers are used for balance and manoeuvring. The Mono-Ski requires good upper body strength and is suited to people with spinal cord injuries T-6 or below, spina bifia and double lower amputees.

Bi-Ski:  Provides more balance than the mono-ski with a moulded seat mounted above two asymmetrically cut skies giving it a wider base. Ski independently with two outriggers or for beginners, with the use of fixed outriggers and assistance from a ski instructor. The Bi-Ski is designed for individuals who ski in a sitting position making it ideal for wheelchair users.

Three Track: With one full size ski and two outriggers the three track skiing is designed for those with one strong leg and two strong arms and generally used by those who have had a leg amputation.

Four Track: With two skis and two outriggers that are adapted forearm crutches with ski tips mounted to the bottom makes four track skiing suitable for those who use canes or crutches to walk. A ski bra can also be used to prevent the ski tips from wandering giving the skier better control. 

Booking Your Adaptive Skiing Holiday

The specialist tour operators featured on Disability Holidays Guide.com tailor holidays by selecting programmes, equipment and instructors that meet individual needs and accommodation is usually part of the package. So where do you fancy, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland or maybe the USA? One thing is for sure… our operators will do their best to make sure your skiing holiday is one to remember!

Please Quote ‘Disability Holidays Guide’ when contacting the companies below:

Specialist Ski Tour Operators

Ski 2 Freedom Foundation Ski 2 Freedom | Call 0844 855 2303    Independent, international non-profit organisation that got voted number two for ‘Best Ski Tour Operator’ by the French Travel Awards 2012. Ski 2 Freedom cater for all disabilities including mobility, learning disability, visually impaired, hard of hearing and welcome families, groups and all who want to embrace the slopes. More information >> 
Redpoint Holidays Redpoint Holidays | Call 0345 680 1214 Based in Austria, Redpoint’s expert ski instructors have years of experience in introducing programs that allow disabled skiers to enjoy the mountains. Redpoint offer all inclusive holiday packages and arrange accessible accommodation, specialised equipment and lessons with a qualified instructor. More Information >>
Bespoke France Skiing Bespoke France  Call 01530 417 912 UK based specialist Holiday Company that offers tailor made holidays to France for people with disabilities including winter breaks in the Pyreneers for adaptive skiing or for going on a snowshoes outing. More information >>

Ski Travel Insurance

Winter Sports Travel Insurance Compare Winter Sports Cover If you're going skiing then it's worthwhile getting a travel insurance policy that includes cover for things like the reimbursement of  equipment hire costs, lift passes and medical expenses in the event you suffer an injury or fall. To help you get a good deal, you can compare quotes online and choose the policy that best suits you needs. Get Quotes Now >>

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Simply Piste - Ski Wear

Ski Wear

Simply Piste is a one stop skiwear store for the entire family. With a large range of skiwear at all price points we cater for skiers of all abilities from the first school ski trip to the most seasoned and demanding skier. With a range of accessories to compliment the large skiwear range too.