Disability Snowsports UK Lessons and Activities

Disability Snowsports UK Lessons and Activities!

Organising a ski trip for children with disabilities or complex SEN? Chill Factore and Disability Snowsport UK (“DSUK”) can help get the most out of the trip.

School ski trips are a big commitment, especially for students with a disability or complex SEN and the staff who support them. A little bit of learning before the trip can help dispel worries, and build confidence (and anticipation), meaning that everyone gets the most out of their overseas ski trip.

We can offer sit ski lessons, sign language lessons and lessons for persons with limited mobility, as well as, lessons with specialist coaches who are trained in working with SEN students.

Recommendations from school groups

Rumworth School, Bolton

Rumworth School in Bolton booked a series of lessons for 10 learners with a variety of disabilities before their 2018 school ski trip. Rumworth’s Outdoor Ed/DofE Expedition Lead, John Williams explains:

“The students on our most recent school ski trip all had learning disabilities. Being able to spend a few hours at Chill Factore with the DSUK instructing team made sure that each of them was better prepared for the trip and were able to enjoy it even more. Some of our students benefitted most from having the time to get used to putting on and using unfamiliar equipment, for others it was more about getting used to new sensations of sliding, turning and stopping on snow. Working with DSUK on the Chill Factore snow also helped us to build the team, and get to know each other.

The value of the lessons before we travelled could be seen all week, whilst we were away. Everyone in the group was able to be more confident and more adventurous, as a group and as individuals, during our time on the mountain. Many of our students achieved much more than they had expected, in large part due to the work they did on the indoor slope before we went away.

Chill Factore staff always make us feel welcome and the DSUK instructors, who all have qualifications and experience in working with skiers with disabilities, work hard to understand what each skier needs to get the most out of their lessons.”

John Lawson, DSUK Manchester Ski School Manager added:

We know that school ski trips for students with disabilities can be a really positive, if sometimes slightly daunting, experience. Even if it’s just for one or two hours, coming to ski with us before the school trip can lay good foundations. Putting on ski boots, helmets & skis can be challenging for skiers with physical or learning disabilities, and we can help make that process familiar, even enjoyable! If we can spend 4 or 5 hours with students before their trip they can start to learn the skills that will make sure they get the best experience possible on the snow when they go away.

To book a school trip please call 01479 788 770 or email hello@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk and let DSUK know the group size and the particular needs of the group or individual and the date you wish to visit.

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