Skiing for blind and partially sighted people

When most people think of skiing, they think of taking a ski lift up a mountain and then gliding down at great speed. Most skiing that blind and partially sighted people do however, is cross country or Nordic skiing. This is immense fun, and great exercise in the outdoors. Cross-country skiing involves skiing in ready prepared tracks or grooves in the snow. You are likely to have small slopes to contend with, but nothing like downhill or alpine skiing.

Metro will consider subsidy requests for members to attend various skiing events. Examples are given below, but these aren’t exhaustive.

BBS Snow Sports Taster 13 Dec

Venue:
Chill Factore, Manchester, M41 7JA.
Time:
6 pm - 8 pm
Phone:
01926 424247
Date:
13th December 2019
Cost:
£10 
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Ski for Light New Location!

Venue:
 Ramkota Hotel and Conference Cent
Time:
9 February - Sunday 16 Feb am
Phone:
US 612-827-3232
Date:
09th February 2020
Cost:
Double-occupancy, $890 per person Single-occupancy, $1,230
Contact:
More Info

Blind and partially sighted people ski with a guide who will assist in the way that best meets the skier’s needs and preferences.

If you’re a beginner, the guide will show you how to ski, and if you’re a seasoned skier, they will give you tips to improve your technique. So, even if you’ve never handled skis before, you shouldn’t feel afraid to give it a go. Another crucial function of the guide is to ski close to the blind or partially sighted skier to give them information about any slopes coming up; to help them stay safely in the tracks; and, some would say most importantly, to tell them when the next drinks station is coming up!

Ridderweek

  • The Ridderweek for 2020 takes place Sunday, 22 March and wrapping up on Sunday, 29 March
  • Ridderweek is held in March or April in Beitostolen Norway.
  • At Ridderweek there is a 5km race for women or a 10km race for men; a biathlon (a 6km ski coupled with sonic rifle shooting); and the 20km Ridderrennet race. 5km race for women or a 10km race for men; a biathlon (a 6km ski coupled with sonic rifle shooting); and the 20km Ridderrennet race.
  • You can read Metro member’s accounts of the previous Ridderweeks by accessing the ‘articles’ link on this page.
  • Contact Mike: mike@mikebrace.co.uk  for enquiries about the skiing trip

Ski For Light(SFL)

  • SFL 2020 is on Sunday 9 February- Sunday 16 February 2020
  • SFL is held in a US location.  ( in January or  February  )
  • 25% of attendees are first-time skiers, and on the final day, you have the chance to participate in a 5km rally and a 10km race.
  • You can read Metro member’s accounts of the event by accessing the ‘articles’ link on this page.
  •  For more information click here to go to the SFL site..

Want to know more?

For more information about skiing at Ridderweek for blind and partially sighted people and Metro’s involvement, contact Mike Brace at: mike@mikebrace.co.uk

 

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