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International Ski Trip to Italy with VICTA! – Apply by 15 Aug!

International Ski Trip to Italy with VICTA

Have you always dreamt of hitting the slopes? VICTA is offering the opportunity to experience skiing in the Alps in a supported environment. Our accommodation is based in the popular resort of ‘Sauze D’Oulx’ in the Turin area of Italy. – Please note to qualify for one of our international trips you must have previously attended a VICTA activity.

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A newbie’s account of Ridderrennet and the limited snow filled week

A newbie’s account of Ridderrennet

I signed myself up for the 2017 Ridderrennet week in November 2016, not knowing what I’d really gotten myself into having never cross country skied before. Ridderrennet is an annual international disabled cross country ski competition held in Beitostølen supported by student volunteers from Sports Science degree courses and the King’s guards from the army. With cross country skiing there are two tracks in the snow that skis fit into, which aid vision impaired people to follow the tracks whilst skiing.

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Ridderrennet 2017 – a lack of snow but no lack of fun!

Cross Country Skiing in Norway - Ridderrennet 2017

Ridderrennet, for the non-initiated, is a week of disabled cross-country skiing put on by the Norwegians, featuring the King’s guards from the army, students from the Sports Science degree course and a wealth of volunteers from across Norway. Cross country skiing is ideal for us vision impaired as the two tracks that skis fit into help guide us up and down the variable Beitostelen terrain. Well, that’s the theory.

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Ski For Light 2017

Ski for light 2017

One of our members, Janice, flew out on Friday 3rd February, and the ski week finished on Sunday 13th February 2017. If you are wanting to learn to Cross Country Ski and improve your technique, Janice recommends Ski For Light is the place to go. We were at 7-8 thousand feet, so it does make you a bit breathless, so it is a help if you can arrive there with some fitness. You are expected to ski every day while you are there, and the guides I have found to be mostly excellent.

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Visually Impaired Cross Country Skiing -VICCS!

Visually Impaired Cross Country Skiing -VICCS

We are a group of enthusiastic cross country skiers spread throughout Britain. The purpose of our group is to enable visually impaired people to enjoy the freedom and challenge of cross-country skiing. We achieve this by arranging an annual holiday – an opportunity for visually impaired people and sighted guides to ski together, learn from each other and have fun.

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