About Us

Our History - In the early 1960’s a small group of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, led by the legendary Herb Bradley, began offering ski instruction at the old Forbidden Plateau Ski Lodge for people with physical disabilities and cognitive challenges.

In 1992, the Vancouver Island Skiing for the Disabled Society was officially established at Mount Washington Alpine Resort as a non-profit, charitable society. Adapting techniques based on the teaching methodologies of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, volunteer instructors have introduced hundreds of students to the thrill of learning to ski.

Known today as the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports, the program has grown in the last 26 years to a strong and dedicated team of over 75 volunteers/instructors, and through the generous support from Peter Gibson, General Manager and his team at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

MWAR provides space in the main lodge for our organization to call home. Along with providing subsidized student lift tickets and equipment rental for VISAS participants, they also have trained and responsive staff to assist students on and off lifts if necessary. MWAR has been an active partner in VISAS’s annual Winter Snowsports Festival and our fum fundraising event – the Herb Bradley Challenge as well as supporting us with the Armed Forces Veterans' Week.

Our team of volunteer ski and snowboarding instructors