Have-a-Go Program Logo

Note: We DO have weight limits. Only one of our sit-skis is rated at
250 lbs (113 Kg) maximum; our others are all rated at 200 lbs (91 Kg).

Wondering if adaptive skiing/snowboarding's for you? Most of our students ask themselves that question at first. Just like anything else, getting good at something is usually the outcome of practice and a number of steps. We want to make your first step into skiing and snowboarding as easy for you as we can, because we know that once you're bitten by the winter snowsports bug, you'll find ways to get yourself out on the snow along with the rest of us.

Our Have-a-Go program is about adaptively teaching you the snowsport of your choice, so you can enjoy coming up to Mount Washington with your friends and family. Whether that is adaptive skiing, sit-skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing, we'll help get you out for your first time.

Got your interest? Read on...

>Nordic sit-ski

Your part is to purchase a BC Adaptive Snowsports (BCAS) temporary membership when you come for your first session and to come to Mount Washington appropriately dressed for winter sports. And while we have a selection of goggles to lend you, you might consider bringing some of your own eye protection to wear. Sunscreen is also something to put on your list.

nordic downhiller

We'll provide you with:

  • a day of skiing/snowboarding instruction by one or two of our Nationally Certified Volunteer Instructors,
  • a free, Mount Washington, one-day lift pass, and
  • all the skiing/snowboarding equipment you'll need (skis, boots, poles, helmets, snowboard, wrist-guards) complements of Mount Washington.
  • and we have specialized adaptive equipment to suit your disability.

Blind snowboarder Blind snowboarder racing

If you decide to come up with your friends or family, we recommend that they go off on their own to enjoy Mount Washington any way they like. Your day's activities will run from

  • 9:00 a.m. - introductions, equipment fitting, etc.
  • 10:00 a.m. until noon - lesson
  • Noon until 1:00 p.m. - lunch (with friends/family)
  • 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. - lesson
... then, regale them with adventure stories over lunch and on the ride home.

Alpine Skier Racing

All you need to do is call us at 250-334-5755 and tell us that you want to come up and have-a-go. You choose the day and we'll take care of almost everything else.

So why not? Indulge yourself! Come on up and HAVE-A-GO!

Racer on bi-ski

In order to give you a chance to try more than one snowsport, we are offering you up to TWO Have-a-Go days, with the caveat that each day must be a different sport (one of skiing, sit-skiing, snowboarding or Nordic skiing).

Young girl skier in pink

Once the snowsports bug bites you, you can continue taking lessons during the rest of the season in the same way as our other students. You also may be considered for a spot in our next Winter Snowsports Festival, which usually happens in early January. The festival is 4 consecutive days of instruction; imagine how far you'll get with 4 straight days of skiing or snowboarding.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 250-334-5755 or email HAG@visasweb.ca.