A GUIDE FOR NEW STUDENTS – PARENTS – CAREGIVERS
Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides Canadian Adaptive Snowsports (CADS) certified instructors to teach people with diverse abilities, 6 years and older, to Nordic (cross-country) ski, downhill ski, sit-ski or snowboard. Mt. Washington Alpine Resort (MWAR) is a huge supporter of the VISAS Adaptive program, providing half price lift tickets and free snowsports equipment from their rental department while students are taking a lesson.
VISAS provides instruction and adaptive equipment for those requiring it, free of charge.
All instructors and students must be members of BC Adaptive Snowsports (BCAS) but for first-timers wanting to try skiing or snowboarding, VISAS offers a “Have-a-Go” Program for a $10 temporary BCAS membership fee which covers a one-time session which includes lift ticket, equipment and instruction free of charge. To have a chance to try more than one snowsport, we offer TWO (2) Have-a-Go days, with the caveat that each day must be a different snowsport downhill skiing, sit-skiing or snowboarding. (Nordic cross country skiing please see the Nordic page)
For more information, go to the VISAS website www.visasweb.ca and click on “Have-A-Go Program”. A $10 fee is charged for each “Have-a-Go” day. Nordic (cross country) information is also located on the website.
The following information pertains to Alpine skiing and boarding.