VISAS’s Herb Bradley annual snowsports festival reboots for a new season
Want to learn to downhill, cross-country ski, or snowboard, this four-day adaptive snowsports festival is open to anyone with a physical or developmental challenge, six years and older.
Sebastien Braconnier

President, VISAS

Every January, the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) invites those new to adaptive snowsports to join the four-day Herb Bradley Festival (HBF). This winter season at Mount Washington, the HBF will be held from Monday, January 8 th to Thursday, January 11 th.

There’s still time to sign up and learn an adaptive snowsport. The four-day on-the-snow instruction, with over 85
volunteer CADS certified alpine and snowboard instructors, and trained Nordic instructors, is an one-of-a-kind
winter mountain experience.

As part of the festival, VISAS provides you with lift/trails passes and ski/snowboarding equipment (courtesy of Mount Washington). And specialized adaptive equipment is available to suit to your disability.

“It’s a great opportunity,” says May Lortie, 2024 HBF coordinator, “to have four consecutive days with our VISAS
instructors, connect with other new students, and share in the fun on the snow.”

The Festival is limited to 30 alpine and snowboard students, and four Nordic students, with preference given to
applicants with no experience with adaptive snowsports. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve
basis, according to instructor capacity.

“The Herb Bradley Festival is one of our most popular and longest running programs we run each season,” says
VISAS President, Sebastien Braconnier. “It always a thrill to see the smiling faces of our adaptive students when
they take to the snow.”

Registration deadline for the Festival is Sunday, December 17, 2023. For more information, or to register visit , or email May Lortie at