This program is an annual event sponsored by The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports and Mt. Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island.

It is traditionally held the second week of January.

The program is offered to people with physical or developmental challenges who would like to expand their horizons and learn an exhilarating sport which can become a lifelong activity.

Anyone over the age of six years old and who has some ability to learn is welcome.
We offer lessons in Alpine Skiing, Sit-skiing, Snowboard or Nordic skiing.

Information on the 2020 Festival will be available in September of 2019.

JANUARY 6th – 9th, 2020
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  December 7th, 2019

Applications must be received by December 7th, 2019.  Successful applicants will be notified by December 19th, 2019.

The festival is open to people with physical or developmental challenges who are age six (6) years and older as of January 1st, 2020.  We will give preference to Have-a-Go participants and other beginner skiers & snowboarders who haven’t been to the Winter Snowsports Festival before.  Applicants who’ve attended the VISAS Winter Snowsports Festival in past years may be required to work in group situations (one instructor to several students).  Sit-Ski and Bi-Ski skiers will always be accompanied by two instructors. The number of students accepted will depend upon available equipment and the number of volunteer instructors on hand to teach during the week.

Lessons run from 10am to noon and again from 1pm until 3pm.  Lunch is not provided.
PARENTAL SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED BEFORE 10am, DURING LUNCH AND AFTER 3pm FOR STUDENTS 15 YEARS OF AGE & YOUNGER AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019.