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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.

 

The festival covers the following:

If this is your first festival, your lift ticket for 4 days of skiing and boarding, including access to Nordic trails.
Your ski or boarding equipment that you will   need, including adaptive equipment that we have on hand. 
The price for you (the student) and one other person to attend the pizza meet-‘n-greet (5th) and closing celebration banquet (9th). If you would like to bring more people, anyone in your party who is 12 years of age or older will need to pay $7 for the pizza meet-’n-greet and/or $25 for the celebration banquet.
Payment can be made in cash only.

If you take the bus up to the mountain,  that will be at no cost to you.

 

The festival does not cover the following:

Your BCAS membership has its benefits, but is the primary way that VISAS gets insurance for its activities. 2019/2020 BCAS membership is $53. 
If this is your second or subsequent festival, you will need to cover the cost of your lift ticket. Bring a cheque to the pizza meet-‘n-greet payable to “VISAS” in the amount of $49.
extra guests to the pizza meet-‘n-greet and the celebration banquet, as described  above.
There is a cash bar at the celebration banquet at which wine, beer and cider is served (bring your ID).

Everything else. For example, your ski clothing, your BCAS membership, your meals (other than the ones noted), your accommodation, etc. are all up to you to pay for.

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.