The Herb Bradley Snowsport Festival
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This four-day event is held each January, and is a fun introduction to adaptive snowsports for people of all ages and abilities on the slopes & trails at Mt Washington Alpine Resort.

The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) is looking for people with physical or developmental challenges, who are age six (6) years and older as of January 1st, 2024.

The Festival is open to participants new to adaptive snowsports who want to learn to ski, snowboard, or cross-country (Nordic) ski. As part of the festival, VISAS will provide you with:

  • Lift passes and rental equipment (courtesy of Mount Washington)
  • Four days of on-snow instruction from CADS certified ski, snowboard and Nordic instructors
  • And specialized adaptive equipment suited to your disability

Please note:

  • Preference will be given to applicants with no experience with adaptive snowsports
  • Preference will also be given to Have-a-Go participants and other beginner skiers & snowboarders who haven’t been to the Winter Snowsports Festival before
  • The number of students accepted will depend upon available equipment, and the number of volunteer instructors on hand to teach during the week
  • Up to a maximum of 30 for Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding and 4 Nordic applicants will be accepted.

Snowsport Lessons:

  • Will run from 10 am to noon, and again from 1 pm until 3 pm Monday to Thursday
  • Lunch is not provided.

JANUARY 8th – 11th, 2024
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Sunday, December 17th, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by December 22nd, 2023.

The festival is open to people with physical or developmental challenges who are age six (6) years and older as of January 1st, 2023.  We will give preference to Have-a-Go participants and other beginner skiers & snowboarders who haven’t been to the Winter Snowsports Festival before.  

Lessons run from 10am to noon and again from 1pm until 3pm.  Lunch is not provided.

How to apply:
Register as a VISAS student via Snowline and follow the prompts to create a new User Profile.
1. When you are asked to join a club, select VISAS from the list of adaptive snowsports organizations.
2. Complete all the registration fields including: Personal Info, Club Information Request, etc… and be sure to press the “Check and Continue” button after completing each section.
3. Under the heading “Programs” be sure to check the box marked “2024 Herb Bradley Festival”
4. Once all fields are completed, click on the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the page.
5. Selected applicants will be notified after the submission deadline of Sunday, 17 Dec 2023.
6. Those applicants who aren’t selected for the Herb Bradley Festival are welcome to sign up for daily lessons or the Have-a-go program.
If you have any issues with the application process, please send them to