A special opportunity for anyone with a physical or mental disability to learn to ski or snowboard

VISAS Instructors Lori Mellett and Tom Clarke with a festival student. - Photo submitted
VISAS Instructors Lori Mellett and Tom Clarke with a festival student.
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This winter the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) 2012 Learn to Ski Winter Sports Festival runs  from Jan. 8-12   at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

“Anyone with a disability is welcome to attend” said Bob Hodgson, Co-Chair of the 2012 Learn to Ski Festival. “It’s a great opportunity to get involved and receive four consecutive days of ski/boarding instruction from our nationally certified instructors. VISAS provides free instruction, lift passes, equipment, two banquets, daily transportation from Courtenay to the Mountain and a good time! It’s a heck of deal.”

The popular Learn to Ski Festival is limited to 35 students and is open to anyone over the age of six who has some ability to learn, with priority given to first time participants. “We have had people from as far away as Great Britain who have participated in the Festival,” added Hodgson. “And we have fun on and off the snow, ending the week with a dress up banquet.”

In its 19th year, VISAS’s volunteer instructors are getting ready for another exciting year on the mountain. Over 80 VISAS ski and snowboarding instructors volunteer their time seven days a week to provide those with a physical or mental disability a chance to learn to downhill ski, snowboard or cross country ski, and at very little cost.

For more details on the 2012 four day Learn to Ski Festival and to apply, visit:  Applications for the Learn to Ski must be received by Dec. 9 to be eligible.

For additional information on the festival contact Bob Hodgson at 250-339-6833 or email: You will also find VISAS on Facebook and Flickr.

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