Marion’s Blog: An Introduction to Skiing

August 17, 2018

Hello again!  I hope you all enjoyed my introductory blog last month.  As I mentioned before, I am extremely active and love trying out new sports.  This month I’m going to tell you a bit about my experience skiing and the organisation Disability Snowsport UK – who made it possible.

Brrrace Yourself for the Cold!

I’ve been skiing with the group quite a few times and I absolutely love it!  It’s aimed at people who are physically, sensory or learning disabled.  The company provides specialist equipment to make sure skiing is an inclusive activity for all.

When I was young, a doctor told my mum that I would never be able to go skiing because of my Cerebral Palsy and I have proved him wrong!

At -12°, you must remember to pack your woollies!  Make sure you’re prepared with warm, waterproof clothes and gloves.  Some skiing centres hire clothing so make sure you check this out before you go if you don’t have your own.  The centre provided me with a safety helmet.

During my first experience on the slope, I was hoisted into a bucket style seat, with two skis underneath.  The bucket seat is fitted with plenty of safety belts, so I felt very secure.  I must say, at first, I was curious as to how I would get up the slope.  With safety the main concern here, it did take a bit of time.  There’re multiple ropes to tie onto the ski lift but I felt completely at ease.

Thrill Seekers

When it’s time to tackle the snow, you’re paired with an instructor from Disability Snowsport and they steer the ski from the back.  If, like me, you’re able to move your body, the ski can also be steered by moving from side to side, with the instructor behind you for support.  You can get off at the middle section of the slope if you’re a bit apprehensive or scared of heights!  If not, I highly recommend going all the way to the top.  I think it gives you a better ski and it’s a bigger thrill!

When I was young, a doctor told my mum that I would never be able to go skiing because of my Cerebral Palsy and I have proved him wrong!  Disability Snowsport not only offer indoor skiing in the UK, they also organise activity weeks abroad to Europe or further afield in the USA.  I think my next challenge will be tackling an outdoor slope.

If you would like more information about Disability Snowsport UK, click here to visit their website.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog!

Marion

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