From CEO to Sit Ski Pro
AFTER much encouragement at meetings and presentations, Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) managed to finally catch up with Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management CEO John Huber in the late stages of the 2013 season.
The Resort Management Board (RMB) at Buller has been extremely supportive of DWA in our establishment of the In-Resort Program over the last few years, and it was a great opportunity to demonstrate to John some of the thrills (but not spills) experi- enced by DWA members.
With Andrew Railton out with us to snap some action shots, and a friend there for moral support and encouragement - we set off for a few great runs.
John took to it like a natural, carving turns with the hand held riggers in a tethered ski, and got a great sense of how the equipment and using people’s abilities can translate into exhilaration in the alpine environment.
Catching up with John, he told us what he thought of the unique experience.
“It was fantastic heading out with the DWA team to get a taste of what is possible on the slopes, regardless of ability,” John said.
“It was a challenge that I relished the opportunity to take part in, and was very impressed with the knowledge and skill that the DWA guides can offer our guests to give them a safe, supportive and memorable snow experience.
“We are thrilled to have DWA in resort throughout the season to offer support for people with disabilities so they can participate in snowsports here at Mt Buller.”
This 2014 season DWA have an office located in Alpine Central and a meeting place at Buller Ski School.
No doubt John will not be the only one testing out the sit ski, as DWA begin to introduce more and more of the Mt Buller community to the world of adaptive skiing, from come-and-try opportunities to volunteer guide training throughout the ski season.
Should you wish to register your interest and learn more about adaptive snowsports and its unique equipment or volunteer as a guide, contact Hannah Kennedy at Hannah@ disabledwintersport.com.au or call 0422 157 391.
Thanks again John for the support that you and your team at the RMB has given DWA.
Next time perhaps we will go out 3-tracking in the bumps.