Ne­vis Range and Dis­abil­ity Snows­port UK join forces for 2018/19 sea­son on slopes

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

Ne­vis Range Moun­tain Ex­pe­ri­ence in Lochaber (the Out­door Cap­i­tal of the UK) is to team up with Dis­abil­ity Snows­port UK (DSUK) for win­ter 2018/19.

The part­ner­ship will in­volve both par­ties work­ing to­gether to make the UK’s high­est snows­ports des­ti­na­tion more ac­ces­si­ble to every­one, re­gard­less of abil­ity, mean­ing more spe­cial­ist rental equip­ment will be avail­able for dis­abled skiers and snow­board­ers at the re­sort, to­gether with in­creased ac­cess to DSUK qual­i­fied in­struc­tor time.

Nikki Stafford, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Ne­vis Range Moun­tain Ex­pe­ri­ence, said: ‘We are re­ally ex­cited about our part­ner­ship with Dis­abil­ity Snows­ports UK.

‘Part­ner­ing with DSUK means that our moun­tain will be­come even more ac­ces­si­ble to all abil­i­ties at an af­ford­able price. The part­ner­ship will also en­able us to pro­vide a train­ing for para ath­letes, as well pro­vid­ing the fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment to de­velop the skills of up and com­ing para ath­letes.

‘Snow has al­ready started fall­ing on the moun­tain and we can’t wait for the sea­son to be­gin.’

The Ne­vis Range prides it­self on dis­abil­ity ac­cess through­out the venue, in­clud­ing the only gon­dola sys­tem of its kind in Bri­tain, trans­port­ing up to 1,700 snows­ports en­thu­si­asts up the moun­tain ev­ery hour.

The Ne­vis Range Snows­ports School has one DSUK qual­i­fied in­struc­tor among its coach­ing staff.

The part­ner­ship will en­able more of the school’s in­struc­tors to ac­quire this es­sen­tial dis­abil­ity coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion to in­crease the avail­abil­ity of spe­cial­ist in­struc­tion and sup­port for dis­abled skiers and snow­board­ers.

Mark Kelvin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Dis­abil­ity Snows­port UK, said: ‘We’re so ex­cited to part­ner with Ne­vis Range in mak­ing ski­ing and snow­board­ing ac­ces­si­ble to dis­abled peo­ple.

‘We’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing with lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion providers to pack­age spe­cialised short-breaks so that dis­abled skiers and snow­board­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill and ex­hil­a­ra­tion of snows­port at one of the UK’s finest moun­tain re­sorts.

‘This is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to our cur­rent adap­tive snows­port schools at dry slopes and in­door snow cen­tres through­out the United King­dom and a great op­por­tu­nity to try out a moun­tain re­sort be­fore join­ing us on one of our trips abroad.’

The new part­ner­ship will give dis­abled skiers the chance to try out a moun­tain re­sort.

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