Snowsports

Snowsports

Snowsports

What are visually impaired Snowsports?

Snowsports are activities that can be enjoyed both recreationally and competitively. Sports include cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, biathlon, speed skating and figure skating!

How do I get involved in visually impaired Snowsports?

You can find your nearest snowsports club through our Activity Finder or contact your local group on the DSUK website: https://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/local-groups/dsuk-local-groups

Equipment

The equipment you will use depends on the sport you are participating in. Some examples of equipment include skis, snowboards, helmets, ice skates, as well as warm clothing! Tinted ski goggles can be used to reduce glare. If necessary, headsets and PA systems can be used to communicate between the skier and the guide.

Pathways and Competitions

Like the thought of having a gold Paralympic medal? Then you might want to start competing in snowsports. Visually impaired athletes are eligible to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games and the World Para Snow Sports Championships provided that they have a valid international classification and license.

Paralympic Winter Games

Classification

To compete in snow sports for people with sight loss, you will need a sight classification. This ensures all athletes are participating in fair and equal competition and you are competing against those with a similar level of sight. Classifications can often be expensive, but if you become a British Blind Sport member, sight classifications for national competitions are included for free!

For more information on sight classifications visit http://www.britishblindsport.org.uk/classification or email GB Snow Sports for National and International enquiries at james.redpath@gbsnowsport.com.

You can also read about GB Snowsport classification here: https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=25433

Further Information

GB Snowsport is the National Governing body for Para Snowsport. Visit: https://www.gbsnowsport.com/

Disability Snowsport UK work to make sure that anyone with a disability, may it be learning, sensory or physical, can ski or snowboard alongside other people. Visit their website: http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/, email hello@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk  or call 01479 788770.

To find out more about ice skating opportunities please visit the Inclusive Skating website or email inclusivseskating.event@gmail.com.

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