If you’ve ever sat in front of Ski Sunday and thought you’d like to have a go, or watched the Winter Paralympics and wondered how those athletes got started, then it’s time to get out there and try it for yourself.
Anyone who has watched the Winter Paralympics knows that anyone can tackle skiing and snowboarding, but finding specialist disabled access holidays that include these challenging sports in their packages can seem a daunting task. Well, that’s where we come in! At Can Be Done we have 30 years’ experience in organising accessible holidays for our clients, no matter where they want to go and what they want to try.
For mobility impaired travellers who want to try skiing for the first time, I always recommend they look into our bespoke winter sports packages in Whistler, Canada.
The Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program (WASSP)
Ever since hosting the Winter Paralympics in 2010, Whistler has prided itself on the inclusivity of its winter sports offering, making it an ideal base for disabled access holidays including skiing and snowboarding activities.
The Whistler Adaptive Ski & Snowboard Program was established to offer these popular winter sports to all practitioners, no matter what their physical challenges or their current level of ability.
From beginners to those looking to compete in future Paralympic events, WASSP instructors will help to pair winter sports enthusiasts with the optimum equipment to get them on the slopes.
Fully trained instructors will then get you started, or, if this is not your first time, help you improve with group lessons or individual training.
Where to Stay
When we organise disabled access holidays for our clients we aim to offer them more than a great experience on the slopes. When you book your trip with us, we pay a lot of attention to what your specific needs are and do our best to match them to the perfect accommodation for you.
In Whistler, my team and I have personally checked out a range of hotels and accommodation so that we are able to recommend the very best. Here are some which have proved very popular with previous Can Be Done clients:
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler
This luxury hotel offers ski-in access, with a promise to have a wheelchair waiting when users come off the slopes (the hotel has two of its own wheelchairs which guests can use free of charge). There are also 15 fully accessible, spacious bedrooms.
- Hilton Whistler
The luxurious Hilton has a contemporary, spacious layout specially designed to be fully accessible. The hotel offers a range of rooms adapted for wheelchair access; from chalet-style suites to double rooms with roll-in showers.
- Delta Whistler Village Suites
I got a call from a client who I arranged a stay for at the Delta. He called as soon as he arrived home to say that he had never stayed in a hotel so well adapted to his needs as a wheel-chair user. From the spacious foyer to accessible swimming pool, parking and restaurant, he had found the cipro place easy to navigate and very welcoming.
As summer draws to an end, don’t spend next winter dreaming about getting out in the snow and having some fun. Book one of our highly rated disabled access holidays to Whistler and who knows – in a few years’ time it might be you at the Winter Paralympics!