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Summit Disabled Ski Program
We are here to assist anyone with a disability to get out and have fun and enjoy the freedom of being on the snow.
Our experienced team is here to help with whatever you might need to achieve your skiing or snowboarding aspirations and to be part of our wonderful alpine environment here in Zermatt.
The program works to ensure there is virtually no limit as to who can participate in snow sports. With the right equipment and instruction anyone can enjoy the thrill of the mountains regardless of a disability.
Our team teaching disabled skiers
Our adaptive team is headed up by Ash Morton. He has been teaching adaptive skiing for ten season and has worked in Italy, Austria and New Zealand. He now also works as an Adaptive Trainer for BASI helping other instructors become qualified in teaching this.
Our adaptive instructors are trained to teach and deal with all disabilities and illnesses. Our small team is extremely experienced and will be able to help you achieve your goals, whether you are getting on skis for the first time or are a more experienced athletes who would like to compete.
What to do next
We can work with any disability at any level. Whether you need a mono ski or you have a child with autism we have the equipment and the instructors ready to help you enjoy your tie on the snow.
If you are unsure as to what you need or just have some questions regarding skiing with your disability then get in touch and Ash will be able to recommend exactly what you need.
Process from home to the snow
If necessary some skiing equipment will be need. The equipment available is designed to enable everyone to participation in snow sports regardless of strength or ability. Every person that comes through the programme will be assessed before heading onto the snow. So we can use the equipment and progression that is most relevant.
The more information you can supply about the disability in the booking form, means the instructor can get a greater understanding of your ability, therefore able to select the correct equipment for the student. This will enable a safe skiing environment, whilst making your time in Zermatt a fantastic one.
Once in Zermatt the instructor will pop to your accommodation at a time that suits just to finalise the equipment and progression choices and possibly do a couple of strength test to finalise the equipment used in the lessons.
Why come to Zermatt
Zermatt is one of the best places for disabled skiers to get out on the snow and have some fun. Dependent on the equipment used will determine where your skiing experience starts. For example most sit ski lessons will start at the Trockener steg restaurant with great open wide blues runs.
Were as the blind, three track, four track and Learning difficulties lessons will start at the Sunnegga Restaurant and progress from there. Experienced skiers will start on terrain that best suits their skiing needs. This could be at Sunnegga, Gornergrat, Trockener steg or even skiing over to Cervinia into Italy.
Zermatt has two main airports that are easily assessable by the fantastic Swiss train network. This is from Geneva and Zurich. The train takes you into the heart of Zermatt from both airports, were electrical taxis take you to your accommodation. All the trains are wheelchair accessible.
Both Supermarkets in town have disabled access. One is located just over the road from the train station and the other is right by the ice ring, just off the main street.
Meeting points can be decided with your instructor when you arrive. They can also let you know the best place to leave the ski equipment for the next day and how to get to and from your accommodation.