This is definitely one of our benchmark trips for our #NoLimits motto. The skiing trips are renowned in Little Hiccups and talked about constantly. Its just so groundbreaking that our Little Hiccups children – ANY of our Little Hiccups children, regardless of ability, can experience the thrill and
sensations of skiing.
I don’t think I would be exaggerating if I said that we required a lot of patience and flexibility on the day for a number of reasons. But I can honestly say that the ski instructors didn’t just raise to the challenge – they exceeded it. Something that was commented on by so many families on the day – the feedback always included just how lovely everyone was! And it was this professionalism that really made the day as special as it was. It was understandably a bit much for some of the children as the enclosing sensations of the tight boots, heavy skis or wearing winter clothes took them out of their comfort zone. Sometimes they were persuaded to give it a try – other times it just wasn’t happening. It was in these cases in particular that we learnt how good Disability Snowsport were. There was no pressure to perform and no demands on time. It was relaxed and easy going. Children were encouraged but not pressured and I think because of this attitude we had more success than we would have otherwise. Families were also invited back to give it another try if it wasn’t successful this time. Something I personally loved as the instructors will be doing this in their own time (so a BIG shout out from me too!)
And of course who could forget the Sitskis and the faces of the children who got to go in one of these. If you have not heard of a Sitski it is exactly what it sounds like. They are ski’s where the children get to sit down and they are taken down the snow slope by one of the instructors. Its SnoZone that owns the Sitskis and they are available for anyone who has a sensory, cognitive or physical impairment. Snozone’s aim is to make Snowsports accessible and inclusive for everyone. And that is definitely something Little Hiccups can get behind!
The rest of us were on the beginners slope and that was immense fun in itself as we shuffled up the hill in skis and tried not to fall over. Something that was ultimately inevitable. It was definitely more interesting when skis were tangled with other skis and at least two ended up in an untidy pile in the snow. But it all adds to the fun at least! Eventually I may even get better than sliding down 10 feet with my eyes closed.
We’ve had lots of positive feedback and we really enjoyed our time on the slope and I think we’ll be back very soon with many more families wanting to boast #NoLimits.