About the event
The fourth year of combining our ski bikes with our adapted winter sports programme. A week-long trip of snow sports to suit all.
Members must have a valid passport
Mono ski, snow-boarding, stand up ski, 3 track, ski bike all available
Based in France.
Open to all. Please state which winter sport you are interested in taking part in on the application.
- Is this event open to wheelchair users?
Yes, this event can cater for all injuries.
- I haven’t skied before, can I still apply?
Of course, an instructor will be with you to teach you the ropes!
- Will it cost me to attend?
Blesma activities are free to all Members – the only expense is getting yourself to and from the initial meeting point. If funding your travel costs could be a problem, speak to your BSO.
- What is the selection process?
The activities selection process is done on a needs basis. Those who will benefit the most from attending an activity will be given priority. This is done on the recommendation of their BSO. Those Members who have not attended any activities before, or who have not attended that particular type of activity before are considered next. Once the initial list is selected, all other applicants go on the reserve list. Should someone drop out, the same process is applied to select someone from the reserve list.
- How much notice will I be given?
Currently, Members who are selected to take part in an activity are given three months’ notice. If this notice period is increased, it is highly likely that the drop-out rate will also increase. If you are selected from the reserve list, your notification will depend on when the person whose place you are taking dropped out. This is why we ask Members to contact the Activities Team as soon as they become aware that they will not be able to attend an activity. In doing so. That way, we have the best opportunity to offer the place to another Member.
- How does the reserve list work?
Being on the reserve list does not automatically mean you will not get to attend the activity. In 2017, 54 per cent of people selected for an activity dropped out, meaning that almost half of attendees for all activities were selected from the reserve list. In 2017, 97 per cent of slots were filled despite the high drop-out rate. The remaining three per cent were mostly last-minute cancellations that were too late notice to fill (i.e. the day before).
- I have never been on a Blesma activity?
Currently, only 4.3 per cent of Members apply for activities. If you are one of the 95.7 per cent who hasn’t been on an activity before, perhaps because you have concerns about how you will cope, or you don’t know what to expect, please get in touch with either your BSO or the Activities Team directly on 020 8548 3519. They can advise on what might be suitable for you.
- Who will lead the activity?
Blesma Support Officers and Outreach Officers lead the events. In addition, of around 50 activities run in 2017, 22 were led by Members. We rely on Members volunteering to lead an activity, so if you are interested in doing that – please let us know! Do note that you will need to be qualified for some events.
- Am I deserving of a Blesma activity, what if others are more in need?
We do not discriminate! Activities are there for all Members and Widows to enjoy.
You took part in the Winter Sports week in La Plagne in 2018. What was that like?
I have MS, which means I suffer from a lot of pain, and I can’t see out of my right eye, so I was very conscious of that! My instructor was brilliant though. I was going to do sit-skiing, but decided that if I can still walk, I should give standing skiing a go. It was hard and painful, but I loved it.
What was your highlight?
Being out in the fresh air and sunshine all day every day. By the end, we were doing some steeper runs, and I was very proud of myself. I also got on great with everyone, we had a good group.
You’re a great example of not giving into a disease…
I was diagnosed in 2003. I’m 43 now and every day is painful, but I’m determined to do as much as I can, and I just have to deal with it. Blesma is brilliant for that!