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About the event

A mixture of winter sports available for those who want to try-out and those who want to develop their skills, as well as some more leisurely pursuits such as yoga and looking at mindfulness amongst some stunning scenery.

What's involved?

  • Must be able to enter the USA

  • You passport must have at least six months validity during the time of travel

  • This week offers the perfect way to have fun on the slopes and enjoy all that skiing has to offer

  • Most injury types can be catered for

  • Open to all Members

Gallery from previous years' event

Video from previous years' event

Will it cost me to attend?

The idea of the day’s activity is to give Members of Blesma the chance to try different snow sports, and possibly encourage them to take part in an overseas snow-sport expedition.

What is the selection process?

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 much notice will I be given?

Training will be conducted by qualified adaptive snow sport instructors from the Chill Factore in Manchester. 

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.

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Activities Team
Tel: 0208 548 7094
Email: mea@blesma.org

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