About Disabled Skiing in La Plagne
La Plagne is one of the best resorts in the Alps for people with disabilities who wish to enjoy the thrills of the mountains. Time-honoured devices such as the Uniski are a frequent sight on the slopes and the Skicart offers a gentle introduction to skiing.
La Plagne is also at the forefront of new technologies such as the Vertiski, a medical support that enables you to stand upright whilst ensuring good circulation, and the GMS which is the latest in chairs and can be used with the help of a guide or independently. For those who already have some experience of snowsports there is the Xbefree, which is a seated vehicle that can be used for completely independent skiing. For more information on adaptive skiing and the British Disabled Ski Team please visit Disability Snowsport UK.
Adaptive skiing in La Plagne
Extra training qualifications to enable ski instructors to understand the needs of disabled skiers are becoming increasingly common and accompanied skiing is now on offer in La Plagne. This is aimed at people who are physically able but may have a sight impairment, balance problem, mental illness, or something else which means that they require extra guidance to ensure their safety and enjoyment.
Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School are an established La Plagne winter sports school offering equipment such as the dualski chair and private tuition with qualified handiski instructors.
ESF in Belle Plagne have had a Handiski department since 1983 and they have been developing their expertise ever since. With specially trained instructors, adaptive equipment, and easy lift access they offer a range of lessons to suit your needs – and you can claim a discount on your lift pass.
New for 2017-18 is the 'Go to Ski' system (photo above) which enables people with partial disabilities to stand upright with a guide on skis. It's a system that's been developed to mimic the movements made by an able-bodied skiers feet. Ask one of the ski schools for more information.
Disabled tourism in La Plagne
Aime 2000 is entirely accessible to wheel chair users and those with mobility problems, both in resort and on the pistes. All residences and shopping areas are equipped with ramps, all public toilets are adapted and all car parks feature ample disabled parking spaces. All gondolas, chairlifts and drag lifts in the La Plagne ski resort have been adapted to allow handiski access (assistance may be required from a ski instructor or guide).
Association Antenne Handicap are a La Plagne based company that offer specialized services to people with disabilities. As well as being experts in adaptive skiing they also offer a range of summer activities such as parapenting, mountain biking and rafting – all specially equipped and guided by instructors that will ensure your enjoyment and safety.
Disabled skiers and an accompanying person get 50% off the price of their ski passes, with proof needed of the disability when purchasing 2 identical ski passes for the same dates & ski area.
Location: La Plagne Region