Participants keen to find new ways to explore local mountains
High above the city skyline, at Cypress Mountain, Power To Be participants learned what it felt like to fly on a cloud with a little help from the cross-country skis strapped to their feet. Inspired by requests from participants, it was the first time Power To Be offered the activity.
“Skiing is part of the culture here. So many people ski, but our participants don’t always have access to it,” says Manue Serdet, Vancouver program facilitator. “Our participants wanted to try a new activity and push their limits.”
By all accounts the day was a success, full of firsts across the group. The program was open to all participants, making for an eclectic group of skiers. With support needs including vision impairments, mobility concerns, and one individual back on skis for the first time following a brain injury, the staff at Cypress did an amazing job tailoring their lessons to the needs of all, Manue says.
“We had a lot of learnings, like how to guide people who are visually impaired on skis for the first time,” Manue says, noting there was great conversation about what colour of clothing contrasting with the snow would be easiest to follow.