Adaptive Snow Sports

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  • Adaptive Snow Sports is about adapting equipment and lessons and providing accessible support systems to allow people with a wide range of disabilities to take to the snow and experience the freedom of snow sports.

    Snow Sports NZ is the national advocate for adaptive snow sports, supporting programmes at New Zealand's alpine resorts and the further development of adaptive snow sports in New Zealand. Adaptive Snow Sports through Snow Sports NZ helps to remove participation barriers and encourages people with functional impairments to get involved in snow sports. Support includes assisting on mountain adaptive programmes, promotion, adaptive training for instructors and volunteers, and hosting national fun and competitive events.

    On the journey in the sport, pathways have been created to help competitive athletes reach their highest potential. Support is given to developing athletes on these pathways.  The pathways for adaptive instructors, coaches, classifiers and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) event management, through to high performance, are also supported.

    This aims to provide information and resources on adaptive snow sports and opportunities in New Zealand.

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