Mount Washington Hosts Disabled Skiing Championships and Festival

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The 2006 Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing SKImprovement (SKIMP) Family Festival and Canadian National Disabled Alpine Ski Championships received $10,000 from Hosting BC. The week-long event, held at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, was attended by 3,000 spectators daily who watched 95 competitors from Canada and the U.S.A.

Funds supported a five-day training and development program for disabled skiers and boarders. Special equipment purchased for the event, such as course-setting gear and safety netting, will be used at future Paralympic ski events. The event also provided a forum to field test new adaptive equipment for disabled athletes. There were 125 volunteers trained - creating a pool of resources for future national events in the Comox Valley and for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The event led to the launch of a new organization, the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society, a forum for community awareness and fundraising for athlete development.


Hosting BC provides BC communities with funding to host national and international sport events. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.