Snow sports (skiing and snowboarding) is an extremely popular sport for people who are blind or have low vision. Vision impaired skiers and snowboards are supported by guides who ski/snowboard in front or behind them and verbally identify any upcoming hazards or turns they need to make. The guide will either shout these instructions or use a headset to communicate to the vision impaired skier/snowboarder. Both skiers/snowboarders are also encouraged to wear a florescent vest with ‘vision impaired’ or ‘guide’ on the back so that others on the slope give them some extra space and don’t cut between the skier/snowboarder and their guide.
All major New Zealand ski resorts have volunteers and adapted equipment available to help support you on the slopes. Snow Sports New Zealand offers adapted snow sports memberships which gives several benefits including discounted lift passes and lessons. Check out the video below and the Snow Sport New Zealand website to find out how you can get involved.
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