For the past two years, a group of our children have been taking part in the Sauze Project ski school's Sciabile project. Three days a year are dedicated to a trip to the snow, where our children, with the help of our talented instructors, experience the thrill of skiing.
Those who succeed do so standing up, while those who fail do so on the shell (a restraining seat placed on a ski).
Behind the boy is the instructor who guides the chair. The ski is directed by both of them, the boy has to follow the turns to help the instructor.
For me, skiing is a moment of my own and it's the sport that helps me most to release tension because by doing the bends I completely unload.
When I go to the mountains it's always a dream because, apart from the instructors who now know me, I feel like I'm at home!!!
SciAbile is an ambitious project, started in 2003 thanks to the support of BMW Italy, which aims to enable people with various types of disability to approach skiing and snowboarding completely free of charge. The project provides participants with the necessary support, which varies according to the type of disability. The ski instructors taking part in the project are specialised and study and develop new teaching techniques for people with not only physical but also cognitive and sensory disabilities.Four of our instructors are trainers for teaching the disabled at Formont, an institution that is part of the Piedmont College of Teachers, to train the ski and snowboard instructors of tomorrow. Over the last few years, more than 800 students from Italy and abroad have taken part in our courses and more than 7600 hours of lessons have been given by the instructors. In the 2014-2015 season, about 800 hours of lessons were held in response to requests for over 1300 hours.
The "Sport Project SciAbile Onlus" was set up to support the SciAbile project to ensure a new influx of funds that will be used to further develop and improve the "ski project", allowing an increasing number of disabled people to participate. By continuing to provide this important service, which improves the quality of life of young people and gives them a new incentive to get back into the game, free of charge (instructors, equipment hire, transport, etc.). By investing in the training of instructors and in new technologies and equipment that are constantly being developed.