Newly formed charity, Verbier4All, is currently fundraising to kit out the resort in a manner befitting one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world and has already secured sit-ski superstar Jean-Yves Michellod as its patron.
Téléverbier is backing the effort and is already looking into how it can make its infrastructure more accessible for next winter.
MadDogSki loves the fact that this is about making the mountains of Verbier truly accessible to adaptive skiers on all levels whatever their ability level, whatever their age. Beavering away behind the scenes, is the team from Ski4AllWales that you may have read about on this very blog.
Verbier4All’s president is Valérie Vaucher, highly experienced in running sporting charities in Switzerland. Bethan Drinkall, from Ski4All Wales, is her vice-president.
‘The Ski4All Wales team has been taking adaptive skiers out to Verbier for ten years and, along with the other adaptive organisations, has helped to increase awareness within the resort as to accessibility on the lifts, slopes, toilets and elsewhere,’ comments Bethan.
‘We have been truly touched by the community’s response to the launch of Verbier4All. Verbier has always welcomed our annual group of skiers and we hope it will one day become one of the world’s gold standard adaptive ski resorts.’
‘We have witnessed the magic, not only of the adaptive skiing here, but the impact of being included and part of this wonderful place. We look forward to sharing that with an even greater number of adaptive skiers.’
The charity also plans to establish an information platform covering accommodation, activities and more. This is great news for anyone with a mobility deficit who previously thought Verbier beyond their reach.
Bring it on Verbier4All!