Empowering people affected by disability, additional needs and life-changing conditions with the benefits of year-round mountain activities

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  • Ecole Du Ski Francais Pays De Maurienne GSTAAD - Swiss Holidays in the Bernese Oberland amid the Swiss Alps - Gstaad Tourismus Tessier - Sitski technology Rhone Alpes MPI Insurance Brokers
  • Savoie Mont Blanc Plus Sport Ski Weekender ABTOF - The Association of British Travel Organisers to France Meribel - Cour de 3 Vallees FSki holidays, Ski Chalet Holidays, ski deals, ski breaks, Family Ski holidays
  • Ski Republic Ecole Swiss de Ski et Snowboard Crowne Plaza Geneva New Voice Media Official website of the French Government Tourist Office Mountain Beds Ski Accommodation Experts
  • Family Ski Holidays - Family Skiing Holidays and Family Ski Chalets, Including Ski Chalets with Childcare
  • two sit skiers surveying the ski slope
  • a sit skier and instructor skiing very fast
  • a child with a severe disability skiing
  • a sit skier being assisted by a friend
  • two sit skiers enjoying the slopes
  • A family enjoying the mountains with their daughter in a sit ski

“Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires”

Bertrand Russell
 

Where there are Mountains, there is Freedom!


“The beautiful thing about Ski 2 Freedom is the full meaning of the word freedom”

“Thank you so much for all your help and sorting this out for me.  This holiday has been a massive achievement for me!”

“People should believe that their children can do anything. My mum wasn’t sure if I would walk, but she believed in me, and so did my dad and now I can ski!!”


 

Ski2Freedom is a charity which provides access to comprehensive information on snow-sport and mountain activities for individuals, groups, families and carers from across the globe. We address the specific needs and requirements of all disabilities and additional needs, allowing beneficiaries to undertake fully tailored, life-enhancing mountain based activities.
 

For many, Ski 2 Freedom enhances lives by providing opportunities once thought to have been out of reach. We know this, because our beneficiaries tell us. Participation in mountain-based activities develops self-confidence and self-esteem. It improves quality of life by addressing feelings of social isolation as well as promoting health and well-being.

Ski 2 Freedom was the idea of Catherine Cosby.   Her daughter Alexandra, now aged 28 has a rare neurological disorder known as Rett Syndrome and is profoundly physically and mentally disabled. "Alexandra and the many people we met in hospitals, in particular the Bristol Children's Hospital, have been so much the inspiration for Ski 2 Freedom.  Now happily residing at Douglas House Leonard Cheshire Home she continues to inspire and give strength to this project.  Sadly Alexandra has not yet been able to experience the snowy mountains but her strength of character is, I am sure, there with all those children that are able to undertake disabled skiing.  It is Alexandra’s incredible strength and courage during the course of what can only be described as a truly remarkable life, which was such an inspiration."

Catherine’s own experiences have given her a passionate understanding about using snow-sports and the mountains as a catalyst which can help children, young people and adults who have been affected by a physical, sensory or mental disability to regain self-confidence, become physically pro-active leading to a general sense of inclusion both within a family, local community and wider society environment and the possibility of equal employment opportunities.  She understands the many complex needs and requirements of an individual with a disability, or special need and why matching those needs with a ski school instructor and resort is so vital to the overall outcome of a holiday.


Using snow-sports and the mountains as a catalyst for building self-confidence, rehabilitation,  recreational or therapeutic purposes saw the birth of this unique organisation.
 

Snow flakes and magic! Skiing, snowboarding, relaxing in the sunshine, savouring the gastronomic delights, indulging in a warming glass of clove scented vin chaud, seeing the crystalline snow-flakes sparkle, watching the wisps of cloud swirling high over the alpine peaks, warm sunshine, snowshoe walking on “tennis rackets” over crunchy snow through pine scented woods, hearing the laughter and shouts of delight from children to grandparents where else can one be but in the ski resorts or the wild back-country of the mountains

 

 

“I just wanted to let you know my dreams have come true and I wanted to thank you as soon as I could.............I've already cried a few times with my instructor from ESF Les 2 Alpes Loic!!!!!!” Susan (Addison’s Disease) fév 2014

“We cannot thank Ski 2 Freedom enough – it’s such a wonderful thing for Barnaby to be able to do and, perhaps more importantly, it makes him so much more part of the skiing holiday – on an equal footing with his sister, Olivia, and the other family we ski with. Thank you also to Simon, Lionel and Agathe at ESF La Rosiere who were all so accommodating and to the ski lift operators at Sainte Foy! “


“I just wanted to email you to thank you so, so much for putting us in touch with the wonderful Reini of Active Motion in Grindelwald.  We've had the most amazing week skiing and Eli has loved it. Thank you so much, we are definitely going to do this again next year so I'll be in touch again!” 
mother of daughter with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy  2014


“Je voulais juste vous dire que mes rêves sont devenus réalité et je voulais vous en remercier dès que possible. J’en ai déjà pleuré de plaisir à plusieurs reprises avec Loïc, mon instructeur ESF des 2 Alpes !!!”, Susan (atteinte de la maladie d’Addison), février 2014.
 

“Nous ne remercierons jamais assez Ski 2 Freedom ! C’est une chose merveilleuse pour Barnaby d’être capable de skier, et plus important encore, cela lui permet de faire partie intégrante de nos vacances à la neige, sur un pied d’égalité avec sa soeur Olivia et de l’autre famille avec qui nous skions. Merci également à Simon, Lionel et Agathe de l’Ecole de Ski Français de la Rosière ainsi qu’aux remontées mécaniques de Sainte Foy qui ont tous été si serviables”.

“Je voulais juste vous envoyer un email pour vous remercier chaleureusement pour nous avoir mis en contact avec Reini d’Active Motion à Grindelwald. Nous avons passé la plus incroyable semaine de ski et Eli a adoré. A nouveau, un énorme merci ! Nous retournerons y très certainement l’an prochain donc nous serons de nouveau en contact !” maman d’Eli, atteinte de myopathie de Duchenne, 2014.






Freedom, Choice, Empowerment

We believe in freedom. We believe in choice.  And we believe in empowering people who struggle to exercise their freedom to choose, to do just that.














Insurance
This can be a tricky area for people with disabilities and additional needs.  We can not recommend any particular company but MPI are associated with many ski companies and as a broker will endeavour to find the best solution.

Wintersports insurance for those with a disability or special need can be difficult to find, although it depends on the condition.  MPI Brokers, with many years of expertise in ski insurance,  are more than happy to make personal enquiries to try to find the right insurance for you.
 

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  • Personal Stories - Hugo, aged 12


    Hugo skiing"People should believe that their children can do anything. My mum wasn’t sure if I would walk, but she believed in me, and so did my dad and now I can ski!! When I am alone and all by myself sometimes I think I am unlucky, but then I think that at least I can ski so maybe I am lucky. I think Ski 2 Freedom is a good idea to show other people like me how to ski."

    Read Hugo's story >

  • Personal Stories - Tudur, T4 paraplegic sit skier


    Tudur, T4 paraplegic sit skier"After some lunch we made our way back up the piste. I was feeling good and my skiing level was right up. Felt great managed to nail loads of proper carves and turns.."


    Spotted that off piste section again. This time I was ready and WOW! What a difference soft powder snow is! You need to lean back more on the skiis. It's like being in water I thought. It was a small section but made it back on piste, I felt great. Tried another section which went well, I honestly never thought I would go off piste. Those guys better watch out!!!

    After one of the best days of my life we had one more run which was great too.


    Read Tudur's story >

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