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Welcome to SKI TV® DWA TV! This is a dedicated channel for Disabled Wintersports Australia. Find us online at www.disabledwintersport.com.au - The blue birds were out in a flock last Saturday. The amazing sunny conditions were a beautiful thing to introduce a bunch of first time skiers to. Merri Community Health Services joined forces with DWA, and brought a group of seven teenagers up to Falls Creek. This was the first taste of snow for the Melbournians, but these kids took to the snow like ducks to water. Theres a sure-fire way to tell when the group has enjoyed their first day on a DWA camp, this was evident on Sunday morning when the Merri staff told me, we went to wake the kids, but they were already dressed. - The kids all had different goals coming into the weekend, and having not seen the snow before no one knew what to expect. Some managed to progress and excel at skiing such as Nujiyan and Rojhilat Bagdas. The two sisters quite quickly had Mousetrap ( the Beginner run) under control, and possessed the greatest sense of enthusiasm Ive seen in a long time. - The best thing by far from my point of view, above and beyond the amazing weather or the great snow cover, was that these kids surprised their carers and staff, they exceeded the expectations of everyone. As this was the first camp DWA had run with Merri, there was naturally some concern about whether the kids were going to enjoy the snow. The staff told me when they saw the gang on snow with the DWA Guides, they immediately relaxed, any apprehension they had evaporated, once they witnessed the caring and professional nature of the Guides. The kids clicked into a single ski, grabbed some poles and started scooting around to get the feeling of the slippery skis. We were all really proud of the kids, there were some questions as to whether some of them would even want to try and ski before the camp, at the end most of them didnt want to leave. I hope to see this group return next season. - DWA member Michael Forbes has been ripping around Falls Creek all week. You may have seen him from the Towers lift or even over at Ruined Castle. Mike has been doing a lot of skiing with Falls Creek Adaptive Instructor Charlie Evans, the two have also skied together at Myoko in Japan. Michaels trip to japan is an inspiration to so many of our members. As he is a quadriplegic its an amazing thing that he was able to go over to Myoko, stay in the alpine resort and go skiing in the amazing Japanese snow. - DWA Membership - To access the services and benefits of Disabled WinterSport Australia you first need to become a member. Membership to our organisation is divided into 2 major groups; Individual Membership and Associate Membership. - THIS IS DWA TV! Individual memberships are for our members who have a permanent disability and not able to participate in winter sports without additional cost or assistance. - Associate memberships are required if you are a: 1. New or renewing Volunteer - 2. Would like to support DWA - 3.Taking part in our Adaptive Snow Sport Training and Education Programs. - WELCOME TO DWA TV! Last Week at Thredbo - 4th August 2015 - By Tom Hodges - The snow and weather was prime for a huge week at Thredbo to wrap up a busy July. DWA hosted 6 sit skiers and 3 visually impaired skiers over 4 incredible adventurous days. It was so great to see this diverse group of people come together and develop their skills and share their love of snowsports. DWA has some fantastic connections with current and former World Cup and Paralympic athletes and we were fortunate to have Shannon Dallas and Jason Sauer along to motivate, inspire and train with the sit skiers. Patrick Jensen who is training for the next Paralympics came along to ski with the VI guys offering support and motivating the next generation of Australian VI skiers. - With their input along with the support of our amazing volunteer guides it wasnt long before everyone was out exploring the hill and searching for the best stashes out on the hill, and the a little bit of courage within. Of course there were crashes, 2 broken skis and even one wrist mishap, but there were also cheers and photo shoots, pow shots and park jumps, and nights out. To be there and experience a week like that is exactly why we love the snow and love to share it with everyone. I know all these guys and girls will be back again for more fun, always searching for that next little adventure, and I cant wait to hear about it when they do. DWA Members Camp 2, 9 Aug - 14 Aug 2015 - Thredbo - DWA Members Camp 3, 13 Sept - 18 Sept 2015 - Thredbo - DWA Members Camp 4, 18 Sept - 21 Sept 2015 - Falls Creek - Australia has a long and proud history of competing in international disabled winter sports competitions. Australia has competed in every Winter Paralympic Games ever staged. - 2010 Vancouver (Canada) - Australia sent its largest ever team to a Paralympic Winter Games 11 athletes, 3 sighted guides and 17 staff members. The 2010 Australian Paralympic Team returned home with 4 medals (1 silver and 3 bronze) doubling its medal tally from Torino in 2006. - Medals were won by Marty Mayberry (silver mens standing Downhill), Cameron Rahles-Rahbula (bronze mens standing Slalom; bronze mens standing Super-Combined) and Jessica Gallagher (bronze womens vision-impaired Slalom). Winning her bronze medal on her 24th birthday, Jessica became the first Australian woman to win a Paralympic Winter medal.c- 2006 Torino (Italy) At the 2006 Games in Torino, a new competition class structure came into force for Alpine Skiing. DWA TV is your source worldwide for Disabled Wintersport Australia! The 14 classes which had existed were combined into three classes one for standing skiers, one for vision impaired skiers and one for seated skiers. While athletes were still classified into the 14 classes according to their disability, a factoring system based on the times skied by the best performers in each class was used to adjust raw times to compare athletes in each of the three combined classes. - The new system reduced the number of potential medals in Paralympic Alpine Skiing from 128 to 36 and created a fierce level of competition for every medal. DWA TV is your source worldwide for Disabled Wintersport Australia! - In Torino, Michael Milton won his eleventh Paralympic winter medal, a silver in the Downhill, and rising star Toby Kane picked up his first Games medal, a bronze in the Super-G event. - 2002 Salt Lake City (USA) A six-man Alpine team competed in Salt Lake City from March 7 - 14 with outstanding success. - Michael Milton (LW2 Leg Amputee) was the outstanding world athlete taking 4 Gold Medals in the Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom. Blind skier Bart Bunting with guide Nathan Chivers, having won this year's World Alpine Championships for the Blind, went on to win Gold in the Downhill and Super G and Silver in the Giant Slalom. - 2000 The World Championships - Anzere (Switzerland) - Australian team members were: Michael Milton - Above knee Amputee, James Paterson - Cerebral Palsy, Bart Bunting - Blind Peter Boonarts - Paraplegic - Mathew Nichols, a double below elbow amputee, returned to Australia prior to the event as a result of a broken collarbone in training. - Nathan Chivers was the guide for Blind skier Bart Bunting. - Results achieved were: - Michael Milton: Downhill - Gold; Super G - Gold; G Slalom - Silver; Slalom - 6th. James Paterson: Downhill - 4th; Super G - DNF; G Slalom - Silver; Slalom - 6th. - Bart Bunting: Downhill - Gold; Super G - 5th; G Slalom - Gold; Slalom - 8th. - Peter Boonarts: Downhill - 6th; Super G - 4th; G Slalom - DNF; Slalom - Bronze. - Australia was placed 5th overall of the alpine nations, with 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze, behind Germany, USA, Canada and Switzerland. - Team officials were:Nick Dean - Team Manager, Steve Bova - Coach, Andrew Stainlay - Assistant Coach, Kevin Boundy - Team Doctor, Ben Sui - Physiotherapist - The 2000 World Championship Team's results were Australia's best since the 6th Winter Paralympic Games in Lillehammer (Norway) where our athletes won nine medals: 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze. - 1998 Nagano (Japan) 7th Winter Paralympic Games; Australia represented by four athletes and performed well despite the tragic death of dual gold medallist, Michael Norton, and retirement of World Champion, Michael Milton, the previous year. James Paterson, the only seasoned performer in the team, won the coveted Downhill gold medal and a bronze in the Slalom. James Paterson: Gold - Downhill, Silver - Giant Slalom - 1994 Lillehammer (Norway) - 6th Winter Paralympic Games (set the standard for future Winter Paralympic competitions). Michael Milton won gold, silver and two bronze in his events; Michael Norton won gold in Slalom and Super G sit ski competitions; Cerebral palsy skier, James Paterson, won silver and bronze medals in Downhill and Giant Slalom; and sit skier, David Munk, won bronze in Giant Slalom. Australia 5th alpine medal winners tally with 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals. Michael Norton: Gold - Giant Slalom and Slalom - Michael Milton: Gold - GS, Silver - Slalom, Bronze - Super G and Downhill - James Paterson: Silver - Giant Slalom - David Munk: Bronze - Super G and Giant Slalom. 1992 Albertville (France) - Australia represented by Kyrra Grunnsund, Michael Milton and sit skiers. Rod Hacon, David Munk and Michael Norton. In Albertville, France, 1992. Australia enjoyed its first success in winter Paralympic competition. The victorious Winter Paralympic Team won gold when young 19-year-old Canberra-born amputee skier Michael Milton outclassed the field in the Slalom. 5th Winter Paralympic Games; 24 countries; 375 athletes. - Michael Milton: Gold - Slalom, Silver - Super G - Michael Norton: Bronze - Slalom David Munk: Bronze - Super G. - 1988 Austria - Events staged in Mutters (alpine), Natters (cross-country) and Innsbruck (speed skating). Australia represented by Kyrra Grunnsund, Evan Hodge, Michael Milton, Steven Kirwood and David Munk. Team Coaches: Hans Hinterholzer and Jamie Milner. Chef de Mission was Ron Finneran. 20 countries; 368 athletes. - 1984 Innsbruck (Austria) Australia represented by Rodney Mills in blind cross-country races, Kyrra Grunnsund and Andrew Temple in alpine slalom, giant slalom and downhill. 22 countries; 362 competitors in three event series: speed skating, cross-country and alpine skiing. Sit skiing was demonstrated for the first time at this event. - 1980 Geilo (Norway) Australia represented by Peter Rickards, blind cross country events, and Kyrra Grunnsund, alpine slalom and giant slalom; team managed by Ron Finneran. Broad range of disabilities, including blind, amputees and some polio; alpine, cross country and speed skating events; 336 competitors. - 1976 Omskoldsvik (Sweden) - Australia's first winter Paralympian Ron Finneran, travelled to Ornskoldsvik Sweden, and competed in the first-ever Winter Paralympic Games in 1976. 17 nations; 150 competitors; alpine and cross-country events - DWA TV is your source worldwide for Disabled Wintersport Australia!    Q: Should I become a DWA Member? A: If you have a permanent disability and are heading to the ski fields, then yes, being a member can help you financially and it gives you access to our equipment, pathways, programs and a number of other benefits. DWA TV is your source worldwide for Disabled Wintersport Australia! Q: Should I become a DWA Member? A: If you have a permanent disability and are heading to the ski fields, then yes, being a member can help you financially and it gives you access to our equipment, pathways, programs and a number of other benefits. Q: Im a new Member, what now? A: Look out for your DWA membership card coming to you via mail. Take this card with you on the slopes to identify yourself as a current DWA Member, and to use when purchasing lift tickets and lessons. Q: Should I become an Associate DWA Member? A: If you are training, volunteering, want to support DWA or using any of our adaptive equipment you need to be an Associate member. Q: Im a DWA Member and would like to book a snowsport lesson. A: Call the Snowsports school at the resort you are heading to, ask for an adaptive lesson, quote your DWA membership number and book away. Q: I need some adaptive equipment for my lesson or free skiing. A: Head to our website and fill out the ‘Equipment Booking Form for your state and email to the coordinator. They will let you know if equipment is available and organise where to pick it up or drop it off. Q: My membership card hasnt arrived and Im heading to the snow. A: If your membership card hasnt arrived within two weeks simply email membership@disabledwintersport.com.au, let them know and theyll email you a letter to use instead. Q: I need a volunteer to help me on snow, where do I find one? A: You will find a Snowsport Guide Request on our website that can be filled out and sent to the state coordinator. An email to volunteers is then sent out asking if anyone is available. Q: I need a volunteer but none are available, what should I do? A: You can book a lesson through the Snowsports School at the resort you are heading to and guarantee you have the help and support you need while on snow. *If you have friends or family members that ski or snowboard with you, we can train them to be your guide helping you to operate more independently. A: Look out for your DWA membership card coming to you via mail. Take this card with you on the slopes to identify yourself as a current DWA Member, and to use when purchasing lift tickets and lessons. Q: Should I become an Associate DWA Member? A: If you are training, volunteering, want to support DWA or using any of our adaptive equipment you need to be an Associate member. Q: Im a DWA Member and would like to book a snowsport lesson. A: Call the Snowsports school at the resort you are heading to, ask for an adaptive lesson, quote your DWA membership number and book away. Q: I need some adaptive equipment for my lesson or free skiing. A: Head to our website and fill out the Equipment Booking Form for your state and email to the coordinator. They will let you know if equipment is available and organise where to pick it up or drop it off. Q: My membership card hasnt arrived and Im heading to the snow. A: If your membership card hasnt arrived within two weeks simply email membership@disabledwintersport.com.au, let them know and theyll email you a letter to use instead. Q: I need a volunteer to help me on snow, where do I find one? A: You will find a Snowsport Guide Request For on our website that can be filled out and sent to the state coordinator. An email to volunteers is then sent out asking if anyone is available. Q: I need a volunteer but none are available, what should I do? A: You can book a lesson through the Snowsports School at the resort you are heading to and guarantee you have the help and support you need while on snow. *If you have friends or family members that ski or snowboard with you, we can train them to be your guide helping you to operate more independently. DWA TV is your source worldwide for Disabled Wintersport Australia! -     STRATEGIC PARTNERS: - Australian Sports Commission www.ausport.gov.au Department of Sport and Recreation NSW www.dsr.nsw.gov.au Australian Paralympic Committee www.paralympic.org.au Australian Ski Areas Association www.snow-australia.com/ASAACorporate ACCOMMODATION: - Finsko's Lodge Bookings can be made through the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre website accommodation page. Email: jindabyne@dsr.nsw.gov.au - GENERAL LINKS: - Alpine Photographers: - Altitude Images - Jenny Johnstone: Snowy Mountains, Canberra, Sydney photographer www.altitudeimages@yahoo.com.au JVP Jan Vokaty Photography - outdoor sports, Event, Wildlife and Landscape photographer www.vokatyphoto.com - AMG is a nonprofit charity for people with disabilities set up in memory of Michael Norton OAM. They offer adaptive skiing www.ablemanagement.com.au - Australian Institute of Sport www.ais.org.au - Australian Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation provides Water Skiing for people with physical disabilities & vision impairments. Come 'n Try this exciting sport. www.disabledwaterski.com.au - Michael Milton www.michaelmilton.com - NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service www.npws.nsw.gov.au - Oceanspray have been supporting DWA at Falls Creek for over 5 years www.oceanspray.com.au - Ski and Board Surrey Hills - www.skiandboard.com.au - Special Olympics Australia - DWA share a valued relationship supporting SOA and its state associations providing wintersport participation pathways for SOA Athletes. Go to www.specialolympics.com.au to find out more - The Disabled Surfers Association of Australian: www.disabledsurfers.org/ - The Icehouse www.icehouse.com.au - Wheelchair Curling - www.curlingvictoria.org.au/wheel_chair_curling - SKI RESORTS: Thredbo Alpine Resort www.thredbo.com.au - Perisher Alpine Resort www.perisher.com.au - Charlotte Pass Alpine Resort - www.charlottepass.com.au - Mt Selwyn Ski Resort www.selwynsnow.com.au Mt Hotham Skiing Company www.mthotham.com.au - Falls Creek Alpine Resort www.fallscreek.com.au - Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort - www.mountbawbaw.com.au Lake Mountain Resort www.lakemountainresort.com.au - Mt Stirling Ski Resort www.stirling.com.au - Mt Buller Ski Resort - www.mtbuller.com.au - OVERSEAS PROGRAMS: - Breckenridge Outdoor Education Centre www.boec.org/ - National Sports Centre for the Disabled www.nscd.org/ - The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing www.disabledskiiing.ca - Founded by Jerry Johnston, a visionary ski school owner in Banff, Alberta. CADS today has a membership of about 4,000 with divisions in every Canadian province and ties to disabled skiing organisations around the world. - EQUIPMENT: - Spokes 'n Motion Website: www.spokesnmotion.com - A specialist in adaptive sports equipment and the promotion of sports equipment for the Disabled. Based in Denver, Colorado. - aptain Richard De Crespigny – Patron. Appointed July 2013 - Dear Friends - I am to be the first Patron of Disabled WinterSport Australia. - Disabled WinterSport Australia has existed for more than 35 years. It was started by a group of people who really believed in that often quoted phrase Everyone should be able to have a go - In the case of DWA having a go meant that the words had to be turned into working partnerships. Partnerships which would build the trust of families, governments (federal state and regional), sport and health professionals, the national disability service providers network, and the alpine and ski resort industry. To deliver these programs DWA has recruited and trained a wonderful army of volunteer ski-guides and starting with Finsko (purposely access built) ski lodge in Jindabyne NSW, has gone on to provide accessible accommodation to its growing membership in the rugged Australian alpine wonderland of NSW and Victoria. - Since the announcement of my appointment as Patron of DWA in July this year, along with my wife Coral, I have had the opportunity to join many DWA members, their families, our staff and volunteers and experienced the joy and exhilarating sense of wellbeing experienced at both the ski fields in NSW and Victoria. In this challenging environment our members with a disability have a go learning to ski and snowboard. - DWA has recently embarked on a number of major projects working with the governments of NSW and Victoria and the ski industry. The objective is to ensure opportunities for people with a disability to join their able bodied friends and family, continue to become more readily available. For many DWA members participating in snow sport at a recreational level is a significant achievement, while many take snow sport to the level of the international world cup circuit. - My invitation to you now is to become a partner to our endeavors. I would like to invite your friends, your families, your school communities or your colleagues and share the challenges, benefits and often life changing experiences that being able to have a go can deliver to us all..- As one of the newest members of the DWA family, I ask all Australians to provide their support for it is the most worthy cause and my greatest endeavor. - I look forward to welcoming you all to being a part of this great organisation. - Cheers, - Richard de Crespigny. Patron - DWA.     Australia has had representation in every Winter Paralympic Games since its inception in 1976. Domestic Competition - Disabled WinterSport Australia, in association with the Australian Paralympic Committee and Special Olympics Australia, conduct several domestic talent identification and competition programs highlighted annually. Skiers/riders with a disability whose standards are such as to negotiate all courses competently and in safety are welcome to compete. - In addition, talent development programs are conducted under the direction of the sports Head Coach who will advise development pathways for each individual athlete dependent upon skiing/boarding standard and nature of disability. - International Australia has an enviable record internationally at winter World Championships and Paralympic Games. - Australian Winter Paralympian Michael Milton has led the way, being the first Australian to win gold at the Winter Paralympic Games held in Albertville, France in 1992. He has since gone on to rightly claiming to be one of the world's greatest-ever skiers with his four gold medals in Salt Lake City in the 2002. Visit Michael's website at: www.michaelmilton.com - All of these Australian achievements have come about through dedication, self discipline and leadership and through highly qualified coaching and support personnel. - In 2010 Jess Gallagher become Australia's frist female medal winning winter paralympian winning Bronze in Slalom at the Vancouver Games. - The Sports System and Athlete Development - As the National Sporting Organisation for adaptive wintersport, DWA oversees the entire sports system from grassroots participation through to elite. - For athletes eligible for Paralympic competition DWA develop, in partnership, a pathway through to elite international competition with the Australian Paralympic Committee. For athletes with an Intellectual Disability DWA work in Partnership with Special Olympics Australia providing a pathway through to international competition. - Also DWA works with the Australian Defence Force, University Games system and interschools providing recreational racing and training opportunities for adaptive athletes. - If you are interested in Athletic Development please contact: - National Program Manager: Sven Erikson - Mobile: 0406 367 899 - Email: sven@disabledwintersport.com.au - Being a part of our membership and the disability snowsports community means you become a key contributer to creating an open and inclusive environment for people included in our community. To help us maintain a healthy adaptive snowsports community and environment, the Austrailan Sports Commision have put together Play by the Rules. The purpose of Play by the Rules is "to build the capacity and preparedness, and positively influence the behaviours, of sport and recreation providers to better deal with the issues that impact on safe, fair and inclusive sport and recreation." - Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment and child safety issues in sport. - This Play the Rules resource is deigned for all of us to use to help continue our education in having an inclusive and positive environment. To learn more and particpate in training, head to the Play by the Rules website which has a series of tools and information you can use. - We strongly encourage all members to ensure that they are aware of and have a basic understanding of the requirements in regards to anti-doping on Competition - Take a look at the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) website www.asada.gov.au, you should familiarise yourself with the website and maintain ample knowledge about your responsibility in ensuring a drug-free competition environment. - Athlete Whereabouts information Athletes who are part of the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) need to let ASADA know where they are going to be, at specific times, so they can perform no-advance notice testing. - Check Your Substances - Check Your Substances is an online tool that enables athletes to find out whether the most commonly prescribed, over-the-counter and complementary medicines in Australia are permitted or prohibited in their sport. - Without a doubt the single most decisive factor that allows a person with a disability access to the alpine environment and ski slopes is specialised adaptive equipment. This is equipment that has been designed to maximise the mobility of the skier/rider. - Innovations such as sit skis, and outriggers allow people with disability the opportunity of enjoying Australia's winter playgrounds. As a DWA member, skiers and riders have access to this specific equipment. For more information, please contact the respective program offices. - Outriggers are adapted crutches with a small ski tip attached to the base which can be flipped up to use as a crutch in the lift lines or down in the ski position to assist with balance and initiation of turns. Outriggers are used by standing skiers and a shorter model is used by sit skiers. - 4-track skiing refers to standing skiers who usually require the assistance of crutches or a walking frame to assist with balance. These skiers may also require the use of a "ski bra" or a "bungee cord" to keep the two skis together. 4-track skiing may be suitable for people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, post polio or spina bifida. - 3-track skiing refers to standing skiers who ski on one leg with stand up outriggers, for example people with a leg amputation or post polio - Sit Skiing is divided into two main areas, Bi skiing and Mono skiing. - Sit skiing involves skiing in a seated position within a modified, padded seat (a 'bucket') that is fixed to either one or two skis. A number of straps secure the skier into the bucket. The skier uses two shortened outriggers to assist with balance and to help initiate turns. All sit skis are designed so that the ski and skier can be easily loaded onto chairlifts, with quick-release type attachments also allowing loading onto Poma or T-bar tows. The ski guide/instructor can help control the speed and direction of the sitski by holding onto the bucket. - Bi-Ski. A Bi-Ski is named so because the bucket is attached to two skis. The Bi-ski's are stable with a low centre of gravity. These skis are designed so that the skier is positioned close to the snow and the short and wide shape of the ski provides a large snow contact area. - Dual-Ski. Similar to a mono-ski in that it has a shock absorber and longer skis shaped for speed and agility. The dual-ski has two skis attached which provides more stability than a mono-ski. - Mono-Ski. A Mono Ski is named so because the bucket is attached to one ski. The mono-ski provides for more advanced skiing, with a higher centre of gravity and a thinner, longer ski shaped for speed and agility.The Mono ski design also incorporates a shock absorber and suspension system into the frame to absorb bumps. - Vision Impairment. Skiing for people who have a vision impairment, can involve various pieces of equipment including plastic poles. The most important thing for a VI skier or rider is have a guide who uses various communication techniques to support them in their skiing/riding. For reasons of safety skiers/riderswear an 'High vis' bib to identify them to fellow skiers. - The Sno-wing is an adaptive training device designed to allow an instructor/guide maximum control of their participants movements whilst snowboarding. From loading on and off lifts, toe and heel side edging, falling leaf to connecting turns. - For equipment bookings please download the Equipment Booking form and email to the Victorian or NSW program coordinator to check availability. - DWA Membership - To access the services and benefits of Disabled WinterSport Australia you first need to become a member. Membership to our organisation is divided into 2 major groups; Individual Membership and Associate Membership. - Individual memberships are for our members who have a permanent disability and not able to participate in winter sports without additional cost or assistance. - Associate memberships are required if you are a: - 1. New or renewing Volunteer - 2. Would like to support DWA - 3.Taking part in our Adaptive Snow Sport Training and Education Programs. - DWA Membership Rights and Responsibilities - Members (excluding associate members) of Disabled WinterSport Australia carrying a current DWA membership card are entitled to concessions off the cost of tickets and lessons at all ski resorts in Australia. To be sure of what is available at a particular resort, contact the snow sport school or ticket office before your visit to the resorts. Lesson times at each resort will vary and is dependent on demand, particularly prior to midday. Please check with the snow sport school at the resort you intend visiting regarding availability. - You must present your current DWA membership card when purchasing a ticket so that resort personnel can easily identify you. Failure to show your card will result in you having to pay full prices. - All DWA membership card holders must have their card on their person at all times while skiing/riding. The card will have important information such as; emergency contact details, current medications, allergies and any other information that can assist medical personnel in case of an emergency on the slope. Please ensure that the membership card is carried with you and kept safe and dry at all times while skiing/riding. - Under no circumstances do concessions entitle members to lift line privileges. Members who find it difficult standing in the lift lines can ski to the head of the queue and wait until their partner comes through the line, or if skiing alone, wait for a single. If skiing with an escort, the escort is to go through the line. Please co-operate fully with the lift operator at all times. - For those members who require the lifts to be stopped for on and off loading, please try to avoid the rush periods, usually on Saturdays and Sundays. This would be appreciated by your fellow skiers. - Please advise the lift operator at the bottom station that you have a disability and what you require of them. All personnel are only too willing to help. - Ensure your ticket is firmly attached to your clothing and in clear view. There is no replacement for lost or stolen tickets. - If non independent, sit skiers, mono and bi- skiers and vision impaired skiers/riders, must be accompanied by a SnowSports guide who is capable of assisting the lift operator with on and off loading procedures. - It is recommended that any skier/rider who may be subject to periods of unconsciousness, blackouts, or seizures, wear a restraint belt that can be attached to the chair lift to ensure safety whilst riding lifts as well as skiing/riding with a guide/carer at all times. - We strongly recommend that all sit skis be fitted with proper evacuation straps to assist in chair lift evacuations should the need arise. If you have inquires on this matter please contact our DWA office. - It is absolutely vital that as you are loaded onto a chairlift, that the safety bar is lowered immediately and that if using a sit ski the restraint straps are then fastened to the chair. Please be ready to remove restraint straps from the chair and raise the safety bar just prior to offloading the chairlift. - Please adhere and respect all directives from mountain personnel and the Alpine Responsibility Code - These measures are in place for your safety in order to create the most optimal environment for you to have an enjoyable time whilst engaging in snow sports in the alpine areas of Australia. - ADAPTIVE SNOW SPORTS ARE A DANGEROUS PURSUIT -     

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