Courchevel in the 3 Valleys has announced that it will be creating a special section of its slopes dedicated to handicapped skiers from this winter on.
The French resort has already invested a lot in recent years in making much of its terrain and ski lifts easier and safer to use by handicapped skiers, so the creation of a dedicated ‘handiski’ area is seen as the next step.
The Courchevel Village, 1650 and 1850 French Ski Schools have all joined forces to provide a shared starting point for the new area in the resort’s Pralong quarter.
“The site was chosen for its ease of road access and terrain layout, as it is situated in a “ZEN zone” and served by two specially adapted ski tows, as well as a 6-seater detachable chair lift,” said a resort spokesperson.
Two dedicated parking spaces have also been created nearby to make access easier for those with reduced mobility.
12 specially trained instructors, led by advisor Pierre–Emmanuel Bernoud, have committed to the project by providing instruction at the new area.
Whilst facilities for handicapped skiers on the slopes continue to improve at resorts around the world, with some also offering discounted lift passes, an area specifically dedicated to handicapped skiers is unusual.