Sport is a proven and potent medium for confidence building. Adaptive skiing enables those with disabilities to level with those without in a way that few other sports can.
The Veteran Ski Week
For Veterans, the transition to civilian life is often tough. Those with physical or mental health issues face tough challenges can become isolated and struggle. Our Ski Week offers a transformative break to help start a new phase in the transition to civilian life and a relationship with SWV, as well as kick-starting the recovery process.
How it works - Every year, 25 Veterans from the UK are selected to go to Klosters, in Switzerland. As well as skiing with qualified adaptive ski instructors, the trip provides the chance to discuss pain management needs and career interests with SWV’s coordinators. This ensures every Veteran can receive further support and bespoke mentoring following the trip. There is also a valuable opportunity to share experiences with other wounded veterans, which often proves to be invaluable, helping Veterans to feel less alone in their battles.
Medical professionals are also on hand during the trip. This is a dedicated team on site to help the Veterans - these include a GP and Sports Medicine Specialist, a Physiotherapist, an Osteopath, a Sports Massage Therapist and a Psychologist. In addition to medical clinics, there are evening sessions in Relaxation, Mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). After the week, each Veteran is provided with their own mentor to provide guidance and support throughout the ongoing recovery process.
Joining The Programme
Applications for the 2024 Ski Week are now open. The next trip runs from Monday 4th March to Sunday 10th March. (Buddies will travel out on 3rd March)
Due to the Swiss tarvel requirements, if Covid-19 restrictions are re-introduced then to join us on the Ski Week you will need to have been triple vaccinated against Covid-19.
Our Ski Week programme would not be possible without volunteer Ski Buddies, who help the Veterans both on and off the slopes. Each year, 20 individuals of all ages and backgrounds are selected and raise at least £2,000 to cover their costs and a donation to SWV.