The 2016 Herb Bradley Challenge goes Sunday

Get your team together for the 2016 Herb Bradley Challenge

Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports' main fundraiser goes Feb. 21 on Mount Washington

There’s still time to register a team for the 2016 Herb Bradley Challenge, which takes place Sunday, Feb. 21 on Mount Washington.

Over the years many Vancouver Island businesses and families have generously supported this annual event by entering a team for a fun day on the slopes.

The Herb Bradley Challenge (HBC), named after the founder of adaptive snowsports in the Comox Valley, is Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports’ (VISAS) main fundraiser. Proceeds from this event support adaptive snowboard and ski programs for 500-plus participants each season.

“The Herb Bradley Challenge,” said Brian Gorman, organizer of the 2016 HBC, “allows us to provide opportunities to people who might not otherwise get them, to go out and slide on the snow and really enjoy the mountains.”

With the generous support from Peter Gibson and his team at Mount Washington, the VISAS’ program has grown to be one of the biggest in western Canada, offering people with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities, the opportunity to get out each winter and have fun on the slopes and trails.

“The money raised from the HBC enables VISAS to buy equipment, provide lessons and run our snowsports festivals free of charge to learners of all ages and abilities,” added Gorman.

“To join in the fun on Feb. 21  find three folks who want to slap on skis or a board and take on a gentle slalom course,” continues Gorman. “No racing experience is required.” The entry fee is only $300 and includes lunch and lift tickets for the day, as well as a charitable donation.

“Each team will be allocated one of our friendly students for the race. The team closest to their ‘guess-timated’ time is the winner,” added Gorman. “The short race takes place in the morning and you have the rest of the day to enjoy the mountain experience, and find out more about what VISAS does.”

Are you a business owner looking to reward employees with a team-building experience on the slopes? Want to get together a group of friends and family to support a great cause?  Want to find out more about adaptive snowsports and the VISAS organization?  Consider entering a team in this year’s Herb Bradley Challenge.

For more information on the Herb Bradley Challenge contact Gorman at 250-218-6335 or by email at

For additional information and/or to download a HBC registration form, click on And check out VISAS’ exciting promotional video on its homepage, join VISAS’ Facebook page, and view highlights from this year’s festival at VISAS’ Flickr site.


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