VISAS INSTRUCTOR RUDGE Rudge Wilson with Festival student Marlon Ruttkiewicz.

Herb Bradley fundraiser goes Feb. 10

Annual event is always lots of fun on slopes of Mount Washington




The Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports(VISAS) hosted another successful Learn to Ski/Snowboard Festival earlier this month at Mount Washington.

Thirty-three students attended this year’s festival, 26 alpine and seven Nordic, with students coming from all over Vancouver Island and beyond.  Participants with physical and mental challenges received four days of instruction in alpine and Nordic skiing, and snowboarding. “It’s always an exciting time for students and instructors,” said Rose Kerr, this year’s festival organizer, “and it wouldn’t be possible without the community’s support at the Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge.”

“Our Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge Fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 10,” said Brian Lees, co-organizer of the 2013 HBPC, “is VISAS’s major fundraiser for the year, and provides the dollars to run our Winter Sports Festival, the racing program, and upgrade our adaptive ski and snowboard equipment.”

There’s still time to register a team for the 2013 Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge (HBPC). “To join in the fun just round up three people willing to attach themselves to skis or snowboards and navigate down a gentle slalom course” added Lees. “No experience is required.”

The entry fee is only $300 and includes lift tickets for the day and lunch, and charitable donations are welcomed. “Each team will be allocated one of our smiling students for the race. And the team closest to their questimate time is the winner,” added Lees.

For more information on the Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge contact Brian Lees at 250- 202-1513, e-mail: or Brian Gorman at 250-218-6335, e-mail:

Additional information and/or to download a HBPC registration form is available at And check out VISAS’s new exciting promotional video on its homepage, join VISAS’s Facebook page, and view highlights from this year’s festival at VISAS’s Flickr site.

– Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports





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