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Registration open for annual adaptive snowsports festival on Mt. Washington

VISAS instructors with new alpine student at 2023 Herb Bradley Festival. Photo supplied

Every January, the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports (VISAS) invites those new to adaptive snowsports to join the four-day Herb Bradley Festival (HBF).

This season at Mount Washington, the HBF will be held from Monday, Jan. 8 to Thursday, Jan. 11.

There’s still time to sign up to learn an adaptive snowsport. This on-the-snow instruction, with over 85 volunteer CADS-certified (Canadian Adaptive Snowsports) alpine and snowboard instructors, and trained Nordic instructors, is a one-of-a-kind winter mountain experience.

As part of the festival, VISAS provides participants with lift/trails passes and ski/snowboarding equipment (courtesy of Mount Washington). And specialized adaptive equipment is available to suit your disability.

“It’s a great opportunity to have four consecutive days with our VISAS instructors, connect with other new students, and share in the fun on the snow,” said May Lortie, 2024 HBF co-ordinator.

The festival is limited to 30 alpine and snowboard students, and four Nordic students, with preference given to applicants with no experience with adaptive snowsports. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis, according to instructor capacity.

“The Herb Bradley Festival is one of our most popular and longest-running programs we offer each season,” said VISAS president, Sebastien Braconnier. “It always a thrill to see the smiling faces of our adaptive students when they take to the snow.”

Registration deadline for the festival is Sunday, Dec. 17. For more information, or to register visit, or email May Lortie at

For more information about VISAS, visit