Disability Snowsports UK (DSUK)
About Disability Snowsport UK
Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsports.
DSUK have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability for over 30 years to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside the able-bodied and provide life enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support.
Finding DSUK (within Snow Factor)
Parking is free and plentiful, and there are disabled spaces just outside the main door. Once inside, you will pass the climbing wall and numerous shops and restaurants on your way to the snow slope. Take either the escalator or the lift up to the first floor and follow the signs for Snow Factor – you will be directed back down a flight of stairs or via the lift in Bar Varia to the reception and rental area.
All lessons with DSUK at Snow Factor start from the DSUK office. This is located opposite the main Snow Factor reception desk: if you come via the stairs it is behind you; if you arrive in the lift it is to your left. The instructor will meet you there, and if the instructor isn’t there to meet you they will be out on the slope finishing off their last lesson. You and any ski buddies coming out on the snow with you can start getting kitted up in warm and waterproof clothing (available to hire from Snow Factor); boots and skis if you are standing up to ski (tell the staff on the rental desk you are here on a DSUK lesson and they will help you out with getting appropriate equipment); and a helmet. You will need to bring your own gloves and ski socks. Everybody who is going out on the snow needs to wear a helmet, whether you are skiing or not. If you will be sitting to ski, DSUK provide the equipment and we will have this ready to transfer into at the start of the lesson. There is a hoist available if required – please bring your own Oxford sling.
There are changing rooms and a large disabled toilet at Snow Factor. There is a ‘Changing Places’ toilet with an adult changing bed and hoist in the main Braehead shopping centre. Lockers are available for personal possessions and take £1 coins which are non-refundable. Spectators can watch lessons from Bar Varia or the viewing deck which are back up the lift or stairs the way you came in to Snow Factor.
Meet the Staff at DSUK
Louisa Oram is the ski school manager for DSUK at Snow Factor Braehead. She has been teaching skiing since 2008 and working for DSUK since 2013, at the Cairngorm ski school and Snow Factor as well as on activity weeks overseas. She holds BASI adaptive level 2 and Canadian alpine level 2 ski instruction qualification.
Louisa teaches lessons at Snow Factor from Sunday to Wednesday, and is assisted on other days by a number of other part time adaptive instructors. Click ‘Meet the staff‘ for more details.
Making a Booking with DSUK
Please note that Snow Factor are unable to accept bookings for disability snowsports, all bookings must go through DSUK.