Active Therapy
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Active Therapy provides active holidays in Zakopane area for people with passion for outdoor sports. Our activities are suitable for children and adults, individuals and groups, able and disabled. Active Therapy Ski School runs one of the best adaptive skiing programme in Europe. We use wide range of the newest adaptive ski equipment. We have professional ski instructors who are fun, friendly and experienced in teaching skiing people with all disabilities and all ages. We do ski lessons in Zakopane, Białka Tatrzańska, Karpacz and in Alps - Austria, Switzerland, France) Our summer programme includes: cycling with adaptive programme for disabled riders (hand bike), hiking and sightseeing, massage and physiotherapy. We provide suitable adaptive equipment for disabled people (mono-ski, dualski, outriggers, handcycle, outdoor sports wcheelchairs).
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getnataliep
London, UK2 contributions
Family
I have just returned home from a wonderful week in Poland. My son has high functioning ASD and Dyspraxia. He skies indoors but has never been to the mountains. It was my sons dream for the past year to ski on a mountain. Not been a skier myself I needed to go somewhere safe and with someone that would understand my son. Dominik Jonas is amazing his teaching skills and communication with my son were second to none.
Dominik arranged everything for us as made sure our stay was as pleasant as could be.
After having had in the past back surgery myself I never thought that I would try to ski. Ive always been far to scared to try. I ended up having two great lessons with Dominik he helped me to combat my fear and got me to try to ski. I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons and cant wait to have some more one day in the future.
I highly recommend Dominik Jonas from Active Therapy to anyone who wishes to learn to ski or that has any form of disability.
Written March 14, 2017
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matza94
Bielsko-Biala, Poland3 contributions
Friends
For many years I thought that winter is not for me, because snow, ice and wheelchair is not a good combination. All of the winter activities were not for me too, but finally I changed my mind! I have found Active Therapy and since than I'm in love with dualski. Big thanks to Dominik - he's professional, friendly and doing great job for every disabled person, who CAN be active in the winter. Dualski and me in every winter for sure! :)
Written July 20, 2014
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Ufrandsen
Kerteminde, Denmark1 contribution
Solo
I have every vinter since my injury almost 5 years ago been training in a sit/mono ski together with Dominiq from Active Therapy. It has been a challenge and a great experience every time. Dom has due to his extensive understanding and knowledge of the biomechanics and special needs for adaptive skiers helped me to develop my skills continuously. And in early april we were able to ski together off piste in the most fantastic spring conditions in Italy by the Lake Garda, and just a few days ago I was able again to enjoy the free floating in powder snow together with my sister on the Hintertux glacier. I would never ever have progressed to this level of skiing without the professional instructions by Dom. So If you wan't to learn to sitski and enjoy skiing with you friends and family again, use Active Therapy to instruct and guide you.
Written May 4, 2014
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K B
Gliwice, Poland2 contributions
Friends
This year I was able to use the winter for the first time. I used to hate it because the snow gets stuck in my wheelchair tires. Nevertheless, this year I felt the real winter-fun. I spend a week-end in Białka with my friend using dual-ski. Everything is perfectly prepared, we met great people and the ambiance was really great. I recommend it everyone, to use every season to do any sport because ActiveTherapy makes it real for literally everyone ;)

Thank you Dominik for everything
Written March 10, 2014
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MiloszKrawczyk
Warsaw, Poland1 contribution
Friends
I have been on a wheelchair for over 13 years. I have skied before my accident and wanted to see if its possible now. I had many concerns and after doing some research decided to try ActiveTherapy. Althoug it wasn't easy, Dominik made it possible to ski independently and kept me incouraged! Great Experience!
Written May 16, 2013
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Nicki K
Aylesbury, UK1 contribution
Family
My mum has Motor Neurone Disease and I (her daughter) arranged disabled skiing with Dominic on our large family ski holiday in St. Anton. As my Mum has done so much skiing in the past, it would have been so sad for us to go out skiing and leave her in the chalet. She had 4 lessons with Dominic and it was money very well spent. To get her up in the mountains joining in and learning a new skill was fantastic. We were actually a bit jealous of her because it looked so much fun! It was a really positive thing for Mum to do given the circumstances. I would definitely recommend Dominic to anybody thinking about giving disabled skiing a go. He was polite, friendly, understanding, professional and knowleageable, and my Mum had total confidence in him.
Written May 5, 2013
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Teresa B
London, England, United Kingdom2 contributions
Family
I thought family ski holidays were something I would never be able to enjoy due to the fact that my eldest son Archie (6) has Cerebral palsy and can't walk, let alone attempt to ski. However I was put in touch with Dom from Active Ski who not only made it possible but made our holiday exceptional. Dom was not only fantastic with Archie but also my youngest son Freddie (3). His manner with both boys was superb and he was a pleasure to be with. Archie loved skiing, (in a dualski), he didn't manage it independently this time, but I'm hopeful it wont be long before he will. We have already booked Dom for a skiing holiday next year and intend to visit him at the Snow Dome this Summer. If anyone with a disability or a disabled child is considering skiing, I truly couldn't recommend Dom more highly.
Written May 2, 2013
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Jenny W
Buckingham, UK2 contributions
Family
The week before Easter 2013 our extended family of 21 adults, with 5 toddlers & babies, rented a whole catered chalet in St Anton, Austria. Most of us are very experienced skiers.
I have Motor Neurone disease diagnosed 7 months ago. My walking, speech and swallowing are now bad, and normal skiing this year was out of the question. What my kind son and daughter did was buy me sit-ski lessons in the Snowdome in Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead. Then they booked me an instructor, Dominik Jonas, of Active Therapy, with a wonderful sit-ski for 4 x 3-hour sessions in St Anton.
Dominik knows St Anton very well and took us to all the best pistes, and St Chrisoph and Stuben. My family enjoyed skiing with us because he took us to the best places skiing. He knew his way around, and where the snow would be best.
I was strapped in a very sophisticated chair with 2 short radius skis under it that turned very quickly. I held outriggers on my hands, poles with mini skis on the bottom, that I used for turning. I had a cover on my feet and legs to keep them dry and warm. I feel the cold in feet and hands, especially so close to the snow. I used hand and feet warmers too.
Dominic skied and held the chair from behind. The most difficult thing was getting in and out of the chair. It took 2 people to lift me. A sit-ski uses chair lifts, and St Anton had plenty of fast long ones. Getting on and off the lifts was very exciting, but there was no inconvenience to others, because the lift didn’t need to stop. Dominik simply raised the seat part of the sit ski, the chair lift slipped underneath, and we were off!
We went to the top of all the best mountains with lovely views down the valleys, and lots of snow. Dominik called to me “and right” when I looked round to the right and pushed my right outrigger right out in front, then he would call “and left” when I would look left and push my left outrigger out on front. It is very good for strengthening your back and arms, and core strength.
It was intoxicating to be amongst the skiers again and racing down the piste with them despite my illness. Being so low down, I heard the snow crunching, and wore goggles to keep it off my face. There was lots soft powder snow. The fresh Alpine air, being in a different environment, enjoying the adrenalin and watching all the Europeans ski was wonderful. It was also good to have to really concentrate on my skiing and Dominic’s instructions, it really helped mentally. We skied wide red and blue runs mostly, and did a tiny bit of ‘off piste’ on powder!
I had to, and did really trust Dom not to collide with others or fall off the edge of a steep piste. I think some people would find it frightening, but if you concentrate and go for it the fear goes. I kept guessing which bit of snow we were going to turn on weather an icy bit or a mogul. There were lots of moguls because of the amount of fresh snow. The only problem I had was crossing moguls, which did give me some whiplash, and the snow was smoothest in the mornings when it had been freshly pisted.
Written April 28, 2013
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LIBBYSBerkshire
BERKSHIRE13 contributions
Family
We approached our family ski holiday this year with my paraplegic daughter being further back than at beginner stage. Her previous experiences on the slopes had made her fear the sport and dislike it intensely. Unfortunately on two previous sit-ski attempts tutors and equipment were not up to scratch.
However it is 7 years since her last attempt and she was willing to give it another go if only to keep me happy/quiet!
Dominik Jonas and Active Therapy were recommended to me by ski2freedom in the UK. Dom gave me loads of advice by email prior to booking and this made me feel confident that he understood what my daughter needed in terms of level of care, safety, encouragement and equipment.
He duly turned up with a car full of equipment to cover all eventualities though he had already built a sit-ski according to the measurements I had provided earlier.
His fun approach quickly broke the ice (not literally) and his rapport with my daughter was instantaneous! He gently guided her though every step of the sit-ski process and by lunch time she was skiing unaided and safely (with the biggest smile on her face).
After lunch she skied most of a fairly long blue run unaided, something I never thought I would see.
Its not only the amount of care Dom took with my daughter its the fact that he actually does care and goes that extra mile to make it work. From the start I realised that booking Dom for the day was the best decision I've made in a long time.
I have such confidence in Dom's professionalism and experienced that he is probably the only person I would ever have on the slopes to guide and teach my daughter.
We had such a lot of fun with Dom and my daughter made amazing progress through his artful teaching. Im very proud and she's telling everyone about her day with her brilliant teacher Dom Jonas. Needless to say he comes highly recommended.
Written April 18, 2013
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Bibiski
Holmfirth, UK1 contribution
Couples
I started to ski 25 years ago when I realised that if I didn't learn I would watch my husband and 2 sons and feel left out. The first few years were challenging but I began to love the freedom and even a little speed. We skied in France, Austria, Italy and Canada and the hobby became a career for one of our sons who is now married and working in the Alps. We also own a chalet and enjoy a resort which is as busy with mountain activities in Summer as it is in Winter.
There is however a problem as in the last 10 years my ability to ski has almost gone. I have come very close to throwing away my helmet, skis and goggles but decided to give it one last chance,
My problems are caused by Parkinson's disease and I have spent hours trawling the internet and asking about assistance for a former keen intermediate skier. I met the amazing Catherine Cosby of Ski 2 freedom foundation and she both encouraged me and introduced me to Dominik at Active therapy who was positive about my plan to relearn how to ski. We had hoped to find an instructor in France and didn't intend to travel to Poland but i am so glad we did. The Hotel Banya was excellent and we will go back.. It is comfortable friendly and welcoming and also considerably less expensive than it would be in France let alone Switzerland. Dom is a simply fantastic. He worked hard and expected me to do the same but was also sensitive to the symptoms and impact of for me of a progressive condition which has, for roughly 10 years tried to take away from me my balance energy, coordination, flexibility and confidence. I have much more to do but Dom at Active therapy has given me hope and I am already planning my next visit. He is simply the best and I know that , with his teaching there will be more progress. I can't wait! The actual ski area is wonderful too as this is a new resort and the design is tailored to provide graduated slopes wide and perfectly groomed. Unfortunately we had booked in a busy week so the slopes were a bit crowded and queues grew longer as the day moved on. But we will choose our dates more carefully next time. I also hope I will be well enough to try the floodlit evening skiing.

It's all there to try for and I just need the courage to keep on trying so that Dominick wil do the rest.
Written February 10, 2013
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