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.
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