The 2018 Paralympics will take place in PyeongChang in South Korea between 9-18 March 2018. A team of Paralympic ski and snowboard athletes will be representing Great Britain and all of them are supported by Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK). The charity believes that snowsports are for everyone, a sport to be enjoyed by all regardless of disability.  We hope that the athletes will inspire those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside the able-bodied.

Pippa Middleton, patron of DSUK and extreme sports adventurer, launches today the 5,560 mile ski challenge #Ski2Paralymics to raise funds for the charity and participants are asked to clock-up enough miles on the slopes to cover the 5,560 miles from London to PyeongChang.

Fiona Young, Disability Snowsport UK’s CEO said “As we can’t all be in PyeongChang to cheer on our Paralympic athletes we’ve decided to partner with Crystal Ski Holidays to create the #Ski2Paralympics Challenge.  The total distance from London to PyeongChang is 5,560-miles, can we ski there and back?

Pippa Middleton, DSUK Patron: “It is clear to me that the work of DSUK changes and enhances people’s lives. Their adaptive snowsports programs create opportunities and inspire disabled people through snowsports.  There were times on the Patrouille des Glaciers when I was at my absolute limits, myself and my two teammates had to dig deep into our physical and mental reserves but knowing that I was supporting the work of DSUK helped me to keep going. So, if you would like more of challenge to your own ski season, then why not take part the DSUK Ski2Parlympics18 and let’s see who can ski the 1100 to PyeongChang and back! 

To enjoy this challenge, you’ll need to donate just £5 to DSUK on our #Ski2Paralympics JustGiving page and then share your mileage as often as you can on the DSUK Facebook event page bit.ly/Facebookski2paralympics by taking a screenshot of the distance travelled from the Crystal Ski Explorer app or any other tracking devise. DSUK will be recording the distance travelled and keep everyone updated on our progress. Miles can be skied, snow-shoed or snowboarded in the UK or abroad.

To enter, participants are asked to donate £5 to Disability Snowsport UK via JustGiving bit.ly/ski2paralympics

Everyone who enters will automatically enter a prize draw and with a bit of luck will win one of a selection of prizes, kindly donated by sponsors.

For further information, please contact DSUK Fundraising on 01479 861272 or log onto Disability Snowsport UK Facebook page bit.ly/DSUKFacebook

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The Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) is an international ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Army. The PDG is widely regarded as the hardest mountain endurance race in the world.