18% of French ski resorts were awarded this criteria
My resort was awarded this logo if:
The resort is equipped to welcome and cater people with disabilities and handicaps. It is up to date with the accessibility requirements set up by the law in 2005. Accommodation, restaurants or leisure areas carry the label “Tourism and Handicap” or “Recreational Space for Handicapped”. The local council will provide infrastructures to ensure accessibility to the resort for elderly and handicapped people. The ski school has qualified and experienced instructors trained for adaptive skiing. The resort has an information office able to answer all questions in relation to disabilities. Special tariffs will be granted.
An all-terrain wheelchair for everyone !
Savoy Tourist Agency
Making life more comfortable for everyone is an issue increasingly present within
accessibility policies. Today, one fashionable practice is to use the all-terrain wheelchair
(ATW –Fauteuil Tout Terrain- FTT).
What is the ATW ?
Ten years ago, the ATW came to France from the United States. It is a useful tool that provides autonomy for people with reduced mobility as it allows them get around the mountains natural environment.
How does it work ?
It is a three or four-wheel rover that we sit in to hit the slopes securely. It’s typically a mountain activity in which we need to be helped. Besides, this activity is supervised by
mountain professionals (AMM with mountain bike qualification, cycling
Who practises the ATW ?
Most of them are people with reduced mobility who cannot get on a mountain bike. However, this activity is open to everyone looking for a good thrill and a slight rush. An ATW for kids was created to make this activity accessible for the whole family.
Where can we find information ?
You can look up more information on the must-see website (ftt.free.fr) or ask professionals and tourist offices. Focus on “Recreational Space for Handicapped” label : the French Federation for handicap sports created this label in 1998. It identifies leisure
facilities, which have an easy access for sports in the outdoors for people with physical or
visual disabilities. For leisure facilities dedicated to sports activities concerning handicapped persons, the label is a mean of recognition for the high quality services provided and a promotion for innovation. The label also allows prospecting for new audiences interested in these activities by underlying the actions of the structure.
For those involved in these type of activities, it provides reliable and direct information. It helps to identify and choose quality sport activities based on the companies qualifications, reception and available gear.