The Mentelity Games is a 3 day ski and snowboard event for disabled people together with their relatives and friends from all over the world. It will take place on the slopes of the mountains in Saas Grund, Switzerland. During this event the participants will ride together but most important, have fun together! The event will take place for three days, with new activities each day. This varies from clinics for first timers to a selection day for potentials. From learning how to sit-ski to racing in the newest equipment. Clinics will be given on all levels, from beginners onwards, by trainers, coaches and also by Paralympic athletes in all different snow sports. There will be a “Knowledge Street” where specialist will help you to get the best out of you and your sport. This event is also for NPC’s to exchange knowledge with their colleagues from different countries and to learn how to set up a professional program.
We organize this event to bring experienced disabled (pro) athletes and disabled winter sport lovers of all other levels together to learn from each other. To see what their potentials are but more important to experience winter sport to the max together with Paralympic athletes and their coaches. Imaginary boundaries set by themselves or by those involved in the care taking will be broken. We are going to show them that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. To let our lovely Winter sports to grow we are going to show to the world that they need to start offering a Paralympic Winter Sport program. We have to show children and young adults that regardless their disability they can enjoy winter sport! We need Paralympic Heroes! Recreational sports need Heroes! Paralympic sports can only survive with a large recreational backbone.
When and where
The Mentelity Games will be held on the sunny slopes of the mountains of Saas Grund, Wallis, Switzerland.The Bergbahnen of Saas-Grund will be one of our partners. Save the date! The Games will take place from 10th to the 12th of April 2019.
Bibian Mentel, founder of the Mentelity Foundation, will be hosting this event. Bibian Mentel was a successful snowboarder in the Dutch-European and World scene winning over 128 gold medals. She lobbied for years to get snowboarding on the Paralympic agenda. She won 3 Gold medals in the Paralympics. All the Dutch snowboard athletes, participated in the Paralympic games in Sochi and Pyeongchang came from her foundation. Bibian now wants to devote her time to help Paralympic Snowboarding grow and especially inspire girls all over the world to pick up snowboarding and participate in her passion.
Maybe this sounds a little unfair but there will be extra attention for female athletes. A few “Woman Only” clinic’s given by Bibian Mentel. There will be some extra promotion and everybody who brings in a female participant will get a reward. Be surprised!
Come out to ride, it’s all about Mentelity
Regardless your disability and if you have never ever visit a mountain, we get you on the slopes and take you for a ride.
Join the Mentelity Games!
To be part of the Mentelity Games you need to register for the Games so we know what kind of material and specialist we need to arrange to give you the best time on the slopes! Besides the registration you also need to buy the tickets for the Games. In the ticket is a liftpass included.
After your registration you can buy your tickets. Premium Member Ticket EUR 200: 3 day lift ticket, use of all supporting ski- and snowboard material, 1 lesson per day for 2 hours, knowledge street, complete evaluation report, goodie bag and Big Air Bag Jump if you like. And, you can add more to your ticket. We organize several events and more lessons, clinics during these days. Tickets are for sale until 10th April 2019. For some activities there is a limited amount of tickets!
At the Mentelity Games we have three levels of skiers and snowboarders. The lessons will be given based on these levels.
Level 1. Beginner
Level 2. Experienced skier/snowboarder
Level 3. Race level. You already compete in races or wants to.
We are currently working hard to give you more detailed information regarding the lessons.
During the Mentelity Games you can register for several clinics. Currently we are working hard to finalize the clinics, but you can expect the following clinics to come;
- Clinics given by Pro’s Ski and Snowboard
- Slalom clinics
- Freestyle clinics
- Women’s only snowboard clinics
Arriving at the event you will enter “Knowledge Street”. We will, together with you, find out what your goal will be for the coming 3 days.
With the help of several different specialist we will find out what type of sport you want to try out or if you want to improve your skills. We select the kind of material you need to support your disability and what kind of physical support you need.
After this, we have a good inside view of where you stand and where you want to go. We will help you to get all the right equipement, set you up a little program and hook you up with a group or maybe a private coach. All depending on your skill level.
At the end of “Knowledge Street” you are ready to hit the slopes!
See here the full program. This will be expanded even further
Stars of Mentelity
On the last day of the Mentelity Games there will be an award ceremony where the winners of the Stars of Mentelity will be honored! Participants of the Mentelity Games can earn this precious award by showing a great mentality during the 3 days of the event. Did you help someone in the lift, did you progress in the sport, did you have the biggest smile while coming down the mountain? And there are many more ways to show a great mentality. You don’t have to be the best-, fastest- or doing the coolest trick, its the best mentality that counts. The organisation will determine the winners of this award.
The Saas Valley is surrounded by no less than eighteen 4.000 meters peaks! Its breathtaking landscape of beautiful mountains and glaciers is simply amazing to behold. Perfectly groomed ski slopes reach from 3.600 meters a.s.l. right down to the villages. A great network of cableways takes skiers and snowboarders up into the mountains. On top of that, the Saas Valley also offers plenty of other winter sports opportunities such as sledging, ice climbing, snowshoe trails, winter hiking, Bavarian curling, cross-country skiing and much more. Saas-Grund (1.559 meters above sea level) is situated at the heart of Saas Valley, enchanting visitors with its rustic houses and narrow streets.
How to get there
Saas Grund has several options for accommodation. You can book hotels, appartments and B&B’s. The Saastal Tourism office can help you to find the right accommodation for you.They know aswell which appartments and hotels are wheelchair accessible.