PARTICIPANTS PREPARE FOR action at last year's Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge.

PARTICIPANTS PREPARE FOR action at last year's Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge.

Sign up for Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge

Annual VISAS fundraiser goes Feb. 16 at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

There’s still time to register a team for the 2014 Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge, which takes place on Mount Washington, Sunday, Feb. 16. Over the years many Vancouver Island businesses and families have supported this annual event by entering a team for a fun day on the slopes.

The Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge (HBPC), named after the founder of adaptive snowsports in the Comox Valley, is Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports’ (VISAS) main fundraiser. Proceeds  support adaptive snowboard and ski programs for 500-plus participants each season.

“This fundraiser,” said Brian Lees, co-organizer of the 2014 HBPC, “provides the dollars to run our Winter Sports Festival, the racing program, and upgrade our adaptive ski and snowboard equipment.”

With the generous support from Peter Gibson and his team at Mount Washington, VISAS’s program has grown to be one of the biggest in Canada, offering people with physical challenges or who are developmentally delayed the opportunity to get out each winter and have fun on the slopes and trails.

“To join in the fun on Feb. 16 just round up three people willing to attach themselves to skis or snowboards and navigate down a gentle slalom course,” added Lees. “No experience is required.”

The entry fee is only $300 and includes lift tickets for the day and lunch, charitable donations are welcomed. “Each team will be allocated one of our smiling students for the race. And the team closest to their guestimate time is the winner,” added Lees. “The short race takes place in the morning and you have the rest of the day to enjoy the mountain experience.”

Are you a business owner looking to reward employees with a team building experience on the slopes? Want to get together a group of friends and family to support a great cause? Then consider entering a team in this year’s Herb Bradley Pepsi Challenge.

For more information contact Lees at 250-202-1513, e-mail: or Brian Gorman at (250) 218-6335, e-mail:

Additional information and/or to download a HBPC registration form is available at And check out VISAS’s exciting promotional video on its homepage, join VISAS’s Facebook page, and view highlights from this year’s festival at VISAS’s Flickr site.


– Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports



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