The trip from Helsinki to Himos is long that it wouldn't have made sense to travel back and forth.that's why I started considering accommodation well in advance. First I thought I could stay with relatives in Jyväskylä but then I decided I want stay somewhere closer. During my previous visit I had stayed at hotel Jämsän Ukko.
Harmikseni se oli lopettanut toimintansa ja jouduin miettimään muita vaihtoehtoja.Tiesin, että Himoksella ei ole tunnettuja ketjuhotelleja, joten mikä neuvoksi? Laitoin aiheesta sähköpostia jo joulukuussa.
Unfortunately they had gone out of business so I had to come up with something else. I knew that there isn't any widely known hotels in Jämsä, so what now? I emailed the himoslomat inc. about the situation in December.
First I received an automatic response which said they'd get back to me on the matter. Before the turn of the year, they responded that they had had wheelchair users staying at the Sinirinne cottage before. I asked whether they used a manual wheelchair or an electric one but the clerk didn't know. She was under the impression that the owner of the cottage used a wheelchair themselves so I figured I'd manage with mine. I was excited, as I knew finding an accessible cottage from a Finnish ski resort is very rare. Unfortunately I don't have own photos of the cottage but you can find them from the addresses below.
The truth of the matter was revealed when we arrived to the cottage. We found small shaky ramps from under the steps.They were suitable for a pram or a light manual wheelchair but they weren't save for a big electric wheelchair. As there was nothing else to use what can you do. There was a high step on the doorway but we managed to get over it. There where three toilets but they were way too narrow and there were no railings on the walls. My assistant managed to transfer me to the toilet with a help of the Turner-transfer aid but on the way back we had some problems. Due to the narrowness of the toilet my assistant couldn't place the Turner close enough to my wheelchair and I was too close to the edge and you can guess the result... luckily one of the instructors came to help us. In the evening we decided to have some pizza and as we put one in the oven, we noticed that half of the dishes were dirty in the dishwasher and two of the three bedrooms were unheated! How rude!
I paid over 300 euros for accommodation on the weekend. With a price like that I'd expect to get clean dishes and better service in general. In my opinion there should be at least one accessible cottage in each of the ski resorts in Finland. I'm sure it would bring more clients for them. I'd be prepared to co-operate with the Finnish ski area association to fix this situation.
p.s. kiitän sukulaisiani ja vanhempiani rahoitusavusta, laskettelu on niin kallis harrastus. Olette parhaita! Kustannuksista kerron tarkemmin myöhemmin.
p.s. I want to thank my relatives and parents for the financial help as downhill skiing is such an expensive hobby. You're the best! I'll tell more about the costs in a later post.