Supporting Disabled Skiers & Snowboarders

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Types of Adapted Skiing

Skiing is one of the most exciting sports for both the able-bodied and for the disabled. Skiing is physically demanding, fast-moving, and thrilling to experience. Adapted skiing requires intense upper body strength, dexterity and reaction times, and can provide one of the most exhilarating experiences available on this earth. So it’s only natural that people with various bodily injuries and disabilities would want to find ways to start or to continue to enjoy this beautiful adapted sport.

Three Track

Skiers use one ski and two outriggers (outriggers are forearm crutches with ski tips mounted to the base). This is predominantly used by skiers with one leg. Disabilities which benefit from using a three-track may include: leg amputees, post-polio, or trauma affecting mostly one leg.

Four Track

Skiers use two skis (often held together with a bungee cord or metal ski bra) and two outriggers or a walker. People using this may have cerebral palsy, post polio, spina bifidia, athrogryposis, muscular distrophy, multiple sclerosis, congential defect or traumatic injury.

Mono Ski

The skier is in a seated position. The monoski is designed for low level paraplegics and people with conditions affecting their legs. The moulded seat is attached to a single ski and requires balance and strength. The monoski is designed for people with spinal cord injuries and double amputees. Other disabilities may include spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, muscular distrophy and cerebral palsy.