BACK Skiing is exhilarating, liberating, addictive, wet, cold, expensive, inconvenient, unique, dangerous, chic, and accessible.
Today, almost everyone can enjoy the freedom and excitement of downhill skiing. Adaptive equipment and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have paved the way for most people with a physical disability to enjoy the thrills of this winter sport. Specially designed skis, known as mono-skis and bi-skis, allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy downhill skiing. These adaptive skis allow skiers to ski sitting down instead of standing. Each ski is equipped with a bucket type seating apparatus. The skier uses two outrigger skis (rather than ski poles) to maneuver down the slopes. Generally, a beginner will usually need to be tethered to a certified ski instructor (known as a ski buddy) until he or she feels comfortable on the slopes.
Where to go…
Adaptive ski lessons range from $50 to $120 — or even zero dollars a day — depending on the resort. All the ski areas listed below rent mono-and bi-skis. All offer lessons that include equipment rental and lift ticket; all also offer non-lesson rentals. Some offer a discount to disabled skiers or their ski buddies. Call or email for exact prices and details.
Heavenly Ski Resort at Lake Tahoe
For information on international Nordic Skiing, visit www.paralympic.org
|National Ability Center
P.O. Box 682799
Park City, UT 84068
National Sports Center for the Disabled
SPORTS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS
MSCPVA Chapter Offices
12200 East Iliff Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80014