There are plenty of adaptive sports that are played indoors or outside during the months with nicer weather. Because of weather conditions during the winter, such as snow and ice, some people may feel like they can’t go outside or play any sports during that time. However, there are multiple options for those who are interested in having fun while getting a workout during the winter. One of the most popular options for winter sports is adaptive skiing, which has been around since the 1940s.
There are different types of adaptive ski events that wheelchair users can participate in, much like the traditional ski events. Some styles are downhill skiing, Super-G, slalom and giant slalom.
One of the main differences between skiing and other sports is that it’s a very inclusive sport. If someone has a disability and learns how to ski, they can ski right alongside able-bodied skiers.
If you are interested in learning how to ski, Disabled Sports USA has chapters with adaptive ski programs nationwide. Visit their Locations page and search for a skiing program near you. If there isn’t a chapter near you, you can call the nearest ski site and ask if they have an adaptive program. Many ski resorts are now familiar with adaptive skiing. Some resorts even offer ski rentals and lessons. It may take a little bit of time to get the technique down, but once you do, much like water skiing, you can be on the slopes with your friends and family in no time.
You can rent or buy ski equipment. If you are just starting out, it is recommended that you rent ski equipment at first so that you know what is right for you.
There is ski equipment for all types of disabilities. The type of ski you will need depends on your physical abilities. Some equipment is made for skiers who can ski independently, such as the sit-ski and single ski. Sit-skis are used by people who have lower limb disabilities. True to its name, the sit-ski is designed in such a way that the person sits down in the equipment and uses two poles to guide themselves. The only difference between the single and double skis is that the double skis provide more stability. It is not recommended that beginner skiers use a single ski, as it requires a lot of balance. There is also equipment available that allows a guide to ride on the back of the ski to help steer.