Crystal Ski recently announced it was teaming up with Disability Snowsport UK to promote its overseas activity weeks for people with disabilities. With disability skiing becoming increasingly popular and more accessible thanks to organisations such as Disability Snowsport UK, we thought it long overdue that we produce a guide to adaptive ski equipment.
We hope that our guide to adaptive ski gear provides all the information you need about the equipment used in disabled skiing…
For advice and tips on the clothing you will need, take a look at our previous post The Complete Guide to Ski Gear for a complete look at everything you need to hit the slopes as an adaptive skier.
Adaptive Skiing Equipment
The monoski was originally invented as a single ski that combined the skills of both skiing and snowboarding. It has evolved to allow skiers with severe lower body limitations to ski in a seating position. The monoski or sit-ski has a bucket seat mounted onto the ski/board with a shock absorber for a smoother experience.
Similar to the monoski/sit-ski, bi-skis also sits the skier into a moulded seat. This seat is attached to two skis, hence the name, and allows the skier more balance due its wider base.
Easier to control and ride than the monoski and bi-skis, the kartski is designed to allow skiers to control their speed and direction with attached handles. Perfect for newer disabled skiers, brakes are operated by pulling back on the handles used for steering.
These are a type of crutch to give the skier more steering control and additional balance. Allowing for skiers of differing requirements, outriggers are height-adjustable and can be adapted with different handgrips, tips and even colours.
The three-track skis involve three contact points with the piste from two outriggers and one ski. The name three-track refers to the points of contact with the snow.
Four-track skiing involves outriggers to provide dynamic balance while using two skis. As with the three-track, the name four-track refers to the number of contact points that the skier maintains with the snow.
With disabled skiing growing in popularity and with the help of charities and organisations, it is likely that the equipment used will become even more technical and advanced. Keep your eyes on Ski Buzz for all the latest news and updates on the world of adaptive skiing.
Image used courtesy of Pablo Fausto.