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Q: WHEN YOUR LEGS ARE NO LONGER STRONG ENOUGH TO SKI? A: SKI BIKING

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My wife has been taken by a neurological condition that sapped her leg strength, and she had to quit skiing.

 

Even though we haven’t generally skied at the same speed, nor on the same runs, heading up for a day of skiing in recent years hasn’t been as much fun without her.  And it’s been a much bigger loss for her, of course.

 

Then recently we realized that there might be a way for her to get back on the slopes: ski biking.  (It’s also called snow biking.)

 

Most of your body weight is on the bike, and your legs are like outriggers, used mostly for stability.

 

Few places in North America offer rentals, but we finally found them at Sun Peaks in central B.C.

 

We had a blast.  It’s ridiculously easy.  On her first day we zoomed around the groomers for hours and didn’t fall once.

 

Because a biker has a lower center of gravity, and the wide stance offers good left/right stability, it’s not as hard as you’d expect going off piste, either.

 

We met skiing at the top of Whistler in 1994, and thanks to this discovery, we are now able to resume our love affair on the slopes of Crystal Mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How well you are able to ski is related to how hard you are willing to fall.

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Happy for her.  She's a trooper!

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Now work up to doing moguls!

 

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Awesome! glad you found a way to keep her up on the hill !

 

On a similar thought, and not to hijack re the ski-biking...

but...

I am noticing, this season, that skiing some skis which I haven't been on for a few seasons, is NOT as easy as a few seasons back...  :(

 

I have some older 'Wood' Elan 999s in 185, which back in 2011 (last time I skied them)  were awesome cruisers and great fun when hittin some fast and fun pitches...

they've been unused since then...

I took them out again just a week ago, to find some fast fun on the same pitches... not bad on some, 

and...

but on pitches where line choice is limited, now I find I can;t really work them hard enough on steeper pitches, without getting some real edge chatter !!!  which is tellin me my leg strength is no longer strong enough to drive the edges without getting a bunch of chatter rebound ...  :(

workin real hard to make the turn really 'RRooouuunnddd'... no dice...

 

any other Codgers findin the same 'effect' ???

 

bit of a bummer...  I'd like to blame it on 'tune', but I know I can't... 

 

thoughts ?

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