|Someone once said, “If God had meant us to ski, he would have given us feet with metal edges.”
As every instructor knows, learning to ski is essentially mastering the use of special equipment and highly developed skills to overcome various natural difficulties.
The skier uses attachments called skis to compensate for the inadequate length of his feet.
He uses special boots as a supporting prosthesis to overcome the inadequate rigidity of his ankles.
A skier must develop skill to keep him upright against the pull of gravity.
When you consider all the problems we have to overcome, we’re all skiers with disabilities.
Preface to BOLD TRACKS Teaching Adaptive Skiing 3rd Edition
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For those of you who are unacquainted with Adaptive Skiing and Riding, Adaptive simply refers to modifying the way we ski, ride and teach so that people with disabilities can enjoy snow sports. This applies to individuals with physical as well as cognitive disabilities.
Feel free to discuss all aspects of Adaptive Snow Sports here; Skiing, Snowboarding, equipment, teaching techniques, etc. We hope that this forum will give those involved in the Adaptive community, whether skiers, riders, instructors, or just interested parties, a place to discuss the ins and outs of this part of the sport we all love.
Here's a great video from Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport to give you an idea of what goes on in adaptive sports.