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Ski selection for mono-sitskis

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Does anybody have any advice on how to select a skis for a monoski. Apart from the obvious one of 'demoing' a rack of them!
I imagine that there are three general considerations as in any ski selection..

1) How much do you and the mono ski weigh?
2) What terrain do you like to do? 
3) How good/fast a skier are you? 
and maybe 
How much money you got? 

Bur are there any 'dial in' principles peculiar to mono-sitskis?

post #2 of 9
www.sitski.com has a nice selection but you do bring up one of the delemmas we all face and that is there really are no test drives.
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Hey guys, Has anyone tried to contact Andy campbell? You may be able to track him down over at TGR. I would PM Splat "Pat" for some assistance.   PM gear is a sponsor of Andy's.


Here's andy's site



UPDATE: I pm'd pat for contact assistance.

post #5 of 9

Finndog, I bought a pair of Superbros from Pat this spring, have yet to buy a monoski.  I'm a very high-level para, so stability in turns and at speed is my main requirement.  I'm still a hack flatlander, see: (I used the program's FF RPC monoski on a K2 slalom 170cm, 14m radius underfoot, felt like I was dragging a backhoe in the sludge.  I need stiffer suspension, tighter seat, etc.)



Pat said I should consult Andy on mounting placement, I intend to do that.  Andy loved his, hit 77mph in Aspen on them.  So in addition to the Superbros which Pat sold me at an insane discount, I got some fatter Head Mojo 103s, which are 193cm with a big radius.  I also got some Fischer 215s, but this is a family website.


I could not believe the deals on these from Level Nine. (The Heads are still $239 a pair!!!)  The models are old stock but very well regarded.  See:


Most better sitskiers say to go very stiff and at least 17m radius.  I like long also because I'm just happier with it.  Good hunting.



post #6 of 9

Whipper, I am not on a sitski but I saw your post and thought of Pat and Andy. I have bought a bunch of Andy's shirts and stuff to help support his cause. Last August I had the pleasure to watch and hang with some of the Austrian Olympic team para-skiers. I have all the respect in the world for you guys. We had some good conversations that I will never forget and made me appreciate skiing that much more.

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Finndog, thank you so much for the support.  Kind folks like you have made it possible for sitskiers to start and continue with this funnest of sports.

post #8 of 9

Hey Whip' I just checked out your vid, very cool!  Nice skiing. How long have you been on the sitski?  Very smooth turns. 

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Thank you Finndog!  It's nice to hear this: the good vibes float me for a blissful while...until I recall how well the good sitskiers do it.  But then, I've skied the equivalent of about 5 ski days over 30 years in a sitski--I only manage about 2 hours a trip, and I've had just 5 trips in the last 15 years (illness and injury).  Skiing one full season ('79-80) before my injury helped enormously, it makes me hunt for speed.  I hope to buy a sitski that fits, instead of the good but too-large model owned by the adaptive program in the video.  Then I'll mount the SuperBro (with actual sharp edges), and get more days in, and might then find some gnar.


It sounds odd, but the more serious the ski, the easier the sitskiing.  Sitskis are heavy, and with a nearly inert, well-secured driver (like me) have large, almost-fixed moments of inertia.  I don't have the muscle control to make quick turns, so trees and moguls are out, and that leaves...driving a Cadillac down groomers or open crud.  I especially need a very stiff, long-radius ski to be able to have the time to switch edges and to carve long arcs.  Wehyam, if your injury level is lower and you have more trunk control, you will probably want quicker skis.  In the video, the 170cm, 14m radius slalom ski beneath me would bite and kick when edged gradually at speed, so I had to undercarve(?) the ski, exceeding its radius a lot so it wouldn't really bite.  An able-bodied skier can unweight and jump into his turns to use that bite for its intended purpose, having fun and winning slaloms.  Also, my inability to adjust pitch meant that the ski was bucking me fore and aft.  So extra length will really help; I skied on 190s on earlier sitski trips and found it a good length, hence the Heads and Fischer DHs (oops, ski porn).  My wife is talking about a trip west this winter...

Thanks for listening to my ramblings.


Edited by whippersnapper - 7/10/10 at 2:04am
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