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