I met the guy and he was a former Patroller from Bridger around 45-50 who has suffered a stroke and lost most control of his left side. I put his gloves on for him and buckled his boots ,clicked him in and up the lift we went. He was shaking uncontrollably .
We got off with some guidance and I pushed him out of the lift area and we stood for a bit while he adjusted to his goal which was to ski a run after his stroke as skiing was something he loved. He had told his Dad he was going to try and he came up alone to try.
So we had a mission.
I moved him across the hill to assess what control he did have with his disabled side. Not much but he could rotate his left leg some but not use it much for balance which means we could turn to the left but not the right. He couldn't hold a turn on his weak side.
I knew this was probably beyond his means but together we could make something of it. The only way I thought of to get him down was to bend over and hold his tips while i skied backwards. I do this for adults sometimes when they can't hold a wedge as beginners so I don't have to put a edgie wedgie on them . I don't use those ever for adults. We stopped often and worked our way down waiting out his trembling for a bit to continue.
We got down slowly turning in both directions all the way down and he shook my hand and left satisfied he had met a personal challenge.
I'm not experienced at Adaptive but share the hill with the adaptive folks and share in the joy they spread with their efforts but wonder what I should have or could have done to help this guy better.
Feedback please . My thoughts is skiing alone wasn't close to possible and we got down but the effort was very tiring and stressful understanding the responsibility I had undertaken to get this guy down the hill .He was a big guy and a job to keep in control.