Snowy weather can certainly create some worry when it comes to transportation. Trying to maneuver your way through the snow and icy sidewalks can be frustrating. Thanks to technology, wheelchair users can maneuver through the snow and have fun at the same time.
Adaptive skiing allows wheelchair users to enjoy the snow while participating in one of the winter's most popular activities. For beginners, BiSkiing is a good place to start. While Biskiing, you sit atop two skis, making it a great way to take in the views of the winter valleys. Even if you have limited upper-body mobility you can still BiSki. For those who are more athletic, MonoSkiing provides you with greater mobility but requires a lot of strength.
Europe has much to offer for adaptive skiers. Many of the ski resorts offer adaptive and assisted skiing lessons. They also offer equipment and guiding for all physical, sensory, cognitive, mental, and any other need you could have. Because everyone is different and may have some specific needs relating to a particular condition, they want to ensure that those needs are met.
You contact Mountains for All in Europe for help picking a resort that will accommodate to your specific needs.
Can't make it to Europe? Colorado offers adaptive skiing too! According to DisabledSportsUSA.org, Nordic Skiing accommodates skiing for the skier. Whether you are sitting, standing or visually impaired, the Nordic Center will help you. First, you will discuss with the instructors what your abilities and disabilities are. Be sure to mention all of your mobility levels and any balance issues you might have as this will determine which ski type you use. In your first lesson, you will be taking things slowly by learning how to ski and other basic techniques. Then, the more you participate, the more naturally skiing will come to you.
To learn more you can contact the following:
Paralympic Sports Coaching Guide –USPC Coaching Manual
National Governing Body –Team USA Nordic
International Governing Body –World Para Nordic Skiing
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