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    Any Skiers/snowboarders out there?

    I have an incomplete SCI that I "acquired" snowboarding on April 2nd. I am hoping to be able to ride again but may end up monoskiing instead. The weather is getting colder and thought it would be nice to hear from some other snow lovers.

    monoskiers-isn't ridin' the lift kinda scarey? It is the only reason I wasn't a monoskier before my sci( I was an adaptive rider before my sci due to a genetic disorder)

    I have lost a fair bit of trunk strength and don't know if I will be able to be a standing rider/skier. The set-ups are so expensive, which was another reason that I wanted to competed in the standing division as long as I could. I guess time will tell.

    There is a sit'n jib set up for sci's that want to snowboard but it is really tough to turn and carve-it works in the park though. I know a couple of para's that use them and can do boxes and fatty rails. The jumps can be done-)mono-x in X Games) but there is NO shock absorbtion.

    Pray for snow!
    "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie

    Hey man - skiier both b4 and post injury. Have to say that of all the activities I've tried "since" monoskiing is by FAR my favorite.

    Its scary at first - all top-heavy and strapped to this huge rig, but you learn how to work it and it gets pretty natural ... or at least the pain of lifts and pushing uphill to get to them is well worth the rush of comin down!

    Important to get a good instructor for your first few go-outs. They can make or break your day.


      If you get a go at snow out West, check out the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. It's my fave place to ski so far. Call ahead for reservations. You'll get a lesson and your lift ticket through the center.

      If you'd like someone to ski with you the rest of the day after your lesson they can arrange for that, too. The last I skied with them, that was included in your lesson if you wanted.

      Great equipment if you don't have your own, exceptional instructors.


        i skied before i am not that great just barely intermediated. but i sure like it.
        going to brecknridge dec3 thru the 8 to ski and snowmoblie with my sister
        i am c6c7 quad. it will be a blast


          Glad to hear from you guys-

          I've always been a New England rider-got out west (Mt Hood) for the first time last season. I had never riden in pow before-man it was work-plus I was wicked altitude sick. The next time I was out west was to Tahoe in April-but I only rode one day and broke my back the next. Who says the landings out west are soft? Maybe I should have stuck to the boilerplate conditions in New England

          I am thinking of going to Brek for Ski Spec but it depends on work and $. I hear from my friends that it is a good time. Has anyone monoskied during Spec? Is it crazy crowded? There may be some snowboarders from Adaptive Action Sports doing a rail jam expo. Most of the US riders are VI or amputees, but the Canadians and Australia have s few incomplete SCI's. These are the folks I compete with at national comp's They are AMAZING to watch, so I hope they are there.

          As for the rig. I am a bit nervous about the lift thing but I trust the friends I ride/ski with. I have not quite gotten used to the idea of needing help. I haven't the greatest upper body and trunk strength so the trip to the lift seems like it may be an exercise in humility. I know that my "crew" are perfectly able and willing to help-they do it with others all season. It just is a bit hard to feel like I am inconveniencing or slowing others. Has anyone felt similarand if so, how do you get over it?
          "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie


            Hi Aidan, Get yourself signed up in an adapted program and let them worry about getting you on and off the lift. You can enjoy the ride down while you get some strength! Skiing has been the best rehab by far. Can't wait for the season. Pat


              If you're going to be skiing weekends find a good local Adaptive Ski Program. In the northeastern part of MA go to one of the programs in New Hampshire:
              White Mountain Adaptive Ski at Loon is excellent and hosts the New England Disabled Ski Team. Waterville Valley also hosts an excellent program.
              If you're in Western MA then go to the Adaptive Sports Foundation in Windham, New York.
              If you want to ski for a week go out west to NSCD in Winter Park, CO, BOEC in Breckenridge, CO, or National Ability Center in Park City, Utah.
              You want a program with experienced instructors and with some good monoskis to try out. After a week you'll be skiing better than before.
              BTW, there are also Adaptive Snowboard Programs.
              Check out for links to most of these programs.
              My opinions,


                You can also try the SnowBowl in the White mountains of Arizona. They have a great program and Timmer is the best ski buddy there is. I'm a C5 and he can read me like a book (will let you push right to the edge). It is as natural as AB skiing. Lift is no problem and after the first time you won't even notice.

                Have fun,
                "Some of the worlds greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. unattributed" (Anonymous)


                  Thanks for all your help.

                  Thanks for all the info Carl-I actually snowboarded with WMASS at Loon Mtn in New Hampshire last season as I was and adaptive rider before my SCI. I competed on the New England Adaptive Ski/Snowboard Team last season as well. They are an amazing program. The first call I made from the Trauma unit after my accident wasn't to my family but to our program director who is a para and our team doc. I knew that they would be supportive, level headed and positive regardless of how severe my injury ended up being. Fortunately, things turned out better than expected in that category. I feel so fortunate to have known people with SCI's before my own SCI- those at WMASS are great examples of resiliency and perserverence. When everything else was uncertain I knew that life would indeed go on and I would be back on the mountain the next season one way or another-even if I had to be a monoskiier instead of a snowboarder

                  As for the White Mtns in Arizona-I am ashamed of my ignorance-it never dawned on me to ride in Arizona-gulp-blush-I always think desert first. I will research it further-seriously.
                  "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie


                    I haven't been but Santa Fe is said to have a good adaptive program. At 10,000 feet, I get sick up there for a few days before I get acclimated.
                    Does This Wheelchair Make My Ass Look Fat?


                      Santa Fe had a great program when I was over there a few years ago. I would love to go back - but I need to get my fat behind back into shape first . The instructors took care of getting me on and off of the lift. It was pretty scary to be so high off the ground the first couple of times, but then I got used to it.


                        They have a program out here at Squaw Valley, but the lift thing seems real scary. How do the instructors get you on and off the left?

                        Also, what kind of chair or wheels would you use to get around in the snow?


                          Good Question ChopperChick

                          Someone else might better be able to answer this question but I will give it a shot I have seen (but not experienced) people getting on the lift two different ways. I have seen an instructor on each side of the person lift the rig up so it can hook onto the chair or the person uses their outriggers to lift themselves up enough for the rig to hook on.

                          As for chair and wheels-I will leave that to the more experienced to answer
                          "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie


                            Oh-I forgot about getting off! Again-someone else might have a better explanation but I THINK it is something like this....For real beginners they slow the lift down and the instructors kind of lift up and push the rig off the chair and it glides down the landing ramp. I have seen how people get off themselves but can't explain it very well. I have seen people kind of through their weight forward and give a little push with their outriggers and their rig comes off the chair and they glide down the ramp. But again-someone who has actually DONE it could describe it better

                            I have been assured that it is all easier than it looks and I am starting to trust in that idea. I am actually really looking forward to the new challenge of monoskiing. Now, if it would just snow! My home Mountain opens Nov. 17th- weather permitting of course.
                            "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie


                              From what I remember (may not be correct since it's been so long ago) the monoski I was in had a lever that sat in between my knees and ran down towards my feet. While sitting in line for the chair lift with my instructors (there was two of them) one of them would pull up on the lever which would cause the seat of the monoski to lift up. They would then push me over infront of the chair lift so that it would scoop me up as it went by along with one of the instructors (the other one would catch the next seat). While ridding up the mountain, the instructor would unlock the lifting thingy.

                              Now for the dismount-when the ski would come into contact with the ground again-the instructor would give me a shove off the lift and we would go skiing down the moutain. At the start of the first day when I was still learing how to ski, the instructor would grab onto the back of the monoski and help me ski away from the lift. As the day progressed, the team of instructors really didn't help me too much since I picked it up pretty quickly. I will must have good balance (I want to say that the ski was 4 inches or so wide???) and be in good shape to ski on a monoski. That's why I said that I would have to get my fat behind back in shape before I return to Santa Fe (Dang I have the skiing bug!!!!!).

                              As for the chair thing....the program I went with had an area with very little snow on it so a chair could pull up and transfer into whatever they were skiing in, and then the chairs were taken somewhere else to stay warm and secure (I think..... )