Our athletes love to ski!
And there are so many ways to get rad on the snow even with a disability. Depending on the injury, our athletes are able to participate in adaptive skiing and even snowboarding including:
Skiing and Snowboarding
For those who have adequate balance and range of motion, skiing or snowboarding on regular gear is possible with some help, training, or practice. Some ways of safely standing and skiing or boarding include:
2T skiing means skiing with both legs on two skis, but with some help from adaptive devices or techniques to help control speed, balance, and muscle fatigue.
3T skiing is skiing standing up on one leg on a single ski with two handheld outriggers to help with balance.
4T skiing is skiing standing up on both legs on two skis with two handheld outriggers for four blades on the snow.
Skiing with ski legs involves skiing on two skis standing up between a ski frame to help with stability.
Our Community is
What Drives Us
We are inclusive. We are better together. We are a team. At High Fives, we practice what we preach and inspire one another. We are skiers. We are surfers. We are anglers. We love what we do, and even though life may be different, we love it all the same.
Bi-skiing is sit skiing but with two skis underneath. A bi-ski can be controlled with handheld or fixed outriggers and skied independently or with an instructor, therapist, or family member.
A mono ski is a sit-ski with a single ski underneath that is skied independently with two handheld outriggers.
A ski bike is a sit-down ski on a bike frame. The rider can wear boots with ski blades to help with better control.
WE ARE SKIERS!
WE ARE SNOWBOARDERS!
We've helped athletes with a range of visual impairments, amputations, cognitive and physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and more get into adaptive snowsports. With the help of therapists, instructors, and family members, we bring back the stoke of sliding on the snow!
We work with local ski resorts that have adaptive ski programs and adaptive lessons including: Achieve Tahoe at Alpine Meadows, California National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park, Colorado Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports at Killington, Vermont.