Hey there, adventure seekers! Cassie Eckroth, High Fives Athlete #416, recently returned from an exhilarating ski camp in Winter Park, Colorado. Let us walk you through the step-by-step process of monoskiing or sit skiing, an adaptive form of skiing that opens up the snowy slopes to individuals of all abilities.
Step 1: Gear Up for Success
The first crucial step in your adaptive skiing journey is gearing up. Cassie shares a pro tip for extra cold days – wrap your toesies with an emergency blanket to keep them toasty warm. Proper gear ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience on the slopes.
Step 2: Transfer to the Sit Ski
The sit ski is the heart of adaptive skiing equipment. Cassie breaks down the components, which include a frame, shock bucket, ski, and various straps for stability. To keep the ski securely in place, a binding block and pin are essential. Cassie also introduces outriggers, versatile tools with two modes – ski mode and push mode, offering stability and assistance.
Step 3: Getting Up on the Mountain
Now that you’re geared up and seated on your sit ski, it’s time to hit the mountain. Winter Park, Colorado, provides an excellent solution for adaptive skiers to access the slopes via a gondola. Cassie shares her experience with chairlifts, emphasizing the importance of timing when getting on and off the lift. If a fall occurs, the outriggers become invaluable for self-recovery or with the helping hand of ski buddies.
Adaptive skiing not only opens up the world of winter sports to individuals of all abilities but also fosters a sense of inclusivity and independence. Cassie Eckroth’s ski camp adventure is a testament to the thrill and empowerment that adaptive skiing can bring. So, gear up, hit the slopes, and experience the joy of monoskiing – where everyone plays on an equal field. We hope to see you carving turns on the mountain soon. High five!