Most of the photos of Sit Skis in this blog are the Mountain Man brand. You won’t see them at the Paralympics, any more than you would see a Dodge Caravan in a NASCAR race, but they are the backbone of program I ski with and every other sit ski program I’ve met in North America. They are the standard for tethered bi-skis and quad skis, teaching new sit skiers and providing an opportunity to enjoy skiing for those who are too disabled to ever ski untethered. They are simple, effective and durable. It’s hard to tell a 1-year old Mountain Man from a 10-year-old Mountain Man, which is something I can’t say for my skis. But the rumour mill says that they aren’t being made any more, the company that makes them has shut down, or refocussed on other product lines. Continue reading “The end of the Mountain Man?”
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing National Festival are both coming up soon. These are events where sit ski tetherers from many locations meet up, sometimes we learn from each other, sometimes we confuse each other by using different terminology. This post is intended as a reference guide to some common terms. Continue reading “Terminology”
I’m old enough to remember when the term “Monoski” meant something like the above.
But these days it usually means a sitski mounted on a single ski, the alternative term is “Bi-ski” for a sitski mounted on 2 skis. At the Edelweiss program we tend to think of a monoski like a sports car, and the bi-ski like the family station wagon (I guess that’s a minivan these days). Continue reading “Sit Skiing: One Discipline or Two?”
The recent updates to the CADS Manual has greatly increased the depth of information about the skill of sit skiing, but it’s still very thin on the allied skill of tethering. And when I scan the web I can find very little information on tethering tips, tricks, drill & skills. So that’s the gap this blog seeks to fill, a place to talk about sit skiing and tethering, but mostly tethering, what’s good and bad, what’s new and interesting.