This week have a guest blogger. Bruce Hopper of the Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico has graciously volunteered to share their training plan for new SitSki Instructors / Tetherers.
It’s certainly the best structured and most thought out document I’ve seen on the subject. Thanks Bruce!
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It’s been said that the two riskiest days in a human life are the day you are born and the day you die. A tethering run is bit like that, the first few seconds and the last few seconds are the hardest. At the beginning of a run you have to transition from holding the “bucket” to having the sitski at the end of the tethers, with some tension, allowing you to control (or at least influence) the skier. Both those states are stable, but between them is an unstable phase of loose tethers and no control. Continue reading “Catch and Release”
The names in this blog have been changed to protect the innocent, but mostly the guilty. “Alan” is a sit skier I ski with from time to time. He is a good sit skier, he skis blue and black runs independently and confidently, I have difficulty keeping up with him. But he complains that some days everything is just a bit off. Continue reading “Alan’s Nuts (NSFW)”
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When we teach beginner sit skiing we ask the skiers to lean into the turn. Often they have difficulty with that because of all the straps, so we fall back to “start by leaning your head the way we want to go”. It makes sense, the head weighs enough that leaning the head alone moves the centre of gravity, and where the head goes the body and attention tends to follow.
But I’ve reached the conclusion that for those skiers who ultimately want to go off tethers and ski independently we are teaching them a bad habit that is hard to break later. Continue reading “Get your head in the game, or perhaps out of it”
The new CADS Instructors Manual describes the recommended progression for sit skiers as very similar to the CSIA progression for able bodied skiers
- Get used to moving in the equipment on flat ground
- Straight run on very shallow hill
- Single left run
- Single right run
- Linking two turns
- Linking multiple turns
- Stopping (Hockey stop)
- Start to increase the terrain
Which suggests that tethers are mostly unnecessary. But if I look at how we teach sit skiing at my home program we really don’t do that. Continue reading “To Tether or not to Tether? That is the question”
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.
Continue reading “What’s it all about?”