Special Needs

Adaptive skiing is to bypass your limitation and adapt yourself with proper instruction, training and/or special designated equipment to go on skis.

Find below several types of adaptive skiing:

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Hemorrhage can occur in hemophiliacs after what would be a relatively minor injury to a person with normal clotting factors.

To make your ski/ mountain experience memorable and safe, Born Skier® provides you with valuable information, and an up-to-date live map of the world with all HTCs (Hemophilia Treatment Centers) so you can select the nearest one to you or your destination.

For more information or special assistance, contact us directly.

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Mono-Ski: skierMONOThe mono-ski was developed for individuals who ski in a sitting position. A mono-skier should have good upper body strength, balance and trunk mobility. An individual with double lower extremity amputations, spina bifida, or with a spinal cord injury of T-6 or below is a good candidate for the mono-ski. The skier sits in a molded seat mounted to a frame above a single ski. A shock absorber links the frame to the ski. Two outriggers are used for balance and turning. The design of the mono-ski allows the skier to use the ski dynamically. The mono-ski is designed so the skier can independently load onto the chairlift. This provides the opportunity for an independent ski experience. A mono-skier can achieve a very high skill level and ski some of the most challenging terrain.

Bi-Ski: The bi-ski was developed for individuals who ski in a sitting position. Screen shot 2013-08-24 at 3.46.47 PMThis may include those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury or individuals with spinal cord injuries. A bi-skier sits in a molded fiberglass shell above two specially designed skis. The two skis give a wider base and better balance than a mono-ski. The bi-ski can be skied independently with the use of two outriggers for balance and turning. For beginner skiers and those needing more assistance, fixed outriggers and a handlebar can be utilized. The bi-ski must be tested by a ski instructor whenever the fixed outriggers are used.

Screen shot 2013-08-24 at 4.32.17 PMThree Track: Three track skiers have one sound leg and two sound arms. They are generally individuals who have amputations, post polio or hemiplegia. Three trackers use a fullsize ski and outriggers giving them three points of contact on the snow. They usually progress quite rapidly.

Four Track: Four track skiers use two skis and two outriggers providing them with four points of contact on the snow. Sometimes they will use a ski bra that connects the ski tips from crossing or wandering. Individuals with involvement of the lower extremities are among those who can benefit from four track instruction. This may include individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, brain injury or those who have lower extremity amputations. Almost anyone who walks with canes or crutches may ski four-track. Outriggers are adapted forearm crutches with ski tips mounted on the bottom aiding the skier in stability and turning.

Sit-Ski: The Sit-Ski was one of the first sitting position skis developed, for individuals with lower extremity limitations. This may include those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, lower extremity amputations, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brain injury or spinal cord injuries. The Sit-Ski is usually preferred by people with significant physical limitations.

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To turn the Sit-Ski, a skier can drag very short ski poles in the snow and lean in the desired direction.

Tandem: Tandem ski offers adapted skiing to anyone with reduced mobility, wishing to enjoy winter sports. The skier is asked to sit in the chair while a qualified instructor guides them down the slope, controlling the speed with breaks set on the skis of the chair.
People suffering from severe illnesses will be more physically limited and probably more likely exposed to potential injuries due to their health.

We hope the information you will find on Born Skier® will sufficient to assist you in the planning of your trip including specific selections and locating the nearest care provider.

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Skiing is a sport you must be fit to do, not a sport you really do to get fit.

People who are overweight should consult a doctor and make sure they will be in good enough condition to avoid physical injuries and heart problems that could directly result from skiing or any other mountain activities. Their endurance and flexibility are often diminished, which makes it tougher for them to ski.

As the body adds more weight, there are more forces and pressure applied to joints. Stay active, prepare well and stay safe: know your limits!

Select an instructor according to your own needs and specific criteria.

For people affected by motor disability many skiing activities are now available in the mountains. Select an instructor according to the person’s needs and then make sure all the necessary information is transmitted so the instructor can properly prepare.

People with mental disabilities can practice skiing in the ordinary way. Adaptations will be required at the level of instruction. The instructor has to be aware of the disability in order to adapt his teaching and manner of speech.