Adaptive skiing is the term used when people with disabilities use specialized equipment to ski.
Adaptive skiing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the range of available adaptive ski gear is keeping pace. Adaptive certifications are issued by national ski / snowboard associations and disability snow sports groups.
Recreational adaptive skiing is offered at many resort ski schools, through adaptive programs and charities and with private ski clubs. Veteran specific and competitive programs are also available.
Adaptive skiing equipment at a glance:
For independent skiers. A bucket seating system attached to a frame with a shock absorbing system, mounted to a single ski using a standard boot mount and hand held outriggers. Balance and upper body mobility is needed for this setup.
A bucket seating system attached to specially manufactured articulating skis, with or without a piloting bar and with or without ski mounted outriggers / stabilizers. This ski is paired with hand held outriggers for independent skiers who want more stability in the ski or can be piloted by an assistant.
For independent skiers. A bucket seating system attached to a frame with articulated shocks and 2 skis. Hand held outriggers are used with dual skis. Upper body mobility is needed for this setup.
Tandem / Piloted
Also known as a snow taxi. A bucketed seating system attached to a frame with 2 or 3 skis and a rear piloting bar. For skiers who want to enjoy the experience of skiing without effort, or where independent control of the ski is not possible.
A bucket seating system attached to a solid frame with standard nordic ski bindings. Used with ski poles.
Forearm style crutches with ski tips attached to help with balance, lift loading, etc. Different lengths, ski tip sizes and shapes, flipping mechanisms and weights are available depending on the snow conditions and skier ability.