Adaptive skiing on Mt. Spokane

“Adaptive Nordic”


WHAT IS IT?
With adaptations to equipment or the assistance of trained and knowledgeable guides,
adaptive Nordic skiing is a magical way to enjoy winter months with friends and family on
groomed ski trails. It can be a casual social meander through the woods, or the intense
physical challenge associated with competition.


WHO?
For individuals/family/friends with long-term physical limitations or temporary immobility due to injury or surgery.


Vision impairments:

With communication from a trained guide, those with vision impairments
can find independence and freedom on well-groomed nordic tracks. Individuals can leave their dogs and canes behind as they learn to “see with their feet” and navigate
through nature.


Mobility impairments:
Stand-up - Those individuals with upper extremity amputations/weakness, or below-knee amputations can ski in a traditional standing manner with technique adaptations that emphasize forward momentum and control while on skis.
Sit-down - Those individuals, with (but not limited to), spinal cord injuries, amputations, and balance/coordination challenges, can utilize a sit-ski. The sit-ski, a low seated frame mounted onto skis, allows skiers to pole themselves along trails with or without assistance from friends or trained volunteers.


WHERE?
In addition to Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park, accessible trails are now available at a in Spokane. Urban parks will be groomed on a weekly basis, with adequate snow coverage.
These flat areas are ideal for beginners or those working on technique. Current
grooming is done at Dwight Merkel Park and Indian Canyon. See

https://my.spokanecity.org/recreation/outdoor/groomed-trails/

EQUIPMENT AND GUIDES
Spokane has a growing team of volunteers who enjoy sharing their love of the
outdoors with others. With advanced notice, equipment and training can be available to
participants and their family/friends.
“Sit-ski Celebration” and blind-skiing events soon to be announced!

 

For info or to volunteer, email: sitzmarksitzski@gmail.com

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