Riding a Sitski

With Sitski a wheelchair user can ski with others on the same terms and manage independently on all lifts and slopes

User turns on slope(close-up). Photo: from Nordic Sitski
User turns on slope(close-up). Photo: from Nordic Sitski

Description
The sitski turns on the slopes by leaning toward the side where you want to go. With flipped ski poles (see associated tip) the user gets a hold in the snow and can back up the slope with the sitski.

Users comments
It is best to learn how to ride a sitski at ski school. Most people learn how to balance in five lessons. The right pole settings make it possible to relax while riding.
People with reasonably strong arms can do just fine on their own. Quadriplegics ride with high backrest and can even manage the chair lift independently.
Sitski can be rented from Nordic Sitski or Hundfjället in Sälen.

Additional information is available at hem.fyristorg.com/NordicSitski/html-hemsida-2002/index.html (last checked June 2017)

Made by
Nordic Sitski

Purchased from
Nordic Sitski, hem.fyristorg.com/NordicSitski/html-hemsida-2002/index.html (last checked June 2017)

Paid for by
The user

Editors comments
Sitski is appropriate for persons who have good balance when seated, “low spinal injury”, poor or no walking ability or “high injury” and good arm strength.

See also awww.totalskidskolan.se (last checked June 2017)

This tip is from 2007

The user turns on slope
The user turns on slope
Sitski rider on slope
Sitski rider on slope
User backs up the slope
User backs up the slope

Related tips

Sitski
Sitski
Sitski makes it possible for wheelchair users to ski.
Transfer from wheelchair to Sitski
Transfer from wheelchair to Sitski
People with strong arms can manage transfers between wheelchair and sitski without problems.
Attachment belt for legs on Sitski
Attachment belt for legs on Sitski
The belt helps a person with impaired leg function to sit securely on a sitski.
Ride skilift with sitski
Ride skilift with sitski
A rope attached to the sitski makes it possible to ride the ski lift.
Ski poles for Sitski
Ski poles for Sitski
Tornado flip poles are flexible and work well when riding on sitski.
Clothing for riding on sitski
Clothing for riding on sitski
Several layers of thin, warm clothing are appropriate for a person who rides on a sitski.

Tipsare: Björn

Björn was injured in 1972 and has a complete paraplgia TH 12.