The Strathcona Nordic Ski Club (SNSC) has two sit skis and qualified paranordic instructors. Registered SNSC members can become approved sit ski users and take the sit skis out on the trails. Program fee $12
Sit skiers on Mount Washington. photo: Brent Reid
What is paranordic (also sometimes called adaptive) skiing ?
Paranordic skiing is a winter activity that allows people with disabilities to practice nordic skiing, sometimes using specialised equipment.
Who can ski?
People with many different disabilities can nordic ski including those with: Cerebral palsy, Multiple sclerosis, Spinal cord injury, brain injuries, visual impairment , amputation, autism – and more.
How is it practiced ?
Standing – Some people will be able to ski standing using the same equipment as able bodied skiers or with slight modifications. Nordic skiing is especially suited to people with visual impairments – with the help of a guide and the tracks. People with autism or brain injuries often enjoy the repetition and the tranquil environment of nordic skiing.
Sitting- Sit skis can be used by people who either cannot use their legs or whose balance is too poor to ski standing. Reasonable upper body strength is required. The sit ski is a chair- like sled with cross country skis underneath. Short ski poles are used for propulsion.
You can enjoy this sport:
- As a means of cross-training for a summer sport
The benefits of nordic skiing include:
- Improvement of your cardiovascular fitness
- Improvement of strength and flexibility
- Development of new motor skills
- Building self confidence and self esteem
- Enjoyment of the outdoors in winter
- Opportunities to ski and socialize with friends
How to get started
SNSC owns 2 sit skis. Registered SNSC members can become approved sit ski users and take the sit skis out either on their own or with friends or family. Program fee $10.
It may be possible for your child with a disability to take part in the SNSC Rabbit program with the help of a volunteer from VISAS.
A good way for people with disabilities to get started with Nordic skiing is through the Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Skiing (VISAS). VISAS volunteers offer one-on-one instruction in nordic skiing or sit skiing for people with a wide range of disabilities.
In early January, VISAS run a 4-day introductory ski festival. For more information visit their website www.visasweb.ca or email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 250 334 3267
For more information on Strathcona Nordics programs contact email@example.com