The perfect candidate for the mono-ski would be an individual with spinal cord injury (typically T-4 or lower) or any other type of mobility impairment, such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. A mono-ski candidate should be in good physical condition and ready to have fun.
Typical candidate for the Bi-ski would be an individual with a mid to high level spinal cord injury(C-1 to T-3), involved Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, or multiple sclerosis.
Turning the Bi-ski can be done with subtle movement of the head or if one has adequate arm mobility, turns can be initiated with the use of outriggers.
The latest piece of adaptive equipment added to ASA’s arsenal is the ski bike. Similar to a bicycle with skis instead of wheels, the ski bike has been used in Europe for over 50 years. Adaptive programs have recently discovered that it can be an ideal way for many people with disabilities to enjoy skiing. Since the ski bike takes the majority of a person’s weight off of the legs and feet, it can fill a frustrating void between stand-up and sit-down skiing.
ASA has had tremendous success using the ski bike with people with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and other disabilities. And the best thing about the ski bike is that it’s incredibly easy to learn.