Featured New Ski Legs!

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  1. coskigirl

    coskigirl Making fresh tracks Skier

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    A few years ago the mother of one of the athletes I coached lost portions of both legs and arms to sepsis and Toxic Shock Syndrome. She nearly lost her life. She has recovered well but now she’ll be able to ski too! She was fitted with new prosthetic legs that use mountain bike shocks that will absorb terrain like bumps. How cool are these? I’m so excited for her!

    https://www.facebook.com/Limb-Preservation-Foundation-159829564676/?fref=mentions&pnref=story#


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  2. Bad Bob

    Bad Bob Out on the slopes Skier

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    #coskigirl

    Prosthetics people are doing some amazing things. This ranks right up there.

    Please let us know how this works for the lady.
     
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  3. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    After watching the Invictus games, it is so amazing what can be done. You go girl!!
     
  4. Pat AKA mustski

    Pat AKA mustski Out on the slopes Skier

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    Gosh. This is amazing science and so inspiring!
     
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  5. slowrider

    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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    Respect.
     
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  6. SkiNurse

    SkiNurse Spontaneous Christy Pugski Ski Tester

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    One of my favorite stories from one of the local news stations....
     
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  7. crgildart

    crgildart Gravity Slave Skier

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    I got to know a kid with a prosthetic who skied back in the late 1980s. I had seen a few adaptive skiers back on those days but hadn't met one yet. His device was pretty advanced even back then... Wasn't easy to tell he had one at all. I hired him to work in retail store I was managing at the time. We sold luggage stacked on shelves floor to ceiling with library ladders. He had no trouble getting up and down the ladders dragging big suitcases and boxes around. One time a pin came out and he was stuck.. Had to have his girlfriend bring some crutches to get from the store to his car. Also, SitSki Andy had a cool thread about traveling and competing in adaptive ski cross awhile back and posted about having to take a courtesy sled ride when his device broke. That said, we're all at the mercy of gear and a gear failure out on the mountain could strand any of us... Kudos to this lady. I can only imagine how exciting it must be to see this new reality. I hope she joins and posts some trip reports. Would love to ski with her someday :)
     
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  8. Carolinacub

    Carolinacub Yes thats a Cubs hat I'm wearing Skier

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    I've worked the mountain a couple of times when adaptive days are going on. It's absolutely amazing to see all the different people out there and also to see the wide range of adaptive devices and/or techniques that are being used.
     
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  9. slowrider

    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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  10. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer Booting up Skier

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    Inspirational and humbling.
     
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  11. dave-o

    dave-o Booting up Skier

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    Respect, amazing, Inspirational and humbling...Amen.

    That look on her face is like a kid at Christmas.
     
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  12. Pacobillie

    Pacobillie Booting up Skier

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    Her smile says it all!
     
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  13. oldschoolskier

    oldschoolskier Out on the slopes Skier

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    I’m at a fair bit of Para swim events and like skiing it is amazing what they can do, like in skiing. The only limit is the one imposed by the individual that faces the challenge.

    I think we able body individuals (better yet all disability or not) should learn something, the limit is only what you let it to be.

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  14. john petersen

    john petersen working through minutia to find the big picture! Moderator Instructor

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    This is....amazing...Im at a loss.....total respect and admiration...the human spirit is an incredibly wonderful and inspiring thing.

    JP
     
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  15. slowrider

    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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    No boundaries.
     
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  16. Carolinacub

    Carolinacub Yes thats a Cubs hat I'm wearing Skier

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    I've been enjoying the reactions from all of you out there and I would like to make a suggestion. Expand what you are doing in the skiing world by volunteering with your local mountain when they have an adaptive day. The enjoyment you'll receive by being involved is absolutely unbelievable and at least here we get to jump lift lines. Not that jumping lift lines should be the reason you do this.
    One of the big reasons I became involved in the local patrol was that it gave me something concrete to do while on the hill. After a while going up and coming down got a little boring. Taking a day out of just going to the hill and skiing and actually contributing to the enjoyment of others is amazing.
     
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  17. slowrider

    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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  19. coskigirl

    coskigirl Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Sorry I went silent! This week’s travel to England was a bit insane. I’ve shared the thread with Chris so hopefully she’ll see your responses!
     
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  20. mallthus

    mallthus Booting up Skier

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    My 13 year old has no control of his dorsiflexors and so he wears a brace for normal walking and standing. When he discovered a ski boot essentially does the same thing his brace does, he decided skiing was his sport. And no small part of this realization is because of great adaptive programs at Breckenridge and Winter Park. These people are doing good work that’s far too often unrecognized.
     

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