“Most of our clients have a permanent disability but we can adapt to helping people with a shorter term mobility condition. Too often enthusiasts give up snow sports as a result of lost or impaired mobility. The key is that your physician feels your general heath is good enough for you to participate in sport activity without aggravating the condition.”
Our adaptive program makes snow sports accessible to everyone, whatever their ability. We work together with Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports (SSASS) to provide a selection of adaptive programs for all ages.
Please visit the SSASS website for registration information.
Location: Lower level of the National Training Altitude Centre
Phone: (250) 260-3737
SILVER STAR ADAPTIVE SNOW SPORTS
SSASS is more than attitude you might get from teenagers. Last season my wife and I skied past a gentleman who was sitting on the snow on the Eldorado run at Silver Star’s famous “back side”. We both are adaptive ski instructors with Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports (SSASS). He was having difficulty skiing because of a past knee injury which had healed. His doctor had given him the OK to ski again. However, he found the ski run too difficult and the knee painful when he put all his weight on his leg. He had lost his confidence and was apprehensive to continue. The ski patrol evacuated him to the village and we suggested that he come and talk to us at SSASS. In our discussion we confirmed there was no new injury to the knee. We then showed him on snow how to use outriggers (basically poles with skis at one end) to make turns without using the knee joint to support his full weight. He was able to ski the rest of the week with his family and friends and by the end of the week his knee muscles were strong enough to ski without adaptive equipment. His gratitude was overwhelming. He had thought he was going to call his vacation short but stayed and enjoyed what Silver Star has best – Snow!
The SSASS mission statement is: “Our Dream is a place where everyone can share passion, joy, freedom, friendship, connecting with nature and community, without barriers through snow sports at Silver Star Mountain and beyond.” Our goals include helping people with mobility challenges on the slopes. These challenges may be chronic such as arthritis, stroke, and a wide range of disabling conditions or they may be the long term results of injuries. Most of our clients have a permanent disability but we can adapt to helping people with a shorter term mobility condition. Too often enthusiasts give up snow sports as a result of lost or impaired mobility. The key is that your physician feels your general heath is good enough for you to participate in sport activity without aggravating the condition.
We can teach persons to use outriggers to help support their weight on two skis and assist them in turning (4 Track) or we can show them how to use one ski and outriggers (3 Track) if they have use of only one leg. We also have a wide range of adaptive equipment to assist those with visual impairment, weakness or loss of use in limbs, or cognitive challenges. If our clients are unable to stand or do not have use of lower limbs, we can also teach them how to use a sitski (a moulded seat with a shock absorber attached to one or two skis) to gain freedom to move about the slopes again. Best of all, for our programs no previous ski or snowboard experience is required.
If you are not sure we can help you ski or snowboard, come and visit us at SSASS below the High Altitude Training Center in the village. We will show you our equipment and we can discuss what is possible. See also our web site at http://www.ssass.bc.ca. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes this season.