It’s a unique, exclusive project by Silvaplana Top Snowsports
‘Ski and disability: a strong link created in 1948, when athletes with lower or upper limb amputations got on the slopes for the first time for a competition. Since then a lot of snow has fallen on the mountain that was the scene of a huge, unprecedented sports show but also of an important opportunity for recovery and rehabilitation. Alpine skiing was one of the first sports to be presented as a new well-being tool, as a trump card to play for people with disabilities. Scientific research applied to monoski has recently made great strides towards the future, paving the way for performance and technological development and promising amazing results.’
Types of disabilities
Visually Impaired: includes blind and partially sighted athletes
Standing: includes athletes with physical disabilities in the lower and/or upper limbs or with brain damage allowing them to ski in an upright position
Sitting: includes athletes with spinal cord injuries, diseases or lower limb amputations requiring them to ski while sitting down. Furthermore, Alpine skiing is also practised.
Equipment for individual disabilities needs equipment fit for Alpine Skiing.
Visually Impaired: skis, ski boots and ski poles. They have a guide who precedes them and uses voice amplifiers or intercoms.
Standing: one or two skis, boot(s), poles or stabilisers.
Sitting: one or two skis, monoski or biskis, stabilisers. In case of limited or no autonomy today there is equipment suitable for the accompaniment of skiers with serious disabilities (e.g. Kartski, Dualski Piloted or Tandem).
Silvaplana Top Snowsports
Our instructors are specialised in teaching to people with disabilities