|Independent sitskiing at the Weston Ski Track.|
Nordic skiing, otherwise known as cross country, is my favorite form of skiing. I love gliding through a snowy landscape on my own power. While nordic skiing has been around for about 4000 years, nordic sitskiing is a more recent adaptation for skiers with spinal cord injuries, though not necessarily limited to people with disabilities. This seated outdoor exercise offers an upper body workout well-suited to those with a lot of strength and energy to burn. If you have use of your abdominal muscles you can use them to great advantage for bursts of speed. Sitskiing, with its lower center of gravity, allows for faster speeds on downhills compared to standskiing.
|Kids can even be pulled by walking adults, and still use ski|
poles to help propel themselves.
|Groomed ski tracks work well for classical technique but |
free skiing allows for faster speeds overall.