How blind people ski


11 Responses to “How blind people ski”

  1. ambiguous says:

    There’s some stuff on the visually impaired biathlon here:

    Made my day when I heard about this event.

  2. pencilbox says:

    In the states, the national sports center for the disabled is in Winter Park, CO. Lots and lots of adaptive skiers there- one of the reasons it’s so fun to ride there.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As Polly-Anna as this may sound, and as a very amateur skier, I have to say that’s f-ing amazing. I had no idea that there was even a category for blind skiers. Makes my personal triumphs seem lame in comparison.

  4. Sheepshank says:

    Wouldn’t it be easier to substitute their labrador for a husky and just get pulled down the slope.

    • Jerril says:

      I can’t tell if you’re joking. Under the assumption that you’re serious, no.

      1) You can’t ‘substitute’ a seeing-eye dog. The dog has to be trained for a year, and the dog and owner have to be trained together after being paired up and work as a team.

      2) A regular skiier goes at 60km an hour downhill or more. He’d be dragging the dog, not the other way around.

      3) You can’t use a lead to direct someone for downhill skiing anyways. When the leader makes a turn, and the follower is 10′ behind, the follower CAN’T TURN YET – turning too soon (or too late) is potentially catastrophic. You can use a teather with a small child learning to ski, but in that case, the child goes first, and the adult acts as a 180-lb dead weight to slow the child down to controllable speeds. It’s completely different.

  5. beecaper says:

    I read a great book about a blind man who skied. The major issue in the book was his thought process in deciding whether to go through with a surgery to help him see again. One of the best books I’ve read. ‘Crashing Through’ by Robert Kurson

  6. Brainspore says:

    I once was lost, but now am found… was blind but now I ski.

  7. valdis says:

    I was going to make a comment about the wisdom of a visually impaired biathlon, till I realized that they’re probably more accurate shots than your average redneck full of ‘shine, and we let *them* have firearms. ;)

    (And I know of what I speak – the moonshine capitol of the US is 2 counties over from here…)

  8. madflojo says:

    Heh.. Odd timing as a I made this video on How to guide a blind hiker last weekend

    From my phone and not super great quality, and not planned…

    In all seriousness though, we were part of a group who set a world record for the most blind hikers to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in June 2009.

    Good quality video:

  9. ambiguous says:

    I live in Whistler so I see blind skiers, one legged skiers, and sit-skiers all the time. Great stuff, I love it. The adaptive sports program (WASP) is quite popular up here. The really cool thing to me is the visually impaired biathlon: there’s a guide for the skiing part and some sort of sound-based set up for the shooting part.

    A bunch of guys hauled a sit-skier up Spanky’s Ladder earlier this year. Spanky’s is a steep climb that leads to some crazy double and triple black terrain. I was pretty impressed that a sit-skier was doing that terrain.

    In the summer I see one legged mountain bikers around town and paraplegic quad-cyclers in the downhill bike park. I don’t know about visually impaired mountain bikers though, I haven’t seen any.

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