Those looking for a fun winter outdoor activity might enjoy bi-skiing, an adapted sport which uses outriggers to add extra support for the skier. If you are interested in this activity you might want to talk with Christian Budney. As someone who has been on the slopes since he was two years old, he is the go to guy for anyone new to bi-skiing. Injured in a snowboarding accident at the age of 17, Christian found out about adapted skiing while doing rehabilitation. He then found out that Camelback Mountain ran a program through the Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports in Philadelphia. A year after his injury he was back on the mountain skiing.
“It’s great to get back on the slopes. It was something I used to do, and I have family and friends who ski. It’s a great activity to do with them, and it’s great to have the freedom to get back to the top of the mountain.”
The great thing about bi-skiing is that there is a program located at Camelback with equipment available, and people who are trained to help with the program. The bi-ski can be used independently with the use of two outriggers for balance and turning. For those needing more assistance, a ski instructor may tether the bi-ski to keep it under control. This second option opens skiing up to people who may be new to the sport. It’s not necessary to have any specialized skills to try it out. Also, it is ideal for those who may have limited upper body strength, because it is harder to fall over with the small skis on the out rig.
“Winter can be a time when wheelchair users stay cooped inside, but this offers a chance to get out and have a good time doing something different.”
For anyone who would like to learn more about bi-skiing or get a first-hand account please contact Christian: (570) 877- 4033.
You can also contact the Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports at: 215-765-5118 and ask for Jeff McGinnis