|James modelling the Sitski|
It all started when I ran across Disability Snowsports and contacted them to organise an event for Little Hiccups. It turns out that there are special skis for the less-abled (and the person that developed these is nothing short of genius). These skis are called Sitskis and they look exactly like their name suggests. The user sits down in a modified chair and are strapped in for safety. There is then an instructor that controls the skis from the back so the user gets the full experience of the snow, the speed and the sheer exhilaration of skiing down the hill.
|The stand-up Skiers getting to grips with it all…|
It took a while for the eight of us in our group to organise ourselves in the right positions and to get all our skis on. On my way to our very safe and sectioned off part (obviously they know how to deal with beginners!) I have this vivid memory of Oliver, one of our children, reaching the bottom of the slope in the Sitskis and frantically signing “more”. That moment by itself made me smile and for it a worthwhile trip.
|Sitski In Use|
Visiting Chill Factore definately opened our eyes to just what we are capable of. To think that our Hiccups kid’s were zooming down a snowy mountain is just amazing. As the group founder, Linsay quite aptly put it: “Our kids Rock! We refuse to let disabilities get in our way of having fun! … Yet another fantastic day with our Little Hiccup families. Awesome kids and very proud parents ….my little dude lead the way down the slope.My incredible little boy. Bursting with pride.”
We’ll be back for definite next year.