Sport Technology: How the new Sit-Ski came to be

We take you behind the scenes this month with our timely Vancouver Games Blog, an insider perspective on sport medicine and science headlines, talking points, statistical data and emerging trends.

A lift line conversation at a ski hill turned into an extra curricular project for some Universatity of Calgary students – their result is the EVO (evolution one) mono Sit-Ski in use at the 2010 Paralympic Wintr Games in Vancouver.

Trent Edwards with Canwest News Service details how it all happened and how this new sit-ski  innovation may ultimately get more disabled skiers back on the slopes:

“It’s basically a lot simpler,” Jim Chew (University of Calgary sit-ski innovator) says.

And cheaper. At an expected sale price of about $2,000, the new sit-ski would be two to three times cheaper than most models in the market today. A sit-ski buyer would still need to pick up a regular alpine ski with a binding and two “outriggers” (a pole with a special grip and small ski attached to the bottom that a sit-skier uses to keep their balance while turning), which would cost at least a thousand dollars when bought new. But members of the Calgary chapter of CADS (the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing) expect the far-less-expensive sit-ski will remove the biggest barrier to attracting more disabled people to their sport.

“It makes it much more affordable for an individual who just wants to be a recreational skier with their family, and also for small groups that want to start a sit-ski club,” says Tony Crook, the assistant ski school director for Calgary CADS.

Read the full story here.

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