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Ski with internationally recognised instructors and ski guides to experience the thrill of skiing in the magical snowy mountains of Falls Creek.

Falls Creek SnowSports and Disabled WinterSport Australia (DWA) offer one of the most advanced adaptive skier programs in the world with both private lessons and ski camp programs on offer.

ADAPTIVE SKIING

2 TRACK SKIING

2 track skiing involves skiing in a standing position. The skier wears regular ski-boots, two downhill skis, and may also use ski-poles if required. Additional equipment can also be used to assist the skier with stability and steering:
Ski-bras fix the ski tips together to help beginners learn how to snowplough, control their speed and direction
Tethers can allow a ski guide to provide additional control if required
A snow wing can position the skier within a rubber frame so the guides can offer steering and support

3 TRACK AND 4 TRACK SKIING

3-track and 4-track skiing involves skiing in a standing position, with the use of outriggers (these are crutches with a small ski tip fixed to the end that offer balance and steering). Additional equipment can also be used to assist the skier with stability and steering:
Ski-bras fix the ski tips together to help beginners learn how to snowplough, control their speed and direction

 

SIT SKIING

Sit skiing involves skiing in a seated position within a modified, padded seat (a 'bucket') that is fixed to either one or two skis. A number of straps will secure the skier into the bucket at the feet, knees, upper thighs and waist. 

Further strapping needs depend on the person and can be adjusted for everyone ranging from high to limited mobility in the upper body and shoulders. The skier uses two shortened outriggers to assist with balance and to help initiate turns. 

All sit skis are designed so that the ski and skier to be easily loaded onto chairlifts, Pomas & T-bar tows with quick-release type attachments 

 

The ski guide can help control the speed and direction of the sitski by holding onto the bucket. As the skier progresses, equipment such as tethers can be used that allow the guide to ski behind and offer more refined support to the skier as needed. Sit Skiing is divided into two main areas:

BI-SKI

The Bi-skis are stable with a low centre of gravity and designed so that the skier is positioned close to the snow.

The Bi-ski is commonly used by people with high end spinal cord injuries, first time sit skiers, or as a progression point towards the Mono-Ski.

 

MONO-SKI

The mono-ski provides for more advanced skiing, with less stability, a higher centre of gravity and a thinner, longer ski shaped for speed and agility.

The design incorporates a shock absorber and suspension system to absorb bumps, much like knee joints offer for upright skiers.

 

ADAPTIVE SNOWBOARDING

Adaptive snowboarding involves boarding in a standing position on a snowboard. The rider wears regular snowboarding boots and uses a regular snowboard. Additional equipment can be used to assist the rider with stability and steering:

  • A snow wing is a rubber frame which positions the ruder within it so that the guides can hold it to offer steering and support.
  • Short tethers can also be attached to the snow wing for more refined control by the guide.
  • A slider is a frame that attaches to the snowboard under the bindings so that the guides can support to the rider
  • A handle at the rear of the frame can assist in maneuvering the snowboard.
  • A support belt can also be worn by the rider to allow the guide to assist in maneuvering them.

 

VI SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

Skiing and riding for people who have vision impairment, can involve various pieces of equipment including plastic poles. 

The most important thing for a VI skier or rider is to have a Guide or Instructor who uses various communication techniques to support them in their skiing/riding. 

For reasons of safety skiers and riders with vision impairment and their guide are required to wear a 'High vis' bib to identify them to fellow guest while on the slopes.

 

FALLS CREEK SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL ADAPTIVE LESSONS

Falls Creek and the Disabled WinterSport Australia have come together to offer access to highly trained and internationally recognised instructors to meet the needs of the skier or rider with a disability. 

At Falls Creek we offer both private lessons* and ski camp programs*, taught with the use of specialized equipment, and includes sit-skiing, alpine and snowboarding activities. 

With these resources we can offer adaptive activities for a wide range of disability groups. 

For further information about lessons please contact the Snow Sports School on (03) 5758 1000.

Disabled WinterSport Australia members receive a 50% discount on SnowSports School and Ski Lift products.

 

DWA MEMBERSHIP

All individuals with a disability accessing DWA services must become a member. Once they have completed the application, members are issued with a DWA passport the member is entitled to:

Equipment

  • Access to DWA's modern, state of the art adaptive equipment including:
  • Sit-ski's
  • Outriggers
  • Additional equipment at very modest prices.
  • Lift ticket: access to concessions on subsidised lift tickets across all of Australia's alpine resorts

Ski Lesson's

  • Access to concessions on subsidised ski lessons across all of Australia's alpine resorts

For more information on how to become a DWA member to receive your 50% discount on lifting and lessons at any Alpine resort in Australia go to www.disabledwintersport.com.au/registration/ 

Membership is also essential for a participant or volunteer, to access our member benefits including adaptive equipment, concessions, programs and camps run by DWA. 

For more information please contact: 
membership@disabledwintersport.com.au 
1300 265 730