Bi-skiing is a downhill ski technique whereby you are seated in a device attached to an articulating undercarriage, which is mounted on two uniquely-designed skis. The design of the bi-ski—and abilities of the instructor and yours—will enable you to ski at most ski areas. Bi-ski offers a lot of stability and maneuverability and has a wide appeal to skiers with a variety of disabilities.
Bi-skiing is generally regarded as the newest addition to the technique pool of adaptive ski instruction. The bi-ski fills a niche that was created when a mono-skis joined sit-skis as an option for individuals who could not—or chose not to—ski standing up.
Affording more stability than a mono-ski and providing more maneuverability than a sit ski, the bi-ski is an idea compromise between the two other types of equipment. Furthermore, bi-skiing's versatility and its wide appeal to skiers with a variety of disabilities, is augmented by a series of design features found on most bi-skis.
The seat on a bi-ski is rigid, encourages flexion of the legs, and sits relatively low to the ground. It also features a combination of straps to ensure a snug, ski boot-type fit.
Skis. The two skis are relatively short and wide. Ski design features asymmetrical sidecuts that are deeper on the lateral than medial sides.
Handlebar. Our bi-skis have handlebars for you to grasp.
Foot tray. The foot tray provides a platform that secures and protects your lower legs and feet. It has a cup-like shape formed of molded fiberglass.
Suspension. The bi-ski's suspension system is based on an articulating system that allows the bi-ski to separate and bear different amounts of pressure.
Linkage. The skis and seat are linked through an articulating mechanism that allow you to simultaneously tilt the skis on corresponding edges or flatten them.
Lift-loading mechanism. The bi-ski has a chairlift loading position achieved through mechanical means (hydraulics or levers).
Outriggers. Two types of outriggers are generally required: (1) fixed outriggers attached to the bi-ski for lateral support and/or (2) hand-held outriggers.
Evacuation system. The bi-ski is equipped with an emergency evacuation system or harness that facilitates removing the skier, in his or her bi-ski, in the event of a chairlift evacuation.
Retention strap. The retention strap consists of a strong piece of webbing attached to the bi-ski, with a non-locking carabiner on the other end. Once on the chairlift, it is looped around the chair and clipped back to itself. Its purpose is to keep the bi-ski and skier firmly attached to the chair.
Tether. Attachments exist for the tether lines that we may use to help the skier control direction and the speed.