Wednesday, December 09, 2009, by Charles Sneiderman at Breckenridge
Bobby Palm of Ski gave a workshop this morning on the adaptive use of ski-bikes (or ski-bobs as they are called in Europe). Standard ski-bikes can be used by people with a wide variety of impairments and are much less expensive than sit skis. Even double above-knee amputees can use ski-bikes without bearing weight on their stumps as long as they have enough hamstring strength to shift their weight as the bike turns. Although none of our local areas have ski-bikes, I saw instructors from Liberty and Wintergreen in the workshop, so don't be surprised if we see some ski bikes on our local slopes soon.
Bruce Hori, Director of Sales and Marketing at Beaver Run Resort invited us to lunch at Spencer's Restaurant which offers a fabulous lunch buffet slopeside; soup, salad, and cold cut sandwiches for $7.95 or a full meal for $14.95! With temperatures in the single digits and wind chills on the upper mountain reported at -60, I decided that I would use the full meal as an excuse not to ski after lunch. As you can see from the photo of Bruce on our balcony, we are in a penthouse unit on the eighth floor of the newest building at Beaver Run with a fireplace and Jacuzzi, so let the wind howl outside! Connie spent the day visiting with warriors, writing, and doing interviews and we can get our exercise today in the indoor portion of the indoor-outdoor pool! ski bike class Tom Penland Bruce Hori