Green Mountain Adaptive Sports and Northeast Disabled Athletic Association (NDAA) are partnering once again this year to host two days of skiing in the Tetra Ski at Stowe Mountain Resort.
The Tetra Ski is the world’s first alpine sit-ski to provide independent turning and speed variability through the use of a joystick and/or breath control.
A total of four area participants with complex disabilities have been selected to try the Tetra Ski on the gentle slopes at Spruce Peak on January 30, and on March 1st.
Nate Hanson, the TRAILS and University of Utah’s New England Rep for the Tetra Ski will lead the lessons. Local and area instructors are invited to join the lessons and get familiarized with this amazing and most unique piece of equipment.
About the Tetra Ski: The TetraSki represents technology that has finally caught up with our adaptive skiers’ dreams as it offers independent skiing for people with complex physical disabilities. Electric actuators on the TetraSki provide independent turning and speed variability through the use of a joystick or breath control, allowing the skier with limited strength and dexterity to operate the TetraSki safely and with a high degree of performance and independence. The TetraSki has been in development for more than six years with the University of Utah Rehabilitation Research and Development Team and is primarily supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Beginning in 2018, TetraSkis were distributed to adaptive programs across the U.S. and included a comprehensive training package for instructors and participants. Skiers took to the slopes and skied independently for the first time since a tragic accident, illness, or often for the first time ever. NBC’s Today Show featured the TetraSki in March 2019, and the ski was introduced internationally at the 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.