Monoskiing: Gliding over the snow

monoski (photo: Vail Veterans / WikiMedia)

I am proud of myself today, for having dared to move forward and build my new life in a wheelchair. In the process, I have discovered a whole range of new opportunities. For example, monoski bobsleighing. I enjoy being in the mountains, seeing the snow, feeling the sun and the air. Activities that other people take for granted are pleasures that I experience more intensely.

Over the winter months, monoski bobsleighing is supported by, for example, by the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Nottwil, in Sörenberg, Wildhaus, Saanen, Interlaken, Zinal and Flumsberg. Taster days are available, as well as courses for all levels from beginner to advanced. Each person has their own ski instructor who brakes the bobsleigh using a rope and sometimes helps to steer as well. Depending on your physical condition, you can also do this on your own. This is my fourth year.

The important thing for me is to use my abilities and get to know a lot of different people. The sleighs are adjusted individually. I use a tetra sleigh which sits on top of two broad skis, because my balance is poor as a result of my disability. The feeling of gliding across the snow is great and I can use my body to influence the steering and braking.