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Monoski - Can you help?

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Hello all,

I am looking for a bit of help, I have a below knee amputation on one leg and I currently ski with a ski prosthetic. In good snow I can get down nice(not slushy or moguls) blacks but as soon as it starts to get slushy it’s starts to get difficult as my prosthetic leg has a little too much movement.

I am currently trying out the 3 tracks with the outriggers but I skied for many years with two legs and just feel more comfortable with both underneath me!

So I am thinking of trying out a standing monoski, I think this would help with the control issues and give me two feet underneath.

I currently live in Scotland and am looking for advice on where I can hire a monoski or buy a cheap one, if possible, but also where I can get some advice on sizes and what type of ski I should look at and how do you ride it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

G
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I just showed this to my Adaptive Instructor daughter

"That is something not covered in the training!"

I think you might be the first person trying this solution (but the logic is decent).

I/we can see the logic, but the chances if hiring one...probably zero.

I have tried monoskiing and the major thing to adjust to (apart from two feet locked together) is that you are skiing on the wrong edge all the time as there simply isn't an inside ski edge to use.
Most people adapt quite well.

Buy one on ebay, they are quite sought after these days so if you really hate it then you can readily re-sell it.

My advice would be
Jump in with both feet (!) and just go for it
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There is one for hire in Ski Service Ruinettes!
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As @rungsp, indicates, your logic seems fine to advance the area you're concerned about. They are getting more few and far between in availability now though, quite a few hire shops would keep maybe a couple in the past but as they age seem to get consigned to "display" curiosity pieces more currently.

I've not ridden one but a good skier friend hired one on a couple of occasions and used without difficulty. Although it's obviously always the inner edge giving the grip, two skis place that inner edge of downhill ski more directly under centre of your body so guess the feeling will take some accommodation to feel comfortable with that edge moved completely to one side.

A complete left field view, and longer term. It could be productive/possible to link the two skis together to get something of both elements (mono and paired) in more of a bespoke arrangement. https://www.motofablifts.com/DRZ-400-2-Lowering-Links-Billet-aluminum-Made-in-p/drz-l-2.htm these items are routinely used and available in many different sizes for motorcycle suspension off the shelf. Now if you produced a flat based stand up mount to be fixed to each ski behind and in front of the bindings, then you have the potential to run them as a pair but just for direction, then leaving them independent for lean.
In effect to stear like a mono and give the direction you are looking for, but edge the same as a pair of skis used parallel.
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They are getting more few and far between in availability now though, quite a few hire shops would keep maybe a couple in the past but as they age seem to get consigned to "display" curiosity pieces more currently.


Not quite. There is a bit of a revival going on with a festival in Chamonix last year and a couple of manufacturers started up (why? who knows?).

In principle the premise seems reasonable, but you might, @Gourky, want to bear in mind that you do want some ability to apply force in both directions and your prosthetic would need to be up to that, albeit that the precision may be reduced, and compensated for.

My suspicion would be an ebay purchase to establish feasibility then maybe acquire one of these new fangled designer models.

https://www.snowgunz.com/

https://www.duretskis.com/en/produits/monoskis
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There is a shop here that hires them. Not Scotĺand I know. See quite a few about, not many days I don't see at least 1. There's one old guy, mid 70s, skis a skwal, now they are rare.

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A skwal is the main piece of equipment used for skwalling, a hybrid sport combining the carving of skiing and riding feel of snowboarding. It is similar to a snowboard or monoski in that both feet are attached to the same board. On a skwal the feet are one in front of the other, in line with the direction the skwal is pointing in. This differs from snowboards (in which the feet are side-on to the direction of the board) and monoskis (in which the feet point in the direction of the board, but are side-by-side).
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It was in Les Deux Alpes that my friend hired a mono @Claude B, a while ago now but there seemed to be more interest there at the time than other places.

I didn't know what a Skwall was until described above, but followed a guy (parallel to me) down a wide slope in Morillon, I was amazed at the pace and shear carving ability of it. He was extraordinarily agile on that and very skilled, now I know what it was Very Happy
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@Gourky, I have an old monoski, with hire bindings, that you would be welcome to try. I use it for a bit of fun a couple of times a year. I’m in Tignes for a couple of weeks, but will be back skiing at Braehead in early May, if you want to arrange a suitable time.
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@ski3, I only knew because he told me, a few years ago Very Happy Really nice old guy who lives in Bourg d'Oisans and skis up here a lot. I was talking to him on Friday on the funicular and he was explaining his skwal to my girlfriend's 13 year old son.
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Hi Everyone, thanks so much for all your help its much appreciated, its not the easiest to try and find info so this has been brilliant. @ski lots that would be great to give it a try I'll send you a message. I'll let you all know if I survive.

Cheers

G
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@Gourky, A logical adaptive idea. Very Happy I'd be interested to hear how you get on.
I met a couple of Czech guys recently who are working together with Otto Bock developing skiing prosthetics. I skied with an above knee amputee, a below knee amputee and a bilateral (AK/BK) amputee using them. They look good Smile
Let me know if you would like details.
Good luck with the monoski Very Happy
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