Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be additional costs?
The only possible additional cost would be if there is a greater cost for a school to ensure they have transportation that can accommodate wheelchair users in those circumstances where necessary. There should not be additional costs for the school system to bring athletes with disabilities onto the Nordic team for any other reason. All students will need to pay for the regular costs associated with being a member of the ski team.
Where can students find sit skis to use?
A number of adaptive sport organizations throughout the country have adaptive Nordic equipment that can be borrowed/rented for use. We recommend any new sit skier to connect with one of these organizations to try out a few different sit skis with different positions to determine what is the best fit for them. Once the skier has determined this, we recommend they look into purchasing their own skis.
How do athletes get medically classified to race?
It is NOT necessary to get medically classified in order to participate and/or compete in high school and citizen programs and races. If an athlete is looking to compete on an international level we recommend they look into getting medically classified. If an athlete wishes to do so, please visit the Nordic Skiing Classification website to find out the latest information on classification and opportunities to do so: US Paralympic Classifications.
How do team accommodate for having to coach another group of athletes that may need additional attention, when the coaching staff is spread very thin already?
Working out a buddy system with other able bodied members of the team can be a great way to make sure all adaptive skiers stay out of trouble. Having teammates help sit skiers and those that need extra assistance get to and from the trail with all their equipment is a great way to promote good team dynamics. Providing a clear plan ahead of time for where the adaptive skiers will be training for the day, or making sure they are skiing with another standing skier, to help them in the case that they fall over is helpful as well. Keeping sit skiers on moderate terrain and in open areas when starting out is also recommended.
How does a visually impaired athlete find a guide to ski with them?
Finding a guide that is available can be a challenge. We would recommend any new athlete work with a number of guides to begin with to practice with different techniques; this also makes it easier on the athlete in the long run, to become comfortable working with different people. It is often difficult to find a guide that has the flexibility to be at every ski session and practice. Connecting with your local ski club is a good place to start looking for a guide.
- Race Organizer Guidelines
- Sit Ski Design Company: Spokes N’ Motion
- U.S. Paralympic Nordic Club Finder
- U.S. Paralympic Nordic Education
- U.S. Paralympic Nordic Skiing
- U.S. Paralympic Nordic YouTube Channel