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    Skiing in Tahoe, anyone do it?

    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if anyone went to Tahoe to do the mono sled thing. I want to do it 2 weeks from now but wasn't sure the process or what happens once your there.

    Is there a specific skiing place that offers the classes or what?

    thanks!
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    you need to exercise and be in shape before you go, you'll need some endurance. you don't support your weight much as it is mostly balance, but your arm will get tired from holding the outriggers. practice holding a 2lb. weight with arms straight out to side and hold as long as you can. here's the link to the adaptive school, you'll need to reserve a lesson time i imagine. totally worth it, it will be a blast

    http://www.dsusafw.org/sports.shtml#winter

    looks like you'll want the $30 annual membership and the $65 half day lesson and lift ticket($95 Total) or $200 non-member(no brainer there) Plus ski rental. this will most likely be wrote as a donation for a tax write-off for you. this is pretty expensive place, it is only $125 full day lesson with instructor and helper, with equipment and lift ticket at Crested Butte. Scenery is probably pretty good at tahoe and probably not too many fat chics.
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    Mr. Coffee - I was monoskiing at Alpine Meadows yesterday. 23 ft of snow has fallen in the sierras so far this season. Not a shabby start for a ski season. You need to call TASS (Tahoe Adaptive Ski School) which is at Alpine Meadows. Penny will answer the phone - tell them what you want to do and when and they will help you make it happen. The best teacher there is Bill Bowness.
    Let me know when you are coming if you want. I am there in Truckee all the time, mainly nordic sitskiing. More exercise, and less of a scene. You should consider doing a lesson in that too. To set that up call: TDXC - Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center. Mark Wellman does the teaching. You will love it. Major workout and getting away from your chair to beautiful places. I just got back from a nordic ski a few hours ago. It is arguably my favorite thing to do these days.
    There you go.....
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    All I can say is.... do it!!!
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    Yup, make sure you request Bill Bowness. He was the person I took lessons with and he was great.

    I will be there on January 22 with BORP.org. I am a voluteer wheelchair basketball coach and we are bringing some of the kids up who are interested in skiing. I plan on taking a lesson in the morning so I can get some personal coaching to improve my skills. I ski regularly at Northstar and Sierra with my friends and family. I am pretty close to skiing independantly and own my own Revolution Pro Comp monoski.

    You will love it. If I remember correctly you are a handcycler and that will benefit you a lot since your arms are stronger than most. The HARDEST part is getting up by yourself after a fall, especially on the bunny slopes. It's much easier to get up when you are on the intermediate slopes due to the incline.

    Maybe we (arndog, mr.coffee) can meet up that day if you'd like, devin you can drive up too if you want!!! I want to check out that HOC! I've never skied with anyone else who is in a monoski (other than bill during lessons). It'll be fun and we can learn from each other.
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    I'll be the 3rd person to suggest hooking up with Bill Bowness for lessons. I'm going to try and head up there for lesson with Bill soon.... and am always interested in the idea of hooking up with others for skiing.
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    Devin, I might be at sierra at tahoe on sunday if you are interested. I'll have some AB friends with me that can help us out if we fall. We only ski intermediate slopes now because it's easier for me to get up on my own. Let me know if you want to make a trip out there.

    Arn, you are more than welcome too join me since you have your own rig.
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    HI GUYS!!!

    So is mono-skiing something i can do by myself some day or no? It almost seems like you always need someone there to mono-ski.

    For example if i get really good at mono-skiing how do I get on the ski lift?

    its like $200 for lessons and you can rent the mono-ski but once the lesson is over how do I do it by myself? (getting on and off the ski lift for example?) Can you put yourself on the mono-ski yourself?
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    getting on and off the lift is actually pretty easy, it'll surprise you. patd(a highly functioning quad) skies independent and if you look in the adaptivesportsforum.com, Jake O'connor skies by himself. if you are good at lifting yourself for pressure relief, you can get on lift. getting off you can raise your arms above head and swing forward and the momentum carries you right off. let instructors do most of the work at first, you'll need your energy for skiing. it's cheaper to get lessons anyway, lift ticket and equipment rental is almost as much as lesson. most places have "ski buddy" you can hire if you had to, but again lesson are cheaper.

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    Interesting thanks! So if you fall when skiiing you can get yourself back up i'm assuming?
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