From: Mark Potter, Attorney at Law, Center for Disability Access 10-20-05
Note: This letter is in response to ongoing correspondence with Dr. Cain regarding skibike access in California. Mr. Potters firm is willing to take an appropriate case to trial that would set a legal precedent regarding adaptive skibike access to ski areas.
~~~Yes, I am very interested in pursuing a case with the right facts regarding ski bikes. If you know of anyone with a disability that is denied use of a ski bike in CA, please send them my way.
~~~Here's my Info:
Mark Potter | Center for Disability Access, LLP | 100 East San Marcos Blvd, Suite 400
San Marcos, CA 92069 | 800-383-7027 | Fax 619-226-9030 | http://www.cda4access.com
From: John Lincoln, Maine Handicapped Skiing Program 10-18-05 *Excerpt
~~~You may not remember, but we did meet at last year's Ski Spectacular and did talk about the Ski Bikes. As a result of our discussion and my viewing of them on the mountain we purchased two for our program (Maine Handicapped Skiing) at Sunday River Ski Resort. We also use them at Sugarloaf USA (also in Maine) where we operate the adaptive program. I agree with you that they are very useful and we had instant success with several participants. Our mountains do not allow the devices for the general public, but were more than willing to allow us to use them as adaptive devices, especially as we had trained volunteers skiing with our participants.
~~~I look forward to continuing this dialog.
From: Scott Kelly, Program Director, Adaptive Sports Association, Durango Mtn Resort, CO
~~Griz, here - Program Director for the Adaptive Sports Association in Durango. We met several seasons ago and you introduced me to the idea of adding skibikes to our program.
~~I am proud to say that we have finally jumped in with both feet. We have trained on the bikes and are now training our instructors to provide lessons for people with disabilities.
~~We have had nearly a dozen successful students, most notably people with MS. Great lessons with folks with MD and CP. I can't tell you how excited I am to have finally gotten the ball rolling - it has opened up a new world of possibilities for many people who would have traditionally fallen into a frustrating void between stand-up and sit-down skiing.
Scott "Griz" Kelley
~~Thanks for considering this and for pointing me in the direction of snowbikes. We missed you at the festival.
From: J Weil, Amputee Advocates (253-839-2831) 4-27-2006
~~Thank you for leading the way. I read the article in the archives of In Motion magazine and you introduced me to a glorious return to the slopes. It took about an hour to introduce myself to the mechanics of body centering, weight shift and applying edges. I made 8 chair runs the first day. On my second outing I was able to descend a slope that was so steep I returned to that "on-the-edge" thrill that was absent for 25 years. Your example and encouragement is prompting me to introduce this sport to our amputee community in the area. I am a volunteer activist in our area. Unfortunately, amputees sometimes fold within themselves and accept restrictions on their body use. Some amputee pals snow ski and I admire their courage and grit.
~~They don't know what they are missing and I intend to introduce them to skibiking. I am going to spend the next 9 months accumulating 4 more bikes. I want to use the same means that got me hooked. Ron Mickelberry loaned me a bike, gave me lessons and encouragement. I intend to introduce the sport to some of my amputee pals. I must have some bikes to loan to get it introduced. I bought 2 Stalmach's from Roy Meiworm and I have written to the Stalmach group and asked for a good deal on 2 more bikes that I intend to use to introduce skibobbing to amputees on .
~~On my second skibiking adventure I invited Greg Davidson, my prosthetist to go with me. Greg created a ski-foot that fit into a skibinding. Like most amputees, I had an extra foot hanging around. Greg was thrilled with the adventure and reflected how important this sport could be to amputees. He proposes to write an article in his professional O & P Journal about the user-friendly nature and positive exercise with low impact on residual limbs. Greg called Roy M. and ordered a Stalmach the next day.
~~I read about the British Disabled Veterans experience on skibikes and they have made the sport part of the recovery protocol. And thank you for your tips on opening closed minded ski areas I have one area that needs to experience skibobs.
~~Jeff, you have been significant to my addiction, I intend to keep your e-mail in my address book. I want to keep you informed and occasionally ask your opinion. This is all new and yet I feel welcomed by the skibiking community. Thanks so much, j
From: J Weil, Amputee Advocates (253-839-2831) February-2007
Dr. Cain and the ASA:
As I write this it seems a shallow way to express my gratitude for the way you have helped bring ski-biking to a bunch of amputees in the Northwest. Over a dozen amputees have been touched by the thrill of being with friends and experiencing an adventure on the snow. This kind of experience was never a possibility before the introduction of adaptive ski-biking. Although some amputees can still ski on those long boards bound to boots, that experience is more fatiguing and stressful than ski-biking. Most above-the-knee amputees (AK) ski on one leg, riding a ski-bike can wear a prosthesis. Andy, a former downhill racer who lost his leg in a skiing accident was instantly back into downhill racing on a ski-bike. Mykke, a middle aged lady with both legs amputated below the knees and had never skied before mentioned this was the most fun she could ever remember having.
Each amputee ski-biker has a story about their loss and the joy of their experience with ski-biking. Without your help, encouragement and advice this uplifting, joyous experience wouldn't be available to these amputees. This weekend we will introduce this sport to 3 amputees, another 3 will be joining us for the third and fourth time.
This ski-bike forum, community and you have made this opportunity for amputees possible. Other amputees throughout the world have used these ski-bikes for what is called "adaptive-skiing". I urge you to encourage amputees to try this sport, the dozen I have taught are hopelessly addicted and I am becoming the Northwest pusher. Thanks, J
From: J Weil, Amputee Advocates (253-839-2831) December 26,2007
Hi JC... A couple of weeks ago Snoqualmie ski areas opened. We've been up a couple of times. We amputees are seldom peggers, Greg has helped design an adaptation to the foot-ski that makes it easier to use. I was having difficulty walking in the lift-line and on the approach to the chair. Those foot-skis kept sliding and I couldn't angle them to get purchase. He cut a 1" strip of Lexon, then he cut some "teeth" in the strip. They faced so they slide forward without significant resistance but they also gripped the snow in attempts to walk forward. The teeth provided purchase in the snow. This simple adaptation has eliminated another problem I had encountered....We have installed the strips on all the foot-skis. The "regular" ski-bikers like the idea.
Greg and I are still trying to reinvent the ski-to-bike bracket that will allow anyone to create their own ski-bike or Xbike. I have an Aluminum, 20", BMX frame with a bananna seat and I am going to mount a bracket with a shock absorber incorporated in the design. Our preliminary testing shows the control and comfort of the ride is significantly better than the standard ski-bike...more information to follow.... Pal, j