Monoskiing is a winter sport using a single wide double ski, popular in the 1960s and 70s. It’s easier on the knees than skiing and requires upper body effort. Monoskiing is also used as special equipment for paraplegic skiers. Snowboarding replaced monoskiing in the 1980s, but it’s still practiced in some parts of the world.
Monoskiing is a winter sport related to skiing that uses a single wide double ski. The skier plants both feet on the board facing forward and skis using traditional-style ski poles. Monoskiing is sometimes compared to snowboarding, a sport that replaced monoskiing after the 1980s. Monoskiing is an interesting alternative to normal skiing, especially for skiers with disabilities or weak knees.
The monoski was invented in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the late 1960s that the design was revived by a Californian surfer who perfected it and popularized the sport, which remained popular for around 20 years. A monoski is constructed much like a conventional ski, except that it is twice as wide. The bindings are positioned next to each other so that the skier’s legs are essentially locked together facing forward.
The equipment used for monoskiing is usually identical to that used in conventional skiing. Monoskis need ski poles, ski boots, bindings and weather-appropriate clothing. The sport is relatively easy for regular skiers to learn, although it does take some getting used to, especially in terms of balance. You can perform ski tricks on monoskis, as well as reach high speeds, get air and try your hand at traditional cross-country skiing.
Monoskiing is easier on the knees than conventional skiing. For this reason some skiers with weak knees have adopted monoskiing, which centers their weight between their knees as they move with the axis of motion. Individuals with a history of knee injuries may wish to look into monoskiing. Monoskiing also requires a lot of upper body effort, which balances the work between the upper and lower body more evenly than conventional skiing.
Special equipment for paraplegic skiers is also called monoski. A monoski for the disabled is actually a type of chair with a ski attached that can be controlled with just the upper body. For paraplegics who lack skiing, or for paraplegics interested in taking up a new sport, this type of monoski can be very powerful.
Snowboarding became popular after monoskiing and many winter sports enthusiasts switched to snowboarding. Snowboards are more stable than monoskis, although the learning curve is steeper. Despite snowboarding’s popularity, monoskiing is still practiced in some parts of the world. It can be difficult to get monoskiing and lessons in some regions, but monoskiing is a sport worth exploring.