Sadly, one final death has occurred on Colorado slopes this season. A paraplegic skier, Jack Wade, lost control and crashed, resulting in his death at Arapahoe Basin. His brother reported that he had been using a sit ski for the past 25 years.
A sit ski, also known as a monoski, consists of a molded seat mounted on a metal frame. A shock absorber beneath the seat eases riding on uneven terrain and helps in turning by maximizing ski-snow contact. Modern monoskis interface with a single, ordinary alpine ski by means of a “ski foot,” a metal or plastic block in the shape of a boot sole that clicks into the ski’s binding. A monoskier uses outriggers’ for stability; an outrigger resembles a forearm crutch with a short ski on the bottom.
Wade, 51, of Golden was killed in a skiing accident at Arapahoe Basin on Thursday when he crashed hard on his sit ski.
A graduate of North High School, he moved as a young adult to Steamboat Springs for the skiing. In 1986, Wade was the victim of a traffic accident. He suffered spinal-cord injuries, leaving him a paraplegic.