With visions of becoming a professional skier dancing in my head, I spent some of the best days of my youth at ski camps. What could be finer than a chance to ski a world-class mountain for a week while meeting and learning from superstars? Not only did it improve my skiing, but it gave me confidence in other areas of life.
The Vail Monoski Camp, now in its eighth year, offers the same opportunities to skiers with disabilities. The camp was started, and continues to be taught, by Sarah Will and Chris Waddell. The two dominated the last three winter Paralympics by collecting 18 medals–13 of them gold–between them.
Following the ’92 Paralympics, the pair realized that good monoskiing instruction was rare. If better monoskiers were to be made, they decided, Will and Waddell would help to make them.
Their first camp was held at Vail in 1993. The camp consists of four days of instruction from Will and Waddell and other top monoskiers, videotape analysis of ski technique each evening, and a fifth day of free-skiing. And although not meant as a racin