I started my trip to Himos on Friday 23rd of January, around 11 am. First i took a cab to the train station and from there towards Jämsä with a train. I had Soile with me as my assistant. We arrived to Jämsä about 3 pm. We used an accessible cab to get from Jämsä to Himos. The camp started with a group get together, practical info and equipment fitting session. Soon everyone had gotten fitting skis, poles, slays and helmets, so ski lift ticket along and to the slopes we go!
The slays developed have made downhill skiing possible for wheelchair users. The slay had a seat to which my assistant and the instructor transferred me, while another instructor held the slay. The slay can be either a mono-ski or bi-ski. The difference in them is that the mono ski has one ski on it and the other has two. I used the Bi-ski. The instructor was behind me and handled the slay from there while I turned it right or left by turning my head and body accordingly so the para-downhill skiing provides some exercise.
If the skier is unable to use their hands or it's the first time then it can be agreed that the instructor controls the slay completely and the skier just enjoys the ride. Personally however I like taking part in the action. You can go just as fast on a slay-ski as on upright position. You don't have to be afraid of falling out because the straps will be tight enough to prevent it. The slay itself may fall but if that happens, you'll on get mild bruises. I recommend it to everyone, you get to experience snowy hills and when you get going, you won't want to stop! The camp was fantastic and it ended too soon.
The accommodation didn't exactly go as planned but I'll write more about it on my next post.