Prior to losing his leg, Dale was an avid skier. We used to be caretakers of a Lodge that was located right next to Sundance Ski Resort. For two of the three winters we lived there, Dale would ski out our back door and down to the lifts. After losing his leg in May of 1992, he realized he couldn't "do it all" and decided to focus his recreation (and profession) on paintball. Skiing would have to wait. And wait. And wait. And after many years you pretty much figure it'll never happen. We knew there was equipment (outrigger poles) and such, but we didn't know the details. With busy lives and not much "extra" money for something as expensive as skiing can be, we just left the idea to gather dust in the corner.
For those of you that have learned to ski (and those of you who haven't), picture doing it on one leg with cameras and microphones all around. It's humbling. And HARD! From the moment Dale puts his ski on and stands, he is in pain. His muscles ache and cramp and there is no shifting weight to the other leg to alleviate the pain. But he is strong and getting stronger every time he goes out there.
We are very grateful to the Torihada show, the National Ability Center, and Park City Mountain Resort for making this dream a reality. And a huge thanks to the patience and abilities of Greg and Jack (Dale's instructors).
|Learning the basics... with cameras rolling|
|Magic Carpet Ski Lift (Dale only did this once, then went for the chair lift). Notice the camera-man filming behind him.|
|Rain was following behind "catching up" to his dad.|
|Uncle Terry (Dale's brother) helped Ryatt with his first ski day.|
|Family photos at the end of the day|
|It was fun to finally see "the crew" taking pictures of each other, not just us.|
|Group shot with our Japanese friends|
|Last lesson of the season (12 days later). Dale and Rain skiing together.|