“I’m not usually one for gadgets when it comes to skiing. I’m more often the person rolling their eyes as some kid is being led down the hill on a leash like a mindless puppy. Alright, so I am going to gulp down my pride and give the Ski-Pal an enthusiastic two thumbs up.”
Alta Ski Resort, Utah
Despite inventing the Ski-Pal, the idea of using a hoop-shaped device to teach kids to ski isn't ours. This is a tried-and-true method and still used today by ski school instructors who use plastic hula hoops as a ski aide. There's even a picture online of Tony Hawk, the Godfather of skateboarding, using a hula hoop with his daughter for her first time skiing this past February.
So why buy a Ski-Pal instead of a hula-hoop? That's easy, for it was the hula-hoop's shortfalls on the slopes that led us to inventing & patenting the Ski-Pal. The Ski-Pal is made of rigid aluminum, ergononically comfy, adjustable and comes apart for easy storage - Everything a hula-hoop can't do!
The Ski-Pal can be found in more than 50(and counting) ski schools across the US, Canada and New Zealand. We have teamed up with one of the largest divisions of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Association(PSIA-Eastern). You can find the Ski-Pal on their website as we sell to many of their instructors.
In addition, the Ski-Pal is also the preferred tool of many instructors at Adaptive Ski Schools helping children or adults with physical, cognitive or visual disabilities. Our hoop also helps disabled US war veterans get back on skis or a snowboard at the Hartford Ski Spec in Breckenridge, CO.