Mono-skiers hit the slopes

By KBJR News 1

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - They typically rely on a wheelchair to get around, but in the wintertime, they hit the slopes.

"You've always got restrictions on where you can go and what you can do. When you're on the hill, it's just freedom. You can go anywhere everyone else is going." said Mono-skier Ken Brookins.

The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is partnering with Spirit Mountain to offer the Mono-Ski Madness get together and Race Camp.

The event attracts people from ages nine to 54.

"Participants coming from five states from around the region coming here to spend three days improving their mono-ski skills." said program coordinator, Mark Hanna.

Skiers don't gain those skills overnight. It takes serious arm strength and a lot of perseverance.

"It's not just falling down and getting back up it's like falling and getting hurt, getting back up, shaking it off and starting over again." said mono-skier Brynn Duncan.

13-year-old Brynn Duncan discovered the sport five years ago and dreams of being a Paralympic athlete.

"I found it on the internet, and decided to come and skiing is like my life now, so I love skiing. I just love being on the slopes, being free." said Duncan.

The annual event draws about 25 people each day to the hill.

"It's really special to me because I'm able to ski with people that are like me and have the same disability and can just have fun and race." said Duncan.

The Mono-Ski Madness and Race Camp event is the largest mono-ski camp in the Midwest for youth and adults with disabilities.

Bryce Henry