Frequently Asked Questions:
What is an UpSki?
A venting circular canopy used for wind powered ski ascent. UpSkis are used to ski uphill in windy mountain conditions. The venting design allows the user to rapidly deflate & re-inflate the UpSki on demand.
Is it difficult to learn?
Most advanced skier feel comfortable with the control of an UpSki within an hour of practice.
Is it safe?
There are inherent dangers associated with all of the following: snow sports, travel in avalanche terrain, and wind sports. UpSki incorporates all possible safety measures into our equipment to insure the safety of the user. UpSki has a long track record free of accidents.
Can I use an UpSki for skydiving, base jumping, paragliding, or other activities where the UpSki is used to protect a person from a fall?
NO, the UpSki is NOT designed for slowing a fall from a height. Period! The UpSki is designed to rapidly de-power in all wind conditions.
How can I see where I am going? Isn’t the UpSki going to block my view?
Yes & No. It may seem like a problem, but it is not. Beginner UpSkiers very quickly learn to see past the canopy. The UpSki can temporarily be flown side to side or up off the ground in order to inspect upcoming terrain. Also, an UpSkier can travel up to ~45 degrees off of the wind direction in situations where terrain obstacles exist.
What is the wind range?
UpSkis perform best between 10-40mph. Expert users fly in wind speeds exceeding 60mph with great care. In low wind conditions, power is highly dependent upon slope angle, snow conditions, and rider weight.