Power assisted skiing by Laurence Boxall

Ski~Mojo? What on earth is that? Let me tell you all about it from the beautiful Serre Chevalier

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Power assisted skiing 1The Mojo~ski is British designed, British engineered and British made. It has been invented by Owen Eastwood who started skiing when he was in his 50's. Then it's been redesigned by Martin Hannaford before its launch in 2007. (Award winner by IPSO in 2008 for the most innovative product for Winter sports).

 

If we want to be all technical, Ski~Mojo is a device that uses spring recoil technology to take up to a third of the strain off the legs and knees by providing kinetic energy to assist leg extension. It supplements the power of the leg muscles, this in turn reduces impact, substantially delays muscle fatigue and alleviates leg and knee pain. In brief, it enables normal skiers to enjoy the mountains for longer, while avoiding the leg pain and fatigue normally associated with this very physical sport.

 

In practise, the Ski~Mojo works like an exoskeleton for the legs consisting of a lightweight harness with neoprene knee supports containing powerful springs. A little switch allows you to activate or desactivate the system to go up the lift or sit down for a drink.

 

In fact it's a kind of mechanic doping. Excellent for people who want to continue skiing after an injury or even make it possible to ski again.

 

I felt so much lighter, like losing 20kg on a diet or gaining additional muscle strengh. I was Wonder woman! Just an unbelievable feeling. I just won't be skiing without it anymore.

 

The Ski~Mojo can be bought directly on www.ski-mojo.fr for 599€ or you can rent it for the day at
Jean Sport
Serre Chevalier 1400
05240 La Salle-les-Alpes
04 92 247 600 (€40 per day)
www.jean-sport.com

 

 

Power assisted skiing 2However, after a whole day of skiing — even with the help of my little friend — what a joy it was to try out the Nordic bath. This is also called thermotherapy treatment, where you alter temperature between hot and cold. I found myself in a 38°C hot tub in the middle of snow land. All the pressure and stress of everyday life just seemed to evaporate at once. Brilliant. After all, I am worth it. I advice you to book in advance and reserve the champagne.
06 41 68 73 65
La Salle les Alpes
www.bainnordique.fr

 

 

Power assisted skiing 3While in Serre-Chevalier, I also tried something I’d always wanted to do: climb on a snow-groomer! Not very glamourous at first sight I guess, but a ride on one of these machines is something unforgettable. The view and the feeling of being in one of those machines on top of the mountains at night is just priceless. And better than anything I’ve ever encountered in Disneyland. It was wonderful to share the life and everyday work of Hervé our driver for the night.
Price from 29€ or 54€ incl. evening meal.
www.serre-chevalier.com/balades-en-dameuses

 

 

Power assisted skiing 4If you too want to stay in Serre Chevalier, I can recommend a lovely hotel in the middle of the slopes. The Chalet Ratier is a total immersion in the mountains, giving you the sensation of really being away from home. You will need to take the lift to get there but in the morning, just put your skis on and off you go!
Price 118€ pp/pn half-board
chalethotel-serrechevalier.com

 

 

Power assisted skiing 5For the less adventurous ones, I loved the Gîte Rebanchon in the next village of Le Casset. It's open all year and you wake up with a stunning view of the moutain. Held by a very welcoming couple Charleric and Jocelyne, this place is very cosy with nice decorations and delicious homemade food.
Le Rebanchon
rue du Lauzet, Le Casset
05220 Le Monêtier les Bains
Price from 30€ pp/pn
lerebanchon.com

 

You will find all information on: www.serre-chevalier.com