First let me define “Thumbing”. Thumbing is controlling a sit ski by standing behind it and holding of on to the back of the chair (also known s the “Bucket”). It’s called Thumbing because a common grip is to place the hands palm forward, with the fingers outside the bucket and the thumbs inside. These day a growing number of sit skis have a handle attached, so the natural grip Is more like pushing a shopping trolley, but I still call I thumbing.
Nobody objects to thumbing to push the sit ski across flat ground, such as from the chalet to the chair lift. It becomes more controversial when you mean Thumbing a sit ski to control it while descending hill. In my home program it’s frowned on. A sit skier who is being thumbed isn’t controlling, or even contributing to their direction or balance, so they aren’t learning anything. The should be on tethers instead.Continue Reading Thumbing, just how evil is it?