At nine-months old, Vasu Sojitra contracted septicemia, an infection that caused a blood clot in his right leg. “So they had to amputate it,” Vasu says. “I don’t remember it. I’m just completely used to it…it’s a lifestyle now.” Skiing is part of Vasu’s lifestyle, too, and he skis the backcountry 20 or so days each winter.
For a full profile of Vasu Sojitra, pick up the October issue of Backcountry Magazine.
“I just center my leg over my body and lean forward with my arm and use that crutch as a pole, plant that and spin off it. To me right now, it doesn’t seem like a problem. I’ve gotten used to it.”
“Skiing down isn’t hard, but it’s just constantly pulling myself up the mountain that is. Once the season starts, and I get a handful of backcountry days in, I’m definitely more used to it. The first day is always the hardest.”
“Me and my friends are thinking of going out west and skiing the Powder Highway. We’re trying to buy a minibus right now to go out there.”
“I’m trying to be in the Paralympics for alpine skiing. That’s through Vermont Adaptive. I don’t have race skis, though. I’d rather spend my money on powder skis.”
“I volunteer with Vermont Adaptive. Right now, I kayak with them every Thursday. I want to volunteer more though. I want to show people that it’s possible to be good at skiing if you have a disability.”