Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Bringing dreams to fruition

Adaptive skiing instructor receives new appointment

Express Staff Writer

Jennifer Smith works with a disabled skier on Bald Mountain. Photo by

Ketchum resident and Sun Valley Adaptive Sports board Chairwoman Jennifer Smith has been appointed Adaptive Committee chairwoman for the Northern Intermountain Division of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America. The division encompasses five Idaho resorts, including Sun Valley.

"Northern Intermountain is a small and isolated division," Smith said. "However, the training and professionalism of adaptive snow sports instructors is paramount to providing high-level instruction here in Sun Valley as well as regionally."

As well as her position as board chair for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, Smith is an adaptive instructor and trainer with the Sun Valley Snowsports School, and is arborist for the city of Ketchum.

"Basically, I come to the Northern Intermountain Division with a team of professionals," she said. "I could not even dream of doing this job without the administrative and networking support of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. It's all about providing high-level instruction to our guests with disabilities who visit and live here in Idaho.

"My intention is to increase the training for regional and local snowsports instructors so we can fill capacity. Population is growing in the state and locally and with population growth come more people with disabilities. And with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, service members are coming back with disabilities, unfortunately, and will need to relearn how to recreate."

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