Loving sports coverage of Vail Valley
Vail, CO, Colorado
I live out in the flatlands of South Dakota, with 300 miles to go to the Black Hills for any semi-serious skiing. Because of my son, I followed your sports coverage for some time in the Vail Daily and especially recently with the Birds of Prey competition. Chris Freud and Ian Smith, you both do a great job with the Sports Blender and the articles you write. I like your enthusiasm and the way you make the results of competition interesting in your write-ups.
My son Scott graduated from Northland College in Ashland, Wis., with an outdoor education major. He fell in love with working with disabled skiers after learning to ski in Wisconsin. He did an internship at Breckenridge for three weeks, learning more about the adaptive program.
After his graduation two years ago, he chose to move to Colorado. He searched online and found a position with Beaver Creek Lodge. He then applied to Vail Ski School to help with the adaptive program as a volunteer. In March, he was able to pass his adaptive ski instructor certification test, as well as the test for downhill ski instructor.
Probably, over the years, this topic has been worn out and is quite well-known to locals in Beaver Creek and Vail, but I would be interested, as an out-of-stater, if you would write more on the adaptive program so out-of-state people would know just what these dedicated instructors do. We only hear a bit about this when the Ski for Life or Light program is one weekend in the Black Hills.
Again, a great job to both of you. Thanks for making my wife and I feel as if we were almost on the mountain, too. The best to you in your work, and we wish a joyous holiday season to you.
Harry L. Everhart