Disabled Sports USA Hosts Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular

Hartford Ski Spectacular pic

Hartford Ski Spectacular
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An instructor at Aspen Skiing Company, Terry McEnany, MD, helps skiers learn to navigate the slopes. As a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), Dr. Terry McEnany is recognized as an expert in skiing.

PSIA-AASI, a nonprofit association dedicated to the education and oversight of reputable skiing and snowboarding instructors, develops certification standards as well as complementary educational materials for the benefit of its members. Additionally, the PSIA-AASI hosts the National Adaptive Academy, which enables instructors to earn continuing education credits while taking part in an educational event.

One such event, the Hartford Ski Spectacular, focuses on helping people with disabilities return to skiing while allowing instructors to learn methods for teaching them. Hosted by Disabled Sports USA, the annual event is held in conjunction with the PSIA-AASI National Adaptive Academy and offers clinics in adaptive teaching methods. This year it will run from November 30 to December 6 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Skiing Code of Conduct

Skiing Code of Conduct pic

Code of Conduct Skiing pic

Code of Conduct Skiing
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An alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, Terry McEnany, MD, dedicated 25 years to medicine, during which time he specialized in cardiovascular diseases and thoracic surgery. Terry McEnany, MD, now spend his time on his second profession as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.

No matter the level of experience, all skiers must follow the code of conduct to maintain personal safety and the well-being of others. The code outlines proper practices when using the mountain. Accessible around all ski resorts, the rules also often are printed on the back of lift tickets, depending on the venue.

Rules cover ski control, merging, and right of way. For example, a skier always gives a person downhill the right of way. He or she should yield to the downhill skier and make every effort to veer off to a pathway that will ensure the other person’s safety. Additionally, they must stop in locations that are visible and not obstructive to a trail.