The Northern Arizona Adaptive Sports Association Ski/Ride's Mission is to enrich disabled persons’ lives by providing educational and recreational opportunities while developing life skills and encouraging growth. With the ability to use skiing as a tool to help people with disabilities, we help them enjoy the National Forest which may not be accessible during other seasons. We are able to level the playing field and let people with disabilities enjoy the same feelings, sensations, and recreate with family and friends. The ability to use a chairlift and slide down a mountain side like every able bodied person does, sometimes even better, allows people with disabilities enjoy a recreational winter day.
- Children, youths and adults with physical, mental, emotional or multiple disabilities
- Disabilities may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: amputations, spinal cord and head injuries, or cerebral palsy. Diseases may include multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and other conditions from birth. Cognitive disabilities include mental retardation, autism, Down’s syndrome, or complications resulting from stroke. We also see guests with emotional disabilities, including post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
- Visually impaired and/or hearing impaired students
- Lessons are provided by professionally trained instructors
- Most lessons are provided one on one, or in a small group setting with individual attention as needed
- Initial evaluation by the instructor of the individual’s abilities and goals is gained weeks in advance, then determination of adaptive equipment and technique to fit each student’s needs
- Lessons include instruction on technique, safe use of equipment and appropriate terrain for student’s skill level
- Family may accompany lesson if it is safe and appropriate
Founder, President of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
Alexander Davenport: Adaptive Ski and Ride School Supervisor
Alex Davenport received an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant (E-5) from The United States Marine Corps in 2011. His passion for skiing is only matched by his passion for teaching others to enjoy the sport. In his six years of ski instruction his professional development includes Level 2 Alpine Certification, Level 2 Adaptive Certification and Children’s Specialist Certification. Alex has brought the adaptive program to a new level through his hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. The reason we have been successful thus far is because of the dedication and commitment he has for the program. His involvement with Patrol, Safety, and Risk Management at Arizona Snowbowl is a huge asset to the program’s day to day operations.
Vice President of the Board
Jaime Gonzalez: AZSB Ski and Ride School Director
Jaime Gonzalez has been in the ski industry for over 16 years. He has facilitated the creation of the current Adaptive Ski and Ride school. He has a wealth of knowledge in both skiing and riding for able-bodied and disabled students. He is knowledgeable in all adaptive discipline instruction including Monoski, Biski, 3Track, 4Track, Slider, Ski Bike, and Cognitive and visually impaired. His vast knowledge in understanding how to teach lessons in a safe and productive manner will ensure the creation of policies and procedures will continue on track with our great safety record. His association with PSIA/AASI will enable us to continue the training program to create proficient adaptive ski instructors. His connection with the Ski and Ride School, relationship with other mountain departments and knowledge of general mountain operations is not only an asset to Arizona Snowbowl, but also to the NAASA.
Treasurer of the Board
Emily Markel: Tax Accountant
Emily Markel has been involved with the Arizona Snowbowl for 15 years in various departments. Ms. Markel is familiar with local Flagstaff taxes, as well as with state and federal taxes as she has been a tax accountant with John Kolody Jr. CPA in Flagstaff, AZ since 2008. She has volunteered with local nonprofits such as FASST and is currently a board member for each the Flagstaff Tennis Association and the Women Empowering Northern Arizona. She also has 6 years of experience doing community outreach as a 4H leader. Her experience in large corporation, small business, and nonprofit tax filing will allow the organization to keep all financial information in house.
Secretary of the Board
Mrs. Mattson is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Business Administration and in Spanish. Her many years of work experience have involved positions in customer service, sales, and management. These required Shauna to use problem solving skills to find the best solutions for customers. She owns a business as a professional home organizer. Shauna is extremely organized and detail oriented. Since 1999 Shauna has worked on many committees for her children’s schools. They involve interaction with school administrators, parents, teachers and students. She was one of the founding board members of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council of Scottsdale and served as Secretary and Treasurer for seven years. She also has served on the board of a multi-owner houseboat as the Secretary/Treasurer. As the parent of a son with Down syndrome, Shauna has seen first-hand how Special Olympics and adaptive sports programs can benefit people with disabilities. These programs have built self-esteem, good sportsmanship, team work, and improved his athletic abilities. Her son Erik has made many friends through these programs and looks forward to them.