AAS in a Nutshell
Since 2005, AAS has provided over 50 Action Sports events to more than 200 adaptive teens and young adults (including injured military). To sustain and popularize these events, AAS has incorporated them into USASA competitions and other popular venues like the X Games.
- AAS is recognized for its Snowboard Pipeline which provides snowboard training to adaptive riders at all levels to increase their skill sets according to their personal goals since 2007.
- Many AAS trainees return annually to upgrade their snowboard skills.
- The quality of AAS adaptive snowboard training is indisputable: four of the six riders named to the first US Para-snowboard A Training Team are AAS athletes, two of whom have trained with AAS since 2007.
Early Season Gate Training
As soon as there was snow in early November, AAS offered race training sessions at Copper Mountain for intermediate and expert adaptive BoarderX riders. The purpose was to help racers gain experience, and be comfortable, with GS and SL race gates. The gates, new this year, were purchased by AAS in cooperation with USASA Copper Mountain. Video analysis helped riders assess their skills and set progressive goals.
Busy December Launches AAS 2013-14 Season
Ski Spec: The snow year started with a celebration as AAS was honored by Disabled Sports USA for contributing instruction and coaching to the 5-day Hartford Ski Spectacular at Breckenridge, CO. AAS instructors included: Reggie Strong, Amy Purdy, and Evan Strong. Evan and Amy are both also members of the US National Para-snowboard A Training Team. AAS Coaches Daniel Gale and Chris Koeppe worked with participants in improving their race skills. James Sides and Travis Krebs, both injured military and AAS athletes, attended Ski Spec as trainees.
Injured Military Jimmy Sides and Tanner Kuth helped AAS kick-off the first 3-day Snowboard Camp for the 2013-14 season. The camp, held in mid-December at Copper immediately followed Ski Spec. Because he was participating as an AAS Instructor at Ski Spec, Reggie Showers -- an amputee from Philadelphia and an AAS instructor who was certified Level 1 in 2011 -- was able to stick around to act as Lead Instructor for Tanner and Jimmy. Enthusiasm for the first training of the season brought other AAS instructors out to join the fun.
The camp, designed for individual or small group training, is a new format for AAS. The increasing number of AAS instructors and coaches allows AAS to schedule these new trainings primarily at the convenience of the trainee. The trainee picks the dates. As long as housing is available, AAS can generally accommodate a trainee's choice. Thanks DSUSA and Operation Rebound for helping make Jimmy and Tanner's training possible.