Instructor Highlight: Cindy Conlin Is Full Of Joy

By Laurel Dudley Talk to people who know Cindy Conlin, the five-foot-two woman with the radiating smile, and they’ll tell you that she exudes so much enthusiasm it’s contagious. The 51-year-old, who has been teaching adaptive ski lessons with Ogden Valley Adaptive...

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Instructor Highlight: What Makes Dustin Anderson So Likable?

By Laurel Dudley It isn’t immediately obvious what makes Dustin Anderson so likable. The 48-year-old Brigham City resident who everyone calls Dusty is brief with words. But ask anyone who’s taken his ski lessons—he’s taught for over 20 years—and you’ll hear the same...

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Why I Love Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports

By John Henderson Eden, UTAH—A few days ago, I was feeling nervous about my upcoming ski lessons and then my wife reminded me why: It had been six years since I’ve skied, with everything that goes into it. For me, an adaptive skier, that means six years since I’ve...

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How Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports Came To Be

By Laurel Dudley   Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports (OVAS) officially began in 2009. But it took multiple years, one daunting transition, and a handful of passionate people.   When Stew Marsh joined Snowbasin in 2004 to oversee and expand the ski school, he knew...

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How One Student Is Gaining Independence With OVAS’s Help

By Laurel Dudley “1, 2, 3, BOOM!” That’s what 13-year-old Sam Dingman told his parents after his first OVAS ski lesson. The moment was significant for several reasons, one of them being that Sam has Down syndrome. Not only is speaking hard for him, but also are...

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