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Kirsten Atkins

Kirsten Atkins
  • PSIA Rocky Mountain Adaptive Education Staff and Examiner
  • PSIA Rocky Mountain Adaptive Committee Chair
  • PSIA Rocky Mountain Alpine Level 2
  • PSIA National Academy presenter

The following video featuring Kirsten and her brother Keith, a participant at the Adaptive Sports Center. 

Where were you born and/or raised?
Born in Connecticut and grew up skiing in Killington, Vermont.

How long have you lived in Crested Butte?
Since 1987.
Why did you choose to work with people with disabilities?
Working with people with disabilities chose me. I have an older brother with high functioning autism. I worked for DSUK (formally the Uphill Ski Club) teaching British students with disabilities and teaching instructor/volunteer trainings. At the height of my career, I taught a volunteer clinic at a British military base, on a dry slope, at night, in the rain. I also worked in Argentina teaching Argentines with disabilities, teaching instructor/volunteer trainings and helping to facilitate the creation of an adaptive instructor certification program with AADIDEs (the Argentine Ski instructor association).

How did you come to work with the Adaptive Sports Center?
My first winter in Crested Butte, I answered an ad looking for volunteers for the Physically Challenged Ski Program. I thought it would be a great way to combine my love for skiing and my life experience with people with disabilities.