have been important to you. Many of these people have become my friends and colleagues. I believe that this was a final gift. You made sure that the dialogues will go on, and that the people who have been part of your ski life will continue to be a resource for each other. We are part of your legacy. Your passion and compassion impacted our lives. This is not the last word; the dialogues will continue. Forever your friend and student, Meryl4 Endnotes 1 Jacobson, Meryl and Cooperman, Bob. Excerpts from Exam Dialogues Snowpro Fall 2005: 21-23 < http://www.psia-e.org/ms/eastbenefits/snowpros/SP2005Fall.pdf> 2 Donna Cooperman holds PSIA level 2 alpine and level 2 adaptive certifications. She is a staff trainer for the Adaptive Sports Foundation at Windham Mountain, and has been with that program since its inception in 1983. 3 Kathy Chandler is a member of the PSIA Adaptive Board of Examiners and is the Adaptive Steering Committee Chairperson. She is the Director of Development and Special Projects at Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports. 4 Meryl Jacobson holds PSIA level 2 adaptive certification. She served as Adaptive Training Coordinator at Bretton Woods for 11 years, and as Training Coordinator for AbilityPlus last year. She is currently working with Kathy Chandler at Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports and trains instructors at various adaptive programs throughout the region. ■
Gravity is love and every turn is a leap of faith. ~Author Unknown
Adaptive BOE Tribute to Bob Cooperman By Kathy Chandler, PSIA-E Adaptive Advisor (with input from the Adaptive BOE)
he adaptive sector has just lost a wonderful and passionate member of the Board of Examiners. In August he told us that he thought he “had another season to do this.” The “this” he was taking about was the, from the bottom of his heart help he gave to anyone who needed or wanted it. He always asked for the highest level from everyone and in an exam failed someone if they were not performing at the highest standard he thought they should be at. Bob Cooperman is one of those rare individuals who saw a person who shared the passion and helped them to build their skills to a level that he or she didn’t think possible. He sometimes saw that it was a nudge backward to surge forward. He would go out of his way to coach them at their home mountain, traveling far from Windham, often with his wife Donna, to assist individuals and programs to dig deep and pull out their best attempts. When Bob came to Adaptive Board of Directors meetings, so often he came with a purpose and it was another idea he had for how to bring more people into the PSIA family. He believed in PSIA and all it could provide for instructors and the adaptive programs they served. To that end he would fight hard for those things that he thought would be good for the organization. His passion was contagious and helped a lot of people through the process. None of us could stand sleeping in the same room with him as he snored so loud, and often fought hard with him about some of his projects or ideas, but now look back to say, maybe that wasn’t such a great idea. We had a good time at our last meeting reminiscing and telling Bob stories and I am sure we will go on telling the stories for a long time and warmly remembering that passion that was the true “Coop” we all loved. We will miss you Bob. Thanks you for all that you gave to adaptive sports. ■
Kids. Kids. Kids.
Jr. Spark - Wrap It Up Event coming to Mount Snow (To run in conjunction with the Spring Rally weekend on March 24-25, 2012) The end of the season Junior Spark “Wrap it Up” event is a great way for the kids show off their skills learned and mastered this season. Course content will be designed to meet the needs of the group, but topics might include coaching park & pipe, alternative equipment, teaching techniques, and two days of great skiing and riding. The on-hill sessions are staffed by the PSIA-E/AASI teaching pros from our ACE (Advanced Children’s Educator) team. You can expect to: • try out different equipment, always a good thing to get on any gear, • spend time in the park which seems to be the favorite place to ski and ride! • rip up the challenging terrain that Killington is famous for • Oh, yea, there is some educational stuff in there too... Check out the Junior Spark event application on the Eastern Division website. Look forward to seeing you there! ■
PSIA-E / AASI SnowPro • Winter 2012
Volume 38, Number 4