Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboad Club’s Walt Evans honored by USSA
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently honored Walt Evans, the director of excellence for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, during its annual USSA Congress in Park City, Utah.
Evans received the John J. Clair Jr. Award, which recognizes service to the organization where he spent nearly 30 years.
“It’s very humbling to be honored by your peers,” he said this week.
Evans grew up skiing in Grand County, where he developed a lifelong passion for the sport. His first coaching job was with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
In 1983, Evans went to work with the United States Ski Association as alpine program director for the Rocky Mountain Division.
In 1997, he accepted the position of national competition director, overseeing and rebuilding the domestic competition program in all ski and snowboard sports.
For the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, he helped recruit and train alpine officials while also serving as the assistant chief of race for the men’s and women’s Olympic slaloms at Deer Valley.
He joined AVSC in the fall of 2012 to assume the newly created director of excellence position.
During the winter season, Evans hosts a program on GrassRoots TV, “Weekly with Walt,” that focuses on AVSC athletes, coaches and results.
Athletes who were honored at this year’s USSA Congress included Ted Ligety, Kikkan Randall, David Wise, Hannah Kearney, Taylor Fletcher, Allison Jones, Sarah Hendrickson and Kelly Clark.
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