Mary Lane – 2019 U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame: Recreation/Development Category
Mary Cronan Lane began teaching handicapped and alpine skiing in 1970 at Haystack Mountain in Vermont on a pair of Head skis with baby blue Rosemont boots. She continued sharing her passion and love of the sport until 1975, when it was time to hang up the skis and “get a real job” as an Assistant Teacher for B.O.C.E.S in NY. It was on a pair of green & blue Hexcel’s at Loon Mountain in 1988 that she began to sense that teaching handicapped skiing could become more than a volunteer job. She began the PSIA/AASI certification process in 1990, earning her Level 2 Alpine and Level 3 Adaptive. She would become an Eastern Adaptive PSIA/AASI Development Team member and transition from volunteer to Program Director of WMASS (now NEDS), a “real job” in a profession that had clearly become a passion.
While on the Dev Team, Mary dabbled on the dark side in brown Burton’s strapped to a Learn -to -Ride board, where she was a co- examiner for the first Eastern Adaptive Snowboard certification. Fatter skis were in order when she headed to Seattle in 2011, finding a home as a trainer and volunteer with Outdoors for All and a PSIA/AASI Northwest Adaptive Clinician/Examiner.