After suffering a paralyzing snowboarding injury and spending six weeks in the hospital, most people would never think of hitting the slopes again.
Trevor Kennison is not like most people.
Trevor’s never-give-up mindset paired with his passion for snowboarding was not going to let this accident stop him from doing what he loved. So, he traded in his snowboard for a sit-ski, and with his positive attitude and warrior mentality, he was back on the mountain just six months later.
Trevor’s dream had always been to ski down Jackson Hole’s notorious Corbet’s Couloir, and he wasn’t about to let this obstacle stand in his way. Not only did he manage to become the first athlete with a disability to compete in the event, he became the first sit-skier to EVER launch off the cornice above the couloir. This unbelievable run earned him the Rider’s Choice Award at the 2019 Kings and Queens of Corbet’s Competition and landed him a spot on the SportCenter Top 10 later that night.
“Anybody who’s had the opportunity to spend time with Trevor on or off the hill knows that his positivity is absolutely infectious. The guy is permanently stoked and eternally grateful.” - Damian Quigley
Trevor’s infectious attitude and perseverance caught the eye of Freeskier Magazine publisher Damian Quigley, who praised him by saying “Anybody who’s had the opportunity to spend time with Trevor on or off the hill knows that his positivity is absolutely infectious. The guy is permanently stoked and eternally grateful.”
These days, Trevor continues to push the limits and prove people wrong as he trains for the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing. “Corbet’s was just the beginning. I have so much more in store. It’s going to be super exciting,” he says.
In the words of Trevor, “Don’t ever give up or stop doing what you love.” Keep inspiring us Trevor, we can’t wait to see what else you accomplish!
Paralympian - Sit-Skiing
SportsCenter Top 10
REI Feature Story Recipient
Bryce Newcomb Rider's Choice Award
Newschoolers Feature Story Recipient
World Para Alpine Skiing World Championships - Super G
Whistler, BC, Canada
World Para Alpine Skiing World Championships - Grand Slalom
Whistler, BC, Canada