NASSJA honors Ingvoldstad with lifetime achievement award
At their annual meeting on March 21, 2009, the North American Snow Sports Journalists Association (NASSJA) presented awards in several categories to notable persons who have made significant contributions to winter sports endeavors. The ceremonies took place in Lutsen, Minnesota. Among the honorees was Peter Ingvoldstad of Jeffersonville, Vermont, a long time director of the Snow Sport University (SSU) at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. NASJA’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a lifetime of snowsports-related innovation, competition, design and other endeavors, was presented to Ingvoldstad. He revolutionized ski instruction, especially for children with instructional programs that have received international recognition. He was the director of the Smugglers’ Notch ski school (SSU) for 25 years and during his tenure he led the ski school through the advent of snowboarding and the innovations in equipment technology, introduced day-long children's camps, an adult multi-day ski camp, an adult introduction to snowboarding, Night School for Boarding and Jibbing, and the Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program. Ingvoldstad’s substantial accomplishments helped to establish Smugglers’ Notch as a Resort leader in programming for children and families. This positioning garnered the Resort acclaim and recognition by local, regional and national media that helped Smugglers’ to achieve its honored status as America’s Family Resort.