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Louise Anne Lenihan, a passionate skier and ski industry executive, died peacefully on Sunday October 14, 2012 at her home in Kirkland Washington after a long battle with cancer. She was 75. Lou was born and raised in Corvallis, OR, where her father, Henry Hartman, was Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in 1960. Her first marriage was to Melvin Johnson, an engineer employed by ALCOA. They initially resided in Vancouver, WA, later moving to Wenatchee, WA, then to Geelong, Australia, and ultimately returning to Wenatchee. Louise married William (Bill) F. Lenihan in 1979 after moving to Seattle, Washington.
Lou worked in the ski industry for much of her life. She was an instructor and supervisor with the Mission Ridge Ski School, and served as the director of the Mt Spokane Ski School for two years. In 1977 she moved to Seattle, where she became the assistant director and then director of the Snoqualmie Summit Ski School. Later she became part of the Snoqualmie management team, advancing to general manager at the Summit, and then vice president of its managing company, Ski Lifts, Inc. She was a gifted manager and mentor who was always able to help her coworkers, employees and family members achieve their best.
Throughout her ski career, Lou was active in several professional and trade organizations, including Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), PSIA-NW, and the National Ski Area Operators Association. She served as a director and president of PSIA-NW, and as vice president and director of PSIA. Lou and Bill met through their involvement in these organizations and in other ski related activities. Skiing, ski instruction, alpine racing and coaching, and ski area management have been major components of their combined family’s activities for more than 30 years.
Lou was a chef extraordinaire and a master seamstress, knitter, and photographer. She naturally possessed the skills of an expert interior decorator and her home was filled with bold and bright artwork lovingly arranged. Lou was blessed with a green thumb and every plant, shrub and tree she encountered grew and prospered.
Lou brought two Siamese cats into her marriage with Bill, readily converting him to a cat lover. Their current beloved cats are two extraordinary Egyptian Maus, Calvin and Hobbes, who have trained their masters well and allow them to share their home with them.
Lou is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Bill; their children, Greg Johnson (Susan), Kit Pogliano (Joe), Colleen Larsen (Peter), Brian Lenihan (Lisa), Kelly Lenihan, Terry Lenihan (Sue) and Brendan Lenihan (Gerry); their grandchildren Nicolas Pogliano, Sofia Pogliano, Kristina Cain, Jesse Lenihan, Ryan Lenihan, Jessica Lenihan, Nicolas Lenihan, Christopher Douglas and Duncan Stiller; their great grandchild, Garrett Lenihan; and their cherished cats, Calvin and Hobbes. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for memorial contributions to the King County Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.
A celebration of Lou’s life will be held in the Timber Wolf Pub at the Summit at Snoqualmie West Ski Area on November 3, 2012 starting at 1:30pm.
By Jack Burns, PSIA-NW President
At our last meeting, the Board approved submission of Restated Articles of Incorporation to the membership for approval. It was anticipated that a vote on the restated articles would occur at the three (3) fall seminars. The proposed restated articles and notice of the meetings were published in the newsletter and posted on the website. At the Regional Directors meeting held in Seattle, several concerns were raised about the proposed changes. Rather than proceed with a vote at meetings at the end of a long day that might require extensive discussion in order to fully air the expressed concerns, it was decided to withdraw the proposal and address the concerns in the hope of avoiding significant controversy.
The current proposal reflects changes made to accommodate the issues raised at the director’s meeting and by others. The changes include:
None of these changes impact the original intent of making the Restated Articles of Incorporation more generic.
Fitness tip text, photos and demonstrations by Jenn Lockwood
Dorsiflexion at the ankle and leg rotation are the topics of this issues fitness tips! Brad Jacobson, shared with us how we activate the tibialis anterior to dorsiflex the ankle, helping to maintain equal angles at the ankles and shin to cuff contact when we ski, during our January training. Here is my favorite way to condition this muscle for the skiing – TOE TAPS. Our goal will be for muscle endurance of the tibialis anterior.Toe taps: Feet hip width apart, place the right foot ahead of the left, bend your knees and place both hands above your right knee (keeping the right foot anchored to the floor). Lift your right ball of foot up toward shin as high as you can (keeping your heel on the ground) and then tap your right foot to the floor, repeat – lifting your right ball of foot as high as you can and tapping it as fast as you can. Continue for 30-90 seconds, switch feet.
At Winter Blast, our group worked with National Team member, Matt Boyd on off-piste terrain. Our groups common deficiency on the steeps off-piste was to square our hips with our ski tips through the finish of our turns. Our focus to correct this inefficient movement was to relearn how to stabilize the hips (upper body) to facilitate tipping and steering of our legs from apex through finish of the turn – allowing us to better shape and manage pressure through the finish of the turn and allow our body to move over our equipment into the next turn initiation.
For a great article going over leg rotation refer to Help Your Legs Assert Their Independence by Robin Barnes in the Winter 2011, 32 Degrees, pages 74-79. Below are listed a few of my favorite exercises for strengthening muscles that facilitate leg rotation.Leg Rotations with paper plates and/or Fitter Discs: Standing in your athletic stance (feet hip to shoulder width apart) w/fitter discs placed under feet and standing in front of a mirror – perform the exercises that Robin describes on page 75. Tip: focus on stabilizing your hips (part of your upper body) and/or even rotating them in the opposite direction of your feet. These exercises will target the strengthening of the internal and external rotators of the legs with goal to facilitate the femurs turning in the hips socket while the hips are stabilized. Charlie Chaplain Pose: Rotate legs/femur to the right and left with opposing rotation at the hip and femur. Leg rotation may be limited due to tight hip & gluteal muscles – refer to Stretch Your Performance through Hip Flexibility by Robin Barnes in the Winter 2011, 32 Degrees, page 79. Sidelying clam shell with or without resistance: Lie completely on your side positioning the hips flexed at 60°, and the heels in alignment with the back. Slowly raise the top knee as high as possible while keeping both feet together, and keeping the back from moving with the knee. Lower the knee back down ¾ of the way so that there is constant tension. Place your hand on the muscle of the butt, and focus on creathing the contraction at the point of contact while performing the exercise. For added challenge you can add a resistance band around your thighs. Monster Walk (Hip Abduction w/superband): Begin in an athletic stance, rotate your legs outward and forward in large strides for 20 steps. Stay low. Repeat the movement moving backwards for 20 steps. Resistance Band Rotation: Assume a half-squat position and wrap a resistance band around your legs above the knees. Keeping your left leg stable and your hips and shoulders pointed forward, move your right knee back and forth. Switch legs. Go to the PEAK Fitness NW youtube page to see a demonstration of each of these exercises: www.youtube.com/PEAKfitnessNW.
Jennifer Lockwood is an Alpine Level III instructor and Trainer at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, Oregon, and a fitness trainer at Peak Fitness NW. Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her website: www.peakfitnessnw.com