NSCD competition center skier sticks 1st double backflip in a sit-ski

A film about Trevor Kennison, Full Circle, is being shown at film festivals around the country ahead of its release

Kim Christiansen, Melissa Reeves
Adaptive athlete Trevor Kennison gets big air on a sit-ski during the 2022 X Games. Kennison trains with National Sports Center for the Disabled at Winter Park Resort. A film on his achievements is scheduled to be released by Level 1 Productions.
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times

In 2014, Trevor Kennison was a plumber with a passion for snowboarding – until he suffered a spinal cord injury while snowboarding on Vail Pass.

“My buddy was like, ‘Come on man, get up man,’ I couldn’t get up,” Kennison said. “He was like, ‘Get up,’ and I looked at him and I was like ‘I can’t move.'”

The accident forced Kennison to step away from snowboarding. He took up other sports, and played some wheelchair basketball – but his passion was riding down a mountain of snow. 

So he was lured back to the outdoor sport, but with a twist. On a whim, he tried sit-skiing, an adaptive device enabling wheelchair users to ski. He fell back in love with the snow sport from a different perspective. 

Kennison approached his friend Josh Berman, a filmmaker and founder of Level 1 Productions, with an idea – return to the scene of his accident with purpose. 


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