Community Connection

Jodi TervoJodi Tervo is the Founder and Director for the Upper Peninsula Cross-Country Ski Programs located in Ishpeming, Iron Mountain, and at Michigan Technological University.  Jodi decided to change careers and is currently pursuing a Masters in Exercise Science in order to create adaptive sport and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and visual impairments

The program is a 100% volunteer organization, and is sponsored by the Superior Alliance for Independent Living and Central Cross-Country Skiing Association (CXC).  There have been generous donations and community support to make the ski program a success.

  • City of Ishpeming Parks and Recreation (Funding and use of trails)
  • Ishpeming Community Foundation (Funding)
  • Michigan Technological University and the Michigan Technological University Nordic Ski Club (Use of equipment, trails, and rental donations)
  • Negaunee Community Foundation (Funding)
  • Sports Rack (Equipment assistance)
  • Wilderness Sports (Free rentals)
  • YMCA of Marquette County (Marketing)

Skiers and volunteers meet on Tuesdays evenings for ski lessons through early March, the program runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming and is free of charge.   PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Adaptive sit-ski's and stand-up equipment are provided.  Please ask Jodi for details.

Each outing produces smiling faces, positive energy, and an excitement for skiing.  "This all was made possible by voicing a dream, and a community working together to make the dream a reality" states Jodi.

To learn more about the adaptive skiing program, visit