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Carol Viau

Date of Surgery: 7/5/2016
Hamstring Attachment
Update (1/2017): Carol has been on the slopes teaching and expects to be guiding soon.

About Carol

My father was in the Air Force, which meant we moved around. I was born in Tokyo, and learned to ski at a young age while living in Germany. I base my current adventures out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Career Background

By my senior year in high school we were living in Utah near Hill A.F.B and I was an apprentice instructor at Snowbasin. While attending University of Utah I instructed at Deer Valley and then moved to Jackson. I taught skiing for many years, then moved to Chamonix, France. In 2003 I began Ski Patrol at Jackson. For the 2013 winter season I moved to the Savoie region of the French Alps. Since 2014 I’ve been juggling ski patrol, ski instructing, and ski guiding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan

On July 5, 2016 I had surgery to re-attach my hamstring with 4 titanium screws anchoring it to my ischial tuberosity. I was able to ski by December, however regaining strength is an ongoing process. This recovery was challenged with an additional ACL/Meniscus surgery from the spring. Patience and diligence between work and rest is a challenge. I don’t expect to work ski patrol this season, but I’m grateful to be able to ski instruct and expect to guide in February.




"I am completely in awe of the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. Their support helped get me to Colorado, have the surgery and stay in a hotel until I could return home. The foundation staff is a key piece of their team, they are full of answers to any questions and very helpful. Dr. Tom Hackett of the Steadman Clinic, is an incredible human being (and surgeon) and I’ll be forever grateful for his kind and caring manner. His team is top notch and has replied promptly to any questions I’ve had."

- Carol Viau