Apple Rise Sports was founded in 1995 by former U.S. Ski Team member Steve Lathrop with the initial product line of KID-SKI Teaching Aids.
Creator of KID-SKI
Founder, Apple Rise Sports
After competing for 5 years on the F.I.S. World Cup circuit as a member of the U.S. Ski Team
, and 4 more on the World Pro Skiing circuit, Lathrop
spent over a decade as founder/director of the Lathrop Ski Camps
and Windsurfing Vacations.
The ski camps offered a year-round schedule of international skiing and racing camps for adults and juniors, while the windsurfing programs included vacations and clinics around the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe.
With a B.A. from Middlebury
and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School
, more recently his
attention has focused on creating KID-SKI
, developing the KID-SKI concept and products, and developing other innovative products like the Kiddie Skate Bar
, the Kiddie Roller Bar
, and the Snowboard Paddles
As new products were developed, and with the success of KID-SKI, Lathrop founded Apple Rise Sports, under which all of the products are produced, marketed and distributed.
products and KID-SKI Learning Progression grew as a direct result from teaching his
own kids to ski very quickly at a very young age -- 15 months, 10 months, 13 months and 7 months.
Likewise, he created the Super Kiddie Bar, a truly wonderful device for skiing, ice-skating, inline-skating and roller-skating with toddlers and preschoolers.