The local arm of the Professional Ski Instructors of America is 40-years-old this year. To celebrate it will hold a three-day anniversary party at Alta beginning on Friday.

Ski instructors - past and present - of the Intermountain Division of the PSIA are invited.Activities include skiing and teaching seminars, telemark skiing, snowboarding, interconnect and out-of-area tours, disabled skier techniques, dual slalom racing and a Saturday night banquet.

Highlight of the event will be the induction of Junior Bounous, head of the Snowbird Ski School, into the PSIA Hall of Fame. Bounous has been a familiar figure in Utah skiing for many years.

He started his skiing career at Alta, moved to Sundance and eventually moved to Snowbird.

Many of the original instructors from 1951, including Alf Engen, Bill Lash, Max Lundberg and Jerry Warren, will attend this year's event.

The PSIA started at Alta with 10 members. Today there are more than 15,000 nationwide.

For information call 942-2066.

BADEWITZ HITS LEVEL III - Peter Badewitz, program director of the Park City Handicapped Sports program, recently earned Level III PSIA certification. He is the only amputee in the United States to reach this level.

Badewitz, a below-knee amputee, was a member of the U.S. Disabled Team from 1980-86. He won national championships in 1982, 1984 and 1986.

He is currently chairperson of the Disabled Committee of the Intermountain Division of the PSIA.