Ski Instruction

Improve your skiing experience. Invest in your personal growth as a skier. Let's go skiing and raise the bar!

I'm a Level III Alpine Ski Instructor (commonly referred to as "full-cert") with PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America). I also hold Children's Specialist certification and Backcountry Accreditation through PSIA. I've worked with Vail's Fit to Ride occupational health program, and performed hundreds of FMS screenings.

I work with all ages and abilities. I'm very motivated to develop lifelong skiers and take skiing to the next level. My role is not limited to that of a ski instructor. Depending on the day, I can be a coach, an advisor, a guide, an educator, and potentially all of the above. I'm sincerely interested in seeing skiers learn something new, and I'm really excited to see how far people go beyond their perceived barriers. I've amassed hundreds of ski days working with strong expert skiers at Jackson Hole and Aspen Highlands, hundreds of beginner lessons, and everything in between. I look forward to working with you.

I currently teach primarily with two resort groups:

Aspen is a legendary ski destination. The town of Aspen is an authentic ski town with lots of energy and character. Aspen Highlands is a locals' favorite, with a majority of terrain being expert or advanced. Hiking and skiing 12,392ft Highlands Bowl is one of the country's iconic expert skiing experiences. The Temerity lift services about 2000' of uninterrupted and varied double-black runs and glades. The other three Aspen mountains compliment Highlands to create a complete menu of ski experiences. It's an incredible ski vacation experience when you ski several of the mountains with your ski school pro.

Eldora is very convenient to the Front Range Corridor and allows for a reasonable half-day of skiing for those on a time-crunch. Eldora gets the snow, but doesn't have the gridlock of I-70. I work with the Eldora Snowsports School as an instructor as well as a staff trainer. It's got terrain for all ability levels, even for the advanced skier, but rarely has liftlines. Eldora is very quiet and private on weekdays, and has excellent training terrain for bigger resorts using West Ridge, Salto Glades and other double-black runs and glades.

What can you expect from our sessions?
  • Expect to be challenged on a level appropriate to your needs
  • Expect a professional experience and a fun learning environment
  • Expect to learn something entirely new; concepts may be outside of the typical realm of ski instruction, but will be completely relevant and directly impact your skiing performance

What are some reasons for instruction?
  • Tune-up! Take a mid-week, or an early morning "tune-up" prior to a ski vacation.
  • Follow-up: I track my regular students. If you've worked with me in a class, program, or clinic, we can assess your progress and move you forward. And we can keep it fresh and exciting.
  • Powder-hounds: Maximize your experience on a powder morning. Find the best snow, the best trees, utilize my local knowledge, and use the ski school lift line.
  • Situational Skiing: Steeps? I've coached hundreds of skiers on the steeps of Jackson Hole, the Highlands, and Eldora. Powder? I've guided on Teton Pass, and have coached many through their first "bottomless" experiences. Bumps? Trees? Ice? Carving? Crud? Crust? Let's learn how to ski the whole mountain.
  • "Never-ever": I'm psyched to introduce people to the sport of skiing! I'll share my love of the sport, and create a great day for the new skier. Elk Camp at Snowmass is an incredible, non-intimidating setting to learn the sport, and Eldora is convenient to the Denver Metro area.

Aspen Booking:

  • Contact me and we can determine the best approach and plan your booking
  • Please book directly through Aspen's Advance Sales & Reservations office: 877-282-7736; pricing is available on Aspen's website; advance purchase often has a discount
  • Please note that 'Highlands and 'Ajax (Aspen Mountain) are only for solid intermediate skiers and above - Snowmass and Buttermilk are excellent for beginners and mixed groups including novices

Eldora Booking:
  • Contact me and we can determine the best approach and plan your booking
  • Please book directly through Eldora's main number, 303-440-8700, between 8am - 4:30pm; pricing is available on Eldora's website
  • Sign-up for Eldora's Powder Report via email to get the notifications. Arrive early!
  • Two suggestions for those with limited time: 1.) Eldora's "5-pack" (5 one-hour private lessons to be used at any time during the 2010-2011 season; and 2.) discounted 1-hour private lessons at 9am, 12am, and 3pm. Contact me to discuss whether these are appropriate options
  • For the experienced skier, visiting the area with a day to spare, please look into the "Private Lesson Express" option which includes a premium rental (exchanges within the day are included) and early meet time
  • For inquiries regarding other ski areas, please contact me directly

Lesson Suggestions:
  • All day lessons are the best value for those with appropriate conditioning. Please be prepared for a very physical day, regardless of your ski level. Prior to a full day private lesson, several days of skiing are suggested. Solid pre-season conditioning is essential to get a real benefit. If you are fatigued, it will be harder to learn.
  • One hour lessons are useful for a tune-up and quick tips, but setting aside two hours or more will be far more effective for assessing students and getting appropriate practice and coaching time. One hour is most appropriate for 3-4 year olds, or with those who have several repeat sessions. A two hour session is great for 4-5 year olds, and those with less conditioning.
  • Come prepared to feel the elevation: Aspen and Eldora have base elevations varying between 7900ft and 9400ft, and peak elevations varying from 10,600ft to 12,500ft. This is notably different from Denver or other mid-elevation large cities, and staying several days in these cities does little to prepare individuals for the elevation.
  • Be prepared for variable weather. Come prepared for strong wind and cold, but don't be surprised if you are basking in sunshine during an inversion. Alpine weather can change dramatically over the course of a day. Arrive with layers and a variety of clothing.
  • If booking multiple skiers, please don't mix vastly different levels of ability and age. There is less value and more logistical challenge with a big spread in ability and age.

In addition to full PSIA Alpine Certification, my background includes:
  • slalom and GS racing including FIS level events, on midwest ice!
  • extensive backcountry skiing in the Tetons as well as the Sierra, Mojave, and Cascades
  • several seasons of teaching all levels at Jackson Hole (including Corbet's Couloir)
  • guiding backcountry skiing and avalanche education in the Tetons
  • Level II Avalanche certification (taught by the legendary Rod Newcomb)
  • B.S. Kinesiology, Exercise Science emphasis - University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association); FMS (Functional Movement Screen) certified
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