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What is your best skiing or snowboarding memory?

Dani Berg

Smugglers’ Notch, VT Snowboard Level II

2015 Eastern

The day a group of us ladies drove to Loon Moun- tain in New Hampshire to ride the halfpipe. It was DQ DZHVRPH GD\ fiOOHG with trying new things and cheering each other on!

Geep Charlebois Boyne Mountain, MI

Alpine Level II 2003

Northwest and Central

Chasing a marmot all the way down the Happy Hunting Grounds at Grand Targhee in 9 inches of fresh powder with my younger brother. After every other turn we made, the marmot would pop up out of the snow, look at us, and burrow again.

&ODUH +HffHUUHQ Vail Mountain, CO

Alpine Level II and Chil- dren’s Specialist 1


Rocky Moun- tain

My PSIA Alpine II training JDYH PH WKH FRQfiGHQFH and skills to go on a sur- real heli-ski trip to the Canadian Selkirks. On day fiYH ZH ZHUH GURSSHG LQWR a high-alpine ribbed ridge that only 10% of clients are able to ski due to variable weather. It was spectacular!

James Pitcher

Plymouth Ski and Snow- board Centre, England

Snowboard Level III, Alpine Level II, Children’s Special- ist 2, Freestyle Specialist 1, Western Division trainer and examiner

2008 Western

My humble beginnings at the local plastic slope in Glasgow, Scotland, have a special place in my heart. When you start with a slope made of bristles held in place by a metal grid, riding several feet of powder is a luxury!

What would you say to someone to encourage them to try skiing or snowboarding?

It’s the best way to get outside in the winter. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and the snowsports commu- nity is just amazing.

Strapping boards to your feet to slide down a hill – only to do it again – doesn’t make sense, but it sure is a lot of fun!

What about your teaching style stands out?

What is your biggest accomplishment as an instructor?

Patience and compassion.

Less talk, more riding! Finding the balance be- tween sharing everything I know and allowing guests to explore so they feel empowered in their riding!

I try to infuse my lessons with humor to keep everyone inter- ested and comfortable. I’m still using one-liners I proudly have stolen IURP P\ fiUVW 36Ζ$ event clinician, Bruno Gubetta.

There is a freedom that comes with ski- ing. The winds whis- per and the trees sway, bringing a Zen feeling distinct from the onslaught of a fast-paced world.

No matter what you do, being good at it will take hard work. ΖI \RX SXW WKH HffRUW in, snowsports open up many possibilities that other sports don’t.

My teaching style sends clients home invigorated rather than tapped out. It’s all about using the fewest muscles, combined with ease of mind.

At the end of a lesson when the student is smiling and tells me they had fun and are going to come back.

I didn’t pass my entire Alpine /HYHO ΖΖ H[DP WKH fiUVW WLPH Ζ was heartbroken, and, hon- estly, embarrassed. I tried again the following winter – this time with new, canted boots. I not only passed the exam, my examiners com- mented on my unbelievable transformation from one year to the next.

I’m patient and under- standing of people. I use humor and analogies to try to bridge the gap be- tween where someone is and where they want to be.

Working full-time in the industry. It’s all too easy to look for greener pastures.



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