Date: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. MT
Topic: Discovering Diverse Career Pathways in Snowsports
Katie Brinton – Eastern Alpine Examiner and a senior editor for SAM
Amanda Barnhart – Ski Patrol Director at Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, PA
Lynnea Anderson – Deputy Director of PSIA-AASI Western
About the Session: In this session, you will learn about different opportunities in the snowsports industry. Panelists will share the path they took, the people who helped them along the way, and the skill sets they learned to succeed in their current positions. Each panelist will speak for 30 minutes, including a Q&A session.
About the Speakers:
Katie Brinton is an Alpine examiner in the Eastern Region of PSIA-AASI, and the vice chair of the Eastern Region board of directors. She is based in southern Vermont, where she lives with her husband Eric, son Finn, and dog Remy, and calls Okemo Mountain Resort her home hill. In 2017, she was named one of Ski Area Management (SAM) magazine’s “10 Under 30” in the snowsports industry, a recognition she parlayed into a full-time gig as the senior editor of SAM and its sister publication Adventure Park Insider after several years as a freelance writer. Katie holds a masters in English Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
Amanda is currently the Ski Patrol Director at Laurel Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania. Before stepping into that role, Amanda served as their General Manager. Amanda started her snowsports career at 16 as a ski and snowboard instructor at Hidden Valley, PA. Amanda worked as their Children’s Supervisor and their Snowsports School Director. In the summer months, Amanda is one of the operations managers for Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, PA, a whitewater rafting and bike tour company. Amanda graduated from Frostburg State University, MD with a dual major in Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks and Recreation. Along with concentrations in Adventure Sports, Forestry, Biology and Geography. Over the last 22 years, Amanda earned several certifications within PSIA-AASI, including Alpine Level 2, Snowboard, Telemark, Cross-County Level 1, CS2, and Advanced Educator. I also have certifications outside the organization such as WFR, OEC, SAR, and SPRAT.