Eliza Kuntz
Chair of the Board

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I grew up skiing a very small area and by high school was becoming bored on the short runs. I figured teaching looked fun and would provide structure to my days at the hill.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Learn from others and don’t be afraid to try something different.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
The friends I have made within the organization!

Areas you have taught at:
Camden Snow Bowl, ME; Greek Peak, NY; Red Lodge Mountain, MT

Neil Bussiere
Vice Chair and Western Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
The desire to improve as a skier and to meet people.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Keep striving to improve your teaching and always maintain a positive outlook.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
Clinics and social functions

Areas you have taught at:
Mt. High Resort, CA

John May
Treasurer and Northwest Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
To improve my skiing.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Remind your trainers that inspiration beats technical perfection.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
Pro Offers and training opportunities at clinics.

Areas you have taught at:
Mt. Hood Meadows, OR; Mt. Hood Timberline, OR; Vail, CO; Beaver Creek, CO; Crystal Mountain, WA

Walt Coiner
Secretary and Northern Intermountain Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
Instructing is a great way to share one’s passion for the sport.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Have fun challenging yourself.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
Fraternity

Areas you have taught at:
Sun Valley, ID

Eric JordanEric Jordan
Eastern Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I was in a seasonal program at my local mountain when I saw how much fun my coaches had working with our team. It inspired me to share my love of the sport with others, just like they did for me.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Find some great mentors at your area, and soak up all their knowledge and passion.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
Pro Deals from PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers and educational materials.

Areas you have taught at:
Elk Mountain, PA and heading to Sugarbush, VT for the 2021-22 season.

Brooks Lillehei
Central Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I needed to learn how to teach my son to snowboard so that our family could hit the slopes together.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Create an experience around snowsports with your guests.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
Learning sliding techniques with winter friends.

Areas you have taught at:
Buck Hill, MN

Robin May
Rocky Mountain Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor? 
My father was a professional ski instructor, race club president, and industry guy in Canada.  I became a certified member of CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructor Association) in 1974 as a high school student.  I was riding the chair with my dad at Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver when I saw Wayne Wong toss a really floaty helicopter on the loop jump — I thought he was the coolest guy I’d ever seen.  My dad told me he was a CSIA 4 and a member of the Canadian Demo Team.  I signed up for my exam the next day.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Teaching is at the core of what we do as human beings. It is a primal requirement to pass on our knowledge, skill, and talent. The first experience with your first teacher is life-changing.

Areas you have taught at:
I have taught or coached at Mt. Seymour, BC; Whistler Blackcomb, BC; Manning Park, BC; Panorama, BC; El Colorado, Chile; Portillo, Chile; Red River, NM; and Taos, NM. I have been the ski school director at Mt. High, CO; Eldora, CO; and Angel Fire, NM full-time since 1978.

Rich McLaughlin
Intermountain Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
Seeing the joy in peoples faces as they learn a new sport.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
If you have a challenging day, just remember you’re doing what you love.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
All of them. Member events, continuing education opportunities, and Pro Deals.

Areas you have taught at:
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY

Shelby Rogala
Northern Rocky Mountain Division Board Representative

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I was lucky enough to participate in the All Mountain program at my local mountain. The passion, excitement, and sense of community around sliding on snow was contagious, so I joined the team when I reached High School.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Find your voice as a teacher – be willing to challenge yourself to improve as much as you challenge your students.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
Access to training, learning, growing, and connecting with all of YOU!

Areas you have taught at:
Bridger Bowl, Great Divide, Lost Trail Ski Area, and Yellowstone Club, MT; Aspen Highlands, CO; Ski Portillo, Chile

Ed Younglove
Ex-Officio

What inspired you to become an instructor?
Wanting to share my love of skiing and the mountains.

What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Get a good mentor to help with your professional development.

What’s your favorite member benefit?
The education materials and clinics.

Areas you have taught at:
Washington’s Crystal Mountain and throughout the northwest as an education staff member.

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