Ed Younglove, Chairman of the Board

Email: edy@yclaw.com

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:
Crystal Mountain, WA and throughout the northwest as an education staff member.

Neil Bussiere, Secretary and Western Division Board Representative

Email: neil.e.bussiere@sbcglobal.net

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, Wrightwood, CA

Doug Carter, Secretary and Western Division Board Representative

Email: doug@carter.law

What inspired you to become an instructor?
PSIA-AASI clinics

What's the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Attend as many clinics as you can. Then train!

What's your favorite member benefit?
Pro discounts

Areas you have taught at:
Snow Creek, MO; Vail, CO

Walt Coiner, Treasurer and Northern Intermountain Division Board Representative

Email: wcoiner@sunvalley.com

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

Eliza Kuntz, Vice Chair and Northern Rocky Mountain Division Board Representative

Email: ekuntz@redlodgemountain.com

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

Kent Lundell, Intermountain Division Board Representative

Email: mklundell@aol.com

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I loved watching all the great instructors ski. I wanted to be on of them.

What's the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Get a mentor -- you will need one along your way to becoming a great instructor.

What's your favorite member benefit?
I love the Accessories Catalog and the Pro Offers.

Areas you have taught at:
Almost every area in Utah. I know most every run in the state and where the best snow is.

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John May, Northwest Division Board Representative

Email: john@creekstonedesigns.com

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?
Patagonia Pro Offer 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

Joel Munn, Rocky Mountain Board Representative

Email: joelmunn@wildblue.net

What inspired you to become an instructor? 
I thought the Austians who came to Whiteface Mt., NY in the early '60s were the coolest guys in the world. I wanted to be just like them.

What's the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
This job isn't about you. It's about what you can do for someone else and help them be successful at a sport that is totally fun and can change their lives. 

Areas you have taught at:
Mt. Whitney, NY; Bristol Mountain, NY; Killington, VT; Bear Mountain, CA; Vail, CO; Breckenridge, CO; Arapahoe Basin, CO; Copper Mountain, CO; The Canyons, UT; Guthega, Australia; Mt. Hutt, New Zealand 

Warren Souther, Alaska Division Board Representative

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Areas you have taught at:


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Tom Butler, Eastern Division Board Representative

Email: tbutler@sugarloaf.com

What inspired you to become an instructor?
When I was 6-years-old, my neighbor Martinsville, NJ spent 20 minutes teaching me in his backyard on his son's equipment. He had no idea that those 20 minutes would set an impressionable kid on a path to make a life in the ski industry. When I graduated from the University of Maine, I moved to Sugarloaf to teach skiing for "one" winter and give back a bit what my neighbor taught me. That one winter turned into 25 years in the industry. Considering all the people I have had the honor of teaching and working with, I look back and marvel at the chain reaction that my neighbor set in motion. His selfless 20 minutes had a tremendous effect on many lives and hopefully I have been able to inspire others like he did for me.

What's the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor?
Have fun with your guests, laugh a lot! Also, as a newer instructor, you probably won't have a really deep repertoire of learning activities yet. Attend as many trainings as you can, build relationships with veteran staff and ask a lot of questions. (Remember, every single one of us were in your shoes at one time!) Get to really know a few key learning progressions and experiment with them in all kinds of situations and on different terrain. You will start to recognize that many of our guests are working on similar things, so a few key activities will work well. I have 3 or 4 that I keep coming back to which can be modified to different abilities and terrain situations. I can honestly say that everything I know about teaching skiing I stole from someone else, but after a while, with a lot of practice and experimentation, made it my own.  You'll do the same.

What's your favorite member benefit?
The numerous relationships that PSIA-AASI has with different equipment and retail companies is a huge benefit for members. Having access to the products that we use for our jobs at a discount really provides us the ability to be fully equipped and prepared.

Areas you have taught at:
Sugarloaf in western Maine and Smiggins Holes, NSW Australia.