Alpine Team

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Jonathan Ballou 

Email: jballou@aspensnowmass.com

Where is your home mountain?
Aspen Snowmass, CO

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Bilzzard, Tecnica, Leki, POC, Swany

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Skiing and more skiing. I guess I'm pretty one-dimensional.

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
I began teaching when I was 14, since then teaching snowsports has been the primary focus of my life. In my early twenties I began to question the validity of snowsports education. In early 2003 I was injured and, while recovering, was forced to look towards employment in other industries. I leaned on my restaurant background and was inspired to become a sommelier. I studied, tested, and was on the path to a promising future as a sommeier in the restaurant and hospitality world. With an interesting, engaging, creative and potentially lucrative career laid out in front of me, something didn't feel right, didn't feel satisfying. Several years later, while traveling with a client to ski with his family in Switzerland, I found myself standing atop the Gotschnagrat Gondola in Klosters looking over the valley, the snow covered alps, and expansive pistes and came to the sudden and life-changing realization that snowsports education was not only a valid career but, the only venture that I could truly dedicate my life to. Upon my return home I promptly left the hotel industry, applied to become an Examiner with PSIA-RM and planned my return to New Zealand to re-engage with with pursuit. I have not looked back or questioned my decision since. 

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Robin Barnes 

Email: robinbarnesusa@netscape.net

Where is your home mountain?
Heavenly, CA and Portillo, Chile

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
HEAD, Bolle, Hestra, LEKI, Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in? 
I am also a certified personal trainer.

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Jeb Boyd, Team Manager 

Email: jeb@arc2arc.com

Where is your home mountain?
Cannon Mountain, NH

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Dynastar, Lange, Look, LEKI, Scott, Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in? 
CEO NLI Entertainment - parent company of Alpine Adventures, Candia Springs Adventure Park & Whale’s Tale Waterpark

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
The technical side of skiing and understanding the details of the sport can be daunting at times. This is cool on one end as it always proves there is more to learn about our sport for all of us. However, doing my best to simplify these concepts to help everyday skiers improve brings great joy to me.

Specialties
Coach education, Examiner training and coordination, technical and general skier improvement and organizational management

Matt Boyd 

Email: matt@arc2arc.com

Where is your home mountain?
Cannon Mountain, NH

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Marker, Dalbello, Volkl, Swany, Patagonia, Leki

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Waterparks and ziplines

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
While working at National Academy in Snowbird, UT, we came upon a little girl crying on an icy trail. My group full of PSIA-AASI members worked with me to help this girl to the bottom of the steep pitch. The best part was that by the time we got her down, she was not only skiing, but laughing and smiling while doing it. 

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Ryan Christofferson

Email: toffee004@gmail.com

Where is your home mountain?
Northstar, CA

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Marker, Volkl,  Dalbello, Hestra, Leki

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Hairstylist

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
A level III trainer of mine once told me that he was trying to change my movement patterns, not my personality. We needed to find a way to keep my style while skiing more efficiently. That stuck with me.

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Dusty Dyar 

Email: dustindyar@hotmail.com

Where is your home mountain?
Crested Butte, CO

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Marker, Dalbello, Volkl, Hestra

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Cartpentry and surviving infants

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
I recently worked as a selector for the Rocky Mountain Trainer Selection. During the three-day process the candidates are evaluated on their skills, technical knowledge, and clinic leading. The selectors demo all the tasks for the candidates. I lost a screw out of my boot buff and its alignment was moving around. I was able to be successfully demonstrate all the tasks until outside ski turns, and then I couldn't balance on one ski to save my life. The candidates piped up with some, "if you can't do that why should we" comments in good nature. I learned several lessons. Don't neglect your boots, leave your pride at home, and tons of repetition will create more concrete movement patterns. 

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Heidi Ettlinger 

Email: heidiettlinger@yahoo.com

Where is your home mountain?
Heavenly Lake Tahoe, CA, and Mt. Hotham, Australia

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Leki USA, HEAD, Hestra, Bolle, Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Heidi holds a B.S. in Human Services & Counseling and after working for several years in the child protection field she began ski instructing. She has since devoted her career to growing the snowsport industry. She spends most of her time developing custom instructor training programs while traveling the country (and world) on her second term as a National Alpine Team member. Heidi also produces a program with several resources for resorts and retailers (gearingtogo.com) to improve the retention of new skiers and riders. She is a member of the PSIA-W Education/Examiner Staff, serving a fourth term on their BOD, and participates on the PSIA-AASI National Education Leadership Council (ELC), and the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Leadership Team. Heidi has spent over twenty years building women’s adventure programs for professionals and the public, many of which have served as a catalyst for helping more women successfully pursue recreation and professional endeavors in the snowsports field. She coordinates the nationally attended Women’s Summit (a collaboration of patrol, instructors, race coaches, and elite athletes) to help more women contribute to the diversity in leadership roles within the outdoor recreation industry.

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
Teaching beginners and maintaining relationships with families that started as beginners has kept my skills, motivation, and passion for the outlook on snowsports relevant to guests and training instructors. Although I am fortunate to work with guests of all ability levels, putting in the hard yards to provide creativity and innovative teaching approaches with beginners, keeps me continually challenged as a professional.

Specialties
I work with resorts to help develop custom instructor and resort management training programs. These include: skiing skills and teaching pedagogy, leadership enhancement sessions, resort trainer and staff development, revitalizing children's programs curriculum, beginner retention and redesigning the beginner learning zones.

Certifications
PSIA Level III, Children's Specialist 2, Adaptive Level I, AIARE 2, W-EMT

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Joshua Fogg 

Email: joshuafogg@me.com

Where is your home mountain?
Aspen/Snowmass, CO

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Rossignol, Bolle, Swany, Leki

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Landscaping and gardening

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
I have been teaching a young man for the past 12 years, since he was 6-years-old. This year he will be a senior in high school. When I met him, he wasn't interested in taking lessons, he just wanted to go fast and have fun. We found a place at Snowmass where he could go as fast as he wanted for longer than he had ever gone. He learned how to tuck and keep his skis straight so that he could go faster. After what felt like a thousand runs on the same trail, he wanted something more from skiing. He wanted to see more of the mountain. We put together a series of plans based on his other favorite thing in the world: video games. When I told him that he had to find some new powers on his old favorite trail in order to get good enough to advance to the next level (or trail in this case), he immediately wanted to know what he had to do to and started figuring out how to ski better. Now, we ski the whole mountain together with his friends and family. Over the years, we have worked on technique, skiing together in groups, route-finding, telemark skiing, touring, as well as the emotional and intellectual maturity it takes to become a true expert. He has truly been one of my best students throughout the years, and I look forwared to skiing with him for years to come.  

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Stephen Helfenbein 

Email: phenski@icloud.com

Where is your home mountain?
Alta, UT

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Tecnica, Blizzard, Swany, Scott

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Coaching junior freeride athletes

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
I learned the most from coaching junior freeride athletes to compete in International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association (IFSA) competitions. Coaching a new discipline of skiing that does not yet have any coaching models gave me the opportunity to assess what I know about skiing, make it relevant to teenagers and test it competitions.   

Specialties
My specialties include training candidates for successful certification attempts, coaching all mountain skiing to advanced/expert skiers of all ages, and training trainers.

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Brenna Kelleher 

Email: brenna_kelleher@msn.com

Where is your home mountain?
Big Sky, MT

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Blizzard, Tecnica, Leki, Scott

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Real estate agent in Big Sky, MT, and whitewater kayak instructor

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
There are so many it's difficult to speak to one overall experience as being the most profound. I would say the best moments are when you connect with a student and there is a light bulb moment when you and your student have learned something about each other and figured out how to work together.  

Specialties
I grew up ski racing and raced NCAA for Montana State -- I enjoy teaching carving and race tactics. However, when I retired from ski racing I got to explore more areas. I love spending time in steep terrain and bumps! I think I love it all! Follow me on Instagram @brennakelleher

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Eric Lipton 

Email: ericlipton@hotmail.com

Where is your home mountain?
Yellowstone Club, MT

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
HEAD, Leki USA, POC Sports, Swany America, Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Managing Director at SNOW Operating

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
A day I spent skiing with former Alpine Team Coach Shawn Smith in 2006 sticks out tot me. I remember him asking me what I was working on in my skiing. I described how I was trying to move some body part in a certain way. He didn't like my answer, so he asked me again, "What are you working on in your skiing?" he asked again. Using different words I described the same body-part-specific movements. Still, he was unsatisfied with my answer. He asked me again this time raising his voice, " I said what are you working on in your skiing?!" By now I could tell he was aggravated as was I. Clearly I didn't understand the question. Then, in very few words he identified the CONCEPT I had been alluding to. It wasn't about the body part or the position - that's the detail. It's the CONCEPT of what I was trying to achieve. That's when I learned to think conceptually about skiing. If we're tight on the concepts, we can be loose on the details. this way of thinking has served me well, and has allowed us as an Alpine Team to think creatively about skiing.   

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Dave Lyon

Email: dave@spacracing.com

Where is your home mountain?
Stevens Pass, WA

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Rossignol, Bolle, Leki, Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Ski coaching 

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Ann Schorling 

Email: a.schorling@gmail.com

Where is your home mountain?
Jackson Hole, WY

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Rossignol, Leki, POC, Swany, and Patagonia

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Leadership coaching and outdoor education

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
The other day I skied with a woman named Mary Ellen, who had skied the week prior with a friend of mine, Josh. I knew from Josh that he had specifically chosen not to coach Mary Ellen with cues or body movements. Instead, Josh had her practice making round smooth turns all day long—both by following his tracks and on her own once she understood the turn size and shape. When I asked Mary Ellen what she learned from Josh, she went into great detail about how much he had taught her—to shift pressure to her outside ski much earlier in the turn; to use rounder turns to control her speed; and to slowly build pressure underneath her uphill foot as she came across the fall line. It was her biggest breakthrough in twenty years, all of it accurate and well executed. The point, however, is that Josh didn’t say any of that. He didn’t have to.

Specialties
As a Team member coming from Jackson Hole, I tend to specialize in terrain skiing (steeps, bumps, crud, line choice, tactics, etc.). In addition, I frequently coach instructors training toward higher levels of certification and work with Divisional Education staff. I am excited to work as a Team member in any capacity. At the moment I am particularly interested in mindset and its impact on skill development.

Certifications
Intermountain Telemark Examiner, Children’s Specialist 2, American Avalanche Institute Professional Level 2

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Brian Smith 

Email: Skismith68@yahoo.com

Where is your home mountain?
Aspen Highlands, CO; Gore Mountain, NY

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Volkl Marker, Smith-Optics, Leki, Dalbello Ski Boots

What other occupations are you involved in? 
Owner of Smith Custom Building & Remodeling

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
2016 Aspen Highlands, I skied 14 days with a 5-year-old boy and his family. At the start of the lesson the young boy was skiing using a slight wedge christy. By the end of the 14 days I witnessed him ski his first black diamond and double black diamond. I learned that terrain recognition helped him with confidence and tactics. Spending time skiing the same terrain thoroughly before moving on was key to his success. In 14 days we had plenty of time to progress the difficulty of terrain slowly to increase his changes of a positive experience on newer steeper and bumpier terrain. The paths in the trees literally ended up erasing his need for the wedge and the wedge became a safety brake not a mode to ski. I can't wait to ski with him this season and take him to the next level again. 

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Jennifer Simpson Weier

Email: SIMPSOJL@yahoo.com

Where is your home mountain?
Aspen Mountain, CO

Who are your PSIA-AASI Official Suppliers?
Dynastar, Lange, Look, Leki, POC

What other occupations are you involved in? 
RN, Emergency Department

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.
I was working with a client in Vail on what was our third lesson together. The client and I were standing at the bottom of Blue Ox after skiing it in some rugged conditions. He had made great progress and had skied the run with control and confidence. He was a great student, but did not show or express much emotion during our days together. After taking it in for a minute, he turned to me, and with only a slight smile on his face said, "Just so you know, this is me looking really excited." I laughed and congratulated him. He had learned something new, applied it in challenging snow, and was stoked. These are the moments in teaching skiing that I love.