Welcome to the Member Spotlight, which gives well-deserved shine to some of the incredibly skillful and devoted ski and snowboard instructors who make up PSIA-AASI. Whether instruction is a full-time career or a part-time pursuit balanced with other endeavors, PSIA-AASI members have valuable insights to share, gleaned from their experiences on snow.
Enjoy getting to know your colleagues from far and wide who share your passion for teaching skiing and riding! (And fill out this questionnaire for the chance to share YOUR story and insights in Member Spotlight.)
Name: Dave Horne
Member Since: 2005
Primary discipline: Alpine
PSIA-AASI Division: Rocky Mountain
You, Your Gear, and Your Favorites
When did you start skiing or riding? 1977
What is your best skiing or snowboarding memory? I've had many. The one that stands out is when I was teaching a group of never-ever teenage girls to ski. The lesson wasn't quite going as I would have liked. I thought for sure I was failing them. After lunch, they handed me a long piece of receipt paper. On the back of it they wrote, "We know we suck! We thank you for your patience. You're awesome!” All the girls had signed it. I keep that note hanging in my locker as a reminder to never give up. It turned out to be a great lesson in the end.
What would you say to someone to encourage them to try skiing or snowboarding? Skiing is an empowering sport for character and personal development. It builds confidence and creates a sense of accomplishment with each goal.
What are your favorite off-snow hobbies? Triathlons
PSIA-AASI and Your Snowsports Education Career
Certifications & specialties achieved: Alpine Level III, Snowboard Level 1, Children's Specialist 2, Freestyle Level 1, and USSA Level 100
Resort you work at: Vail Resort
What inspired you to become an instructor? I had a bunch of friends that I use to hang with and hack teach them. They could see how passionate I was about skiing, and suggested I should try instructing.
Do you teach part-time or full-time? Part-time
What other profession(s) or endeavor(s) are you involved in? I'm currently the mountain PC tech for Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains.
What about your teaching style stands out? I like to race.
What is you biggest accomplishment as an instructor? Obtaining my Alpine Level III.
What’s your favorite PSIA-AASI member benefit? I love the pro deals.
Who is your favorite PSIA-AASI Official Supplier – and why? HEAD, because the boots and skis work for my style of skiing.
What are your current skiing or riding goals? Becoming an examiner for Rocky Mountain would be cool.
What are your current teaching goals? Teach in a way so that every guest feels, and knows, that they can always get better.
Your Advice to Instructors
What’s the best piece of advice you could offer a new instructor? Get certified, you'll learn a ton!
What advice do you have for instructors preparing for certification
Level I: Know where you are in your own skiing.
Level II: Make sure you have a clear understanding of the skiing skills.
Level III: Own your skiing!
Connect with Dave Horne on Facebook: Dave Horne and Instagram: davevhorne
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