Congratulations on being named to Ski Area Management’s “10 Under Thirty.” What does the honor mean to you?
I feel appreciated, and also feel lucky to have great teams who have helped me achieve this honor – including my team here at Holiday Valley and PSIA-AASI.
Does it feel more like an accolade for what you’ve done so far, or a challenge to do more?
I’m just getting started, and this award gives me the confidence I’m headed in the right direction.
In your SAM interview, you mention that everyone should take a lesson, regardless of ability. Can you expand on that idea?
To me, skiing is all about constant movement. As teachers, we can help our students explore new ways to ski by changing movements and developing new skills. It’s a sport of constant feedback and it’s fun to teach people how to respond to that feedback. I try to give the customer a new experience on the mountain every time they take a lesson.
What are the biggest differences, and similarities, between teaching in different regions?|
One of the biggest differences, besides terrain, are the customers. Out West, I worked to establish long-term clients because families would visit the same resort every year. In the East, clients tend take group lessons looking to learn for the first time or brush up on skills. Holiday Valley also does a lot of work with local schools and clubs. I joke that I went from a private-jet runway in Aspen to a school-bus runway at Holiday Valley, but, really, I’m happy with whatever brings people to ski! The biggest and best similarity is that people who ski and ride like to have fun.
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