National Team 2021-24: Meet Mike Hafer

Mike Hafer is a member of the 2021-24 PSIA-AASI National Team where he will help set the standard for snowsports instruction. PSIA-AASI hand-selected the 37 team members – 8 coaches and 29 team members – for their range of skills that allow them to serve as inspirational leaders and build enthusiasm for learning and having fun skiing and riding.

Listen to PSIA Alpine Team member Mike Hafer in this podcast.

Where is your home mountain?

Breckenridge, Colorado

What other occupations are you involved in?

Breckenridge Ski and Snowboard School Manager

Describe a teaching or learning experience that sticks out in your mind.

An instructor came to me for advice on training for his level III. We chatted fitness, technique, and planning. After four years of dedication, he achieved his level III at the young age of 70!

What are your specialties as a team member? 

I teach all ages and all levels. This experience helps me coach instructors on how to connect with their students of all ages and skills.

Any relevant certifications?

Alpine Level III certification and Children’s Specialist 2 credential.

Is there anything we missed asking? 

I am honored to serve my third term on the team.

Who is your greatest inspiration as an instructor?

This journey began in the mid ’90s when I moved to Tahoe, California inspired by my uncle, Eddie Visser, a ski instructor at Northstar. He always spoke to the importance of meeting the guest’s needs and expectations and we had many late night conversations about skiing at the highest levels to the most basic movement patterns and how they all relate. He introduced me to this lifestyle and was the inspiration for my journey.

Best part of teaching?

The best part of teaching is the success other’s experience with my help. I enjoy helping others discover new ideas or refining their skills to meet their goals.

What’s your favorite run at your home mountain?

CJ’s – it is one of the longest most sustained pitches at Breck and named after a really great guy!