The best of the best ski and ride instructors are at Heavenly. Weâ€™re not just saying that. Itâ€™s true. The Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) recently announced their National Team for 2012-16, and out of the 30 people on the two teams, Heavenly is the home to four of them. Yep, thatâ€™s the most of any ski resort in the United States.
Why does this matter to the average skier? Having PSIA-AASI instructors on staff translates into a higher level of education across the ski and ride school, as information can flow directly from the pros to the other top-level instructors through on-snow clinics, classroom training, informal ski-arounds and locker room conversations.
Want to know a little bit more about these instructors that you could take a lesson from next season at Heavenly?
This will be Michael Roganâ€™s fifth term on the PSIA National Team (breaking his own record of four for a non-coach member) and is the Alpine Team Captain. He has taught skiing for almost 30 years and is valued by his students as much for his communication skills as for his incredible skiing and technical abilities. He is also the Director of Instruction for SKI Magazine and is the general manager of Ski Portillo in Portillo, Chile.
Robin Barnes is a two-time member of the PSIA National Alpine Team. She has earned a spot in SKI Magazineâ€™s Top 100 Instructors twice and has been an instructor and trainer at Heavenly since 1989. Robin speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and is also the ski school director at Ski Portillo. She is an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer.
Heidi Ettlinger is new to PSIAâ€™s National Alpine Team, but she is no stranger to the organization, having served on the PSIA-W Board of Directors and leading the annual Womenâ€™s Summit, providing elite training for female ski instructors. She pursues ski instruction and instructor training year round, dividing her time between Heavenly at Lake Tahoe and Mt. Hotham in Australia. Her passion for snowsports led to the development of Gearing to Go, DVDs and educational materials for the skiing trade to improve beginner retention.
Seth Johns was named to the AASI National Snowboarding Team for the first time. He has spent the last five years as a snowboard instructor and trainer at Heavenly Mountain Resort and as a snowboard coach for the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation. Seth is a competitor in the North Face Masters big mountain series and competes at several other events at both the local and national level.
Congratulations to Michael, Robin, Heidi and Seth, and thank you for representing Heavenly!
~ Sally Gunter, Public Relations Coordinator