Those who wish to become professional ski and snowboard instructors have a rigorous path to follow in attaining certification. All our candidates attend our 8:30 clinics, and have completed a minimum of 50 hours of combined in-house training and actual on-hill teaching in order to be eligible to take the Level I skiing or riding exam. This season, 10 of our instructors achieved Level I PSIA Skiing certification. Tia Krebs, Jim Quinn, Cassandra Tarbell, Mike Sweeney, Alexa Pietrowski, and Katarina Ulsrud in the Alpine Division; Chelsea Marucci, Lynn Neeson, Jackie Novkov, and Cody VanGorder received certification in the Adaptive Division of Professional Ski Instructors of America.
We also had successful candidates for the PSIA/AASI Children’s Specialist Exam which is a nationally recognized certificate based program. The exam combines knowledge of snowboarding and Alpine skiing and Telemark skiing. Brian Smith successfully completed Children’s Specialist I at Holiday Valley on March 5. Wendy Frank, Snowsports Director at HoliMont, Jane Robinson, former Children’s Director at HoliMont, Ron Kubicki, Snowsports Director at Holiday Valley, Rich Rumfola, Children’s Director at Holiday Valley, and Debbie Goslin, Snowsports Director at Kissing Bridge completed their Children’s Specialist 2 exam at HoliMont on March 7. Congratulations to all for all their hard work. Pictured are L to R First row: Tia Krebs, Cassandra Tarbell, Katarina Ulsrud, Alexa Pietrowski, Wendy Frank. Back row: Brian Smith, Jim Quinn, Mike Sweeney.