Brian Bensch

Skiing Snowboarding
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Certification Status: Level 1

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

About Brian Bensch

I grew up in Santa Clara, CA and began skiing at Bear Valley at the age of 4. He spent his high school days in Tahoe, and worked as a ski instructor for 4 years in college at Dartmouth, before moving back to San Francisco in 2009. After 6+ years at Google and Metromile focused on advertising & growth analytics, Brian moved back to Tahoe in 2016 and is now focused full-time on helping more people discover a lifelong passion for the outdoors.


Brian Bensch's Recent Reviews

5 of 5 stars

Brian was a wonderful instructor! Our daughter progressed so much with just two lessons. We hope to work with Brian again!

- Theanne, from January 28, 2024 (review published March 20, 2024)



5 of 5 stars

- Stayce, from December 27, 2023 (review published January 05, 2024)



5 of 5 stars

Great with the two kids and taught them a lot in such a short amount of time.

- Dan, from January 01, 2024 (review published January 02, 2024)



5 of 5 stars

He gave a very positive experience to my visiting nephews/nieces (aged 8, 10, 12, 14) who are first time to do a snow activity. His infectious positive energy fired up the kids through the whole private lesson session.

- joseph, from December 29, 2023 (review published January 01, 2024)



5 of 5 stars

Thank you Brian!

- JUNG, from December 29, 2023 (review published December 30, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Our 4 year old enjoyed his time with Brian. It was his first time skiing and now he’s hooked!

- Gil, from December 29, 2023 (review published December 30, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was very helpful and patient. Scott, our 4 year old really enjoyed his time with him. I would highly recommend him to others!

- Gil, from December 28, 2023 (review published December 28, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was very patient with Sammy, and very helpful to me in working with him. I appreciated his tips and the kids had a great time learning to ski!

- Stayce, from December 27, 2023 (review published December 27, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

- Shreyasee, from December 26, 2023 (review published December 26, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian helped me enormously and it was a pleasure working with him. I've progressed a lot and I'm sure it would take me a long time to reach this level by myself.

- Sarah, from (review published May 03, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

We liked everything about todays lesson and could not be any happier with the instructions today. Brian was a joy to watch with our son. We will be back very soon.

- Sarah, from (review published June 05, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was super friendly, supportive, and patient, and we are so impressed at how much progress our usually anxious kiddo made in this stellar first lesson. Thank you so much for a wonderful introduction to skiing, Brian!!

- Gabe, from (review published May 31, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

- Katie, from (review published June 04, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was incredibly patient and fun for our blended group. We could not have asked for a better experience. We can’t thank you enough for helping make amazing family memories.

- Katie, from (review published June 21, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was very patient with the kids. He tap into the kids’ background in soccer and other sports to make excellent analogy with skiing. After the lesson, the kids had some more practice on the bunny hill, and they were able to go down on their own. Everybody has a great time. Thank you, Brian!

- Seb, from (review published May 14, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

- Sarah, from (review published June 21, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

He was very friendly, he engaged well with the kids and was able to explain things in a very understandable way. He was patient, and he was funny.

- Christina, from (review published May 12, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

He was patient, friendly and got my first time skiers excited about learning how to ski.

- Sarah, from (review published June 06, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian Bensch was awesome! Neil benefitted greatly from the 3 hour lesson. Brian was able to get Neil's confidence up to try the bigger poma lift. I am looking forward to more lessons for sure.

- Sarah, from (review published May 22, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

- Brian, from (review published May 24, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was incredibly patient and encouraging. He was fantastic with the kids and didn’t give up on them. 10/10!

- Seb, from (review published April 30, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

He was great!

- Brian, from (review published May 14, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

- Katie, from (review published May 03, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

My oldest daughter went from not wanting to ski at all to throwing a tantrum when she couldn’t ski on the day we left Tahoe. Brian was very friendly, patient and gentle with my girls and he really made skiing fun!!

- Gabe, from (review published June 28, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian understands the different levels and skills our family members have, and adjusted the instructions accordingly. He is patient and has a positive attitude, which helped motivate us to learn. Highly recommended!

- Christina, from (review published June 11, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian is very professional and patient with kids. Very glad we did the lesson with Brian. Hope next time will meet him again.

- Christina, from (review published April 24, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

He is so patient w the kids, happy, positive and the kids did learn to ski! Thank you for squeezing us in!!! We really appreciate it! And all the kids loved it and said they wanted to try it again! Thanks for a wonderful 1st experience!!! Nothing to improve. He was outstanding!!!

- Brian, from (review published May 03, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

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- Katie, from (review published May 20, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was a great ski instructor for our 2 boys (ages 5 & 8). His personality and energy put them at ease immediately. They loved their lesson and improved significantly in just an hour. As a parent, I really appreciated Brian's clear communication style and friendly attitude. We would love to work with Brian again in the future!

- Christina, from (review published April 30, 2023)



4 of 5 stars

Brian was super friendly. He was very easy to find on the day of the lesson, and very helpful with finding us lift tickets and recommending equipment rental places. He clearly knows his stuff very well but at times it could be a little hard to understand exactly what he was explaining. One suggestion that I can think of: I learn best when I'm reading something on my own, would it be possible to create some material to send out in advance? I know most people wouldn't read it but just an idea, some of us might!

- Seb, from (review published July 03, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was great to work with. He was in touch as we were setting up the lesson and helped us to decide what the best setup was for our kids. He also checked in with us the day before the lesson to give us tips on getting to the resort, timing etc. During the lesson he managed to make progress with 3 very different kids at different levels of learning. He was flexible, positive and took each of our kids further in their learning than we expected. He was even in touch after the lesson and shared pictures and feedback. We really appreciated his attention to detail, flexibility and thoughtfullness. Thanks, Brian!

- Christina, from (review published June 15, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was an excellent instructor for our 6 year old son, Matty. Brian was patient and steady with his verbal instructions & demonstrations. His demeanor allowed our son to feel encouraged and to have fun at the same time. Brian's approach to ski instruction did wonders for Matty's confidence because when we returned to Homewood in the afternoon (long after his 9-10 am lesson), Matty actually wanted to ride the Happy Platter lift (pole on springs) to see if he could finally conquer it himself. (Brian had to accompany Matty all the previous times in the morning.) Not only was Matty able to ride the lift halfway and ski down the hill solo, he was also able to snap his own ski back on by himself after it became detached during one of his runs. It was great to see our son have the self-confidence and determination to want to actually get better and enjoy skiing. After the lessons, Brian also provided helpful detailed feedback via email on our son's progress during his lessons. This is important as it provides a better understanding of our son's capabilities/ski level and for planning future private or group lessons. It definitely helps us as parents to have concrete details regarding where our child can improve. All round great experience with Brian Bensch!

- Sarah, from (review published May 09, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

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- Seb, from (review published June 05, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Great articulation of what we were doing, why we were doing it, and how to do it. I had a great time during my hour with Brian!

- Seb, from (review published June 05, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian was fantastic today instructing me and my 2 kids. He is patient, kind and super engaging and we all felt that we improved tremendously from the start of the lesson until we finished 3 hours later. I would highly recommend Brian as an instructor!

- Seb, from (review published June 30, 2023)



4 of 5 stars

My husband & I booked a lesson with Brian this past weekend. We booked at the very last minute but Brian was very responsive and managed to fit us in. He was very friendly and gave clear and easy to understand feedback about our progress. We had a great time, and would love to take another lesson later in the season.

- Sean, from (review published July 03, 2023)



5 of 5 stars

Brian helped me enormously and it was a pleasure working with him. I've progressed a lot and I'm sure it would take me a long time to reach this level by myself.

- Tessa, from (review published June 14, 2023)