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Elise Bankosh

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 22 years old, from San Jose
  • Certification(s): SSIA Level 1 Certification
  • About Elise: San Jose
  • Hello my name is Elise and I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I grew up skiing at Bear Valley Ski Resort and remember loving just being out in the snow every winter. In high school I...

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JB Behar

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 26 years old, from Los Altos, Ca
  • Certification(s): PSIA L1, AASI L1, SS1 Ski, SS1 Snowboard
  • About JB: Los Altos, Ca
  • I grew up skiing a few times a year and switched over to snowboarding when i was little. After many years, I picked up skiing again, and now have two favorite winter sports! I have the great pleasure...

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Peter McDowell

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 22 years old, from Nevada City, Ca.
  • Certification(s): Snowschoolers Level 1, First Aid, CPR
  • About Peter: Nevada City, Ca.
  • My name is Peter McDowell and I was born and raised in Nevada City California, just an hour away from Tahoe. I began skiing with my family when I was 3 years old and have continued with renewed...

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Jon Graham

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 36 years old, from Concord, NH
  • Certification(s): HTA
  • About Jon: Concord, NH
  • I grew up skiing the icy slopes of New Hampshire and Vermont, but recently moved out to Tahoe. What I love most about teaching with Snow Schoolers is not just helping people learn the fundamentals of...

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Blair Nall

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 23 years old, from OVERLAND PARK
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Blair: OVERLAND PARK
  • Mountain explorer, raft guide, & ski instructor

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Elena Szlemp

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 24 years old, from Oregon City, OR
  • Certification(s): N/A
  • About Elena: Oregon City, OR
  • I am originally from Oregon and I first learned to ski there. College brought me out to California and I visited Tahoe a few times to ski and loved it. Now I am a seasonal ski instructor in the winter

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Mason Littlejohn

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 24 years old, from Atlanta, Ga
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Mason: Atlanta, Ga
  • I've been skiing for over 10 years and instructing for 4. I love the mountain and teaching people to ski.

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Kelby Walsh

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 30 years old, from Dallas, Texas
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 2 and CS2
  • About Kelby: Dallas, Texas
  • I have been living and teaching skiing in Colorado for over a decade. I am passionate about using creativity in my lessons and providing a safe and fun learning experience for my students. In my...

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Samuel Crabtree

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  • Snowboard Instructor & Ski Instructor
  • 24 years old, from The Hague, Netherlands
  • Certification(s): AASI Level 1
  • About Samuel: The Hague, Netherlands
  • I would love to teach you how to snowboard! Come on down to Snow Schoolers and meet our...

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Brian Bensch

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 34 years old, from San Francisco, CA
  • Certification(s): Level 1
  • About Brian: San Francisco, CA
  • 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...

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Kanan Miller

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 31 years old, from South Lake Tahoe, Ca.
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Kanan: South Lake Tahoe, Ca.
  • I grew up on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and learned to ski on the Heavenly race team. I have been blessed to ski many different mountains and all types of terrain. I enjoy meeting, teaching, and...

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Jack Antezana

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 34 years old, from San Diego / Chile
  • Certification(s): AASI ( L3, resort trainer) PSIA L1 , AAA L1, first aid, cpr, aed
  • About Jack: San Diego / Chile
  • Surf and snowboard guide, ski instructor Beginners ski/snowboard lessons Intermediate/advanced ski/snowboard Snowboard powder/tree clinic with full day private lesson/guide

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Casten Ernberg

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 21 years old, from Westport, CT
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1, SS1
  • About Casten: Westport, CT
  • Casten has been skiing since he was 2 years old in the Alps of Switzerland. He is a University of Miami student taking the semester off in order to inspire new skiiers to keep progessing. He is very...

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Holly Domingo

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 28 years old, from Walnut Creek, CA
  • Certification(s): PSIA l
  • About Holly: Walnut Creek, CA
  • I have been Alpine skiing for 16 years/Nordic skiing for 25 years, working in the ski industry for the greater part of 10 years, and am a level 1 PSIA certified ski instructor. I love the sense of...

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Lauren Zickenberg

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 27 years old, from Discovery Bay, CA
  • Certification(s): AASI Level 1
  • About Lauren: Discovery Bay, CA
  • I grew up in Discovery Bay, CA and had a cabin in South Lake Tahoe growing up. I began skiing at the age of 4 and snowboarding at the age of 15 at the local Tahoe resorts. I was also the events...

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Rainey Wilson

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 19 years old, from Sun Valley, ID
  • Certification(s): TBD
  • About Rainey: Sun Valley, ID
  • I’m from Sun Valley, Idaho. I grew up skiing since I was 2 and competed for 10 years. Goofy and fun times ahead. I’m excited to teach y’all how to ski and I know you’ll rock at it!

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Clay Johnson

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 21 years old, from Philadelphia, PA
  • Certification(s): PSIA L1
  • About Clay: Philadelphia, PA
  • Hello! I'm a fun and encouraging ski and surf instructor. I'm a current college student studying Finance at UMiami. I'm here in Tahoe to share my winter passion. If y'all want a super safe and highly...

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Chris Parson

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 30 years old, from Tahoe City, CA
  • Certification(s): CPR, First-aid/AED
  • About Chris: Tahoe City, CA
  • i have been teaching for a decade and i love the moment when the student gets the "ah HA"

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Daniel Shafer

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  • Snowboard Instructor & Ski Instructor
  • 20 years old, from Flower Mound, TX
  • Certification(s): AASI Snowboard level 1
  • About Daniel: Flower Mound, TX
  • I started out skiing very young and then switched to snowboarding and have been snowboarding for 10 years and this will be my 3rd season teaching! I started out just just going once a year like most...

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Bryce Badger

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  • Snowboard Instructor & Ski Instructor
  • 34 years old, from Escondido, CA
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1 certification
  • About Bryce: Escondido, CA
  • San Diego native, but Eastern Sierra local since 2006. I have the most fun when I’m in the snow and especially when I can share that enjoyment with others. My goal is for my students to have the best...

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Sam Wesely

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 20 years old, from Tahoe City, CA
  • Certification(s): HTA Level 1
  • About Sam: Tahoe City, CA
  • I grew up in Georgia and learned to ski and snowboard on the east coast hills of West Virginia. Super excited to be here sharing my passion for the mountains.

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Karen Kane

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 25 years old, from Rockville, MD
  • Certification(s): CPR, First-aid/AED, Bloodborne Pathogens
  • About Karen: Rockville, MD
  • I love teaching, spending time on the mountain and skiing or riding! I speak English, Spanish and Italian.

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Jeffrey Franks

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  • Snowboard Instructor & Ski Instructor
  • 34 years old, from Tahoe City
  • Certification(s): NA
  • About Jeffrey: Tahoe City
  • Hi! My name’s Jeffrey. I’m a lifelong skier/snowboarder. Nothing puts a smile on your face better than gliding down snow. I’m here to make sure you have a great first experience so you can quickly...

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Travis Boatwright

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  • Snowboard Instructor & Ski Instructor
  • 27 years old, from Houston, Tx
  • Certification(s): None
  • About Travis: Houston, Tx
  • Hi, I'm Travis. I have a love for the great outdoors and enjoy snowboarding. I'm excited to help students learn to snowboard and start their adventure on the...

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Nicole Abbott

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 21 years old, from Saint Johns
  • Certification(s): None currently
  • About Nicole: Saint Johns
  • I really enjoy teaching people how to ski or snowboard! I knew how hard it was for me to learn so I have always wanted to make it easier for others

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Itai Rapaport

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 28 years old, from Israel
  • Certification(s): Level 1 europian cert.
  • About Itai: Israel
  • World traveler ski /snowboard instructor. Been teaching teaching people how to ride for the past 7 years. I love my job, super excited for this season in Tahoe!

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Alora Bourne

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  • Snowboard Instructor & Ski Instructor
  • 23 years old, from Northern Tahoe, CA
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Alora: Northern Tahoe, CA
  • I am a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Wildlife Ecology. I have been instructing since 2014 and skiing/snowboarding since I was a little kid. I love teaching...

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Danielle Hankinson

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 52 years old, from Kings Beach
  • Certification(s): APSI level 4
  • About Danielle: Kings Beach
  • Danielle is able to adapt her teaching style to suit your needs. She has over 30 winters experience teaching all over the world. Danielle excels at pinpointing what you need to enhance or change to...

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Zach Broach

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 26 years old, from Woodstock, Georgia and Chugiak, Alaska
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Zach: Woodstock, Georgia and Chugiak, Alaska
  • Began as a ski instructor at Snowshoe resort in West Virginia. Was also a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia State University for applied human physiology.

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Katie Brady

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 29 years old, from Tahoe City, CA
  • Certification(s): Level 1 in-progress
  • About Katie: Tahoe City, CA
  • I grew up coming to Tahoe to ski every year with my family, and have been lucky enough to now live in Tahoe full time. Some of my favorite memories were made during my ski lessons with my brothers at...

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Brandon Draper

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 25 years old, from Moscow, ID
  • Certification(s): Not currently certified
  • About Brandon: Moscow, ID
  • I love skiing!! I've been skiing for nearly 15 years and decided to become an instructor this season. I leaned to ski in the Pacific Northwest and I'm excited to teach you all I've learned. See you on

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Justin Hollenbeck

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 30 years old, from Breckenridge, CO
  • Certification(s): PSIA III. Enrolled in PSIA RMT Program.
  • About Justin: Breckenridge, CO
  • Raised in Breckenridge. Worked out of Aspen Snowmass for three years. Obtained full PSIA certification last year and entered into the RMT program. I work as a full-time biomechanics engineer for a...

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Maxwell Fogarty

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 26 years old, from Berkeley
  • Certification(s): None yet
  • About Maxwell: Berkeley
  • Winter is my favorite season and I love to share it with others!

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Nicole Cherichella

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 35 years old, from Breckenridge
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1 and CS1. I have completed 2 of the exam days for Level 2. I plan to achieve that this Season. First Aid/CPR.
  • About Nicole: Breckenridge
  • Avid surfer turned snowboarder half of the year - so far:) With an education background, I love teaching things I love to do. I coached surfing for over 13 years before I decided to return to snow...

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Casey Waldner

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 40 years old, from Houston, TX
  • Certification(s): NPTI, Snow Schoolers I
  • About Casey: Houston, TX
  • Hello! My name is Casey and I enjoy the outdoors, people, and having lots of laughs!! I've been a personal trainer for 10 years and am one of the co-founders of the Houston Roller Derby- a league I...

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Andy Grady

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 26 years old, from Phoenix, AZ
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1 and AASI Level 1
  • About Andy: Phoenix, AZ
  • Originally from Phoenix, AZ but relocated to Lake Tahoe in 2018 where I developed an admiration for the mountains and a deep appreciation for teaching skiing and snowboarding. This is my first year...

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Colton Droubli

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 24 years old, from Seattle, WA
  • Certification(s): N/A
  • About Colton: Seattle, WA
  • Ideally I would like a part-time position, but can flex more hours if absolutely needed.

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Julie Claspill

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 30 years old, from San Jose
  • Certification(s): AASI Level 1
  • About Julie: San Jose
  • I am a well rounded employee, I love a challenge. I enjoy working with people and problem solving. It is important to maintain a positive work environment I always try to uplift my co-workers and...

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Substitute Coach

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 30 years old, from Tahoe City, CA
  • Certification(s): Level 1
  • About Substitute: Tahoe City, CA
  • I am an occasional part-time instructor and help out the Snow Schoolers team when they are short-staffed. I love teaching people of all ages to ski and snowboard!

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Substitute Coach2

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 30 years old, from Squaw Valley
  • Certification(s): Level 1
  • About Substitute: Squaw Valley
  • I am an occasional part-time instructor and help out the Snow Schoolers team when they are short-staffed. I love teaching people of all ages to ski and snowboard!

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Hannah Urrutia

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 25 years old, from Tahoe City
  • Certification(s): Internal Training
  • About Hannah: Tahoe City
  • Am a wildlife researcher, love to snowboard, and love introducing others to the sport!

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Jordan Plotkin

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 22 years old, from Baltimore, MD
  • Certification(s): Wilderness first responder
  • About Jordan: Baltimore, MD
  • Hi! I’m Jordan, I learned to ski on the east coast growing up in Maryland and have spent my summers out in Colorado white water raft guiding! After college I’ve been able to live out here year round...

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