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Adam Garon

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  • Ski Instructor & Snowboard Instructor
  • 30 years old, from Incline Village
  • Certification(s): PSIA AND AASI level 1 both
  • About Adam: Incline Village
  • From the white mountains of New England, I have enjoyed winter snow play since my early youth. Be it hiking in the mountains, biking, skiing, or snowboarding, mountain activities have always called...

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Brian Bensch

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 29 years old, from San Francisco, CA
  • Certification(s): HTA 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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Steven Taitel

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 53 years old, from Reno NV
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1, HTA Level 1
  • About Steven: Reno NV
  • I am originally from Parsippany NJ, where I started skiing when I was 3. Skiing has always been my favorite thing in the world to do! So much so I was a stow away in my fathers car when I was 5. This...

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Yaya Ibanez

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 29 years old, from Tahoe City, CA
  • Certification(s): HTA Level 1, PSIA Level 1, PSIA Children’s Specialist Level 1
  • About Yaya: Tahoe City, CA
  • I first learned to ski in southern Chile at the age of 10, and am now a trilingual certified ski instructor, can teach in Spanish, English, Portuguese. I've been teaching in Tahoe for the last 3...

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Josh Nicholson

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 20 years old, from Truckee
  • Certification(s): CSIA Level 2, Section 8 Snowsport Leadership Training (Instructor & Mountain Skills Course), IAG Avalanche Skills Level 1
  • About Josh: Truckee
  • Skiing was the first thing I ever felt Passionate about. Never have I felt such a sense of freedom and exploration than when Ive been clicked into my skis, heading in the direction I choose, confident

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Steve Church

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 38 years old, from Homewood, Ca
  • Certification(s): aasi cert
  • About Steve: Homewood, Ca
  • I have 30 years snowboarding experience and 20 years teaching experience. When I'm not teaching snowsports I am a computer programmer. In my free time I play guitar and other musical instruments.

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Erin Fett

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 25 years old, from San Francisco
  • Certification(s): Homewood Teaching Academy Level 1
  • About Erin: San Francisco
  • I'm a skiier from NYC. After growing up on racing on the icy hills of New York at a small mountain in the Berkshires, I moved to California in 2016 and fell in love with the fact that Tahoe powder is

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Jim Kinney

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 25 years old, from Wellesley, MA
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Jim: Wellesley, MA
  • Jim had been skiing his whole life, and after graduating from college, he decided to become a ski instructor. After 2 amazing seasons teaching at Homewood and one as a Guest Services Supervisor, he...

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Renee Brown

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 31 years old, from Tahoe City, CA
  • Certification(s): PSIA level 1
  • About Renee: Tahoe City, CA
  • I grew up skiing most weekends in the Tahoe area. I enjoy many outdoor sports and left my desk job to pursue my passion of skiing. I have been a ski instructor for 4 years in Utah and California.

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Danielle Hankinson

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 48 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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Kiley McInroy

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 28 years old, from Truckee, CA
  • Certification(s): HTA Level 1
  • About Kiley: Truckee, CA
  • At the age of two, Kiley began her life by chasing her ski nut parents through the steeps, trees and chutes of Alpine Meadows, Lake Tahoe. Their passion for the sport, love for their community, and...

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Alora Bourne

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 21 years old, from Northern Tahoe, CA
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Alora: Northern Tahoe, CA
  • I am a Senior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Wildlife Ecology. I have been teaching snowboarding for 3 years and riding since I was a little kid. I love teaching people of all ages and...

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Eric Swartz

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 44 years old, from South lake tahoe
  • Certification(s): AASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor
  • About Eric: South lake tahoe
  • I started skiing in Michigan at age 10 and got on my first snowboard in 1989 at Boyne Mountain. I came to Tahoe in 1995 to snowboard/ski for a month and ended up sticking around. Started teaching at

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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 for my first Tahoe winter, sharing my passion for the mountains.

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Tiffany Nicholson

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  • Snowboard Instructor
  • 39 years old, from Truckee, CA
  • Certification(s): AASI Level 1
  • About Tiffany: Truckee, CA
  • A lifelong lover of all things snow-play; I leaped into the ski and snowboard industry 13 years ago. I love to teach people the ski & snowboarding skills that in time, can give them almost unlimited...

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Erwin Kollegger

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 67 years old, from Reno
  • Certification(s): Swiss Alpine full Certification, Swiss Snow Pro
  • About Erwin: Reno
  • At 18 years of age, I became one of the youngest ski instructors, certified in all alpine disciplines and, for a few years I trained, raced, and coached with the best and the elite of Switzerland. ...

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Simone Cautela

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 26 years old, from Tahoe City
  • Certification(s): USSA 100
  • About Simone: Tahoe City
  • I'm Simone! I was born and raised in Camden, Maine. I have been skiing since I was two years old and have a solid background in ski racing. In high school I attended Carrabassett Valley Academy to...

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Samm Rowland

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  • Ski Instructor
  • 29 years old, from Truckee, CA
  • Certification(s): PSIA Level 1
  • About Samm: Truckee, CA
  • Outdoor enthusiast, teacher, yogi and future climate scientist with over 6 seasons of ski instruction from the east coast to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I love fish tacos and champagne powder!

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