Elise Bankosh

Skiing Snowboarding
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Certification Status: SSIA Level 1 Certification

Hometown: San Jose

About Elise Bankosh

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 started snowboarding, and then in college was one of the only woman competing on the UC Davis Alpine snowboarding team. Over the years I have learned such great techniques from more experienced riders and skiers and hope to share my knowledge with anyone who wants to learn!


Elise Bankosh's Recent Reviews

5 of 5 stars

My coach Elise, was very patient with me though the whole process of learning. I got lot of encouragement from her. Definitely, she is passionate skier and coach. Thank you Elise!!!

- Victor, from March 06, 2021 (review published March 23, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Great attitude and found a way to connect with a 4 year old helping him to like skiing and learn it safely.

- Lindsay, from March 14, 2021 (review published March 15, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Great energy and excellent demeanor.

- Lindsay, from March 15, 2021 (review published March 15, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Attention to kids

- Jay, from March 13, 2021 (review published March 15, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

- Francesco, from March 14, 2021 (review published March 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

This was my son’s first time skiing. Elise brought great energy to the lesson and really engaged my son. She helped him build his confidence and he made great progress with her during his lesson, learning to safely take the tow lift, and ski independently and safely stop. She was super attentive and her demeanor is great. My son really took to skiing with her guidance.

- Lindsay, from March 14, 2021 (review published March 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

We came back for instructor Elise aft she trained our boys almost a month ago. Was amazed to see how my 3 boys progressed in such a short period of time.

- Anjana, from March 14, 2021 (review published March 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Instructor Elise was extremely patient & very focused, I was amazed to see how my boys picked up Snowboarding so fast & learnt techniques accurately while they enjoyed the sport thoroughly. Thank u coach Elise.

- Vijay, from February 15, 2021 (review published March 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was able to make my kids (5 & 7) feel comfortable and teach them the basics of skiing in a short amount of time. They were both hesitant about having a “lesson” but immediately after meeting Elise, they were engaged and focused on learning. After 1 hour, they were both making it down the mountain without assistance. I would highly recommend Elise to first time skiers!! Thank you for such a great experience.

- Peter, from March 13, 2021 (review published March 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was great! She did a good job engaging the kids and letting Robby try things on his own.

- Kate, from March 14, 2021 (review published March 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Great energy and lots of patience

- Francesco, from March 13, 2021 (review published March 13, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise is a wonderful instructor! Her demos were clear and she was really good at giving me constructive critique to help me improve. As an adult beginner, I have been afraid of skiing for decades! Elise's warm, encouraging approach has dispelled the fear and I'm really looking forward to taking another lesson with her next time I'm in Tahoe.

- Silvia, from March 08, 2021 (review published March 09, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She did such a great job with my 3 kids. All 3 had different abilities, and she was able to work with that. They all had a great day.

- Kaci, from March 08, 2021 (review published March 08, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise taught another wonderful lesson and we are so happy our oldest Jayden picked up skiing so quickly. We definitely will be back with the boys!

- Lyndsay, from March 06, 2021 (review published March 07, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

My two boys enjoyed their first time skiing with Elise so much. She was great with them and they both had a lot of fun for their first time skiing.

- lyndsay, from March 05, 2021 (review published March 07, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was easy to understand and follow for myself and my 6 year old. She was wet friendly and welcoming.

- Maryam, from March 06, 2021 (review published March 07, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was engaging right away and made Evelyn comfortable with trying something new and got her excited to ski. She was super encouraging, positive, and kept things fun. Evie had a blast and we'll definitely be back, hopefully booking with Elise again. Thanks for getting her confidence up!

- Megan, from March 05, 2021 (review published March 06, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was a great ski instructor for our daughter. She is our third instructor with snow schoolers and everyone has been fantastic, but our daughter felt the most comfortable with Elise (probably a girl thing). I liked how Elise started off with quick warm up exercises so my daughter could become more comfortable with her. She also gave us good feedback on our daughters improvement and disposition throughout the lesson as our daughter became more comfortable working with her.

- Howard, from February 27, 2021 (review published February 27, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

It’s always a pleasure to work with Elise. She is extremely personable and a great coach and listener. My kids adore her and always look forward to working with her. So pleased to have connected with her. Me and my family appreciate her - I hope Snow Schoolers does to, give this girl a bonus 😉

- Dan, from January 17, 2021 (review published February 21, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Kudos to Elise! This was the 3rd (or 4th) time working with her and I can’t say enough about her personability, professionalism and overall presence. My kids adore her and her teaching approach. We feel very lucky to ha e connected with her. Please keep her happy and give her a bonus 😉! @ Elise - THANK YOU!!!

- Dan, from February 17, 2021 (review published February 21, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was an outstanding instructor and very patient with my 7 year old son. A combination of many distractions everywhere and a short attention span Elise was great at redirecting him and was hands on to instruct. This was his first time learning to ski and at times he doubted himself Elise was great at building his confidence and courage to ski. She was so good at it that he only wanted to ski with her. We will definitely be back and requesting her for instruction again.

- Fernando, from February 20, 2021 (review published February 20, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

This was my kids’ first time snowboarding. They’re ages 10 and 5. Elise is great with children! She was very interactive and engaging. She was also protective and made sure the kids’ path down was clear every time they went down the hill. Before the end of the hour, both were independently snowboarding down the small hill with confidence. At the end of the lesson, my kids said they had a great time and they really liked Elise. We’ll definitely ask for her next time we enroll for a lesson. Thank you, Elise!

- Dianne, from February 20, 2021 (review published February 20, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was great! I'm sure it's not easy dealing with 3 kids of different ages. Our youngest (4 years old) was very unhappy but Elise was patient and caring. The older boys had a great time and feel like the accomplished something in their first lesson.

- Timothy, from February 19, 2021 (review published February 19, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was kind, helpful and supportive in our child's first ever ski lesson! Our daughter had a great time and we are grateful to Elise for giving her such an awesome lesson.

- Edgar, from February 19, 2021 (review published February 19, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was wonderful and our kids had a fantastic time learning to ski with her! It was their first time in snow and she made it a terrific experience for them!! Thank you!

- Emily, from February 17, 2021 (review published February 17, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was great! My 5yo son had a great time and learned so much in 1 hour! He wanted to keep skiing and practicing after the lesson. Would definitely recommend to friends. Best place for kids beginner ski lessons.

- Nichole, from February 17, 2021 (review published February 17, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise ws very friendly, gave instructions patiently & enthusiastically. All the 6 kids, ages 4-11 were 1st timers, every child enjoyed the sport, 3 of them decided to tk it up as their passion too.

- Vijay, from February 14, 2021 (review published February 17, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was an amazing instructor. It’s not easy teaching 2 kids and a highly uncoordinated adult, but she did it so well. We all had so much fun. My 10 year old was super scared before we started the lesson, by the end she cannot wait to come back. Thank you Elise! We’ll definitely be back!

- Yan, from February 16, 2021 (review published February 16, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She was very patient & was very knowledgeable by the end of the day I was sking from a much higher hill !!! I enjoyed her lessons so much and learned a lot she really help build my confidence:)

- melany, from February 15, 2021 (review published February 16, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

My 3 kids all had a great time with her, learned the basics and all said they would like to schedule another lesson with her.

- Craig, from February 15, 2021 (review published February 15, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She was really nice!!!! -Collin 13yrs

- Jennifer, from February 15, 2021 (review published February 15, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was super patient with the kids. This was their first time skiing and they had an awesome experience. The kids are already asking to see Elise again!

- Jennifer, from February 14, 2021 (review published February 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was personable and patient with my 7-year-old daughter. We signed up for a half-day lesson, which I highly recommend. It provided the time for Elise to teach the basics moves gradually and time to practice and build upon each skill. My daughter loves to ski now and is looking forward to her next lesson.

- Amy, from February 12, 2021 (review published February 14, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She was a fantastic instructor! She was super patient with us as beginners, had an amazing attitude, and her teaching style was very straight forward. Both my partner and I left feeling confident thanks to her way of teaching and attentiveness. 12/10 stars, would definitely want to have her as a teacher again!

- Taylor, from February 13, 2021 (review published February 13, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was positive, enthusiastic, and energetic. She was a perfect fit for my 5 year old daughter who really enjoyed her.

- Jamie, from February 13, 2021 (review published February 13, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

My kids were new to skiing and Elise was very energetic and patient with them. Highly recommended.

- Emmeline, from February 12, 2021 (review published February 13, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was awesome. She texted that morning before the lesson to confirm, was ready on time and was very friendly and patient with the kids. Would definitely work with Elise again. However, we arrived at 9:45 for a 10 am lesson. Took over 15 minutes to check in and then waited another 10 minutes to have someone help us with rental gear, which took forever. After that was all complete, we missed half the lesson. Elise did the best she could with the time she had! Her supervisor spoke to us after the lesson but did not even apologize for the delay. And when we asked for sledding passes for the kids to make up for it, he offered one. Umm, we have two kids buddy. Anyway, Elise rocks and we highly recommend her!

- Shalini, from February 07, 2021 (review published February 09, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Upbeat, great with kids.

- katie, from February 07, 2021 (review published February 09, 2021)



4 of 5 stars

- Amanda, from February 06, 2021 (review published February 08, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was fantastic. We weren't planning to do a second lesson on the following day, but our kids had such a good time with her and learned so much that we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Our daughter 6 and our son 3 both made great progress and really enjoyed the experience. Elise did a great job handling them, helping them have fun, pushing them but also making sure they stayed within their abilities, and following up after and sharing notes with us so we could reinforce the lessons on our end. Such a great experience.

- Molly, from February 06, 2021 (review published February 07, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was fantastic. We weren't planning to do a second lesson on the following day, but our kids had such a good time with her and learned so much that we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Our daughter 6 and our son 3 both made great progress and really enjoyed the experience. Elise did a great job handling them, helping them have fun, pushing them but also making sure they stayed within their abilities, and following up after and sharing notes with us so we could reinforce the lessons on our end. Such a great experience.

- Molly, from February 05, 2021 (review published February 07, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was awesome! We were a group of beginners (12, 17 & 52). She was fantastic working both of my boys and tweaking her lessons to suit each of the boys personalities. She was patient and understanding as well as highly encouraging. If every person received this type of instruction, I have a hard imagining how anyone wouldn’t enjoy pursuing snowboarding. Elise and snow schoolers are the best!

- Dermott, from February 05, 2021 (review published February 07, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

would highly recommend Elise. 5 stars!

- kristy, from January 31, 2021 (review published February 01, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Awesome with our first time skiers. Very patient and energetic, kids made awesome progress and enjoyed the instruction. They walked away excited to continue learning. Hope to do another lesson soon.

- Philip, from January 10, 2021 (review published January 30, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She was very helpful and provided clear guidance. We were first timer and we had such great time!

- Steven, from January 30, 2021 (review published January 30, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was a fun instructor for 3 different people at 3 different levels of experience. All felt more confident after the lesson and all had fun! I'm sure we'll do it again in the future.

- Keli, from January 11, 2021 (review published January 26, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She was very patient.

- James, from January 22, 2021 (review published January 24, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

She is great with kids and very helpful, full of energy.

- Syeda, from January 24, 2021 (review published January 24, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

- Francis, from January 18, 2021 (review published January 18, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Great second lesson. Our daughter Daria had a blast and learned how to turn - impressive for the just the second day of learning. We will be coming back. Looking forward to more lessons with Elise

- Nikita, from January 18, 2021 (review published January 18, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise did a great job introducing out five year old daughter Daria to skiing. Elise made Daria very comfortable and by the end of it they were cracking jokes together while going up and down the bunny slopes. Daria liked the lesson so much that she only wanted to have her second lesson with Elise and we had to change the schedule to make it happen. Looking forward to tomorrow!

- Nikita, from January 17, 2021 (review published January 17, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was super patient with my kids. They both were into the lesson at different times, and at other times just wanted to quit or go sled. She was awesome with handling both at once and working on the basics with them. After we left, my daughter said she missed Elise so I know they had fun learning even though it didn't really look like it. They've both asked about skiing again already, which was the ultimate goal! Thanks Elise!

- Alex, from January 15, 2021 (review published January 15, 2021)



5 of 5 stars

Elise was an amazing instructor. She was very informative and patient. She explained all the basics of snowboarding clearly, and was great at picking up our mistakes and then telling us how we can improve. In only an hour my family and I learned so much from Elise and were confident in practicing our skills immediately after the lesson and even came back the next day!

- Safia, from January 09, 2021 (review published January 10, 2021)