In PSIA-AASI’s Emerging Leaders series featured on ; eSnowPros.org, we profiled seven up-and-coming
instructors under the age of 30 and one innovative ski school.
All were nominated by their peers for the innovative work they’re
doing, and for their potential to impact ski and snowboard
instruction in the future. Don’t be surprised if you see their
names pop up again in the wide world of snowsports.
▼▲ DEREK ALTHOF
Derek Althof gave up an o;ce career to spend his days on the
slopes spreading happiness through “A-ha!” moments. Althof, 29,
got his start at Illinois’ Chestnut Mountain and has since spent
10 seasons instructing at Park City, Utah. He believes connecting
with students should be the number one goal during a ski or
“At the end of the day, the guest isn’t so concerned with how you
taught them to turn, but with the experience they had,” he said.
“It’s extremely important that, regardless of how successful they are
in skiing and riding, we’re able to keep them smiling, laughing and
having fun enjoying the mountain.”
ARE PRIMED TO CARRY THEIR PASSION FORWARD
Although Althof loves instructing, his true passion is in training.
In order to pass along his customer-centric teaching style, he gives
instructors the same experience he wants them to give guests – fun
and exciting lessons, so they can see the benefits first hand.
Althof is a PSIA-AASI certified Level III alpine instructor and
hopes to be a candidate at PSIA-AASI Team Selection in 2016.
▼▲ GRANT BISHOP
Grant Bishop grew up around the world; Austria, Ecuador, Italy
– and he speaks the language of each of those countries. But
Jackson Hole, WY, will always be his home.
“When I was young in Jackson I always skied at Snow King
in town, and it wasn’t until I got a job as a ski photographer
for a year, then as an instructor, that I skied Jackson Hole,” said
Bishop. “I immediately fell in love with the terrain there and,
starting at the age of 21, have been there for the past nine years.”
In nine years, Bishop has worked to achieve his Level III alpine
and nordic certifications, his Children’s Specialist and Freestyle
Specialist certificates (on telemark skis!) and is a telemark
examiner for Intermountain Division.
By Candice Dungan
PSIA-AASI MEMBERSHIP, MARKETING, AND ADVERTISING COORDINATOR
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