Current Board Members Terms
2015 – 2018: Andy Baker, Mark Battaglia, Kent Lundell, Mark Nakada, Rich McLaughlin
2016 – 2019: Dave Butler, Anita Oliveri, Charles Rodger, Mike Thurgood, Colter Tucker
2017 – 2020: Sean Baker, Carl Boyer, PJ Jones, Kim Prebish, Eric Rolls
Originally From: Sanford, Maine
Years Ski Instructing: 21
Favorite Skier: Scott Schmitt
Why do you work in the ski industry? – Introducing people to the mountains, to a sport for the ages.
What else do you do besides skiing? (hobbies, work) – Mountain bike, sea kayaking, hiking.
If you could have lunch with any person in the world who would it be and why? – French President Sarkosy
Home Area: Alta
I am Carl Boyer, and I started skiing at Pajarito Mountain in New Mexico in 1963. My ski teaching career began in 1973 with the University of Utah Ski School, the nations first university level ski instruction methods course, dating to 1949. I became Associate Certified (Level II) in the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association (now PSIA-Intermountain) in 1975, continuing as the Technical Director for the U of U Ski School from fall 1975 through the spring of 1979.
I began teaching skiing full time at Snowbird Mountain Resort in the fall of 1979, where I am currently employed. I achieved Alpine Level III certification in 1985, then Alpine Divisional Education and Certification Leader status in 1991. I also hold Snowboard Level I, Accredited Children’s Educator I, and basic Park & Pipe Accreditation in PSIA/AASI Intermountain.
I have served on the Board of Directors for PSIA/AASI Intermountain since 2002; serving as Member at Large; Communications VP; President; and Administrative VP.
My major at the University of Utah was Geology, and I worked many summer seasons in field geophysics. I currently restore special interest automobiles, specializing in Citroens from the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Alpine L3 / Snowboard L1 / ACE L1 / Park & Pipe Accred
Home Area: Snowbird
City of Origin: Huntsviile Utah
2008-2014 Snowsports Director Powder Mountain
2002-2008 Ski Teacher & Trainer Deer Valley
2000-2002 On snow manager Snowbasin
1999-2005 PSIA-I Certification Chairman
1998-2000 Alpine Manager Canyons
1982-1998 Ski Teacher and Trainer Park City Mountain Resort
1990-2014 PSIA-I DECL
1978-1982 Ski School Director Brian Head, Utah
1976-1978 Ski School Asst. Director Park west Ski area
1973-1976 Ski School Supervisor Park West Ski Area,
1972-1973 Ski Instructor Park West Ski Area
1971-1972 Ski Instructor Sundance,
Year that kent became a DECL: 1990
Position at resort: Snowsports Director
Year Elected to Board (2001 -2010)
Intermountain ASEA representative since: 2011
Divisional Education Clinic Leader
Home Area: Powder Mountain
Mr. Nakada is still trying to extend the boundaries imposed by single-track careers. An avid skier, business executive, musician, and scuba diver, Mr. Nakada has more than 25 years experience in increasingly responsible positions in the hospitality, travel, service, and entertainment industries.
Presently, Mr. Nakada is a consultant specializing in business and marketing solutions for start-up and growth companies, and Children’s Program Manager for the Professional Ski Instructors of America – Intermountain Division.
In terms of his skiing career, Mr. Nakada has his Level 3 – Alpine certification, Level 3 – ACE/CS certificates, and “Accredited Trainer” accreditation from the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He has taught for over thirty years at the Deer Valley Resort (UT), Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort (UT), and several California resorts.
Mr. Nakada has his MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has his Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor certifications from the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI).
Mr. Nakada is a member of The Presidents Council at the University of Illinois, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In addition, he has served as Head Judge and Chief of Results for the World Alpine Ski School Championships and Head Judge for the U.S. National “Powder 8” Championships.
Home Mtn: Deer Valley
Currently residing in Salt Lake City Utah, Eric teaches and conducts training at The Canyons Resort. Along with working for the PSIA-AASI Intermountain Education Staff, Eric follows his passion for coaching athletes as a Head Coach with Team Utah at Brighton Resort.
Eric is a big advocate for freestyle and creating a fun environment for learning snowboarding. He is known to come up with a creative approach to clinics and likes to leave all participants stoked about learning something new. Whether it’s a silly snowboard ground trick, coaching someone to throw spins in the park, or a clinic that creates new ways to teach snowboarding, Eric is very passionate about snowboarding and it shows through his riding and enthusiastic words.
Hometown: Elmira, NY
Resort: Canyons, UT
Sponsors: NeverSummer, Burton, Anon, RED, Hestra
Favorite run: Tuckerman’s Chute (Jay Peak, VT)
Favorite on-mountain restaurant: The Farm (Canyons Resort, UT)
Favorite travel destination: St. Anton, Austria
Favorite food: Maple Bacon Doughnut
Apres style: A beer with friends or rest before live music at night.
Playlist: Led Zeppelin, Jurassic 5, Galactic, Soulive, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mars Volta, Medeski Martin Wood, Pretty Lights
Currently reading: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Most memorable riding moment: Landing the Double Decker cliff drop under the Tram at Jay Peak in a blind fog. It felt surreal landing blind and riding away through waist-deep powpow!
First snowboarding outfit: Burton Surfwear outfit (circa Late ’80s). Teal pants w/ black knees. Matching purple, teal, black, white, and gray splatter-pattern jacket. Still have it and wear it on Gaper Day (April 1st) and torchlight parades.
The best thing about snowboarding: Snowboarding creates a unique culture that prides itself on individual expression, self discovery through challenges we choose, and awesome sensations that are specific to ridin
Home Resort: Canyons, UT
“I am very passionate about promoting fun and connection with others through creativity on snow. I thrive from learning and collecting information so I can use it for good, not evil.”
USSA Coach L300
PSIA/AASI Children Specialist 2
PSIA/AASI Freestyle Specialist 2
AASI National Team, Terms-2008-2012 & 2012-2016
NOLS/WMI Wilderness First Responder
Canyons Resort Training Manager