The Snowboard DECL (Division Education and Clinic Leader) team is a group of highly trained instructors who are responsible for running the various Snowboard clinics and assessments that the Division offers.
Members of this team have have been hand-selected from the Snowboard Educational Staff; for more information on this process, take a look at this page.
Hometown: Depends–either Salt Lake City, Utah or Fort Bridger, Wyoming– I have always spent summers in Wyoming and winters in Utah so both feel like home.
Sponsors: Burton, Hestra, RED, Anon
Favorite Run: Varies by snow condition, but something off the Cirque Traverse at Snowbird or the Alta Chutes at Jackson Hole
Favorite movie: Dodgeball
Playlist: Shuffle – I like to be surprised
Just Read: Hunger GamesTrilogy – saw the movie first and wanted to get some insight…
Coolest Place I’ve ever been: Too many to count – from local to Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand
Average days on snow: Haven’t added it up lately but would guess something in the 175–200 days range, including early and late season training
Top Three off-snow activities:
1. Mountain biking
2. Spending time on my ranch–sure it’s work but I enjoy it
First skiing outfit: No clue – I was 4 years old. I do remember leather lace-up boots and safety straps. I do remember some of my first snowboarding clothing however – very day-glo…
Unusual Talent: Talking people into doing things they wouldn’t normally do.
Can usually be found: Working somewhere – either in Utah or Wyoming
Snowsports goal: To more closely unify the different divisions in certification. Any level of certification should have the same recognition no matter where the instructor received it.
Gwenie comes from San Francisco, CA, learning how to ski and snowboard in the Sierras. She first experienced the magic of the Utah mountains and her joy for teaching lessons in 2001, starting at Park City and continuing at Snowbird. Her passion for teaching snowboard lessons led her to three seasons at La Parva in Chile and one season at Mt. Hutt in New Zealand.
She looks forward to many years ahead of passing on her love of snowboarding to her students and growing family.
Home Resort: Snowbird
Well, I guess to start, I’m one of those kids that first rode a board in my Grandpa’s field up in North-Eastern Washington. Jumping forward a few years, a friend convinced me to go teach with him at the local resort. This is when I got hooked…at the ripe age of 14. Many adventures later, I find myself in the crazy state of Utah involved in nurturing the same love and passion for snowboarding that once enticed me.
- Favorite board size 153-155
- I like me some camber!
- Things to Remember: “If it’s dangerous it’s fun!” ; )
I began snowboarding in 1997 and began my teaching career in 1999 working at Beaver Mountain. During that time I started my certifications with AASI-I with earning my level I in the year 2000. Mikey Franco was my examiner and got me started in the right direction. Since receiving my level III in the spring in 2010 I began teaching for AASI-I in 2012 and have enjoyed it ever since. The best part of my position with AASI-I is that I get to see the sport continually evolving and the professionals teaching it learn, comprehend, and apply principals that they learn to their riding and teaching styles.
Certification:A.A.S.I. Level III
Certified P.S.I.A. Level I
Certified USSA Level 1
A.I.A.R.E. Level I
Intermountain PSIA/AASI Board of Directors 04-07 to 07-08
Education:Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts, May 1997.
B.S. in Environmental Design Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture May 1994
B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture May 1994
Professional Experience: 11/98 – Present
Park City Mountain Resort
Snowboard School Manager 6/00 – 10/00
Mount Hotham, Mount Hotham Australia
Snowboard Instructor / Snowboard Race Coach11/88 – 3/98
Big Boulder Ski Area, Blakeslee PA.
Snowboard Team Coach and Ski and Snowboard School Supervisor
Home Area: Park City
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
Evan is a career snowboard instructor who got his start in 2001 at Okemo mountain resort in Ludlow Vermont. Originally from central Connecticut Evan has been a resident of Jackson Wyoming since 2004. He is a part of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Mountain Sports School where he teaches full time and plays an integral roll on the snowboard training staff. At Jackson you can find him riding all that the resort has to offer and coaching his guests and clinic attendees to comfortably do the same.