sibhusky, the survey people do not solicit nominations from every ski area, just those on the list. In the Northern Rockies, for example, you will only find instructors from Big Mtn. and Big Sky on the list.
The coaches named for ESA 2006 are:
Now an instructor at Beaver Creek, former dean of the ESA, PSIA-RM Examiner, Colorado ski teaching guru, author, and trainer, Bob is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met in the ski school business. Bob also is a fanatic representative of both the skiing public and the hard working ski pros. He is one of the all time great contributors to EpicSki as well as one of the driving forces of creating ESA. We are totally thrilled to have him back and would feel kind of lost without him.
Schanzy is from Montana, and has been a ski pro and trainer in the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen for about 6 years. In fact, he is in charge of the training of the 80 or so trainers in our school. He also teaches in the summer at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. He is a former member of the PSIA Demo Team. He has also achieved second place (with Andy Docken, present PSIA Demo Team member) in the World Powder 8’s championships a few years ago. As a teacher he is totally committed—intense, thorough, accurate, and lots of fun.
A superstar from New Zealand, Georgie teaches at Coronet Peak and at AspenSnowmass. In the past she also taught in Austrian Ski Schools. She is presently a member of the New Zealand Demo Team. She is also a trainer in the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen as well as a member of the Divas (the AspenSnowmass precision ski team). Georgie is the history of enthusiasm—a total delight to ski with, because she’s so damn good and such a hoot to hang out with.
Joan Rostad—24 year veteran ski pro at Bridger Bowl, Montana. Her articles and essays have appeared in The Professional Skier since 1986. She has been a racer, coach, board member of PSIA, and enormous contributor to the ski teaching world. Her brilliant role in EpicSki as an organizer, thinker, and contributor, under the nom de plume of Nolo, is legendary. She also sounds like a chipmunk when she laughs.
Also a ski pro working both in Aspen/Snowmass and in New Zealand (Mt. Hutt), Stephanie is an examiner in the New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) and PSIA as well as a member of the NZSIA demo team and their technical delegate to Interski. Here soft manner, coupled with her discipline and clarity of understanding, give her a teaching style that is at once really pleasant and really productive.
She has taught 30 years, the last 15 at Big Sky. She passed German State Cert 1983 and PSIA Level III 1991. She has been a NRM Examiner since 1992, and she has a degree in P.E. She was a 1980-1984 member of the German Freestyle Team and a 1986 member of the German team at the World Championships of Ski Instructors at Arose, Sz (Slalom and G.S.). She is also a research manager and corporate pilot. She is back from last season because of popular acclaim!
A former member of the PSIA Demo Team, a PSIA-RM Examiner, an alpine/snowboard/telemark pro and trainer (certified in all three!) for the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen, and kayak teacher in the summer, Charlie is one of the great athletes of the world and teaches with a totally disarming smile and charm. And, as you can see from his credentials he mainly spends his time teaching this stuff.
A former member of the Australian Demo Team, a PSIA-RM Examiner, Aspen Divas Team Member, pro and trainer for the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen, Jenny is also the mother of the beautiful and magical baby Reilly. Since Charlie is the father, that makes Reilly and Jenny Charlie’s better two thirds! Jenny’s classes are recognizable from a distance by their laughter and happy faces! What can I say, She's an Aussie and therefore full of good humor.
My personal hero, whose first ski book I read in 1969. Stu has had many incarnations in the ski teaching business both on the East and West Coasts, both in ski schools and in PSIA, but his interplanetary fame is mostly derived from his role as technical editor for Ski Magazine for, like, the last three centuries. Stu is one of those unique guys who has been in the biz forever, but at the same time has remained up-to-date on what’s happening in modern skiing.
Roger is one of the really smart people in this business. He’s an examiner in the Central Division, and has taught in the ESA for all three of its seasons. We’re really pumped to have him back, as his teaching and analytical skills, as showcased both on the website and at ESA, are completely outstanding.
You’re gonna love Squatty. He is my personal conscience in the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen. He’s an examiner with PSIA-RM and absolutely one of the driving forces in the training department at Snowmass. A lot of his fame in the ski teaching world came from an article that he and I cowrote (he wrote it, I translated it into English) that reduced movement analysis to a simple, easy-to-use approach that has been used by literally thousands of ski pros in their cert exams. His great skill is his ability to keep it simple and clean. His great passion is skiing and teaching. In the summer he teaches at Mt. Hutt in New Zealand.
Martin Bell has said he would be available, and I'm overjoyed to have him. Please check his credentials at www.SkiMartinBell.com