Charlene Braga

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 1970.

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing in 1970.

3. Your certification level?
My certification level: USSA, Level 200 Coach.

4. Any specialties?
Racing is my specialty. I raced USSA Masters for 20 years. I have won five USSA Masters National Championships. I have won eight USSA Regional Championships. I have over 350 ski racing awards.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
Skiing is my most favorite activity. However, I do like to mountain bike and kayak in the summer.


Doug Greendyke

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2005.

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing in 1976 at Tahoe Ski Bowl.

3. Your certification level?
I received my PSIA Alpine, Level 1 certification.

4. Any specialties?
My specialties include carving, powder skiing and the occasional cornice drop.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I enjoy snowmobiling, golfing, BBQing and boating.


Glenn Eldridge

1. How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching in 1995.

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing when I was in high school.

3. Your certification level?
I have received my APSI (Australian Professional SnowSports Instructor) Certifications in Alpine, Telemark & Snowboard ,Cross Country, and Trainer.

4. Any specialties?
Problem solving.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
Other favorite activities include water sports and mountain biking.


Igor Goulaevsky

1. How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching in 1984, after 15 years of ski patrolling.

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing at age 21 (when I could finally afford it).

3. Your certification level?
I have received my PSIA Alpine, Level 2 certification.

4. Any specialties?
My specialties are older children, adults and seniors. Plus, I speak fluent in Russian.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I enjoy the outdoors – bicycling, hiking, photography. Indoors – reading, writing poetry.


Jeannie Hentz 

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2003

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing when I was 6 years old (a long time ago).

3. Your certification level?
I have received my PSIA Alpine, Level 1 certification and Senior Specialist, Level 1 accreditation.

4. Any specialties?
My specialty is to teach older children and adults who are timid or afraid on the slopes.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I enjoy enjoy pickleball, yoga, tai chi and spinning.


Jim Hentz

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2003.

2. When did you start skiing?
I have been skiing since 1992.

3. Your certification level?
I have received my PSIA Alpine, Level 2 certification and Senior Specialist, Level 2 accreditation.

4. Any specialties?
I like teaching students how to ski more efficiently.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I enjoy golf and open-water swimming.


Justin Nash

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2016.

2. When did you start skiing?
I learned how to ski and snowboard when I was about 10 years old.

3. Your certification level?
I have received my AASI Snowboard, Level 2 certification.

4. Any specialties?
They are beginning park, jumps and turns on steeps.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
Skateboarding, playing piano, golf and spending time with family.


Kat Newberger

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2017.

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing when I was 10. I was part of the TD REC Team program for 5 years.

3. Your certification level?
I do not have any certifications, but I am planning on getting my certification as soon as I can.

4. Any specialties?
I was on the REC Team for 5 years, so I know what the kids find fun and I also know the rules of the mountain. I have a passion for teaching kids what I enjoy, so I always make sure they come off the mountain with a smile.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
My favorite activity is soccer. I play for a club during the spring and fall and my high school during the winter.


Kim Larson

1. How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching in 2007.

2. When did you start skiing and snowboarding?
I started skiing when I was 5 years old; I learned how to snowboard as an adult and fell in love!

3. Your certification level?
I received my PSIA Alpine and AASI Snowboard, Level 1 certification and Children Specialist, Level 1 accreditation.

4. Any specialties?
I enjoy working with children and adaptive learning.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I enjoy mountain biking, scuba diving (both of which I teach) and off-road triathlon racing.


Laurie Johnson

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2010.

2. When did you start skiing or snowboarding?
I started skiing at age 12 and snowboarded 10 years during the advent of the sport and returned to skiing since 2001.

3. Your certification level?
I have received my PSIA Alpine, Level 1 certification.

4. Any specialties?
Laurie is patient and caring and has many different teaching techniques. She enjoys teaching your warm-up lesson for the season. She loves instilling the sport to brand-new people! As a mother, she understands child development related to skiing. Available for private lessons in any condition, let Laurie teach you to ski confidently.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
When I am not skiing on snow, I enjoy water skiing and wakeboarding, wind surfing and house hunting outside sports.


Madison Craig

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2017.

2. When did you start skiing or snowboarding?
I started skiing when I could walk and switched to snowboarding at age 8.

3. Your certification level?
I do not have any certifications, but I am planning on getting my certification as soon as I can.

4. Any specialties?
I enjoy teaching ranges from first-timers to children that want to progress down more difficult terrain.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
When I am not snowboarding, I enjoy running cross country and playing soccer.


Nate Christensen

1. How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching in 2014.

2. When did you start snowboarding?
I started snowboarding when I was 9 years old.

3. Your certification level?
I have received my AASI Snowboard, Level 2 certification and Freestyle, Level 1 accreditation.

4. Any specialties?
One of my specialties is freestyle (terrain park).

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I enjoy mountain biking during the off-sesaon.


Paige Couwenhoven

1. How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching in 2018.

2. When did you start skiing?
I started skiing when I was 4 years old.

3. Your certification level?
I am not old enough to receive any PSIA certifications, but I am planning on getting my certification as soon as possible.

4. Any specialties?
I enjoy motivating little ones to ski and encouraging them to love the snow.

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I love to play soccer. I currently play for the Sierra Surf FC and for Nothern Nevada ODP.


Paola Ivani

1. How long have you been teaching?
I started teaching skiing in 2016, although I have been a teacher since 2008.

2. When did you start skiing?
I have been skiing since 2010 at Bariloche, Argentina.

3. Your certification level?
I have not had the chance to take my PSIA Apline, Level 1 yet. That’s my goal for this season.

4. Any specialties?
My specialties are beginners and intermediate skiers who need confidence to reach their full potential! English or Spanish – choose the language!

5. Favorite activity, besides skiing?
I love swimming, playing tennis and hiking. I also like to sing and draw when I have the chance.


Sam Davidove

1. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching since 2018.

2. When did you start snowboarding?
I started snowboarding in 2015.

3. Your certification level?
I am not old enough to receive any AASI certifications, but I am planning on getting my certification as soon as possible.

4. Any specialties?
My specialties are having a good attitude and being good with little kids!

5. Favorite activity, besides snowboarding?
I also enjoy playing basketball.