By Wendy Frank, HoliMont Snowsports Director

PSIA Adaptive Level I

On March 4, HoliMont Snowsports congratulated our four new Adaptive Level I instructors: Pat Schaus, Jim Schaus, Annette Auteri and Maureen Quinn. After many weeks of practice and hard study, all passed their PSIA Exam with flying colors at HoliMont. Also from HoliMont, Don Tompkins passed his Level I Adaptive exam.

PSIA Level I Alpine

At Holiday Valley, Robbie Twells, Sophie Cochran, Amy Turner and Sebby Turner passed their Level I Alpine Exam. Jenna Huibers and Kathryn Gossel received their PSIA Level I Alpine pins at Buffalo Ski Club in February. HoliMont held an in-house PSIA Level I Alpine exam on March 15 and 16 and the proud pin holders are Leah Balkin, Elizabeth Cannon, Brenna Cole, Kelsey Emmerson, Elizabeth Ferrara, Madison McDowell, Kayla McNamara, Corey Pietrocarlo, Carolyn Rider, Dean Snelson and Liam White.

Children’s Specialist 1 & II

The PSIA Children’s Specialist Certification (CS1 and CS2) was also held at HoliMont on March 15 and 16. In order to be eligible to take the PSIA/AASI Level II Teaching/Skiing Exam, candidates must first achieve Children’s Specialist I Certification. Those passing were Neil Burns, Reeve Dean, Larry Gosse, Mary Ann Kostusiak, Stu Penny, James Pratt, James Quinn and Mark Vivian. Tracy Pierce passed his CS1 certification earlier in the season.

Six PSIA Level I Nordics

Nick Zubin-Stathopoulos received his Level I Nordic, in February, while six more Nords received their Level I pin at HoliMont on March 9 after a rigorous training and examination at HoliMont. Jay Nation, PSIA Nordic trainer, was pleased to give Mary Claire Vivian, Mark Vivian, Emily Hettrick, Justine Gabreski, Zachary Johnson and Tim Leach their certificate and pin at the end of the two-day exam clinic.

Trainee Graduates Move Up

During March, HoliMont Snowsports began the testing of the trainees to become Junior Instructors. Those passing the in-house Alpine Exam were Allie Scalise, Joe Sabik, Quincy DeVries, Ryan Aspenleiter, Lila McKenna, Thomas Merry, Kelsey McNamara, Thomas Kidd, Erin LaMar, Hannah Holland and Matteo Palarchio. New snowboard instructors are Mikayla Ward, Emma Switzer, Steven Farnham, Doug Turlik, Tae Dietrich and Anna Crites.

The Snowsports School is incredibly proud to announce this news. Our new mentoring program certainly seems to be working this season. With the guidance of a snowsports mentor, 55 instructors have received a new level of certification this season, which will make them better qualified to serve our members and guests at HoliMont. Thank you to all who participated, and special thanks to all of our wonderful clinicians who helped in the training. This has been an AMAZING season!

We are proud of all the hard work everyone has done from clinicians, instructors, trainers and office staff at the Snowsports School who helped make it such a wonderful season for all.