Instructors


You bet we love what we do, and we are here for you! With our PSIA and AASI certified instructors, you'll advance your skills while learning about the mountain from a true insider. Our instructors can show you the right runs for your level and tell you where to find the freshest powder. They can even fill you in on where to find the best entertainment or tastiest food around the area.

PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) are the national organizations that set the standards for instructing on snow. We also have our own in-house training program which provides on-going training to our instructors in line with the most up to date skills and information from PSIA and AASI.

Come join the fun! We are always here for you, ready to go!
Kevin McConnell

Kevin McConnell


Hometown: Kennebank, Maine

Disciplines: Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1989

Year Started Instructing: 2010

Certifications: PSIA Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2010

Favorite Run: Limousine Alley

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Fly fishing

Favorite Quote: Gotta get up to get down!
Bill Cubbage

Bill Cubbage


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Discipline: Snowboard, Ski

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1974

Year Started Instructing: 1985

Certification: AASI Level III, PSIA Level III

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2009

Favorite Run: The run my students have the most fun on.

Favorite Conditions: Powder + Steeps =FUN!

Fun Facts and Off-Snow Hobbies: I love Ice hockey, swimming with my kids, photography, and music.

Favorite Quote: "If you don't shoot, you can't score"
Mike Davies

Mike Davies


Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon

Discipline: Alpine and Telemark skiing

Year Started Skiing: 1985

Year Started Instructing: 2002

Certifications: PSIA Alpine Level III, PSIA Adaptive Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2003

Favorite Run: Little Bavaria

Favorite Conditions: wind blown

Off-Snow Hobbies: walking, hiking, biking & lounging

Fun Facts: Born in Enid, Oklahoma

Favorite Quote: "Life is not measured in the amount of breaths we take but in the moments that take our breath away."
Stephen Black

Stephen Black


Hometown: Helena, MT

Disciplines: Alpine Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1972

Year Started Instructing: 1997

Certifications: Alpine Level II, Children’s Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2001

Favorite Run: “Badlands”

Favorite Conditions: Snow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: 20 years Kid’s ski: “FUN!”

Favorite Quote: “See you on the slopes!”
Mike Craft

Mike Craft


Hometown: Whitefish, MT

Discipline: Skiing and Snowboarding

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1992

Year Started Instructing: 1999

Certification: PSIA Level III, AASI Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1999

Favorite Run: Hellroaring Basin

Favorite Conditions: Powder or Moguls

Fun Facts and Off-Snow Hobbies: Enjoy Canoeing with my Wife and Hiking in the Mountains

Favorite Quote: \\\\\\\"Never stand around in powder\\\\\\\"

Dixie Riddle

Dixie Riddle


Hometown: Missoula, MT

Disciplines: Snowboarding and Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: Skiing 1992, Snowboarding 2004

Year Started Instructing: 2013/2014

Certifications: AASI Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013/2014

Favorite Run: I really love them all. But there's something special about "Home Again"

Favorite Conditions: Early morning fresh tracks with my family or a crew of friends.

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: I majored in Communications and Theatre at Wester Colorado State University and lived at Mt Crested Butte! I also love to play the ukulele...and teach those kind of lessons too!

Favorite Quote: "In the spirit of adventure, we find a way."
Ryan Shively

Ryan Shively


Hometown: Helena, MT

Discipline: Snowboard, Ski, Snowbike

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1989

Year Started Instructing: 1996

Certification: PSIA Level I, AASI Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2005

Favorite Run: Slingshot

Favorite Conditions: Steep and Deep

Off-Snow Hobbies: Photography and Long boarding

Favorite Quote: Live the life you love, love the life you live.
Brett Urbach

Brett Urbach


Discipline: Snowboard, Freestyle skiing, Snowbiker

Year Started Riding/Skiing: Snowboard-1990, Ski-1975, Snowbike-2002

Certification: AASI Level III, Snowboard, PSIA Level II

Year Started Instructing: 1990

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1996

Favorite Run: Anywhere in the Canyon

Favorite Conditions: Pow

Fun Facts and Off-Snow Hobbies: Include Sewing, Mt. Biking, Motor Cyclery, Wake Surfing and XBOX 360, I teach wakeboarding and wakesurfing in the summer

Favorite Quote: “I can’t believe you made this sport so easy to learn!” Chris Kvamme
Kyle Langley

Kyle Langley


Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

Disciplines: Child Ski Instructor

Year Started Skiing: Age 3

Year Started Instructing: 2013

Certifications: PSIA Level I, WFR, Avalanche Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Anything but Langley

Favorite Conditions: Morning after a Blizzard

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: I am an Archaeologist in the summer but you'll probably find me on the river

Favorite Quote: "Don't Panic!" - Douglas Adams
Link Neimark

Link Neimark


Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Disciplines Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1971

Year Started Instructing: 1977

Certifications: PSIA Alpine Level III, USSA Race Coach Level II, AASI Snowboard Level I, PSIA Adaptive Level I, PSIA Telemark Level I, Senior Specialist

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2002

Favorite Run: Elephants to Haskills

Favorite Conditions: Snow

Off-Snow Hobbies: Rock climbing, weight training, photography, adventure travel, horseback riding, surfing whitefish lake. In the summer, Link runs a rock climbing school and guide service: http://skiwhitefish.com/rock_climb_montana.php

Fun Facts: Spent two summers teaching skiing in New Zealand. Ski Magazine's panel of expert judges named Link as one of the top 100 instructors of the year in 2005.

Favorite Quote: "If you get to the bottom of the run with a big smile on your face, then you are in good form."

Customer Comments: "Thanks Link for the great ski lessons-fun, challenging, and effective. I feel fortunate that you are willing to share your expertise! -Beverly
Bryan Bebb

Bryan Bebb


Hometown: Whitefish

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1989

Year Started Instructing: 2006

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2009

Favorite Run: Goat Haunt/Big Ravine

Favorite Conditions: Groomed with powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:. Homesteading

Favorite Quote: "Ski ya around the mountain!"

Nathan Hafferman

Nathan Hafferman


Hometown: Columbia Falls, MT

Disciplines: Snowboard

Year Started Riding: 2001

Year Started Instructing: 2003

Certifications: AASI Level III, PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2003

Favorite Run: Back 9

Favorite Conditions: Blower Pow, Cold Smoke so deep a snorkel is required

Off-Snow Hobbies and Fun Facts: Motocross, fly fishing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, all things exciting

Favorite Quote: Look before you slash
Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher


Hometown: Barrington, IL

Disciplines: Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1994

Year Started Instructing: 2015

Certifications:

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2010

Favorite Run: Inspiration

Favorite Conditions: Powder! Fresh stuff!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Photography is my favorite off-snow hobby. I love to travel, read, and speak spanish

Favorite Quote: "You're my boy, Blue!"
Lori Rust

Lori Rust


Name: Lori Rust

Hometown: OH-CO-CA-MI-Br-NC-MT

Disciplines: Alpine, Nordic, Adaptive, Senior Specialist

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1969

Year Started Instructing: 2001

Certifications: PSIA Level 2, Nordic Level 1, Adaptive Level 1, Sr Specialist Level 1

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2000

Favorite Run: Least populated

Favorite Conditions: There's always something to be learned in any condition, from overcast to sunny, firm to powder-All good!

Off-Snow Hobbies and Fun Facts: Summer Raft Guide for Glacier Raft Co. I used to get paid to fly in the air; wanna guess?

Favorite Quote: "Skiing should be easy; if it’s not, there’s something wrong.” “Skiing is like dancing, and the mountain is the lead. Come dance with me!"

Customer comments from previous guests:
"This is the BEST day I have ever skied!"
"I had no idea skiing could be so much fun!"
"I wanted to thank you for taking such great care of my daughter while she learned to ski…she is hooked and can hardly wait to ski again."
"You really gave my mother self-confidence. She is still giddy over her achievements and experience!"

Fortunate throughout the years how many have returned year after year, and we're now lifelong ski-family friends.
Kory Nordeen

Kory Nordeen


Hometown: Walker, MN

Disciplines: Skiing!

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1996

Year Started Instructing: 2010

Certifications:

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2015

Favorite Run: Hellroaring Basin!!

Favorite Conditions: Deep Deep Powder!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Firefighter, hunting, fishing

Favorite Quote: "Give it 150%! You won't succeed if you don't give it your all!"
Tim Plunkett

Tim Plunkett


Hometown: Missoula, MT

Disciplines: Alpine Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1958

Year Started Instructing: 2000

Certifications: Alpine Level III, Children’s Specialist

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Whiteys

Favorite Conditions: Fresh and Sunny

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Biking in search for the perfect craft beer.

Favorite Quote: "Is the thrill gone? Not yet baby!" B.B. King
Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith


Hometown: Port Angeles, WA

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1991

Year Started Instructing: 2004

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2010

Favorite Run: Tee Pee

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Hiking, Fishing, Rafting, Hanging out with my dog Chubbs

Favorite Quote: "You must be shapeless, formless like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle it becomes the bottle. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend." – Bruce Lee
Jesse King

Jesse King


Hometown: Whitefish, MT

Disciplines: Snowboard, Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1993

Year Started Instructing: 2010

Certifications: Level II Alpine, Level I Snowboard

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2008

Favorite Run: Haileys Run

Favorite Conditions: Wind blown pow!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Golfing, Scuba Diving, Hunting, and Fishing

Favorite Quote: Ice, Ice Davies! Vanilla Mike!
Bryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson


Hometown: New Wilmington, PA

Disciplines: Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1995

Year Started Instructing: 2011

Certifications: PSIA I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2014

Favorite Run: Ed\'s Run

Favorite Conditions: Pow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: kayaking, dirt bikes

Hannah Callahan

Hannah Callahan


Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Disciplines: Ski and Board

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1999

Year Started Instructing: 2008

Certifications: PSIA Level 1, Nordic Level 1, AASI level 1 in progress

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2015!

Favorite Run: Grey Wolf

Favorite Conditions: Sunny! Hot! Slushy!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Hiking, Fishing, Biking, All things outside!

Favorite Quote: \"You don\'t know if you don\'t go.\" Randy Gayner

Keith Poe

Keith Poe


Hometown: Ellensburg, WA

Disciplines: Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1988

Year Started Instructing: 2012

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Chipmunk

Favorite Conditions: Snow on the ground

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Camping and cooking

Favorite Quote: Mise en Place
Lauren Page

Lauren Page


Hometown: Stamford, CT

Disciplines: Ski Instructor

Year Started Instructing: 2012

Certifications: PSIA Level 1

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2014

Favorite Run: MoeMentum

Favorite Conditions: Powpow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Rock climbing, rafting, hiking, camping, coloring, volleyball, smiling

Favorite Quote: “Be yourself and do what makes you happy, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” Dr. Seuss

Kyle Quintia

Kyle Quintia


Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Disciplines: Skiing/Snowboarding

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1992

Year Started Instructing: 2006

Certifications: PSIA Level I, AASI Level II, Freestyle Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2006

Favorite Run: Tee Pee

Favorite Conditions: Steep N’ Deep

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Concerts, hiking, fishing, rafting, camping

Favorite Quote: "With all of our running and all of our cunning, if we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane!" – Jimmy Buffett
Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill


Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Disciplines: Alpine, Telemark

Year Started Skiing: Entire Life

Year Started Instructing: 1978

Certifications: PSIA Level III, Examiner Alpine, Level III Nordic Downhill

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1978

Favorite Run: It’s a secret

Favorite Conditions: All

Off-Snow Hobbies: Dirt Bike

Fun Facts: I was once a water bottle model

Lindy Wenner

Lindy Wenner


Hometown: Colorado

Disciplines: Ski and Snowboard

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2008

Year Started Instructing: 2012

Certifications: PSIA Alpine Level 1, AASI Snowboard Level I, Children's Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2015

Favorite Run: I like them all!!

Favorite Conditions: Powder!!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail 2012 and for about a year, now, I\'ve been trying to teach myself to be ambidextrous.

Favorite Quote: \"Wherever you go, go with all your heart.\"

Bob Heim

Bob Heim


Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Year Started Skiing: 1967

Year Started Instructing: 1998

Certifications: PSIA Certified Level III, PSIA Children Accreditation

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1998

Favorite Run: Good Medicine

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies: Rafting, hiking

Fun Facts: My wife and I have the same birthday.
Sam Detwiler

Sam Detwiler


Hometown: Phoenixville, PA

Disciplines: Snowboard, Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1974

Year Started Instructing: 1985

Certifications: Level II Snowboard and Alpine

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2004

Favorite Run: Langley

Favorite Conditions: Spring conditions, powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Mountain biking, hiking

Favorite Quote: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible"!
Ron Bassett

Ron Bassett


Hometown: Kokomo, Indiana

Disciplines: Alpine and Adaptive skiing

Year Started Skiing: 1970

Year Started Instructing: 2002

Certification: PSIA Alpine Level II, Adaptive Level I, Senior Specialist

Year Started Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1999

Favorite Run: The one you and I are sharing.

Favorite Conditions: all except ice

Fun Facts and Off-Snow Hobbies: I am a fireman/EMT at Glacier Park International Airport. Let me know when you're arriving and I will try to say "hi." I also enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, and accordion (but I only play for myself).

Favorite Quote: Be lazy – you’re on vacation.
John Kessler

John Kessler


Hometown: San Diego

Disciplines: Ski & Snowboard

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1993 & 2010

Year Started Instructing: 2014 & 2015 

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 14/15

Favorite Run: Sunset Cliffs

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Mountain biking

Favorite Quote: “Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.” – Terry Prattchett

Nancy Cronin

Nancy Cronin


Hometown: Whitefish, MT

Discipline: Alpine

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1980

Year Started Instructing: 2008

Certification: PSIA Level I, Child Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2008

Favorite Run: Wherever conditions are best

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Fun Facts and Off-Snow Hobbies: I love everything having to do with the outdoors

Favorite Quote: "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior demonstrates. The great teacher inspires"- William Arthur Ward" Love my Life"
Jay Johnston

Jay Johnston


Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing: 1961

Year Started Instructing: 1979

Certifications: PSIA Level III

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2014

Favorite Run: Good Medicine & East Rim Face

Favorite Conditions: Sun on my face, Trackable snow under my base

Off-Snow Hobbies and Fun Facts: Fly Fishing, Hiking, & Boating with my wife

Favorite Quote: "Treat others today as you wish for them to treat you tomorrow."

Dan Fox

Dan Fox


Hometown:OH-IO

Disciplines: Snowboard

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1990

Year Started Instructing: 1996

Certifications: AASI Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2002

Favorite Run: I don\'t play favorites

Favorite Conditions: Pow!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Rafting, mountain biking, hunting, fishing - too many hobbies, not enough time.

Favorite Quote: "Follow me!"

Aaron Guzman

Aaron Guzman


Hometown: Portland, OR

Discipline: Snowboarding, Skiing

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1988

Year Started Instructing: 1995

Certification: AASI Level III, PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1995

Favorite Run: Moe Mentum

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies: Whitewater kayaking, Guitar, Skateboarding, Slack Lining, Hiking, Fly Fishing, Parenting

Fun Fact: Yo hablo Espanol.

Favorite Quote: "The Dude abides"
Marijke Stob

Marijke Stob


Hometown: Grandville, Michigan

Disciplines: Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2012

Year Started Instructing: 2015

Certifications:

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Evans Heaven

Favorite Conditions: Fresh Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Knitting, woodworking, hiking, reading, rock climbing

Favorite Quote: “A day without laughter is a day wasted!”
Riley Johnson

Riley Johnson


Hometown: Lewiston, ID

Discipline: Snowboard/Skiing

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1998

Year Started Instructing: 2009

Certification: Snowboard AASI Level II, Ski PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2009

Favorite Run: Moementum

Favorite Conditions: Bluebird Powder

Fun Facts: Biking, Camping, Traveling, Road trips, Concerts

Favorite Quote: "Take the words 'I can't' out of your vocabulary."
Rick Guenther

Rick Guenther


Hometown: Mt Vernon, WA

Disciplines: Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1982

Year Started Instructing: 2013

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Dumpster Chutes

Favorite Conditions: Powder on top of powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Past lives include being a High School teacher and coach, scuba Instructor, personal trainer, college and professional football player… hobbies include hiking, golf, painting.

Favorite Quote: "Life is short, smile while you still have teeth."
Katie Zemel

Katie Zemel


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1991

Year Started Instructing: 2011

Certifications: Alpine Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2015

Favorite Run: Marmot

Favorite Conditions: Blue Bird Powder Day!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: I love to explore with my dog, Albert.

Favorite Quote: “When you see someone putting on his boots, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh
James LaPierre

James LaPierre


Hometown: Laconia, NH

Disciplines: SB

Year Started Skiing or Riding: '04

Year Started Instructing: 2014

Certifications: AASI I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2014

Favorite Run: Swift Creek

Favorite Conditions: Blower pow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Rafting, fishing, and all things outdoors

Favorite Quote: \"There is no try, only do or do not.\"

Meg Sedgwick

Meg Sedgwick


Hometown: West Bend, Wisconsin

Disciplines: Alpine Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1978

Year Started Instructing: 2012

Certifications: PSIA Level II, Children's Specialist I, National Ski Patrol

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2012

Favorite Run: Any runs with great friends!

Favorite Conditions: A cold drink, a lawn chair, and sunshine at the end of the day of an exhausting wonderful ski day.

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: I learned to ski as soon as I got my driver’s license and became a ski patroller the next year. I patrolled at the same area for 32 , later becoming the lift manager and later the Assistant General Manager. When not skiing, I fish, hunt, bike, backpack and enjoy my family.

Tom Olson

Tom Olson


Hometown: Big Fork, MT

  

Disciplines: Ski

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: ‘98

 

Year Started Instructing:  ‘12

            

Certifications: PSIA Level I

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   ‘00

 

Favorite Run:  Chair 1 Line

 

Favorite Conditions:  Bluebird or Nuking

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Windsurfing

 

Favorite Quote:  “You don’t know ‘til you go.”

Megan Chaisson

Megan Chaisson


Hometown: Concord, MA

Disciplines: Skiing, Snowshoe

Year Started Skiing: 2006

Year Started Instructing: 2012

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2012

Favorite Run: Good Medicine

Favorite Conditions: Any day with an inversion? There is nothing like enjoying sunshine & mountain views above a sea of clouds?

Off-Snow Hobbies and Fun Facts: I also work as a Park Ranger with Glacier National Park & Flathead National Forest. I love to play outdoors - hiking, biking, skiing xc & downhill, camping, climbing, & picking huckelberries!

Favorite Quote: "Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience." - Emerson
Zach Rutt

Zach Rutt


Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Disciplines: Alpine Skiing

Year Started Skiing: 1998

Year Started Instructing: 2013

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Elephant's Graveyard

Favorite Conditions: Fresh

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Backpacking, Hiking, Fishing, Climbing, Soccer
Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson


Hometown:  Whitefish

Discipline: Alpine

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1981

Year Started Instructing: 2009

Certification:  PSIA Level III

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2009

Favorite Run:  Sling Shot

Favorite Conditions:  Whiteout

Off-Snow Hobbies: Building tree houses, Being a Dad

Favorite Quote: "Chance favors the prepared"
Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher


Hometown: Polson, MT

Discipline: Alpine Skiing

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1954

Year Started Instructing: 1970 1st time, 2011 2nd time

Certification: Level 2 CSI PSIA

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1970 1st time, 2013 2nd time

Favorite Run: Heep Steep

Favorite Conditions: packed powder corduroy

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Once won a Rolex watch winning the Ski Yachting Championship. Love to race my J24 sailboat in regattas.

Favorite Quote: Do it right or do it twice.

Jerry Griffiths

Jerry Griffiths


Hometown: Waitsfield, VT

  

Disciplines: Alpine

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1965

  

Year Started Instructing:  2007

            

Certifications: PSIA Level 2

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Good Medicine

 

Favorite Conditions:  Soft bumps

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Bike, cycled across US in 2012 & 2013, lived at sea for 5 years.

 

Favorite Quote:  “Yep” & “Hey”

Lorne Kermath

Lorne Kermath


Hometown: Allens Park, Colorado

Disciplines: Alpine skiing

Year Started Skiing: 1961

Year Started Instructing: 1990

Certifications: PSIA Alpine Certified Level 2

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1993

Favorite Run: All of them!

Favorite Conditions: Fresh snow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Fishing, boating, skating, hunting climbing, old cards & boats

Kjell Petersen

Kjell Petersen


Hometown: Denison, Iowa

Discipline: Alpine skiing

Year Started Skiing: 1981

Year Started Instructing: 1986

Certifications: PSIA Alpine Level III, AASI Snowboard Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1997

Quote: "Each day you touch snow adds two weeks to your life." -Kjellilama

Favorite Run: The one I am skiing on at the moment

Favorite Conditions: Dancing in new snow.

Off-Snow Hobbies: Photography, sea kayaking, mountain biking, hike and raft guiding

Fun Facts: People I would bring back to life to visit: Lewis and Clark, John Muir

Customer Comments: Ski Magazine's panel of expert judges named Kjell as one of the top 100 instructors of the year in 2005.

Kristy Overman

Kristy Overman


Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ

Discipline: Snowboard

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 2000

Year Started Instructing: 2002

Certification: AASI Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2010

Favorite Run: Not telling

Favorite Conditions: I like it soft

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Retired Derby Girl, Artist & Screen Printer
Sarah Walter

Sarah Walter


Hometown: Missoula, MT

Disciplines: Alpine Ski

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1997

Year Started Instructing: 2014

Certifications: PSIA Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013

Favorite Run: Backdoor of Evan's

Favorite Conditions: SNOW!!

Off-Snow Hobbies: Hiking!

Corydon Albrecht

Corydon Albrecht


 

Hometown: Columbia Falls

Disciplines: Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1985

Year Started Instructing:  1997

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

Favorite Run:  Schmidt’s Chute

Favorite Conditions:  Any

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Rafting

Favorite Quote:  “Sounds like you got it all worked out.”

Craig Dickenson

Craig Dickenson


Hometown:  Whitefish, Montana

Discipline:  Snowboarding

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 2004

Year Started Instructing: 2010

Certification: AASI Level I, CASI Level 1

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2011

Favorite Run: Langley

Favorite Conditions:  Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies: Professional Football Coach

Favorite Quote: “Enthusiasm is better caught than taught."

Gregory Theis

Gregory Theis


 

Hometown: Genesee, Colorado

  

Disciplines: Snowboarding

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1996

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder, snowing, cloudy

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, mountain biking, camping, backpacking. I love all animals.

 

Favorite Quote:  “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad choices of clothing.”

Mick O'Hare

Mick O'Hare


 

Hometown: Shaver Lake, OR

  

Disciplines: Snowboard/Ski

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2005

  

Year Started Instructing:  2009

            

Certifications: AASI Level I

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  The one with the least people

 

Favorite Conditions:  powder or sunny spring days

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  photography, hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, climbing

 

Favorite Quote:  “If not now, when?” – Hillel the Elder

Claire Dal Nogare

Claire Dal Nogare


 

Hometown: Dallas, TX

  

Disciplines: Ski

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2010

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications: Work in progress

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Hellfire

 

Favorite Conditions:  Not particular

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Just finished with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Talk Spanish to me.

 

Favorite Quote:  “Tupac Lives” -Tupac

Caroline Henzelman

Caroline Henzelman


Hometown:    Springtown, PA

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1997

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

 

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Hell Fire

 

Favorite Conditions:  Light powder

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Riding horses

 

Favorite Quote:  “Any pizza can be a personal pizza if you believe in yourself.”

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith


 

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2015

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications: PSIA Level I Alpine

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Glory Hole

 

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Backpacking, Running, Rock Climbing

 

Favorite Quote:  “You have no idea how high I can fly.” – Michael Scott

Megan Mason

Megan Mason


Hometown: Cannon Falls, MN

  

Disciplines: Ski

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1996

  

Year Started Instructing:  2013

            

Certifications: PSIA Level I

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Early morning runs

 

Favorite Conditions:  1 chair visibility

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  If there is no snow I can be found outside, swimming in an Alpine lake, hiking, climbing, or reading by the water.

 

Favorite Quote:  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

  

Topher Jung

Topher Jung


Hometown: Waitsfield, VT

  

Disciplines: Alpine

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1997 (3 y/o)

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  TBD

 

Favorite Conditions:  Bluebird Pow Day

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, biking, fishing, craft beer

 

Favorite Quote:  “Future so bright, gotta wear shades.”

Haley Mortenson

Haley Mortenson


Hometown: Great Falls, MT

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1996

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications:     

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  The face to Powder Trap

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, wake surfing, reading, making friends with every dog I see.

 

Favorite Quote:  “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

Melissa Rees

Melissa Rees


Hometown: Gardiner, MT

  

Disciplines: Ski, Snowboard, Tele

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1994

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications: Avalanche Cert. Level I

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  East Rim to Whiteys

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder. All. Day.

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Backpacking, yoga, rafting, general ridiculous fun. Ran away with the circus.

 

Favorite Quote:  “What about second breakfast?”

Clay Springmeyer

Clay Springmeyer


Hometown:    Helena, MT

  

Disciplines: Ski

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: Age 5

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications:     WFA, Wilderness Advanced Life Support

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  To be decided

 

Favorite Conditions:  Bluebird skies & fresh snow!

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Also a chef on commercial Smith River fly fishing trips and a guide in Glacier National Park.

Robert Winckler

Robert Winckler


Hometown: St. Helena

  

Disciplines: Ski/Snowboard

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1976

  

Year Started Instructing:  2007

            

Certifications: Level II ski, Level I snowboard

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2007

 

Favorite Run:  Middle of nowhere

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Fly fishing, golf, mountain biking

 

Favorite Quote:  “Not all that wander are lost.”

Keara Delaney

Keara Delaney


Hometown: Whitefish, MT

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2012

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications:

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Moose

 

Favorite Conditions:  Bluebird and lots of pow

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Yoga, painting, drawing, skateboarding, writing, laughing

 

Favorite Quote:  “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a lift ticket.”

Matthew Creamer

Matthew Creamer


Hometown:    Fortine, MT

  

Disciplines: Snowboarding

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1987

  

Year Started Instructing:  2013

            

Certifications:     AASI Level I, Adaptive Level I, Children’s Specialist I        

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run: 

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Sky Diving

 

Favorite Quote:  I don’t need faith. I have experience.

Jamie Dillon

Jamie Dillon


Hometown: Downingtown, PA

  

Disciplines: Snowboarding

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1997

  

Year Started Instructing:  2010

            

Certifications: AASI Level 2

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2015

 

Favorite Run:  Picture Chutes

 

Favorite Conditions:  Light, dry powder

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Mountaineering in Glacier, mountain biking, climbing, etc.

 

Favorite Quote:  “Never let your fear decide your fate.”

Amanda Pettinato-Dudis

Amanda Pettinato-Dudis


 

Hometown: Kalispell, MT

  

Disciplines: Alpine

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: Age 3

  

Year Started Instructing:  2015

            

Certifications: PSIA Level I Alpine

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2015

 

 

Favorite Conditions:  Pow!

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Professional flute player

 

Favorite Quote:  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi

Caroline (CC) Carlson

Caroline (CC) Carlson


Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1995

  

Year Started Instructing:  2007

 

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  East Rim

 

Favorite Conditions:  Big jumps, deep pow!

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  CC is a wildland firefighter who loves cars, trees and dogs.

 

Favorite Quote:  “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents!” – Bob Ross

Brian Yaeger

Brian Yaeger


Hometown: Newcastle, WA

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1987

  

Year Started Instructing:  11/12

            

Certifications: PSIA Level I

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   11/12

 

Favorite Run:  Marten Creek

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, hunting, fishing, helicopters

Thomas Elsen

Thomas Elsen


Hometown: Helena, MT

  

Disciplines: Snowboard

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1999

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  Elephant’s Graveyard

 

Favorite Conditions:  Pow Pow

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  In a band called Wrinkles. Love sound design/editing.

Nelly Thomas

Nelly Thomas


Name: Nelly Thomas

 

Hometown: Brightwood, OR

  

Disciplines: Ski

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1979 – I was four

  

Year Started Instructing:  1998 – my senior year of college

            

Certifications: PSIA Level I

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   first year! Whoop! Whoop!

 

Favorite Run:  To be determined

 

Favorite Conditions:  4”-6” fresh, dry powder. That’s why I’m here!

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, mountain biking, living off the grid. Currently wandering the U.S.A. with my family of five, in our 30’motorhome we call The Tiger J.

 

Favorite Quote:  “Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Chris Bianchi

Chris Bianchi


Hometown: Columbia, SC

  

Disciplines: Skiing

   

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1994

  

Year Started Instructing:  2016

            

Certifications:     

 

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

 

Favorite Run:  East Rim on a powder day or Big Ravine groomed

 

Favorite Conditions:  Powder!!!

 

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: 

  • Fly Fishing
  • I have a U.S.C.G issued captain’s license for boats up to 100 tons (100 ton master license)
  • And a little more fly fishing

 

Favorite Quote:  Sometimes, I use big words that I don’t always understand to sound more photosynthesis.