Instructors

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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!

Magdalen Shale - Admin

Magdalen Shale - Admin

Magdalen Shale

Hometown: Calgary Alberta

Year Started instructing: 1991

Certifications: Active Alpine Examiner with PSIA

Favorite Run: All of them

Off-Snow Hobbies: Green Circle CrossFit athlete, Double Black Diamond Knitter.

Favorite Quote: “Be curious, not judgmental” Walt Whitman

Nathan Hafferman - Admin

Nathan Hafferman - Admin

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

Bob Heim - Admin

Bob Heim - Admin

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.

Lauren Page - Admin

Lauren Page - Admin

Hometown: Stamford, CT

Disciplines: Ski Instructor

Year Started Instructing: 2012

Certifications: PSIA Level 1, Childrens Specialist Level I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2014

Favorite Run: Good Medicine

Favorite Conditions: Powder!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Rafting, Hiking, Snowmobiling, 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

 

Stefan Sandreuter - Admin

Stefan Sandreuter - Admin

 Hometown:  North Yarmouth, Maine

Disciplines:  Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding:  1995

Year Started Instructing:  2016

 Certifications:  PSIA Alpine Level II, Children’s Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2017

Favorite Run:  Gray’s Golf Course

Favorite Conditions:  Steep and Deep

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, Running, Playing with my dog

Favorite Quote:  “The day you become old is the day you’re not looking for new experiences anymore.” Billie Joe Armstrong

Stacey Bengtson

Stacey Bengtson

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1967

Year Started Instructing:  1973

Certifications: PSIA Level II, 2004 / Senior Specialist Level I, 2008 / Children’s Specialist Level I, 2016

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 1971

Favorite Run:  Carpet Chutes

Favorite Conditions: Snow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hiking, biking

Favorite Quote: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Matt Creamer

Matt Creamer

Hometown:  Red Lodge, Montana

Disciplines:  Snowboarding, Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding:  Skiing 1975, Snowboarding 1987

Year Started Instructing:  Skiing 1989, Snowboarding 2012

Certifications:  AASI Level II, Snowboard Adaptive Level I, PSIA Ski Level I, Children\'s Specialist, Freestyle Specialist   

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2016

Favorite Run:  Evan\'s Heaven

Favorite Conditions:  Powder Day

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Climbing, Scuba Diving, Skydiving

Favorite Quote:  “If offered a ride on a rocket, never ask what seat.”

Steve Black

Steve 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!”

 

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

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"

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

Melissa Rees

Melissa Rees

Name: Melissa Rees

 

Hometown: Gardiner, MT

Disciplines: Snowboard and Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: Skiing-1994, Riding-2002

Year Started Instructing:  2016   

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

Favorite Run:  Right over the Nose

Favorite Conditions:  Pooowder!

Off-Season Activities:  Adventures with my pup including backpacking, biking, writing poetry on top of mountains, organic farming, travel and cooking up a storm! 

Favorite Quote:  "The land knows you, even when you are lost." Robin Wall Kimmerer

 

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 summertime, Link runs a climbing adventure company: Rock Climb Montana.

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."

 

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

Greg Wittman

Greg Wittman

 Hometown:  Missoula, MT

Disciplines:  Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding:  1966

Year Started Instructing:  1971

 Certifications:  Alpine III, Senior Specialist II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2017

Favorite Run:  Ptarmigan Bowl

Favorite Conditions:  Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Fly Fishing, Sailing, Hunting, Music

Favorite Quote:  “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra

Carrie Cubbage

Carrie Cubbage

 Hometown: Merced, CA

Disciplines: 3 Alpine, 2 Tele, 1 Snowboard

Year Started Skiing or Riding:  girl scout when I was 10

Year Started Instructing:  1992

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2009

Favorite Run:  Any run with friends

Favorite Conditions:  Any conditions with friends

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  rafting, hiking, Star Wars geek

Favorite Quote:  “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

 

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

Linda Miller

Linda Miller

Hometown:  Salisbury, Maryland

Discipline:  Ski

Year Started Instructing: 2007

Certifications:  PSIA Level II, Child Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2009

Favorite Run:  Marmot & Hell Roaring Basin

Favorite Conditions:  Powder!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Riding & jumping my 12 year old horse, Zazzle. Traveling in Europe and South America.

Favorite Quote:  “Awesome!”

 

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!

Chas Vergauwen

Chas Vergauwen

Hometown:  Iowa Park, TX

Disciplines:  Tai-Chi, yoga, rafting, fly fishing, drummer, guitarist

Year Started Skiing or Riding:  1982

Year Started Instructing:  2017

 Certifications:  PSIA Level I, CPR/WFR

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2003-2006, 2017

Favorite Run:  Backdoor to Evan’s Heaven

Favorite Conditions:  Pow Pow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Musician, writer, philosopher

Favorite Quote:  “If one can learn to find beauty in all aspects of life, then one can learn to make all aspects of their life beautiful.”

 

Casey Funk

Casey Funk

Hometown: Roundup, MT

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1985

Year Started Instructing:  2004

 Certifications: Ski Instructor

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2018/2019 ski year

Favorite Run:  Picture Chutes

Favorite Conditions: Powder tree skiing

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Lover of the outdoors

Favorite Quote: “Everybody Wang Chung tonight”

Rob Brekke

Rob Brekke

Name: Robert M. Brekke 

Hometown:  Kalispell, MT

Disciplines: Skier

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1983

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   Skiing 1983, Teaching: 2019 

Favorite Run:  Magic Carpet / NBC

Favorite Conditions:  All

Off-Season Activities:  Skiing

Favorite Quote:  “We’re skiers from day one. We’ll be skiers till the day we dies. And it’s a beautiful thing, just to come back year after year and see the new faces and old faces, but still the same smiling faces. I want to land on Mars!” Tanner Hall 

Jeffra Clough

Jeffra Clough

Name: Jeffra Clough

Hometown:    Juneau, AK

Disciplines: Alpine, Adaptive

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1962

Year Started Instructing:  1982

Certifications:    Alpine Level III, Adaptive Level I, Children’s Specialist 2

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2018

Favorite Run:  No Name

Favorite Conditions:  All

Off-Season Activities:  Hiking, Canoe Trips, Biking, Travel

Favorite Quote:  “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do” Warren Miller  

Josh Lucas

Josh Lucas

Hometown: McAlisterville, PA

Disciplines: Snowboard, Ski, Tele

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 2009

Year Started Instructing:  2011

 Certifications: AASI Level II, PSIA Level I, Children’s Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2011 summer

Favorite Run:  Glory Hole, Goat Haunt Boardercross

Favorite Conditions: All

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Painting, LARP, Hiking, and enjoying being alive

Favorite Quote: “All good stories deserve embellishment.” - G.T.G

 

Ron Oscarson

Ron Oscarson

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Disciplines: Alpine Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1969  Yes, that\'s a long time ago!!

Year Started Instructing:  Have taught for over 25 years

 Certifications: Level II Alpine

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: This is my 5th year here at Whitefish

Favorite Run: Inspiration.  It\'s named that for a reason.

Favorite Conditions: Freshies

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Travel and classic cars

Favorite Quote: Your knees only have so many turns in them.  Your goal is to get everyone.  Warren Miller  

Cole Kleinberg

Cole Kleinberg

Hometown:  New York

Disciplines:  Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding:  1997

Year Started Instructing:  2017

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:  2017

Favorite Run:  Mario Land

Favorite Conditions:  Pow

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Hockey, soccer, hiking (anything outside)

Favorite Quote:  “WAIT, don’t cut my boots – they’re brand new!” – Christian Pavelka

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"

Kate Rothfuss

Kate Rothfuss

Hometown: Whitefish, MT

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1986

Year Started Instructing:  2012

 Certifications: PSIA Level II & Children’s Specialist

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2012

Favorite Run: Any tree run

Favorite Conditions: Powder

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  I am a mom of twin boys. I enjoy biking, riding horses, hiking, skiing and time with my family.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t take life seriously because you can’t come out alive.” – Warren Miller

 

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."

Lori Rust

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!"

Kyle Quintia

Kyle Quintia

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Disciplines: Teaching skiing/snowboarding, guitar instructor, licensed property manager

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1992

Year Started Instructing: 2006

Certifications: Snowboard Level 3, Alpine Level 1, Freestyle Specialist Level 1

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2006

Favorite Run: All of them!

Favorite Conditions: Steep N’ Deep

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Pearl Jam, fishing, rafting, camping, hiking, playing guitar, owner of a small property management company – River Grove Rentals

Favorite Quote: “If not for love, I would be drowning.” – Pearl Jam

Ryan Shively

Ryan Shively

Hometown: Helena, MT

Discipline: Snowboard

Year Started Skiing/Riding: 1989

Year Started Instructing: 1996

Certifications: PSIA Alpine Level I, AASI Snowboard Level III

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2002

Favorite Run: Slingshot

Favorite Conditions: Steep and Deep

Off-Snow Hobbies: Photography and Long boarding and Mountain Biking

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

 

Kiel Rafter

Kiel Rafter

Hometown: Polson, MT

Disciplines: Snowboard

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1995

Year Started Instructing: 2005

Certifications: AASI III Snowboard

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2018

Favorite Run: Its a secret!

Favorite Conditions: Powdah!!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Fly fishing and slalom skiing

Favorite Quote: "No regrets and everybody wang-chung tonight!"

Rick Guenther

Rick Guenther

Hometown: Mt Vernon, WA

Disciplines: Skiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1982

Year Started Instructing: 2013

Certifications: PSIA Level II

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2013, Ski Instructor of the year 2015-16 and 2017-18, WMR top 10 Employee 2016/2017, Rookie of the Year 2013/2014

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, ballet dancing, stock car racing, painting, alligator wrestling, bull riding, knitting.

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

Greg Theis

Greg Theis

Hometown: Genesee, Colorado

Disciplines: Snowboard & Ski

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1996 (ski), 2000 (ride)

Year Started Instructing:  2016

 Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort:   2016

Certifications: AASI Level I Snowboard, PSIA Alpine Level I, Wilderness First Responder

Favorite Run: First Creek to Moose

Favorite Conditions:  Powda!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts:  Somewhat bilingual (Spanish), PADI SCUBA divemaster, playing guitar, meowtain biking, reading books and more books!

Favorite Quote:  “Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid"

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

 

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”

James Druyvestein

James Druyvestein

Hometown: Custer, SD

DisciplinesSkiing

Year Started Skiing or Riding: As a kid

Year Started Instructing:  2020              

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2020

Favorite Run:  Ptarmigan Bowl

Favorite Conditions: Powder!

Off-Season Activities: Hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, anything outside!

Favorite Quote: \\\\\\\"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana\\\\\\\"

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.”

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!

 

C.J. Johnston

C.J. Johnston

Hometown: Excelsior, Minnesota     

Disciplines: Alpine

Year Started Skiing or Riding: 1990

Year Started Instructing: 2012       

Certifications: PSIA-NW Divisional Clinic Leader, Alpine Level III, Children’s Specialist I

Year Started at Whitefish Mountain Resort: 2017

Favorite Run: Haskill Slide  

Favorite Conditions: POW! The deeper the better!

Off-Snow Hobbies or Fun Facts: Crossfit, Fishing, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Hiking…really anything outdoors!

Favorite Quote: “When in doubt, go higher” – Edward Abbey