FDSC Ski/Snowboard Instructors

The most unique benefit of being a member of the FDSC is our lesson program. Lessons are available to members after paying a registration fee. This registration fee helps the club to defray some of the costs of the instructional program.

OUR INSTRUCTORS are PSIA (Professional Ski Instructor of America) certified. Most of our instructors have or are currently teaching at a mountain. Many of our instructors have been long time members of the club. All of our instructors are dedicated to introducing our club members to skiing and snowboarding safely. Our instructors maintain their certification by attending on-the-hill and classroom clinics throughout the east coast on a regular basis. Whether your goal is to ride the chair lift for the first time or develop new skills to access more parts of the mountain, our instructors devote their time every Tuesday for seven weeks to help you meet that goal.

OUR APPRENTICES are members of the club who have been recognized by our instructors as having the excellent ski/snowboarding ability along with great communication skills. Apprentices assist the instructors to assure that our students receive the most attention and demonstration to enhance their learning experience.

If you are interested in joining our team of Instructors and Apprentices, please contact the Skimeister or the Ski School Director.


Ski School Director
Ski Instructor
Bip Smedley

PSIA Certification Level I

Years Instructing: 4+

Ski Areas Taught: Bear Creek with FDSC program

Favorite Ski Areas: MRG, Sugarbush, Stowe

Ski Instructor
Alison Cramer

Ski Instructor-PSIA Certification Level II

Years Instructing: 23 , mostly part time

Ski Areas Taught: Loon Mountain,N.H., Smugglers Notch, VT, Spring Mtn., PA, Big Boulder/Jack Frost, PA and Doe/Bear Creek,PA (18 yrs)

Favorite Ski Areas: well, still adding to bucket list, but so far Snowmass, Aspen, Vail, Utah- anything, Jay Peak for the Tree Skiing, New Hampshire, The Alps.

Racing Background:
*Raced with Green Mountain College ski team '80-'82 as well as University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, '82-'83.
*Raced for "The Barn" with "Local Loonatics"at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, '82-'85
*Previous Member of/raced with American Ski Racing Alliance( ASRA) with North Penn Ski Club as team captain for 8 yrs.
*Assisted with Junior Race program at Jack Frost

Accomplishments: History of 1st and 2nd place medals for ASRA races; Fastest woman-Breckenridge, CO, 2008 EPSC Winter Carnival Race & on winning team!; 2nd place FDSC Winter Carnival Race 2010: Most Improved Skier Award-Green Mountain College, '82; First Female PSIA. Level II certified instructor in history of Doe Mtn.,'97.

Snowboard Instructor
Elizabeth Dempsey

AASI Certification Level I

Ski Areas Taught: Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Favorite Ski Area: Stowe, VT

Elizabeth began snowboarding soon after she graduated college, and she spent her first few years on the snow taking lessons and having fun. In 2009 she joined the Bear Creek Snowsports School, where she taught for two seasons. After taking a break to attend graduate school, Elizabeth returned to the world of snowboarding, joined FDSC, and started teaching with the FDSC Ski School in 2015.


Ski Instructor
Carl J. Engleman, Jr.

CJ has been skiing for 26 years. He has been racing since 1989 and most recently for FDSC participating in ASRA and NASTAR events.


Ski Instructor
Bob Fox

PSIA Certification Level I

Ski Instructor
Brian Gallagher

PSIA Certification Level II

Years Instructing: 10 (2 yrs full-time)

Ski Areas Taught: Vail, Bear Creek, Blue Marsh

Favorite Ski Area: Vail

Brian was president of FDSC. He also has been ski school director, skimeister and treasurer.


Snowboard Instructor
Hallie Groff

PSIA snowboard Level 1 instructor (former snowboard instructor at Blue Marsh Ski Area for two years)

Years Instructing: 5

Years boarding: 20

Ski Areas Taught: Blue Marsh Ski Area and Bear Creek

Favorite Ski Area: Breckenridge and Grand Targhee

Hallie was first on skis when she was 2 at Killington, VT. She started boarding at the age of 10, now with 20 years of experience. She still breaks out the old school straight skis with rear entry boots to teach friends every once in a while. She loves boarding in the trees and powder! She would also like to try racing this year.


Snowboard Instructor
Rachel Hsieh


Ski Instructor
Jeff Landis

PSIA Certification Level I

Years Instructing: 1

Ski Areas Taught: Bear Creek

Favorite Mountain: As long as I'm on the snow I'm happy.

Jeff joined the FDSC instructor program in 2010 and is having a blast helping to teach our members to ski.


Ski Instructor
Keith Li

PSIA Certification Level III

Years Instructing: 30+

Ski Areas Taught: Hahn Mt (Big Valley), Heidelberg, Ski Snowpeak, Ski Roundtop
Current position is part time Supervisor and Instructor Trainer at Roundtop.

Favorite Ski Area: any area on a perfect snow day
Special consideration for Hunter Mountain where I made my first turn in 1967 and several decades later earned Level III.

Ski Instructor
Eric Martin

PSIA Alpine Level I, Children's Specialist I
Years Instructing: 3
Prior Mountains: Bear Creek, Spring Mountain

After taking up skiing several years back, it quickly became his favorite sport. Early on, he set the goal to become PSIA certified and is currently pursuing his Alpine Level II certification. A firm believer that anyone can ski with the right instruction, this is something he frequently tells his beginning students. In addition to teaching with FDSC, he is also an EMT and involved with the Bear Creek Ski Patrol.

"Anytime, anywhere, any condition, there's nothing better than ripping turns through the hard pack or having the snow hit you in the face on a powder day!"


Snowboard Instructor
Sheila Martin

AASI Certification Level: Apprentice

Sheila, an expert level skier, has 25+ years experience and has become an accomplished snowboarder. Looking forward to becoming certified and will teach all levels of snowboarding.


Ski Instructor
Dave McFarland

PSIA Certification Level II

AASI Certification Level Apprentice

Years Instructing: 20+

Ski Areas Taught: Blue Marsh

Favorite Ski Areas: Arapahoe Basin and Elk

Dave was Technical Director for several years and has also been Skimeister.


Ski Instructor
Jack McGarry

AASI Certification Level I
PSIA Certification Level I


Years Instructing: 20+

Years skiing: 25
Years boarding: 16

Ski Areas Taught: Blue Marsh Ski Area and Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Favorite Ski Areas: Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Whiteface, Stratton, Jiminy Peak, Blue Mountain, Camelback

Jack started skiing at age 21. 9 years later, he really learned how to ski when he signed up for an instructor learning course at Blue Marsh. Jack started snowboarding in 1998 when Blue Marsh has only 1 or 2 snowboard instructors. He left Blue Marsh at the end of that season. He joined the ski school at Bear Creek in its inaugural year in 2000. Jack taught skiing at Bear Creek and slowly transitioned to teaching snowboarding. The last 6 seasons, he has mainly taught snowboarding. The 2013-14 season was the first season in which you could not find Jack on snow on his skis. He intends to get back on his skis more often but you will mostly find him on his snowboard. It’s just easier to transport and the boots are so much more comfortable!


Ski Instructor
Gary McGraw


Ski Instructor
Sue McMullen

PSIA Certification Level I

Years Instructing: 20+

Favorite Ski Areas: Vail, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, St. Moritz (Switzerland) tops a long list of favorites.

Sue has been skiing for about 28 years. For FDSC, Sue has held the following offices: Treasurer, President, Past President and Competition Director. Racing has highlighted her many years of skiing. Among her accomplishments Sue was the FDSC Women's club championship for several years, first place finishes in the women's C and B level at ASRA finals and placing second at the 2002 NASTAR finals in Park City, Utah. Also won Masters team at the EPSC Council Cup Race in 2003.


Ski Instructor
Stan Miller

PSIA Certification Level I

Ski Areas Taught: Bear Creek

Favorite Ski Area: Schladming, Austria

 

Ski Instructor
Rich Reber

PSIA Certification Level I

Years Instructing: 20+

Ski Areas Taught: Blue Marsh, Eagle Rock

Favorite Ski Area: Anywhere in Europe

Over the years Rich has taught students ranging from 18 months to over 70 years old including a person who was deaf. Rich has been taught the junior and advanced program at Blue Marsh for many years.


Ski Instructor
Regina Schneider

Apprentice

Ski Instructor
Paul Schwartz

PSIA Certification Level I

Years Instructing: 5+

Ski Areas Taught: Bear Creek with FDSC program

Favorite Ski Areas: Anywhere in Vermont (where I lived during high school), Elk in Pennsylvania

Snowboard Instructor
Hank Scovern

PSIA Certification Level I

After snowboarding, often in pain, for 5 years I discovered the FDSC lesson program where I not only improved a great deal but also learned how to avoid getting hurt. Now I teach - both to pay it forward and for the smiles I see when "it clicks." I enjoy being on the snow wherever it may be, though time constraints keep me mostly local. I do take my tie off when I snowboard


Ski Instructor
Bob Smith

PSIA Certification Level III

Years Instructing: 24

Ski Areas Taught: Blue Marsh, Bear Creek

Favorite Ski Areas: Squaw Valley, Snowbird, Arapahoe Basin, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, St. Anton (Austria) and Stowe

Bob has been skiing since 1965 with the opportunity to ski Steamboat frequently for 4 seasons. He was on ski patrol for several years and attained the PSIA Level III certification March, 2005. Bob has also been President, Competition Director, Past President, Trip Director and is currently Historian for the FDSC.


Ski Instructor
Bruce Smith

Alpine Certified Level 2
Alpine Certified Master Teacher
Alpine Sports Science Accreditation

Bruce was FDSC Past President and Past Director of Eastern Region United States Ski Association.


Ski Instructor
Dominique Ulrich


Snowboard Instructor
Allard van der Velde

PSIA Certification Level I
ADAPTIVE Certification Level II
TELEMARK Certification Level II
AASI Certification Level III

Favorite Ski Areas: In Europe Solden and Crested Butte in the US

Allard worked for 3 years in Zell am Ailler, Austria and 6 years in Winter Park, CO. He has taught skiing, telemark and snowboarding as mainly private lessons. Also worked as a volunteer for the NSCD teaching Adaptive skiing for 5 years. "When teaching, I like to be challenged, like to see happy faces, especially the ones from children."


Ski Instructor
Marianne van der Velde

PSIA Certification Level II
ADAPTIVE Certification Level II

Favorite Ski Area: Don't have a favorite mountain - there's still too many left to explore!

Marianne taught 7 years at Winter Park, Co working mostly with children. Ran the "Barracuda" program for 3 years for children from Colorado's front range where kids skied on the "team" for 3 weeks at a time. Volunteered teaching students at the National Sports Center for the disabled.

Lessons Contact

Skimeister: Bob Fox
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