I thought I would share the adventure of living in Colorado.  I’ve lived in other areas of the country and nothing compares to the freedom and outdoor opportunities found here.  Twenty years in paradise and counting.

I’m an AASI Certified Snowboard Instructor and resort-certified skibike instructor at a major Front Range Colorado ski resort.  I currently teach snowboarding and skibiking part-time.  After more than eleven seasons of working at two different ski resorts and traveling to most ski resorts around Colorado,  I’m now fairly knowledgeable about ski resort operations and have a variety of industry contacts.

I’ve worked as a molecular biologist in the biotechnology industry for more than twenty years.  My professional publications can be found in Lancet, Blood, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Human Heredity, Nucleic Acids Research, American Journal on Human Genetics, British Journal of Haemotology, and several books lignocellulosic biodegradation.

As a freelance writer, many of my articles have appeared on Gadling.com, Yahoo! Sports, AOL Travel, Paw Nation, Zonder.com, Yahoo! Voices, and Helium.com.

Instructors at all ski resorts are essentially working for tips. They only get paid when they are actually teaching – which may be 5 hours/day max. After teaching a class of 12 people all day they may have earned $40. In the case of beginners that can be hard physical grueling work.

If you received a lesson were you had fun and learned something, reward the instructor for all their efforts. Tip them. That includes your kids instructor too.


I can be contacted using the email contact address for this blog.


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