Dan Janowiak

Dan Janowiak
Northwestern Alpine Ski Academy (NASA)
Program Manager/Head Coach

USSA Level 300 Certified Coach
United States Ski Team National Development System Assistant 2003
Manistee High School Head Coach - 1976-2002
Michigan H.S. Ski Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Inducted 1999

My skiing career began at the Big M Ski Area in 1959. The Big M was our home town ski area and the experiences that I had there developed my love of alpine skiing. As an athlete in ski racing... Read more

Geoff Paine

Geoff Paine

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
NASA Assistant Coach
USSA Junior Olympic Coach
Manistee High School Assistant Coach
DJRC Assistant Coach

I grew up in Manistee and skied for Manistee High School along with skiing in CUSSA for six years. I returned to Manistee in 1986 and have been coaching in the... Read more

Rick Bobian

Rick Bobian

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
NASA Assistant Coach
USSA Junior Olympic Coach
Michigan Tech University Ski Team 1972-1974

I started skiing in the 8th grade and instantly fell in love with it. The following year I started racing and that got me even more involved in the sport. I remember hiking up the... Read more

Gary Schwaiger

Gary Schwaiger

USSA Level 100 Certified Coach
PSIA Level 1 Certified Ski Instructor
NASA Race Academy Lead Coach
NASA Assistant Coach

I am a licensed Real Estate Appraiser and have been conducting real estate appraising since 1980 primarily residential with some commercial and vacant land appraising. Other interests include: sailing, flying, scuba, and... Read more

Jeff Hessler

Jeff Hessler

USSA Level 100 Certified Coach
PSIA Level 3 Certified Ski Instructor
Asst. Director of Racing Shawnee, PA
NASA Assistant Coach

I grew up in Wisconsin. We were a skiing family that made weekend trips to the UP ski resorts. I was 3 years old and had lace up boots and wood skis with cable bindings. I loved skiing more than... Read more

Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
PSIA Level III Instructor
PSIA Children Accredited
PSIA Central Division Examiner

Hey all. I have had the privilege of working as a full-time snow sports educator and alpine race coach for the last 24 years. From introducing the resort environment to beginners to helping fellow veteran instructors and race athletes perfect their skills, all aspects of alpine skiing are truly a joy for me to teach. I began skiing at age three at Crystal Mountain, and coming from a... Read more

Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
Coach Salisbury School, Connecticut
Asst. Coach Colorado University, USCSA
Competitor Bates College
NASA Assistant Coach

My family and I live in Maple City. We moved back here permanently in June 2012. I have my own cycling coaching business called Fisher Training Systems, LLC. I write training programs for amateur and professional cyclists looking... Read more

Jesse Keson

Jesse Keson

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
Certified Personal Trainer, Exercise Specialist
MHSAA All-State First Team 1997-1999
NASA Assistant Coach

My love of skiing and ski racing can be fully credited to the Northwestern Alpine Ski Academy.  I enrolled into the race academy in the 5th grade and eventually... Read more

Lyndee Paulus

Lyndee Paulus

2008, 2009 & 2011 NCAA Division 1 All-American
University of Vermont Ski Team 2008-2011
2006-2007 United States Ski Team Member
NorAm and Europa Cup Competitor
2004 USSA J2 National Giant Slalom Champion

Keegan Janowiak

Keegan Janowiak

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
MHSAA State Champion GS 2009
MHSAA All-State First Team 2007-2009
NASA Assistant Coach

I am from Manistee and I started to learn to ski with my family when I was three years old at Crystal Mountain. All through my childhood I learned how to ski race with the Manistee Ski Club and then... Read more

Sarah Wild Lantz

Sarah Wild Lantz

PSIA Level II
PSIA Accredited Childrens's Educator (ACE) Level I
Instructor Experience at Crystal Mountain and Deer Valley
NASA Development Program Lead Instructor

Hi there! Teaching the “never ever” and beginner skiers is the most fun for me – I love being able to get them hooked on a sport that they can do with their family and friends for the rest of their... Read more

Andy Cook

Andy Cook

PSIA Level I Ski Instructor
PSIA Children's Specialist I
NASA Development Program Instructor

I started skiing when I was working at Crystal Mountain as a ski lift operator. I loved it, and started to ski at least three days a week, improving my knowledge and ability every... Read more

Jim Bloem

Jim Bloem

PSIA Level 3 Certified
Children's Specialist 2

I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I retired from Steelcase in 2007 after 27 years and have been married for... Read more