In addition to our Training Manager, we have a dedicated staff of trainers for the 2023-2024 winter season! They work primarily as instructors, but are so passionate about the sport that they choose to help others get better at it.
Some of these trainers will only lead new hire training groups, while others will lead clinics throughout the season, head study groups, and/or run certification exam programs.
If you have any questions about the training staff, or would like to get involved yourself, please reach out to our Training Patrick Harrington, [email protected]
Johnny’s been teaching at Heavenly since the ’96-’97 season, and progressed up to an Examiner in ’98. His main focus is prep for Exams. He specializes in building clientele via high quality private lessons. You can contact him at [email protected], (530) 314-9378
Michael Rogan started his quest for ski instruction excellence in 1985 at Catamount Ski Area on the East Coast. From there his journey has taken him around the globe in search of educational experiences to further his creative approach to skiing, teaching and most importantly learning.
As the longest standing member of the PSIA National Alpine Team, Michael has developed content and curriculum that has been adopted world wide as standards of excellence for snow sports instruction.
Michael has held coaching roles for SKI Magazine, USST, Interski, PSIA, USSCA, ENISCH A.G. He is the current Coach of the PSIA National Alpine Team and Operations Manager of Ski Portillo, Chile and a valued member of the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Heavenly Resort.
His approach to teaching is LEARNING by DOING. His creative approach will have you engaged and learning at your best pace.
Pat has been an instructor at Heavenly for twenty-three years. He is a Resort Trainer at Heavenly and a Divisional Trainer for PSIA. Pat is currently the lead Level One Trainer and has been involved in Level One Training for the Past twelve years. When not training, you can find him at Gondola Adults.
Shane Pilkinton is a New Zealand native. His hometown ski resort is Treble Cone, in Wanaka, New Zealand. Shane has been in Lake Tahoe for 20+ years and has 38 seasons of teaching experience (New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the US). His favorite ski resorts worldwide are Red Mountain, BC Canada, and Hachikita Kogan Resort in Hyogoken, Japan.
Ski, Snowboard, Telemark, Adaptive; certified.
Reason why I enjoy being a trainer.
Passing on the stoke factor, the joy that as coaches we see every day – after a guest comments;
“that was the best day ever.”
Mentoring new staff to give their “best “ to guests every time they teach.
So that guests, may have the best experience ever……conquering fear is an incredible emotive outcome.
“Keep your powder day”