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Meet the Instructors

It's a small group, but well suited to the club. Since the needs of club members drive the teaching program, we're willing to add instructors if the number of students grows significantly and we can no longer meet their needs. We're also willing to add skill areas (like snowboarding) if there's sufficient demand. Come ski with us and find out how much fun winter can be!

Shariar Ansari

Shariar Ansari
Chief Instructor

Shariar had been a ski instructor at Perfect North for many years before moving out West, and a full-time PSIA member since 1990. He is a certified Level III Alpine instructor. Shariar started skiing in his native country of Iran in 1980 and later continued his passion for the sport in the US. He enjoyed free skiing, racing, and teaching, and adapts his teaching style to the particular needs of students.


Jerry Baker

Jerry Baker
Instructor

Jerry has been pounding metal for race cars for a number of years and hangs with a fast crowd. Sure wouldn't know by looking though, as Jerry was voted least likely to die of high blood pressure. But he continually places among Indy's fastest ski racers, too. Jerry's analytical style helps students of all levels to improve their skiing.


Suzie Carlson

Suzie Carlson

Suzie is a top-dollar realtor on God's side of town (SOUTH) and has about fourteen kids hanging around her house. So if she starts talking about your house in your lesson, beware! Her enthusiastic attitude is great with kids, even though she was once an "enforcer" on the National Ski Patrol. Suzie holds the dubious honor of getting PERFECT marks from her students most every time she teaches! She's a Do-er, so if you want to get skiing fast, give Suzie your attention.


Mel Crichton

Mel Crichton

People should slow down after age 55... but it doesn't sink in, so don't be surprised if you're suddenly in an impromptu powder lesson on a "powder morning" or doing bumps to "help settle lunch". Mel may be semi-retired from engineering, but he suppresses his analytical traits and tries to make ski classes a lot of fun. His teaching style uses FEELING the ski and enjoying the ride, so don't expect to stand around much. Mel doesn't take tips or compensation for teaching, but has been known to share in fermented beverages at the end of a hard day. We live to ski.... and apres-ski !


David Zoelle

David Zoelle

David has taught skiing for real money in Colorado and at Paoli, but now he is teaching with the ISC. A former Army colonel, you'd think David would intimidate his students, but on the contrary they gave him perfect marks in past seasons. So he must do something right, huh? Maybe it's from teaching high school English now. David has 35 years of skiing experience, including nine years in the Alps and eight years in the National Ski Patrol. If your lesson plans include lots of good stories, David is your instructor


Joe Summers

Joe Summers

Joe started skiing in 1975 and served as Ski Patrol at Ski World for 15 years where he was active in training other patrollers in skiing and toboggan skills. He also was a regional instructor traveling to neighboring states ski areas. Before leaving Indy Joe was a youth hockey coach and also coached soccer as an assistant at Carmel HS. In 1995 he retired from UPS and moved to Colorado where he ski patroled at Copper Mountain until 2003. Since then he has mostly been teaching at Arapahoe Basin which according to Joe, is one of the most majestic places to ski on a sunny day. When not skiing, he enjoys the Rocky Mountains with road biking, hiking, and fly fishing. He is also a member of Summit County Rescue Group.