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The trainers for our ski and snowboard instructor training courses

THE TRAINERS

Learn to Ski and Snowboard

Many students who want to learn to ski and snowboard, want to learn from the best! Snow Trainers believes it is important for everyone to get to know our key players in the training field. Below we have included short bios of some of the main players so you can get to know us a little better.  If there’s anything else you want to know, don’t be afraid to ask!

Matt Phare

Matt PhareMatt began skiing in 1991 and snowboarding in 1992, and has been working in the industry since 1999. He started his career as a Terrain Park Ranger at The Remarkables, Queenstown and the following year started instructing over the valley at Coronet Peak.

Matt was training instructors in 2002 and has been an Examiner for the SBINZ since 2003. During the Northern Hemisphere winters Matt spent four seasons instructing in Steamboat, Colorado, enjoying their ‘champagne powder’. Just when he thought it didn’t get any better, he discovered Japan where he has been working and training instructors since 2007 - in the lightest, deepest powder in the world!

In 2003 Matt formed the ski and snowboard instructor training company Snow Trainers and now manages the Snow Trainers courses at Coronet Peak, NZ and Niseko, Japan - where he organised the first ever NZSIA exams held outside of New Zealand.

Matt has a range of qualifications from NZ and the States including Coaching and Freestyle Certs, Childrens Certs, NZSIA Ski Levels One and Two, his ISIA stamp, and is an Examiner for Snowboard Levels One, Two and Three. In 2008 Matt became the Snowboard Representative on the Executive Committee of the NZSIA, in 2011 he was chosen to represent New Zealand on their demo team at INTERSKI in St. Anton, Austria and also became the Snowboard Course Manager for the NZSIA/SBINZ.


Tony Macri

Tony MacriTony has been skiing since 1990 and snowboarding since 1998. After getting his qualification in the US, he visited New Zealand for the first time and spent four years at Whakapapa training instructors as well as coaching the North Island’s first freestyle Development squad. He then moved to the South Island to train instructors at Treble Cone and after three years he finally settled at Coronet Peak where he currently co-manages and trains the Snow Trainers crew.

Over the years Tony has been involved with many integral projects with SBINZ from helping develop resources such as the manuals, and creating new certifications and exams. Tony has also served many years on the Snowboard Divisional Committee.

Tony spends his Northern Hemisphere in Colorado USA where he manages the Snow Trainers courses at Copper, and is the AASI-RM Chief Examiner.  Tony has also worked in many different facets within ski and ride schools such as Training Manager, Youth School Manager, and Snowboard School Manager.

Back in NZ Tony has been a Snowboard examiner since 2000 where he examines Level One, Two, Three and Trainers Cert.  He is also a snowboard Freestyle Examiner, and a Childrens Cert Examiner. In 2011 he was chosen to represent New Zealand on their demo team at INTERSKI in St. Anton, Austria and in 2015 he represented New Zealand again at Interski in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Tony is currently the Snowboard Committee Chairman for the AASI-RM in the USA and a member of the USA National Snowboard Team.

Most people don’t know that Tony used to compete as a Freestyle Bumps Skier when at university in the States.  Tony is also a fully certified ski instructor and has his freestyle accreditation.


Doug Benson

Doug BensonDoug began skiing in 1979 and snowboarding in 1992, then started teaching skiing in 1995 in Pennsylvania. He spent two years working on the east coast of the U.S. attaining his level 1 and 2 skiing certifications.  After the end of his second season he moved to Colorado and began teaching skiing at Keystone Resort in Summit County, Colorado.

While at Keystone, Doug attained his skiing Level 3 certification, Resort Alpine Trainer and Resort Freestyle Trainer accreditations and held many positions within the Ski & Ride School which included Children’s Supervisor and Private Lesson Supervisor. 

Following Keystone Doug spent and few years at Breckenridge as the Children’s Ski & Ride School Manager, and then in 2010 took the position of Snowsports School Director at Teton Pass Resort in Montana.  While in Montana, he attained Examiner Status for Freestyle and Alpine in PSIA Northern Rocky Mt. Division. 

He currently instructs at Beaver Creek Snowsports School and Arapahoe Basin Snowsports School.


Bob Barnes

Bob BarnesLong-time Examiner, Education Staff Verifier, and Alpine Committee member for PSIA-Rocky Mountain, Bob’s full-time ski instruction career began the season he arrived at Breckenridge, Colorado in a blizzard in his ancient Ford van with one snow tyre. Living in the van in the ski area parking lot that winter, skiing and teaching skiing by day and fitting rental skis in the evenings, Bob developed the passion for the sport and the teaching profession that still drives him today (although he has long since moved indoors to an actual house, much to the approval of his wife, Susan). Currently working at Copper Mountain in Colorado, Bob has also taught skiing (and one snowboard lesson!) full-time at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Vail, as well as Breckenridge and two seasons at Eaton Mountain in his home state of Maine.

Bob is the author of The Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing, the third edition of which was released in 1999. He has coached for the Mahre Training Center at Keystone, and served as the founding Director and current Vice-President of the acclaimed EpicSki Academy, which conducts high-level ski camps at top resorts across the United States.

As the developer of many of the current training and certification educational materials for PSIA-Rocky Mountain, Bob brings a wealth of innovation and “inside information” to the table as a resource for all seeking PSIA certification.