FALL FEST GUEST CLINICIAN BIOGRAPHIES
Eric took his first ski turns at the age of three at Hunter Mountain, New York, with his father, a Level III instructor since 1969. Eric began his own ski teaching career in 1996 at Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania. While he still calls Blue his home, he divides his time between Blue, Yellowstone Club, Montana, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, and has also worked in Portillo, Chile.Eric is a former ski racer and graduate of Penn State University. He has been a featured instructor on RSN Outdoor Television and is a featured skier in the film Imagine. He is an avid mountain biker and runner, and is the race director for the Sol Lipton Run Fest, a trio of footraces that raises money for the Sol Lipton Scholarship Foundation, awarding college scholarships to high school students. Eric lives in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where he is the fourth generation to operate his family’s furniture business
Hometown: Pottsville, PA
Resort: Blue Mountain, PA
Sponsors: Head, Tyrolia, POC, Swany, Leki
Favorite run: Stein’s (Yellowstone Club, MT)
Favorite on-mountain restaurant: Tio Bob’s, Portillo, Chile
Just read: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and The Ski Bum by Romain Gary
Après Style: Keg in the locker room, cold beers in the parking lot, ski boots on the dance floor, you name it. As long as we’re all together!
Favorite Food: Nova Scotia Salmon
Coolest place I've ever been: San Martin de Los Andes, Argentina
Favorite travel destination: Hiking, biking, and camping in New England in autumn.
Average days on snow each season: About 100
Most memorable skiing moment: Mass short turn run at Interski 2011 in St. Anton, Austria. At the culmination of an amazing week of idea sharing, teaching, and learning, all the nations’ teams gathered on one slope and made short turns all together, top to bottom. That was unforgettable.
Top three off-snow activities:
1) Mountain biking
2) Trail running
3) Motorcycle riding
Can usually be found: On the hill, or in my furniture store.
Words to live by: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”