2003 Top 100 SKI Instructors

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When it comes to superior ski teachers, North America's cup runneth over. So whether you're planning a destination vacation or skiing in your home state, our list will help you locate the ideal instructor for you.Being named to the Top 100 list is a high honor indeed. The vast majority are rank-and-file instructors from resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada. A few are "celebrity" instructors, who offer special programs or camps. Others are members of the elite Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Demonstration Team, whose job—besides teaching at their home resorts—is to train ski teachers nationwide. But they all share a passion to pass on to others their love of skiing.

The ski areas themselves suggest nominees for this list. Each resort submits a top female, top male and top children's instructor. A panel of six judges (see below) determines the winners, based on certification achievement, years of service, regard of peers and record of success with clients. Also new this year is the naming of three Instructors of the Year (click on the link to your right). For a complete roster of candidates, go to www.skimag.com, and search for Top 100 Instructors.

If you're ready to introduce your child to the sport, elevate your skiing to a new level or solve a nagging technique problem, contact the ski school at a resort near you—or where you plan to vacation—and book some time with one of SKI's Top 100 instructors.

The Panel

John Armstrong, president of PSIA

Andy Bigford, SKI's editor-in-chief

Stu Campbell, SKI's instruction director

Krista Crabtree, SKI's instruction editor

Victor Gerdin, a lead trainer for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen

Marty Harrison, first and only woman to serve as an officer of PSIA-East