Training Team

Francis Do

Manager - Training and Quality

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Vail Since: 2008

Favorite Run: Resolution Trees

Skis for: Nordica Skis and Boots, Leki Poles and Gloves, and Giro Helmets and Goggles

Playlist: EDM

Favorite Travel Destination: Downhill Biking Whistler B.C.

Experience of a Lifetime: First tracks down Heavy Metal trees on a 12″ blower day.

Chris Caruso

Lead Trainer - Lionshead Adult

Hometown: Northboro, MA

Vail Since: Winter 08′-09′

Certifications: PSIA-RM Ed Staff, Alpine 3, CS2, Tele 1, SB 1, USSA 1

Ski/Ride equipment: Rossignol and Look

Favorite Travel Destination: Alta Badia, Italy and Telluride, CO

Favorite Run(s): Dealer’s Choice, Forever, Riva

Experience of a Lifetime: Teaching any beginner how to ski and watching their excitement build when they’re able to link their first turns!

Jenn Metz

Lead Trainer - Golden Peak Adults

Name: Jenn Metz

Hometown:  Golden, Co

Vail Since: 2009

Certifications: Alpine 3, Telemark 3, SB 1, CS2, FS1, USSA 1

Ski/Ride equipment: Salomon

Favorite Travel Destination: Hmmm… that’s a tough one.  MT to visit family, Hawaii to visit family,  or any small town in the great USA

Experience of a Lifetime: China to lead 2 weeks of PSIA L1 prep and assessment. 

Quote or saying: ‘Pay more attention to the blessings of our challenges, than the challenges of our blessings’ 

Val Gross

Lead Trainer - Vail Village

Hometown: Rixensart, Belgium 

Vail Since: 2005

Certifications: French National Ski diploma, Psia-rm CS2, FS1, TA (former RMT), E2

Ski/Ride equipment: Rossignol Hero Elite plus.

Favorite Travel Destination: Corsica 

Experience of a Lifetime: Backcountry skiing in France for the ski diploma, with my co-workers in 2002 (?). 1200m up from the highest lift of Serre Chevalier, then 3000+m down in perfect spring corn snow in the Couloir du Pelvoux after sharing wine and charcuterie at the top of the climb.

Quote or saying: Learning is a journey, not a destination.

Nat Hammerli

Lead Trainer - Golden Peaks Children

Hometown: Thibodaux, LA

Vail Since: 2001

Certifications: SB RMT, Alpine 1, SB E1, CETT 1

Ski/Ride equipment: snowboard 

Favorite Travel Destination: Any place new and exciting! 

Experience of a Lifetime:

Quote or saying: awe yeah!

Krista Van Parys

Lead Trainer - Snowboard

Hometown: Republic Missouri

Vail Since: 2005

Certifications: Snowboard RMT Children’s RMT CETT Staff

Ski/Ride equipment: Ride Benchwarmer Snowboard 20″ stance 15 -15 on Salomon Boots and Bindings

Favorite Travel Destination: Anywhere I can Highline

Experience of a Lifetime:

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