Mike Ma

Went to Harvard to teach snowboarding (and found ShredBetter)

shredbetter.com/mike/

Mike Ma

Went to Harvard to teach snowboarding (and found ShredBetter)


Teaches: Snowboard - General, Adaptive, Freestyle
Home Mountain: Mount Snow, West Dover, VT
Gender: Male
Certifications: AASI Snowboard (Level III)
AASI Snowboard (Level III)
PSIA-AASI Freestyle Accreditation (Level I)
PSIA-AASI Adaptive (Level II)
PSIA-AASI Children Specialists (Level II)
PSIA-AASI-Eastern Division - Adaptive Education Staff
Years Teaching: 10.9
Years at Mount Snow: 10.9
Certifications: AASI Snowboard (Level III)
AASI Snowboard (Level III)
PSIA-AASI Freestyle Accreditation (Level I)
PSIA-AASI Adaptive (Level II)
PSIA-AASI Children Specialists (Level II)
PSIA-AASI-Eastern Division - Adaptive Education Staff
Years Teaching: 10.9
Years at Mount Snow: 10.9

About

Thank you for visiting my page. Teaching snowboarding is one of my passions. In particular, I love teaching beginners and adaptive snowboarders. I would absolutely be honored if I were able to spend time with you. I believe in designing my lessons all around you. I still consider myself a beginner at heart since I learned to ride at age 30.  Since then, I rose through the ranks at Mount Snow's Ski and Snowboard School and teach all ages from beginners to ripping trees and bumps to helping freestyle riders step up their game.  I am also one of the staff trainers, and enjoy helping other instructors with their teaching and personal riding. I also received my Level III certification from AASI, which was a very big achievement for me, as a part-timer, and have recently joined the Education Staff as a member of the Adaptive Development Team.

When I am not on snow, I am usually chasing after my three kids (ages 12, 10, and 8) and have had a long career in marketing, advertising and startups in New York.  Also, much to the surprise of many, I have a degree in Philosophy from Harvard -- my parents are proud of the fact that neither my day jobs nor my weekend job uses the all that education!   

I founded ShredBetter in 2013 as a project of passion.  Guests pay a lot.  Pros work hard, but sometimes the match between them doesn't always work.  I wanted to build a site where that connection can work better for everyone with a little technology.   In fact, I love thinking about the intersection of business and snowsports.

Here is a small talk I gave once about how they may intersect: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhcJGHUNQp8&feature=youtu.be

I am so glad you are here, whether you book with me or any one of the pros here.  Please hit the contact me button too if you have any ideas about the site.


Reviews

Debbie
January 22, 2018
Advanced - Another Program

My 9 year old is a beginning boarder, who never wants to take lessons (yes he's one of those kids), and he can't wait to go back to Mt. Snow and work with Mike again in a few weeks! Mike worked with him to navigate some beginner terrain park jumps and obstacles and at the same time helped him improve his fundamentals. By the end of his 2 hour lesson, Alex had mastered the "wrecking ball" and had the confidence to try some other obstacles. He had such an amazing time that he worked on his new skills from dawn to dusk the second day and didn't want to stop when the mountain closed!


Jennifer
January 16, 2018
Beginner - Another Program

Mike taught my family snowboarding. We were first-timers! He went over everything from how to tie our boots, stay up on our boards to safely use the lift. He is very patient and positive. Highly recommend him.


Ellie
February 23, 2017
Beginner - Another Program

Mike was so good with my kids, ages 10 & 13. They had fun and felt confident in their skills by the end if the session. I would recommend Mike for sure and will book him next time we are back to Mount Snow.


Tyler
February 22, 2017
Advanced - Another Program

Mike is a great instructor who helped me develop and execute tricks in the park using great strategies. I learned a great amount in a short time. Also he is a great photographer and personable guy.


Audry
February 16, 2017
Beginner - Another Program

Terrific and knowledgeable Instructor and Mike understood my specific injury and I have been boarding ever since. Mike is also not afraid of the park which I throughly enjoyed. Mike has the knowledge and skill to suit whatever type of riding you desire. If you want to learn and have a great time snowboarding Mike Ma and a snowboard is a must!!!


Samantha
January 22, 2017
Beginner - Another Program

I highly recommend Mike! He is an awesome instructor and really cares about the person/people he is teaching. He is personable and easy to talk to. He is funny and knows how to motivate you to do your very best. Snowboarding did not come easy to me but with Mike by my side I felt like a pro. Thanks for an awesome experience Mike!


Cameron
January 16, 2017
Intermediate - Another Program

Mike is a fantastic instructor he helped me improve immediately. He taught in a way that I could understand


Pam
December 13, 2016
Beginner - Another Program

As an avid skier, I thought that snowboarding would be "easy". It's not. But when you take the time to take a lesson, that changes EVERYTHING. Thank you Mike Ma for such a great lesson and improving my snowboarding skills so quickly, easily and not full of "too much information!!!" I will see you again!


Cameron
January 01, 2016
Intermediate - Another Program

Mike is an amazing teacher and coach. Mike has been teaching my son (14 now) for the past three years. He leads with safety, but never stops challenging his skills. We request Mike every year.


Keith
December 30, 2015
Beginner - Another Program

Today, during our Holiday break in Vermont, my son and I had a lesson with Mike Ma. I am so thankful to Mike for his patience and excellent teaching abilities especially with my son. Before the lesson my son was frustrated with snowboarding and not having fun. After our lesson with Mike my son said to me, "I love snowboarding and Mike is the best teacher. He is the first instructor that made snowboarding not frustrating and I had fun!" Mike is excellent with children and adults --Thank you Mike. We will see you again soon. Keithann and Kenny Romano



About

Thank you for visiting my page. Teaching snowboarding is one of my passions. In particular, I love teaching beginners and adaptive snowboarders. I would absolutely be honored if I were able to spend time with you. I believe in designing my lessons all around you. I still consider myself a beginner at heart since I learned to ride at age 30.  Since then, I rose through the ranks at Mount Snow's Ski and Snowboard School and teach all ages from beginners to ripping trees and bumps to helping freestyle riders step up their game.  I am also one of the staff trainers, and enjoy helping other instructors with their teaching and personal riding. I also received my Level III certification from AASI, which was a very big achievement for me, as a part-timer, and have recently joined the Education Staff as a member of the Adaptive Development Team.

When I am not on snow, I am usually chasing after my three kids (ages 12, 10, and 8) and have had a long career in marketing, advertising and startups in New York.  Also, much to the surprise of many, I have a degree in Philosophy from Harvard -- my parents are proud of the fact that neither my day jobs nor my weekend job uses the all that education!   

I founded ShredBetter in 2013 as a project of passion.  Guests pay a lot.  Pros work hard, but sometimes the match between them doesn't always work.  I wanted to build a site where that connection can work better for everyone with a little technology.   In fact, I love thinking about the intersection of business and snowsports.

Here is a small talk I gave once about how they may intersect: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhcJGHUNQp8&feature=youtu.be

I am so glad you are here, whether you book with me or any one of the pros here.  Please hit the contact me button too if you have any ideas about the site.


Reviews

Debbie
January 22, 2018
Advanced - Another Program

My 9 year old is a beginning boarder, who never wants to take lessons (yes he's one of those kids), and he can't wait to go back to Mt. Snow and work with Mike again in a few weeks! Mike worked with him to navigate some beginner terrain park jumps and obstacles and at the same time helped him improve his fundamentals. By the end of his 2 hour lesson, Alex had mastered the "wrecking ball" and had the confidence to try some other obstacles. He had such an amazing time that he worked on his new skills from dawn to dusk the second day and didn't want to stop when the mountain closed!


Jennifer
January 16, 2018
Beginner - Another Program

Mike taught my family snowboarding. We were first-timers! He went over everything from how to tie our boots, stay up on our boards to safely use the lift. He is very patient and positive. Highly recommend him.


Ellie
February 23, 2017
Beginner - Another Program

Mike was so good with my kids, ages 10 & 13. They had fun and felt confident in their skills by the end if the session. I would recommend Mike for sure and will book him next time we are back to Mount Snow.


Tyler
February 22, 2017
Advanced - Another Program

Mike is a great instructor who helped me develop and execute tricks in the park using great strategies. I learned a great amount in a short time. Also he is a great photographer and personable guy.


Audry
February 16, 2017
Beginner - Another Program

Terrific and knowledgeable Instructor and Mike understood my specific injury and I have been boarding ever since. Mike is also not afraid of the park which I throughly enjoyed. Mike has the knowledge and skill to suit whatever type of riding you desire. If you want to learn and have a great time snowboarding Mike Ma and a snowboard is a must!!!


Samantha
January 22, 2017
Beginner - Another Program

I highly recommend Mike! He is an awesome instructor and really cares about the person/people he is teaching. He is personable and easy to talk to. He is funny and knows how to motivate you to do your very best. Snowboarding did not come easy to me but with Mike by my side I felt like a pro. Thanks for an awesome experience Mike!


Cameron
January 16, 2017
Intermediate - Another Program

Mike is a fantastic instructor he helped me improve immediately. He taught in a way that I could understand


Pam
December 13, 2016
Beginner - Another Program

As an avid skier, I thought that snowboarding would be "easy". It's not. But when you take the time to take a lesson, that changes EVERYTHING. Thank you Mike Ma for such a great lesson and improving my snowboarding skills so quickly, easily and not full of "too much information!!!" I will see you again!


Cameron
January 01, 2016
Intermediate - Another Program

Mike is an amazing teacher and coach. Mike has been teaching my son (14 now) for the past three years. He leads with safety, but never stops challenging his skills. We request Mike every year.


Keith
December 30, 2015
Beginner - Another Program

Today, during our Holiday break in Vermont, my son and I had a lesson with Mike Ma. I am so thankful to Mike for his patience and excellent teaching abilities especially with my son. Before the lesson my son was frustrated with snowboarding and not having fun. After our lesson with Mike my son said to me, "I love snowboarding and Mike is the best teacher. He is the first instructor that made snowboarding not frustrating and I had fun!" Mike is excellent with children and adults --Thank you Mike. We will see you again soon. Keithann and Kenny Romano


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