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I Teach: Ski, Snowboard
Programs: Private Lessons, Group Lessons
Gender: Male
Age: 47
Years Teaching: 18
Certifications: PSIA Alpine Level III, AASI Snowboard Level III, PSIA-AASI Freestyle Accreditation Level I, PSIA-AASI Children Specialists Level II
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Hi Folks!  I hope this message greets you well.  I am enthusiastic about skiing and snowboarding and my enthusiasm is reinforced and rewarded when I see the smiles on our students' faces when they have achieved a goal during a lesson.  I can teach both skiing and snowboarding anywhere, anyplace and anytime.  That is, if it is your first time on snow,  need coaching for beginner/intermediate terrain parks, learning to conquer the moguls/trees, to make killer carve turns, etc.  My parents were teachers and operated a ski camp for many years.  I have followed their paths with my desire to be  the best teacher I can be. I enjoy teaching all ages, and I am very, very patient for those who need help developing confidence on the slopes.  I like to provide a lesson at a safe and comfortable pace geared towards the student. My goal as a ski and snow board instructor is to make the sports I teach fun while a rewarding learning experience. 
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Beginner Rory Dunne Snowboard in a Private Lesson (Jan 29, 2017)
I've taken many lessons with other instructors before Chris and he is by far my favorite! I took a private with him and I loved every minute of it! He helped me improve immensely over a short period of time while making it very fun and enjoyable! His clear instructions, patience, kindness, and passion really helped me to succeed. He made learning how to snowboard one of the best experiences I've had! I cannot thank him enough for such a fantastic experience and I definitely plan on going to him for my future lessons!

Advanced Dan Mollod Ski in a Private Lesson (Jan 21, 2017)
Clearly the nicest most patient ski instructor I have ever had in a lifetime of lessons. Really.

Intermediate Veronica Ski in a Group Lesson (Dec 26, 2016)
I had a chance to ski with Chris for a 2-hour lesson, and I would highly recommend him to any student who wants to pick up good tips and tricks to carry on for their independent practice. Chris was able to point out my issue right away and kept me engaged throughout the lesson to retrain my brain and muscle memory as I wasn't balancing myself correctly. I will definitely come back for another lesson with Chris!

Intermediate Stuart Lee Ski in a Private Lesson (Mar 09, 2016)
I signed up for a 2 hour private lesson with Chris and he was amazing. He immediately dialed into the areas I needed to work on and provided drills that addressed them. I would strongly recommend him if you're looking to improve your skiing.

Advanced James Kwak Ski in a Private Lesson (Mar 23, 2015)
I've had three lessons with Chris this season. He is friendly and enthusiastic and also a very good instructor. I came to him hoping to improve in bumps and trees, and he is good at diagnosing technical issues and suggesting drills to help overcome those issues. He is also a very clear communicator and easy to learn from. The third time we skied with my eight-year-old daughter, who had been losing interest in skiing, and Chris was great with her. She had the most fun skiing that she's had in the past two years. We're both going back for more lessons with Chris.

Intermediate Mark Rommel Snowboard in a Private Lesson (Feb 18, 2015)
CHRIS ROCKS!!!! He is a great instructor for both skiing and riding. He makes sure you are getting what you need to improve your skills and keeping it fun!!!! He is an awesome coach!!!!!!!

Beginner Janet Emmons Ski in a Private Lesson (Jan 12, 2015)
Chris Shea is truly a spectacular person! He is engaging,enthusiastic, bright, intuitive and humorous. His joy of the sport and teaching are absolutely contagious and speak directly to his success. Chris conveys trust both on the slopes and off, giving parents the utmost confidence and children the sense of being taken care of immediately. The best teachers are keen observers and Chris is bar none. He tailors his instruction with specific actions that yield quick results. I can't say enough good things about Chris, but my sons endorsement comes by way of refusing to ski with anyone else!! Thank you Chris!!

Beginner Kristen Farrell Snowboard in a Private Lesson (Jan 05, 2015)
Chris Shea is an exceptional instructor on both skiis and a snowboard and more importantly, he is an exceptional person who knows how to connect with each of his clients regardless of skill and age. In Chris Shea you will find the rare combination of an expert rated ski and snowboard instructor, a dedication to safety and developmemtally appropriate instruction influenced by his respect for the mountain and passion for his sport. He is an asset to Mt Snow and every client fortunate enough to spend time with him!

Intermediate Leah P Snowboard in a Private Lesson (Jan 04, 2015)
I don't know what I can write to convey what an incredible instructor and overall human being Chris is. Chris was highly recommended to me by a friend and accompanied by lavish praise. I booked Chris at Mount Snow , in possession of some basic snowboarding skills that had served me for the last few years. My initial impression of Chris had me immediately booking additional lessons with him. Chris was unfailingly patient throughout our time together. His instructions were so clear and concise and I had no problems following them. He had such a positive attitude and such great energy. His love for the sport is so infectious and contagious, it is impossible not to be affected. His positive encouragement instilled in me the confidence I needed to push myself. I was amazed by how much and how quickly I progressed under his tutelage. His keen eye would catch every area that I could improve and he would correct my mistakes with gentleness. I really appreciated that he would explain the reasons behind why we do things a certain way and why one approach was more affective than another. We even experimented with different methods so I can feel the difference. Chris gives his all: his focus, his attention and his concern that you learn all he can teach you. I've had other instructors since then and feel that he has ruined me for others since no one can reach his standards. I chose to come back to Mount Snow this past week because I wanted to learn more from Chris. I brought my sister and had her take lessons from him. She loves him as much as, if not more than, me. I hope to continue learning from him for many years to come.

Beginner Chaya Perlowitz Snowboard in a Private Lesson (Jan 04, 2015)
I have tried lessons with other instructors, but my real learning was with Chris. Chris is the most patient, caring, and giving instructor. He will do anything to make snowboarding (and I am sure skiing as well) an enjoyable experience. He has lots of experience and is extremely knowledgeable in both skiing and snowboarding. He is a great teacher, and will go at the pace that you are most comfortable with. I still cannot believe how far I came. Before him I could not get down the bunny hill without falling flat on my face and almost crawling down, but after only a few lessons I was given enough guidance and self confidence to go down other trails. I'm from New York but I would definitely recommend driving all the way up just to get lessons from Chris Shea.

Beginner Rocco Carriero Ski in a Private Lesson (Dec 15, 2014)
Huge growth for me with me not having much sking experience at age 40, Winter of 2014 I started working with Chris Shea, if it was not for him I may have given up the sport. Talk about a real professional who loves what he does and works so hard to make sure his lessons are the best anyone could ever provide. From a 1 to 10, I would give Chris a 20+. His ideas on learning are like no other. Super excited to be working with him for my second year on the slopes. Best Instructor in the country. A great person as well.

Intermediate Zach Zoidis Snowboard (Mar 23, 2014)
I had a snowboard class over J term that my school was offering. Chris was my instructor for the month of January. I grew so much as a rider, and i really feel better on my edges thanks to the time i had with Chris. Great approach to teaching ! Zach

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