Antelope Butte Foundation, Inc.
Antelope Butte Foundation will be hosting and introduction clinic for communities members interested in becoming snow sport instructors. This clinic will be free for those interested in becoming snow sport instructors at Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area.The clinics will be led by Professional SKi Instructors of America (PSIA) and American Association of Snowboard Instructors professionals.
- Saturday, March 23rd. 10am - 3pm
- Sunday, March 24th. 10am - 3pm
- Antelope Butte Moutain Recreation Area (28 Forest Service Road 244, Shell, WY)
- Meet at the "Base Camp" (yurt).
- Ages 14 and older are invited to participate
- Eliza Kuntz and Chay Donnely are excited to spend the weekend at Antelope Butte, introducing folks to the amazingly rewarding profession of snowsports instruction! Representing the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), this duo is prepared to facilitate two days of instruction, not only in regards to your personal riding technique, but will introduce the teaching progressions for you to be a successful instructor, as well as give you tips and tricks to managing school groups, understanding various learning styles, and strategies for providing a safe and fun learning environment.
About the Instructors:
Eliza Kuntz has been in the ski business for 30 years! Learning to ski on a small hill off the coast of Maine, she began teaching skiing in high school and continued to do so as a part-time job in college, where she was first certified in Vermont. With her B.S. in Physical Education and Outdoor Recreation, she landed in Red Lodge, MT, where she continued to work as a part-time ski instructor, focusing on children’s education. Eliza then caught the “bug” for a living and working in the mountains and spent the next 25 years working for Red Lodge Mountain as an instructor, children's program supervisor, snowsports school director, and finally as an Operations Director, a job she retired from in 2018. Eliza continues to work as a staff trainer for Red Lodge Mountain and is an Alpine Level 3 certified instructor, Children’s Specialist and Level I Telemark instructor. As her two teenage girls become more involved with Nordic racing, Eliza aspires to become a certified Nordic instructor as well.
Eliza is currently the Vice Chair of the PSIA/AASI National Board of Directors, working closely with representatives from across the country to fully represent the over 33,000 members in the association. She was instrumental in leading the charge for a nationally accredited Children’s Specialist curriculum within PSIA/AASI, has served as a regional board member, alpine and children’s committee member and has been a member of the PSIA-NRM Education Staff.
Eliza, along with her husband Tom, own and operated numerous restaurants and a historic hotel in downtown Red Lodge.
Chay Donnelly began his career in the ski industry at Sugarloaf USA, ME. as a lift attendant in 1987. After moving to Montana in 1989, he became a snowboard instructor at Montana Snowbowl while pursuing a BS in Resource Conservation at the University of Montana, Missoula. Having become a fully certified, level 3 snowboard instructor and a certified halfpipe judge in 1995, he decided to take a break from instructing/judging and joined the "All Mountain Extreme Tour", now known as the "Freeride World Tour", as a professional, big mountain snowboarder. He competed on the Tour circuit as well as the banked slalom and boardercross circuits until retiring in 1998 due to injuries. His focus then changed to backcountry snowboarding and snowboard mountaineering. After years of backcountry first descents, in 2009 Chay began working at Sleeping Giant Ski Area as a snowboard instructor, groomer, snowmaker, lift mechanic, lift attendant, ski patroller, rental technician, and terrain park manager. While acting as the terrain park manager, Sleeping Giant won 2 consecutive international awards from Ski Area Management Magazine. The first year "Terrain Park of the year" and the second year "Terrain park feature of the year". In 2012, Chay was invited to join the PSIA/AASI NRM Education Staff as a Division Clinician Examiner and also serves as a member of the PSIA/AASI NRM Children's committee. His certifications include Alpine 1, Children's Specialist 2, Snowboard 3 and AASI NRM DCE 2.
Chay Lives in Cody, Wyoming and when not running his Finishing business he spends time backcountry snowboarding, working at Sleeping Giant, flyfishing, mountain biking, and volunteering as the logistics coordinator for the PEAKS to CONGA bike ride from Cody to Shell.
Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area