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Princess doesn’t represent pros

I am deeply disappointed in Ms. Berkley’s “princess” column. As the Snowboard children’s coordinator at Snowmass Mountain, I want to reassure the community and our guests that teaching children the joys of sliding on the snow can be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Her article does not in any way represent how the snowboard pros here at Snowmass feel about our guests and the children who we work with.

We value every guest and child and often find the greatest accomplishments in turning the hard-to-reach into true boarders.

The pros pride themselves in the depth of training and knowledge we have developed regarding technical snowboarding, as well as children’s specific development. Ms. Berkley fails to mention the numerous clinics and certification processes that the pros are required to participate in, as well as the countless volunteer training that most indulge in to further their teaching tools. We call ourselves “pros” because we are true professionals, in technical knowledge and guest service.

In fact, I am extremely proud of the level of professionalism that my instructors show every day. I have seen so many amazing transformations happen to our students and the genius of the instructors that help lead the way.

To any guest or parent that may have read her article, please realize that she in no way reflects what happens on Assay Hill. It happens to be a fabulous and comforting place to learn a tricky new sport.

Susan Muenchen

Snowboard coordinator

Snowmass Mountain

Aspen Skiing Co.