Johnathan Ballou – Ski Pro

Nationality: United States

Started working for The Rookie Academy in: 2010

Home Mountain: Aspen Snowmass

Qualifications: PSIA Alpine Team, PSIA L3 Examiner, PSIA Alpine Committee Chair, PSIA Children’s, Examiner NZSIA L3 Examiner, NZSIA Ski Division Committee (Education Coordinator)

Countries where have you worked: US, NZ

Favourite resort: Chamonix

Career Highlight: PSIA Western Division Spring Convention 2010 for no other reason then it was just fun! Training Glen Plake for certification

Other Interests: Wine, Jazz, Scuba Diving, more skiing

Jonathan began teaching skiing at age 14 for the Mt. Brighton Ski School in South Eastern Michigan. After attending several years of university as music major, Jonathan decided music was an unstable profession and decided to pursue a more upwardly mobile and lucrative career in ski instruction. So, following in the footsteps of Dex and TJ (Brighton’s two most famous instructors) he packed up his car and moved to Colorado.

Jonathan spent three years in Steamboat before moving to Aspen. Jonathan has been an examiner for PSIA since 2005 and examiner for NZSIA since 2006. Jonathan has taught in Steamboat, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Porter Heights, and guided clients on multiple trips around Europe.