Jonathan Ballou - Ski Instructor Trainer - Rookie Academy NZ
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Jonathan Ballou

About This Project

Nationality: United States

Started working for The Rookie Academy in: 2010

Home Mountain: Aspen/Snowmass

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

Countries where have you worked: USA, 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, and Cheap women and fast cars

Ski Instructor Courses Jonathon Teaches: PSIA Ski Instructor Courses Aspen Snowmass, PSIA Ski Instructor Courses in New Zealand


Jonathan began teaching skiing at age 14 for the Mt. Brighton Ski School in South Eastern Michigan. After attending several years of university as a 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 to chase his ski instructor dream.


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. In his 27 season over 20 years of teaching, Jonathan has taught in Steamboat, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Porter Heights, and guided clients on multiple trips around Europe.


Currently Jonathan spends his northern hemisphere winters as the Lead Trainer for the Buttermilk Ski School and Alpine Committee Chair/Chief Examiner for PSIA-Rocky Mountain and is excited to be a part of the Rookie Academy team.