Sarah Wild Lantz
PSIA Level II
PSIA Accredited Childrens's Educator (ACE) Level I
Instructor Experience at Crystal Mountain and Deer Valley
NASA Development Program Lead Instructor
Hi there! Teaching the “never ever” and beginner skiers is the most fun for me – I love being able to get them hooked on a sport that they can do with their family and friends for the rest of their lives. Most of my closest friends (and husband) I have met skiing! Every person learns differently – whether it be listening, seeing, or feeling what the proper technique should be…and I enjoy the challenge figuring out what works best for each student. It is one of the greatest feelings as an instructor when a student has the “ah-ha!” moment when learning to ski and learning new techniques.
I grew up and went to school in Onekama and learned how to ski at Crystal Mountain. I went to college at the University of Michigan and studied Psychology and German. I lived in Germany for a short while, and then moved to South Carolina where I earned my Master’s degree in Teaching. I eventually found myself back at home in northern Michigan and working at Crystal selling and planning the weddings and other social events. Then the irresistible urge to experience “out west” hit, and I moved to Park City, Utah for a few winter seasons. I worked at Deer Valley where I taught clients from around the world – from the young and young at heart, as well as the first-timers to expert level skiers. In the summer I worked at Backcountry North in Traverse City where I got the opportunity to learn about camping, kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, and what a difference the proper gear can make. A lot of this knowledge has helped to transfer to skiing; there is always something to learn and information to share on how to be more comfortable – whether it be how to stay warmer or how to properly fit your equipment.
When I’m not on the slopes I am at home with my husband, Sam, and three dogs (Killian, a Doberman; Tucker, a Husky-mix; and Ember, a French Mastiff), finding a new DIY project, or playing roller derby. I work at Crystal Mountain as a Conference Services Manager, where I organize and plan the details for the meetings and conferences that come to Crystal. It’s one of the best jobs, because I get to work with all the different departments within the resort and everyone works as a team to make the events happen.
Thanks for reading - I look forward to seeing you on the slopes!