Congratulations to our Lifetime Members!

 

Jorg Dutschke

Jorg Dutschke came to Alpine Meadows in the era where Werner Shuster was actively recruiting Austrian and French instructors. Born in Germany, Jorg was attending engineering school with Jurgen Wetzstein, Shuster’s brother and ski racing on their college circuit. Jorg was 25, and wanted to see the world, so thought he would give Alpine Meadows a try ‘for a season.’ Fifty years later he is still a fixture at Alpine Meadows.

Jorg’s highlights include working at Mt. Puller, Australia for 17 seasons as a year round instructor. He was Chief examiner for the Australian Ski Association for 3 years, and an Australian delegate to the 1983 Interski. His passion for rac- ing continued, many time a U. S. Masters winner in his age group. He helped start and ran a Master’s Race program at Alpine Meadows from 1988 to 2005. He was
a pace-setter for NASTAR races at Alpine Meadows, and put his electronic engi- neering background to good use helping with race timing.

He is a PSIA-AASI West Level 3 instructor. While Jorg has retired from in- struction, he is still a presence at Alpine, helping bus skiers to the Lodge.

Carol Levine

Carol’s career as an instructor and staff trainer has been a tour of some of the greatest resorts in the West: Sun Valley, Alta, Beaver Creek, and finally here at Squaw Valley. Her credentials include 8 seasons as a member of the PSIA Demo Team (1980-88) and Trainer/Examiner for PSIA-Northern Intermountain and Rocky Mountain. Carol also served as a Training Manager in Vail & Beaver Creek Snowsports Schools and holds a PSIA Level 3 certification and USSCA Coaches Level 2. Carol’s presence in Western Division has been greatly appreciated by our members at such events as Women’s Summit, and the Professional Development day.

Roger Engstrom

Roger’s snowsport career started on a lake in northern Minnesota. It was
the early 1960’s, he was water skiing when he met and impressed the owner of
the Minneapolis chapter of the Blizzard Ski Club. Working for the Club helped him improve his own skiing and learn how to teach others. While in college he taught nights at Buck Hill, a small Minnesota ski hill (Top elevation: 1,211 ft.; base elevation: 949 ft.) until 1979. Roger’s day job, computer engineering for a large international company, kept him busy, but his Full Cert (1967 in Central division) credential allowed him to keep teaching wherever his work schedule took him.
He spent a season at Stratton in Vermont, then 20 years at Hunter Mountain in New York. At Hunter he met and worked with Michael Rogan and Robin Barnes.
In 2001 he followed Michael and Robin west and began teaching at the Heavenly Ski School. One of his peak experiences in the industry was attending the PSIA National Academy at Grand Targhee. No matter what PSIA-AASI division he was part of, Roger has enjoyed the combination of friendships and ski training that the Association made possible.

This article appeared in print in our Fall Edge Newsletter in September 2017.

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