Rogers Hits the Slopes Paoli Senior Avery Rogers Teaches skiing and snowboarding at Paoli Peaks

There are few people who have as much on their plate as Paoli high school senior Avery Rogers. Rogers is an avid runner, artist, volunteer, intellectual; she is a force to be reckoned with. On top of constantly staying in shape, completing masterpieces, volunteering with children through her church and through schools and competing academically, Rogers works a real, adult job. Rogers works part time as a skiing and snowboarding instructor at our very own Paoli Peaks.

Rogers has been on the slopes since she was in third grade, around the age of eight years old. She honed her skills and grabbed the attention of the snowsports supervisor when she was in eighth grade. He noticed her potential and the next season Rogers began teaching snowboard instructing and soon added skiing to her arsenal.

Since the infancy of her instructing career, Rogers has had to take part in countless hours of training.

“When you are hired in as an instructor, you should not expect to get paid any time soon,” said Rogers, “Since we are ran by the national PSIA [Professional Ski Instructors of America] and AASI [American Association of Snowboard Instructors] programs there are many requirements for pre-season training.”

This season, Rogers is working even further still to advance in her career as a snow sports instructor. This season, Rogers is working to gather scholarships to fund the testing she needs to be a nationally certified instructor.

“I am going to try to be nationally certified this year,” said Rogers.“I want to take my PSIA level 1 ski exam and my AASI level 1 snowboarding exam.”

Rogers’s instructing career isn’t the bulk of her future plans, but her career at Paoli Peaks will continue on. Rogers plans on attending IU Bloomington this fall to study human biology and health administration.

"I will definitely continue skiing and snowboarding but I’m not sure how I will fit it in with my career yet. I have several wild ideas.”

Regardless of whether or not instructing will find its place in Rogers’s future, the time she has spent working at Paoli Peaks has had a lasting impact.

“My job at Paoli Peaks has taught me more about myself than anything. I’ve learned that I love to work with kids and most of all just trying to help others find something they love to do that is both active and fun. Working with the public has taught me patience and acceptance that help me everyday. I’ve also learned that I have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on every single person I meet, so I strive to make it a good one; regardless if someone learns to be a great skier/snowboarder or not.”


All photos and information by Lily Thompson

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