Here at Homewood, we pride ourselves on providing some of the best ski and snowboard instruction in the world. With top-level instructors certified as some of the nation's best, easy-to-learn-on Smart Slopes™ terrain, and a committment to making each lesson fun, memorable and instructive, Homewood might just be the best place in the world to improve your skiing or snowboarding.
Homewood's Instructors include:
BRYAN SCHILLING - Director of Snowsports/PSIA-W Examiner & Demo Team Member
I’ve been teaching skiing for the past 22 years and I can confidently say that it is the love of my life. Growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, I have been chasing snow and ski teaching across four continents - Switzerland to Japan, from Colorado to Chile and Argentina. Now I have settled for the best corner of snow country in the world - Homewood, California - the hidden snowy gem at the lakeside of Lake Tahoe where I get to dedicate my passion for the sport by serving as the Director of Snowsports at Homewood Mountain Resort.
I also dedicate energy to the education and certification of the profession of snowsports instruction, working as a PSIA-W (Professional Ski Instructors of America) examiner, western demo team member, and member of its Board of Directors. I am always excited by equipment innovations in the industry, but probably more so by the ongoing advancement of technique in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. There’s both art and science to good teaching, and at Homewood, I think that you will find instructors as passionate as I am about making skiing and riding fun, easy, and endlessly rewarding.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned expert, playing and learning with an expert coach is an experience like none other. I welcome you to take a lesson with our Team. It’s full of hard working professionals, passionate about making sure that you are able to experience for yourself the love and magic of skiing and snowboarding at Homewood.
GARRY COX -
Come enjoy great, simple, and easy to understand lessons, groomed for your fun and learning experience, no matter your age, gender, or skiing experience. Take a private lesson on your next adventure to Homewood Mountain Resort. Video analysis available for most lessons.
Garry’s Qualifications include: 53 Seasons of Alpine ski teaching experience, Professional Ski Instructors Of America (PSIA) Certified Alpine Ski Instructor (30+years), PSIA Children’s Specialist I, PSIA Senior’s Specialist II, Homewood Mountain Resort Free Lesson Instructor, Homewood – Adventure 55 Lead Ski Instructor, Homewood Mountain Resort Staff Trainer, Homewood Children’s Snowsports School Coordinator, Homewood Adult Snowsports School Supervisor/Coordinator, Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor – Snow Sports, Recipient PSIA/AASI-Western, 2014 Nic Fiore Award.
LOU DURANO - PSIA Level 2 Certified Ski Instructor
Having been inspired by the likes of Jean Claude Killy and Franz Klammer as a child, I was drawn to the Lake Tahoe Region over 25 years ago to live and to ski. My specialty is in sharing my passion for skiing with our guests, while helping them to develop skills for a lifetime of enjoyment of our wonderful sport. I am a PSIA Level 2 Certified Alpine Instructor and actively participate in on-going training and the pursuit of advanced certifications in order to assure that our time on the slopes reflects the most current trends and techniques of modern ski instruction. So, whether you’re a first timer or an experienced expert, young, or young at heart, join me for a lesson here at Homewood and let me help you achieve your skiing goals! Se Habla Español.
Changing lives one turn at a time.
I made my first turns as a never ever adult skier in Washington D.C. My only memory of that experience was rushing to Sports Authority that afternoon to buy my first pair of snow pants, the car ride back from Ski Liberty with five of my friends swapping stories about trying to stop in a snow plough and sharing a late night order of hashbrowns scattered, smothered and covered. My goal in every lesson is to create that memory which will make everyone smile about their first time on the snow!
I started skiing as an adult, so I understand the potential anxieties and challenges that this involves, particularly fear, or the thought that you just won’t "get it."
Skiing should be fun, enjoying the spectacular outdoor scenery and the exhilaration of sliding effortlessly down the hill, and once you have the skills you need to control your skis the mountain becomes your personal playground. Whether you are a beginner or already an experienced skier, I would like to help you gain and improve the skills and techniques you need to enable you to enjoy your time spent on the mountain, getting your equipment to work better so you can ski for longer. I have been teaching here at Lake Tahoe for four years, and look forward to skiing with you and helping you get the most out of your time in this stunning location.
DEEDEE DRILLER - PSIA Level 1 Certified Ski Instructor
DeeDee is a long-time coach and our fearless leader for the Homewood Teams programs. She has been teaching, coaching and manageing ski teams for over 30 years, and holds the following credentials: Previous member of the U.S. Ski Team, University of Vermont Ski Team, BS in Recreation Management, Level 1 PSIA instructor, Level 1 USSA Coach, Level 1 Avalanche and CPR/First Aid. She has lived in Lake Tahoe since 1984.
GILLIAN WILSON – BASI Level 2 Certified Snowboard Instructor
Learning to snowboard in my late 30s totally changed my life and I also dropped 5 dress sizes!!
I first learned on artificial slopes, and progressed on the Scottish mountains, and European Alps. I am an experienced adaptive coach, passionate about seeing more female riders on the hills and in the park. I understand how difficult it can be when starting out, or moving to the next level, but I totally believe that everyone has the potential to improve beyond their expectations and have way more fun than they imagine.
I’m English and am a Level 3 instructor qualified through the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI). I also have membership of PSIA. I learned to ski in Europe in the early eighties, post university, and I’ve been teaching skiing for the past 10 years.
When not skiing I work as an Electronics Engineer in the United Kingdom.
JOSH DUDLEY-TOOLE - NZSIA L2, NZSIA Children Certified, AST Aware (L1), CSIA L2
I'm an all mountain skier who first started skiing in La Plagne France on a family ski holiday in 1994. Until the age of 20, living in the mountains was only a dream. But due to success in business ventures I was able to make a dream come true and traveled to Banff, Canada to take training to be an instructor. I now spend my year flying between Northern and Southern Hemisphere resorts teaching my passion. I thrive on exceeding customer expectations and building long term relationships with my clientele. It has been truly motivating watching my students develop and driven me to continually seek out new and better ways to teach my students.
I have been teaching skiing for 15 years and raced for five on my college and high school teams. I have a bachelor's in health and physical education, and a montessori teaching certificate. My home ski resort is in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria where kids are born with skis on their feet. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for skiing with you at Homewood.
I was born "free in the mountains." I am a snowsports instructor; alpine level III, snowboard level II, telemark and cross-country level I. Also I am a mountain, canyoning and rafting guide. I have been climbing, skiing, and teaching in many countries; Australia, Austria, Switzerland, France, Russia and in the U.S.A. I am looking forward to enjoying the mountain and the snow with you in Homewood!