Dan LaBlanc Professional Ski Instructor Association- Level 3
Dan has been skiing for over 30 years and has done A LOT of Birkie’s and other events. Now, his passion is teaching and sharing his love of skiing.
Whether you would like to tour or race, skate or stride, Dan can help you develop great technique. A student himself, and a self-avowed ski nerd, he continues to attend PSIA clinics annually so that he can stay current with what’s going on in the world of skiing. In addition to all the technical detail, Dan is passionate about skiing with relaxed, rhythmic flow. “It’s all about the dance!”
If you’re new to the sport, you will learn from the start how to glide and float rather than shuffle and struggle. If you’re a veteran skier, do you know and USE all the different gears? Tons of folks don’t. Don't get stuck in the V1 or Shuffle Club, call Dan and DANCE all the way to Hayward! Lessons are always relaxed, fun filled, and encouraging. SKIING TAKES THE SUCK OUT OF WINTER!
"I took three beginner's classes with Dan - classic, skate, and roller skiing - and truly enjoyed my experience of working with him. Dan's style is very supportive, patient, and encouraging and he has the ability to adjust the pace of the session based upon the skill level of the skier. He also approaches his lessons from a foundational perspective and has many effective drills that build seamlessly upon one another. Most importantly though, my favorite part of learning from Dan is that his love and enthusiasm for cross country skiing is contagious. He is able to convey the true joy of this sport in a way that is motivating for skiers of any skill level."
Marc - Chicago, IL
"Thanks for the great session and the followup as well! In all honesty, this coaching is exactly the direction that I need to continue. Even after one session, I learned a multitude of “Do”s and “Don’t”s that have plagued me over the years. Despite great ?tness for some Birkies, the lack of ef?ciency and technique certainly held me back! Time to take notes (over and above yours!) and practice! Repetition! I agree, the slow and correct approach will be best and safer. I would like to schedule a session each month, to repeat and learn more advanced techniques, as the previous tips become routine."