Ski Progams Staff

Meet the Supervisors and Coordinators on our ski program team! If you are an alpine instructor, these are your go-to folks for all your questions and concerns throughout the season.

Bob Kane - Adult Alpine Supervisor

My name is Bob Kane and I have been working at Smuggs since 2011. I currently supervise in the Adult Alpine program as well as getting out and teaching when possible. I am certified PSIA Alpine Level 3 as well as AASI Level 3. I love to make strong bond with the guest so we can make life long skiers and snowboards!

Gary Hopper - Adult Alpine Coordinator

I began my Ski Instructor's career in 1978 at Ski Sundown, Ct, where I immediately realized that I had a passion for sharing what I love to do with guest and other instructors. I moved to NH / VT in 1980 and taught at Mt. Ascutney and Okemo. In 1968, I Achieved my Level II Cert (at that time was called Associate Cert). In 1983 moved to Jeffersonville and began my career here at Smuggs’. In 2000, I achieved my Level III Alpine. My passion and enthusiasm for skiing and teaching is what I try to relate to both guest and my peers. I love what I do and I hope that my attitude for the sport is contagious. Sharing what one learns from peers at all levels is a true joy. Love what you and do what you love


Erik Felt - Children's Alpine Manager

I grew up skiing in the foothills of Wisconsin. I was 12 when I tried skiing for the first time. My first ski lesson most certainly shaped my life. It was then that I knew I wanted to shape my life around the sport. I moved to VT in 2009 and began my teaching career as an instructor at Smuggs’. Teaching skiing here is a wonderful thing as the students eventually get to ski in so many great stashes, parks, and trails. I believe children gain a great deal of personal growth through their experience on snow.

Vincent Westphal - Children's Alpine Supervisor

I grew up in New Jersey learning to ski and snowboard at Mountain Creek resort. I have a passion for the outdoors and helping people learn to love them as much as I do. I majored in outdoor education and wilderness leadership at Johnson state. This is my 3rd year on the Smuggs’ staff and I'm excited for many more great seasons.


Matt Gough - Children's Alpine Supervisor

My name is Matt Gough and I grew up in Arlington Virginia, and learned how to ski with the boy scouts in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. As a freshman in high school my scout troop went on a trip to Killington and I knew I wanted to go to college somewhere I could ski. I went to UVM and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and my first job after graduating was teaching skiing at Bolton Valley. My wife and I love to ride so we decided to see how we could make the most of seasonal lifestyles and decided to start a pasture based farm in Pleasant Valley, Vermont, right next to Smugglers Notch. I am in the snow-sports industry to help people from all walks of life experience the magic of winter and skiing and snowboarding.


Dave Bensel - Children's Alpine Supervisor

Hi I'm Dave Bensel. This season I will be one of the children's alpine supervisor here at Smuggs’. I'm from Wellsville, PA. I have six years’ experience teaching and coaching skiing. I love ski racing and disc golf! To be able to pass that joy on to others is the greatest part of my job.


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