Meet Our ARISE & Ski Staff
Technical Director and Co-Founder
Level 3 PSIA Alpine / Level 2 Adaptive Certification
Christopher manages the training and educational operations of the adaptive winter sports program. With Austrian roots, 30 years experience as a ski instructor and nearly 15 years in adaptive sports, Christopher has lived the life of a skiing fanatic and is a strong advocate for access.
“Skiing, and winter sports in general, are activities that all people can do for life. I grew up on skis; I skied with my parents all over the US and in other countries. Skiing has allowed me opportunities to challenge myself, meet people from diverse walks of life and more than anything else, skiing gets me out into the mountains – it is invigorating, therapeutic and essential to my existence.” -Christopher Weiss
Level 1 PSIA Alpine / Level 1 Adaptive Certification
Richelle serves as the core administrative presence for the ARISE & Ski adaptive winter sports program. As a lover of the wilderness, she grew up paddling canoes and spends much of her free time in the summer in her kayak. She is an experienced horseback rider and a lover of books. Richelle started skiing when she was 27 and became an instructor in 2002.
“Whether I’m sliding down a mountain of snow or playing on a wave in some river I love the sensation I get when I’m out interacting with the power of our environment. My hope with the ARISE & Ski program is that others, regardless of their ability or disability, get the same opportunity to feel this kind of excitement.” -Richelle Maki
Ski School Trainer
Level 1 PSIA Certification in Mono/Bi-Ski Instruction
Tyson has participated with the Arise & Ski Program for ten years, where needed in many different ways. When he first started volunteering Tyson had no experience on skis, but with training from other volunteers and more time spent on the hill, Tyson now leads bi ski instruction sessions with ARISE participants as well as new volunteers.
” I thought it was a cool opportunity to do something I had never done before. Although I now realize that ARISE & Ski offers an awesome chance to our participants to experience something most would not have thought possible. ARISE & Ski is a program that has impacted my life, but even more so, the lives of so many more that otherwise might not have had a chance to enjoy a great opportunity like this!” – Tyson Gorman