2015/16 Scholarship Award Recipients
Laura has been a skier for 50 years (48 years at Alpine Meadows, 49 years at Squaw Valley). PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) qualified Laura as a Level 1 instructor in 2008. She is currently a member in good standing with PSIA Western Division.
Laura began coaching 17 years ago at Boreal Ski Resort before she made the switch to Alpine Meadows in 2005. She began coaching as a Junior Mountain Ranger coach at Alpine Meadows 11 years ago with the 5 year olds. She continued to work with Adult Ski School and Kid’s Camp and the Summiteer Program for 3 years and then returned to coach with the Mountain Rangers for the past 2 years working with their 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
Laura has been a teacher for 34 years, half in elementary school (primary education) and half in college (currently teaching at Sierra College). The classes are varied: Human Development, Child and Adolescent Development, Psychology and many others. Teaching and coaching are her lifelong passions and she feels very fortunate to be able to do both. Laura’s husband, Pat Homen, is also a college professor and has volunteered for the Foundation. Their son, Tyler Homen, is a coach at Alpine for the Big Mountain Team and he has volunteered for the foundation. Tyler is a past recipient of a scholarship from SAF too. Aly, their daughter, is attending CSU Sacramento as a dance and philosophy major. She teaches dance at a local studio as well performing with a professional company.
Laura’s philosophy for skiing is to practice SAFETY first (Skills and Fun in Early Training for You), while building the confidence to enjoy winter sports and having as much fun as possible “along the way”. Goals for her athletes include improving their skill set both on and off skis, learning about nature, working cooperatively as a team and feeling comfortable in this environment as well as learning about everyday concepts that are appropriate to their age and level of maturity. They discuss weather and snow conditions and how to be good ambassadors for the mountain. Knowing the code and following it make for a positive experience at any resort.
It is a privilege to coach young skiers and Laura wants to thank everyone involved for trusting her in this endeavor. She appreciates the support and interest to assist in making snow sports a mainstay in the lives of as many children as possible. She looks forward to improving her knowledge as an instructor and the opportunity for professional growth.
This season, Laura recently completed her PSIA Children's Specialist – Level 1 Certification.
"Thank you to the Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Foundation for the opportunity to continue my PSIA training and education. I feel very fortunate to have received this scholarship." –Laura Homen