Northern Michigan Ski Academy (NMSA)

Northern Michigan Ski Academy (NMSA)

Introduction to Racing

Northern Michigan Ski Academy logo Through Northern Michigan Ski Academy (NMSA), young skiers will be introduced to the fundamentals of ski racing and gate training. This program focuses on developing racing skills, technical skills and improving overall ski techniques. Wednesday and Friday night training sessions occur both at Boyne Mountain and at Boyne Highlands. On Sundays during the season slalom and/or giant slalom races are held, with medals awarded in each age group, and racers earn points to qualify for the Welborn Cup, Northern Michigan's Junior Ski Club Championship, held on March 3. Participants must be at ease skiing most of our trails and be able to load, ride, and unload the chairlift independently. Skiers are grouped by age and are led by qualified trained coaches.



Dan Cleary, Program Director

Dan Cleary, NMSA Program DirectorDan was born and raised in the Detroit area; he began skiing life at Mount Holiday in Traverse City. He raced competitively during high school with Waterford Kettering. During college Dan became a ski instructor at Alpine Valley Ski Resort in White Lake, MI, then moved onto Pine Knob Ski Resort, in Clarkston, MI and at Boyne Highlands Resort. After completing university Dan was hired by the Vail Ski and Snowboard School.  

Following his time out west, Dan Returned to Michigan and settled in Petoskey. Dan is a PSIA level 3 certified Alpine Instructor, he teaches alpine skiing and serves as a trainer at the Boyne Highland Snowsports Academy. Dan has shared his passion of skiing and ski teaching with countless skiers and instructors over the years. Dan has been an avid league racer over the years and continues learn ways to go faster. 

Dan currently lives in Petoskey, MI with his wife Jennifer, two boys Aidan and Liam and his labrador retriever Remy.  When Dan is not on the hill skiing or racing, he enjoys waterfowl hunting, fishing with his boys or just being on the waters of Lake Michigan.