Q&A With World Champion Freestyle Skier, Curtis Tischler

At PlumpJack, we’re lucky to have a resident World Champion Freestyle Skier. Our own Curtis Tischler is the Director of Real Estate Sales for The Orchard at The Carneros Inn (a PlumpJack property). Curtis is a former eight year member of the US Ski Team and was a member of the 1997 World Championship Team. He has had more than 15, Top 10 World Cup finishes and was selected for 1998 US Olympic Team. So, if someone told you that you had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Squaw Valley and have Curtis as your personal guide on the mountain, you would probably jump at the chance. Right? If you’re a guest of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn and you happen to be staying and skiing on a Tuesday, you can sign up (space is limited) to ski with Curtis. On Tuesdays through March, guests who are advanced/intermediate skiers can experience this once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Because we’re so lucky to have Curtis as a part of the PlumpJack family, he agreed to a little Q&A, so our readers can get to know him a little better.

First off, how did skiing become such a huge part of your life?
Many people grow up skiing on the weekends with their family and friends, but to get to the level of skiing that you accomplished requires a lot skill, time, and talent. I grew up in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area and started skiing at the age of two. My parents and family were a huge part of why I was able to become an accomplished skier. By the time I was 18, I was a member of the US Ski Team and competed in World Cup events around the globe. For the next nine years, I skied 250 to 300 days a year by traveling back and forth between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. My success was a combination of hard work, dedication, and some natural talent!

To become an elite skier, what kind of training did you have to commit to?
To become an athlete at a world class level requires a 100% commitment all year around. The ski season never really ends it just keeps going. The strict, regimented routine required by the US Ski Team was one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. I always look back on my days on the ski team as a foundation for what it takes to succeed in the rest of the world.

Growing up, many people idolize athletes, actors, musicians, etc…Is there anyone who you looked up to who influenced you and helped you achieve success in life and skiing?
There were many people that I looked up to in the ski and outside world that helped me along the way. However, I would have to say that ultimately it was the support of my family that helped me to achieve success.

Obviously you have an affinity for Squaw Valley and the mountain. What makes Squaw stand-out among the other mountains in Lake Tahoe (North and South)? Why should people choose Squaw when there are so many options?
Squaw Valley is a special very place for me personally, I grew up skiing on that mountain and there are very few resorts in the Lake Tahoe basin that can compare. I have been fortunate to ski on almost every continent on the planet, from resort skiing to helicopter skiing, and I can attest that Squaw is the best place on earth when the snow conditions are good!

And, now that you’re spending a
lot more time living and working in the Napa Valley, why should people choose the real estate options at The Carneros Inn versus other options in the Napa Valley?
Both The Carneros Inn and the Napa Valley have become world famous destinations. In addition to Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley is hands down one of the most special places in the state of California. If you haven’t had the opportunity to stay at The Carneros Inn or spend time in Wine Country, then you have no idea what you’re missing! I love this place and the lifestyle…I have found a new passion for food and wine and cycling in the vineyards.

I am sure real estate sales is very different than clocking in at the mountain as your job? What attracted you to the life of real estate sales and how did you end up in the Napa Valley after calling North Lake Tahoe your home for so many years?
North Lake Tahoe is an incredible place for beautiful scenery and outdoor sports, however, after spending most of my life in the mountains, Napa Valley seemed like an oasis from the day-to-day stresses of mountain living. It takes a lot of effort to live in the mountains and deal with the snow, power outages, snow drifts, the cold, the ice, bears, food shortages etc. I have been a real estate broker in California for almost ten years and have owned my own real estate brokerage and have worked with The Ritz Carlton Development Company. Eventually, I found my way to the Napa Valley and became the Director of Real Estate Sales at The Orchard, a PlumpJack /Timbers Resorts Property.

What can guests of PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn expect when they sign up for a morning of skiing with Curtis Tischler?
Guests can expect a fun, one-of-a-kind experience on and off the mountain, totally enhanced by insider information from a lifelong local who happens to be a former World Champion skier. I can introduce guests to the best of Squaw Valley and show them why this place is one of the best ski areas in North America!

Visit us online and click on ‘Ski with a Pro’ for more information.

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