About Us


In 1963, the US Forest Service approached Jean Lyon asking her to develop a new ski school. In 2015 we celebrated our 50th winter!  Lyon Ski School began with the Snohomish Ski & Snowboard Training Program, developed as a means of providing the children of the Snohomish School District an opportunity to participate in the sport of skiing. At that time, Jean also developed Ski Vite, the first Mighty-Mite race program in the state.


In 1966 Lyon Ski School expanded to the Mukilteo and  Lake Stevens School districts and developed a “drive-up” family program which attracted families from throughout the Puget Sound area. Lyon Ski School enjoyed tremendous growth in the 70’s resulting in the Lake Stevens program being given to another ski school, in an effort to maintain the highest degree of quality. The school districts programs are still in operation today, growing to include the Monroe and Northshore School Districts in the late 1990’s and Cedar Park Christian more recently.


The 1990’s were another time of transition and growth for Lyon Ski School. Ownership and directorship of the school was passed from Jean to her son David in 1994. In 1996, Lyon Ski School introduced Snowboard instruction to its curriculum. In 1999, David reformed and renamed the dwindling Ski Vite Race Program and the Team Lyon Alpine Race Club was born.


In 2003 Lyon Ski School absorbed the Christian Snow Sports School.   The philanthropic efforts of the ski school were also greatly expanded in 2003. School district programs were adjusted to benefit the PTA’s of the schools they serve. To date approximately $20,000 has been donated back to the schools we serve.


In it's history Lyon Ski School has opened the door to the world of Snow sports to over 30,000 students. We hope you and your family will join us this season.


Parent Partnership

We consider every lesson an opportunity to make new friends and share our love of the mountain environment. We want you & your child to have a great time, so we’ll ask you often how we can better serve you. We work in partnership with you to tailor you and your child’s lessons to your distinct needs. We love to ski & ride and want you and your children to love it too!!!

Our Owners

LYON SKI SCHOOL, Inc. is owned and operated by David and Tami Lyon.


David is a 3-time NCAA All-American from the University of Wyoming where he raced and then coached. A past member of the U.S. Ski Team, Dave raced on the World Cup and Professional Tours. Dave has been named as one of Ski Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors six times, and has been recognized by PSIA-NW for his outstanding Service to Youth. He has been named Alpine Coach of the Year by the PNSA division of The United States Ski and Snowboard Association as well as being recognized for his volunteerism.


Dave is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Demonstration Team and consultant to the PSIA-NW Technical Team; setting exam, teaching and skiing standards and training & educating professional instructors throughout the country and abroad. 


He is the Program director for Stevens Pass Alpine Club and works extensively with the US Ski Team helping to develop coaching standards and guidelines for developing elite athletes


Tami has served as the owner and executive director of three highly recognized, award-winning children’s athletic programs; Lyon Ski School, Inc., Dave Lyon Race Camps and Team Lyon Alpine Race Club in addition to her extensive volunteer experience with local youth sports organizations.  She continues to work with the best and brightest in the snowsport industry helping them prepare for certification examination and team tryouts.

Tami received her master’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming where she taught public speaking classes and completed a research thesis on the role of perception in making first impressions.  She has served as reviewer on two technical teaching manuals for the Professional Ski Instructors of America and contributing author for NW Snowsport Instructor magazine newsletter. She has served on the boards of multiple youth organizations developing programs for building community and raising funds.


LYON SKI SCHOOL, Inc. believes that the students who participate in our program are our most important consideration. We provide an environment where personal growth is enhanced through the development of a positive self-concept. We make an extraordinary effort to insure a safe and healthy environment for our students. Our philosophy extends beyond teaching skiing and snowboard technique, to teaching life-lessons through a sincere respect and concern for our students. We feel it is our commitment to the students that has earned us a strong reputation in the community and a leadership role among those in the ski industry.