Alpine Private Coach
Brandy Barna was born and raised on skis. Her passion for skiing began when her parents signed her up for the day care provided by the Northstar Race Team, from then on she could be found all over the Northstar ski resort. She grew up ruling the mountain powder skiing with her friends, and went on to race for the Sugar Bowl Ski Team led by legendary coaches Hermann Collner and Fritz Vallant.
Brandy studied Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned a Masters degree in Science in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University. She holds a level 200 Alpine Coach & Referee, BOC, she is certified athletic trainer, and a Colorado licensed athletic trainer. Brandy is Competent in implementing injury prevention programs, injury evaluations/management, treatment and rehabilitation protocols to patients of all ages with diverse medical injuries and medical conditions.
Brandy is looking forward to “instilling a lifetime of love and passion for the sport of alpine skiing.” She is excited to work closely with the SSCV athletes and teach them to find a balance between hard work, discipline, and fun as they continue their individual ski racing journeys.
Alpine U12 Coach
Tom Becker started ski racing with the Brattleboro Outing Club in Maple Valley, Vermont. This was just a weekend program so eventually he wanted more and went to Carrabasset Valley Academy in Maine in 7th grade. His peers at CVA were Bode Miller and USST Coach Forest Carey.
Becker didn’t complete CVA and instead chose to pursue other interests. Following high school he joined the Navy Seabees with the intention of helping people around the world. He was in the Navy for 4 years.
Due to a chance encounter in the parking lot of Howelsen Hill during a cross country road trip, Tom started coaching at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club where he was on staff for 10 years. He coached with a private race team on and off for several years after that, splitting time between travel with that group and running a very extensive farming operation in Missouri. Eventually his farming took over much of his time.
Becker is entering his second year with the SSCV U14 team and is an integral part of the team. We look forward to another amazing season with Tom!
Alpine U12 Coach
Martin join SSCV in Fall 2015. Martin grew up ski-racing in Scotland, where he chased the legendary Haggis beasties around the Highlands. He then went to school in Austria, graduating from Schigymnasium Stams. Between 1981 and 1995 he competed for the British Ski Team on the World Cup, mainly in speed events, achieving seven top-10 placings. He represented Britain at 4 Winter Olympics and 5 World Championships.
He then competed for two seasons on the Jeep King of the Mountain Downhill Series, winning the team event, with Steven Lee, in 1997. He also competed in the “24 Hours of Aspen”, and the World Grass Skiing Championships.
Martin has commentated on ski-racing for the UK’s Channel Four and the BBC, including during the 1999 World Championships in Vail. He is the Equipment Editor for Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Magazine.
Recently, Martin coached for the Big Sky Ski Team in Montana, and in the summer at Mt Hood for the Cascade Winter Sports Club. He also ran race camps at artificial ski slopes in the UK for 25 years. In the Alps, Martin has run ski clinics at Tignes, Grindelwald, Kitzbühel, Saalbach, Hintertux, Davos and Zermatt.
Martin’s brother Graham was also a World Cup downhiller, and now commentates on ski-racing for the BBC. Martin is a USSA Level 300 coach, graduating first in his class in 2012. He is very excited to be working with SSCV!
When not skiing, Martin enjoys playing soccer, and hiking.
YSL & Future Stars Coach
Since the age of 2, Carli has found that skiing sparks passion in her life. At Colorado State University, she was on the club ski team while also studying Health and Exercise Science. She has years of experience working with soccer athletes and training at a boxing gym. At CSU she traveled with the Alpine Team - her role was to strength train them off the hill. She has a coaching license from USSA and is currently studying to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.
This year, she is hoping to learn more about ski racing while working with each athlete. Carli knows what it is like to fail and get back up to keep going - much like any athlete. So she is excited to instill a growth mindset in each of her athletes on and off the mountain.
Alpine U12 Coach
Brett was born and raised in St Louis, Missouri and grew up skiing at Hidden Valley Ski Resort just outside of the city of St Louis in St. Louis County. He attended the University of Wyoming and raced for the UW Ski Team racing in FIS, NCAA and NCSA races. After his college racing he returned to St. Louis and continued racing in USSA Central Region.
In 1991 he started the Hidden Valley Ski Team-St Louis at the Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Over the years Brett has trained hundreds of kids and many Junior Olympians, FIS, College and Nor Am ski racers. HVST is still going strong with over 70 racers after 20 years.
In 2011 Brett took a U14 coaching job with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and In 2012 was promoted to Men’s U14 Head Coach. He now Heads the U12 Team where he oversees over 40 athletes and 6 staff. His U12 Team won the Team Overall Award at the Divisional Championships for the past 2 consecutive years under his leadership, and Brett looks forward to meeting that standard again this year.
He also enjoys working at different Summer Camps in the off season. When Brett is not on the hill he enjoys camping, hiking, mountain biking, golf and many other outdoor sports with his trusty dog Sparky.
Alpine U16 Women's Performance Coach
Adam is excited to step into his new role coaching the U16 Women’s Performance group at Ski Club Vail. Throughout his career, he has found his greatest satisfaction in the shared experience of empowerment through testing one’s limits and reshaping perceived boundaries.
Adam has worked with a majority of the most successful US ski racers to compete on the world stage since 2005. In those 15 years, athletes whom Adam has directly coached have amassed:
• 172 World Cup Podiums
• 16 World Championship Medals
• 7 Olympic Medals
• 16 World Cup Discipline and WC overall globes
Prior to coming to Ski Club Vail in the fall of 2019, Chadbourne excelled in a variety of coaching and leadership roles in the sport, including:
• Head Men’s Europa Cup SL/GS Coach and Head Men’s NorAm/Junior Coach for the US Ski Team
• Alpine Program Director at Burke Mountain Academy (named Alpine Club of the Year in 2007 under Adam’s leadership)
• Snowsports Director at Waterville Valley Academy and the WVBBTS
• Alpine Director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (named Alpine Club of the Year twice under Adam’s leadership, in both 2017 and 2018)
Across these roles, Adam has the unique distinction to have directly coached seven different juniors who were named Ski Racing Media’s “Junior of the Year” (awarded separately to men and women) a total of 15 times since 2002. Adam has enjoyed personal recognition as US Skiing’s ‘Domestic Coach of the Year,’ and separately as ‘Coach of the Year’ by the Vermont Alpine Racing Association. Still, he counts his collection of thank-you notes a more prized measure of his professional self.
Adam is married to Alison Megroz Chadbourne and is the proud father of two girls, Emma (12) and Anya (11). Adam and Alison are graduates of Bates College, in Maine, where they first met at a ski team practice in the mid-nineties.
Alpine U12 Coach
Alissa Consenstein brings a lifetime of skiing, ski racing experience, and coaching to her role at SSCV. Though her initial draw to skiing was for the hot coco, she quickly progressed and sought out more challenging environments, attending Vermont’s Green Mountain Valley School and Maine’s Colby College.
After graduating from College, Alissa gained valuable experience working for the USSA Eastern Office managing FIS competitions, entries, and sponsors. Following her work with USSA, Alissa spent three years at Stratton Mountain School building a healthy relationship between the club and academy, thus facilitating the transition from youth programs to performance pathways. After SMS, Alissa spent four years at GMVS to coaching U16 girls and running conditioning for U14-FIS women. Since arriving at Vail, Alissa has worked as the Youth Program Director and U10 coach, and this year will work with the U12 program.
Alissa is certified in Functional Movement Screening and holds a level 100 USSA certificate. In coaching, Alissa looks forward to having fun and “hopes to foster a love, understanding and appreciation for the sport and the phenomenal mountain this kids have in their backyard.” Alissa is most proud when her former athletes who have or are racing for D1 Schools or World Cup reach out to share the impact she had on their personal and ski racing journey. “It stokes my passion to hear their feedback and keeps me going on my mission to instill confidence and a strong sense of self in every athlete.”
Alpine Men's U16 Head Coach
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Ian Dunlop’s passion for ski racing began at a little ski area called Heiliger Huegel. A competitive, multi-sport athlete in his youth, Ian ultimately decided to pursue ski racing full time in Colorado during high school. After high school, he was four-year-letterman at the University of Denver, helping the team to a National Championship in 2005, while obtaining his BA in Psychology.
Ian started his coaching career as the Post Graduate coach at the Winter Park Competition Center immediately following college, and he eventually worked his way into the position of Alpine Director. From 2007-2013, a number of athletes from the Winter Park program continued on to NCAA ski teams nationwide, including multiple NCAA All-Americans. The program also placed many U16s into the national spotlight, at one point having three National Training Group athletes at the U16 level. Most recently, Ian has worked with U.S. Ski & Snowboard as the Rocky Central Regional Development Coach, overseeing the region’s development of U16 and older athletes.
Ian, his wife Emily, and their three kids, Ainsley, Ewan, and Lachlan are thrilled to join the Ski Club Vail community.
Trustee, Executive Director and Alpine Program Director
Kirk Dwyer joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Executive Director in June of 2016. Previously Kirk served as Headmaster at Burke Mountain Academy from 2000. While at BMA Kirk also was president of Burke Mountain Ski Area from 2000-2005, BMA Head J3, U16 and Women’s FIS coach, chairman of the Eastern Alpine Competition Committee, vice-president of VARA, chair of the Eastern Region Development and Youth Committees, chair of the National Development Committee and was on the Union Bank advisory board. Prior to Burke, he worked at the Green Mountain Valley School for 25 years where he served as Assistant Headmaster, Head Women’s Coach, Head Men’s Coach, and Head Alpine Coach as well as an English and Humanities teacher. Kirk was USSA Domestic Coach of the Year in 1989 and is a level 500 certified coach.
Kirk and his wife, Robin, have a son Chase who is currently a sophomore in college.
Alpine U12 Head Coach
Erik Gilbert is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside professionals in such an established organization such as SSCV with its long history of success, both on and off the hill. Erik grew up in northern Vermont skiing at Cochran's Ski Area and then Mt Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe during high school. From there, he attended the University of Vermont where he captained the alpine ski team in his senior year and earned both academic and athletic All-American honors. As a coach, Erik loves the relationships that grow as communities build and evolve, as well as the personal growth that ski racing offers to empower the youth. Most recently, Erik moved here from Portland, Oregon where he was working with the U16 & FIS athletes of the Meadows Race Team at Mt Hood Meadows. Before then, Erik spent 7 years coaching J3 and U14 athletes for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Erik's partner, Erika (formerly Ghent) and their baby boy Bradley are beyond excited to be back in Colorado to enjoy all that this beautiful land and people have to offer!
Joe is a Colorado native who spent his childhood between Denver and Vail. He is an alumni of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail who spent his last Post Graduate year with SSCV in the winter of 1998. He is also a graduate of Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy when it was in its fledgling years. A serious racer for SSCV, Joe competed in Junior Olympics, Rocky Mountain FIS series, and United States Nationals. After Joe completed his racing at SCCV, he matriculated at Middlebury College in Vermont where he raced for the college under coaches, Mark Smith and Forest Carey. After spending 4 long cold winters in Vermont, Joe decided to thaw out on the beaches of Maui and Santa Barbara, California. However, Colorado and especially the mountains have always been a loud resonance in Joe’s soul and he could not stay away any longer. In 2009, he moved back to Colorado and found his way to Vail where he spent 3 years ski patrolling for the prestigious Vail Ski Patrol. Now 10 years later, Joe has come full circle and decided to share his passion for the mountains and skiing down them with the future generation of Olympic champions and leaders in various communities. A student of both the technical side of skiing and also the mental and competitive side of the sport. He is eager to teach his skills and passion and instill the love of the sport and the mountains to foster the next generation of life long skiers.
Alpine Men's FIS Coach
Will Hadden is excited to begin his 4th year with SSCV in the role of Men’s FIS coach. Will grew up in Manchester, VT and grew up skiing at Bromley Mountain before attending Stratton Mountain School and skiing for Williams College. While at Williams, Will studied English and Economics. Will coached FIS men at Stratton Mountain School for three years prior to coming to Vail and is excited to move back into a FIS role at SSCV, as he will continue to work with the athletes he coached as U16s. Will holds a USSA level 300 coaching license.
Chief Operating Officer
John Hale, current Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), has been named Executive Director elect, assuming his new role with SSCV on May 1, 2021. John, a former Head Coach for the U.S. Ski Team and Executive Director of Loveland Ski Club, brought his extensive skiing and athletics experience to SSCV as the COO beginning in 2017.
During the last four years at SSCV, John orchestrated an extensive overhaul of the youth alpine coaching staff, assembling the most experienced U14 and younger coaching team in the nation.
He also had oversight of a multi-million dollar clubhouse construction project, completing a 30-year vision at no cost to the club. Additionally, John worked tirelessly with Vail Resorts to create an SSCV on-hill operations team to improve early-season venue preparation, including snowmaking, grooming, support staff, and the addition of a state of the art grooming machine. He has also had guidance and organizational responsibility for the management team as well as the leadership team which he continues to spearhead.
With the onset of COVID-19, John was responsible for establishing the operational plans, both on and off snow, for all aspects of SSCV operations and keeping these plans current in this ever changing landscape. This includes the Club’s ongoing communications with applicable health care providers and regulatory agencies along with SSCV families and academic partners.
During his tenure at Loveland Ski Club (LSC), John was the architect of a highly successful overhaul of the program and founded the Alpine Race Academy. In his seven years at LSC, he significantly improved the club’s financial health and the program’s quality while developing a highly beneficial partnership with Loveland Ski Area.
From 2002 to 2010, before his work at Loveland, John was head women’s coach for the Europa Cup and Development. During this time, John also worked with the Women’s World Cup SL/GS team before accepting a position with the U.S. Olympic Committee. While at the Olympic Committee, John worked in the Sports Science Division and attended the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Before the U.S. Ski Team, John was the Head Women’s Coach at Burke Mountain Academy, a coach for the Canadian National Team, and spent his summers on snow in Perisher, Australia, and Mt. Hood, Oregon.
John graduated with honors and holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from Johnson State College (JSC) in northern Vermont. He was drawn to JSC by the ski program and was a member of the alpine ski team and cross-country running team, while simultaneously obtaining full certifications in ski coaching and ski instruction. John holds a Level 500 certification with U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
John, his wife Jennifer, and their two daughters, Logan and Taylor, when not skiing, can be found playing golf, mountain biking, and enjoying all that the outdoors of Colorado and the Vail Valley has to offer.
Alpine Women's FIS Coach
Alpine Women's FIS Coach
Alpine Race Coordinator
PJ joined SSCV in 1998. He hails from Amsterdam, New York. PJ was a NCAA skier at Western State College and a USSA Citizen Champion. He coached at both Saranac High School in upstate New York as well as Middle Park High School in Colorado. PJ is a USSA Level 4 certified Technical Delegate and Chief of Race and sits at the Vice President on the RMSRO Board.
PJ graduated from Western State College in 1969 with a BA in Physical Education and when PJ isn’t running our races, you can find him cruising on his BMW motorcycle.
Alpine U14 Coach
Andrew was born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He grew up racing for the Franconia Ski Club in Franconia, NH. In his early years, he was fortunate to be coached by Bode Miller’s Uncle Mike Kenney who instilled him with the lifelong passion for ski racing.
Andrew graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. After completing college, he spent several years working at Putnam Investments, but decided to hang up his tie and pursue his passion for skiing and coaching. Before coming to SSCV, Andrew coached the Cannon Mountain Development Team and was the Assistant Head Coach for the Vail Development Team.
With his free time, Andrew enjoys thrill seeking, exploring the world, and going fast!
Alpine Private Coach
Sylvan was born and raised in Taos, NM and started racing at Taos Ski Valley. He moved to Summit County, Colorado to continue racing more full time in High School. He raced through high school and one PG year, he then went on to ski for CU-Boulder. At CU, Sylvan was a Byron White Scholar Athlete and graduated with a degree in Spanish Literature. He began his coaching career at CU as the assistant coach. Following his work at the collegiate level he moved to Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. After a stint with Team Summit working with J3 and FIS age athletes, Sylvan sought a change of scenery and headed east to Stratton Mountain School where he worked with FIS men and women. When not on the hill, he enjoys mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles. Sylvan is excited to be back in the Rockies working with SSCV and closer to family.
Alpine Men's FIS Coach
Brendan Keane grew up skiing with his family at the Dartmouth Skiway and at Waterville Valley. At the age of 10, Brendan moved out to Vail with his family where he joined the team at Ski Club Vail. Some of his favorite memories from ski racing include the Loveland Derby, Prater Cup, and the GS Spectacular. Brendan became a highly praised athlete at the club, earning recognition in 2018 as the SSCV Student Athlete of the Year, and winning the Gaynor Miller Leadership Award in 2019.
Brendan graduated from Vail Mountain School and just finished his Freshman year at Dartmouth College, where he is pursuing Engineering and Rugby. After being a Ski Club athlete for so many recent years he brings a unique perspective to the table. He is looking forward to sharing his passions, drive, and enthusiasm with all the athletes and coaches he will be working with this year.
Alpine FIS Women's Head Coach
Alpine Men's U16 Coach
Alpine Men's FIS Coach
Miha grew up in Radovljica, Slovenia where his parents introduced him to skiing at a young age. The thrill of skiing straight down the hill while looking backwards led to a lifetime commitment to skiing and ski racing. Miha joined a local club at the age of 7 and hasn’t missed a season since. He continued to ski and graduated high school in Radovljica and went on to study Sports Science at the University of Ljubljana.
Miha draws from his World Cup experience, including two top 30 results, and his Sports Science degree from University of Ljubljana in his day to day coaching. Miha’s first coaching experience came from racing on a private team where the athletes in the group coached each other. Since retiring from ski racing, Miha has collected valuable credentials including: Bachelor of Sports Training, Alpine Skiing Coach Pro License (highest), Ski Instructor level 3 (highest), Strength and Conditioning coach level 2.
Miha is excited to meet new people in his coaching role. He looks forward to inspiring athletes to chase their dreams and showing them the path to reach the top of the podium. When away from the athletes, he enjoys playing tennis, basketball and soccer.
Alpine FIS Men's Head Coach
Ian is looking forward to his 3rd season of coaching with SSCV. A Colorado native, Ian grew up skiing in his driveway from the age of 2, solidifying a love of the sport from the beginning. Ian attended Glenwood Springs High School and skied for the University of Denver. After college
Ian coached FIS and U12s at SSCV before spending six years with the US Ski Team’s Europa Cup and World Cup teams. Ian holds a USSA level 300 coaching certification and is a PSIA level 3 instructor. In his role as Head Men’s FIS coach, Ian is excited to share his past experiences in many levels of alpine ski racing and hopes to provide insight towards what it takes to compete at the highest level. “I look forward to working with the athletes I coach to help them achieve their goals and follow their passions.”
Alpine U10 Coach
Simon arrived at SSCV in 1997. He hails from Altamont, NY and has coached with many different programs within SSCV as well as with Team Gilboa, Perisher, Australia and Club Catolica in Santiago Chile. Simon has coached J5 and FIS Level athletes and is a Level 300 USSA certified coach. He is affiliated with the USSA, PSIA, APSI and RMSRO. Simon’s goals for his athletes this season are to help them develop a strong foundation of skiing skills through training and free skiing to be successful in not only races but more importantly for a long future career in skiing.
Simon graduated from the University of Colorado in 1991 with a BA in Political Science and International Affairs. At CU he participated on the Track and Field and Cross Country teams. When Simon isn’t coaching, he loves to road and mountain bike, travel, surf, read and spend time with his family.
Alpine U12 Assistant Coach
Posie has been a skier since her family moved to the Vail Valley. She started with SSCV at 8 as a Future Star! SSCV is where she met some of her closest friends, and created some of her fondest memories. Being a full-time athlete helped her learn valuable lessons about striking a balance between sports and school. She recently graduated from the Phillips Academy Andover and is attending Dartmouth College next year. She is using this year to form relationships with young athletes, while fostering her passion for the sport.
This will be her first year coaching skiing, however, as captain of the XC running team and Nordic team at the Phillips Academy, she is beyond qualified and excited to transition into coaching this year. Posie is looking forward to helping her athletes learn the fundamentals of racing and how SSCV provides the necessary tools to help athletes develop as young people, “I hope I am able to cultivate a team environment where long-lasting friendships are formed.”
Information Technology, Future Stars Coach
Lawrence Moss comes from Buffalo, New York where he learned to ski in 4th grade, then quickly joined a racing team the following year. He has loved alpine skiing ever since. Lawrence graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Environmental Science and Minor in Business Administration. He was also a member of the cycling and alpine club teams. After graduating, he worked primarily in Information Technology for the hospitality industry. He has a plethora of experience working with employees and teaching them how to use different software applications.
Lawrence has an incredible work ethic. While undergoing rigorous treatment to cure an unexpected, life-threatening illness, Lawrence was accepted into the Circle of Excellence by the Faessler Family and acknowledged as employee of the month. He exemplifies someone who is willing to face a challenge and overcome it stronger than ever. This challenge has contributed to his growth and perspective on life as he continues to work hard and spend time with his two sons. He is looking forward to being the #1 Future Stars Coach of the season.
Alpine U10 Coach
Louis Otto comes to Ski Club Vail with decades of leadership experience as a coach and director in the sport of alpine ski racing. Over the course of his career Lou has played a key role in developing numerous World Cup, Olympic, and National Team athletes. While coaching in Washington, Louis was named Coach of the Year by the Pacific Northwest division of US Skiing in both 1999 and 2008; one of only two coaches to earn the honor twice in its history.
A level 400 nationally certified coach, experience has taught Lou that distilling ski racing to its most core principles and always working through that lens is the most efficient and effective way to instill long term growth and skill development in athletes. Beyond the accomplishments and accolades he has earned, Lou is a humble, kind, individual who loves working with children in sport. He is honored and excited to work at Ski Club Vail.
Alpine U16 Women's Coach
Alpine Private Coach
Sara has a long history with SSCV beginning in 1982 when she was the Women’s Nor Am Coach working with the club’s top women racers. From 1983-86 she was the Head J2 Coach for both men and women before leaving for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club where she held the same position until 1991. From 1991-94 Sara was the Head Women’s Coach at SSWSC where she also served as the Director of Recruiting for the newly implemented Ski Racing Program at the Lowell Whiteman School. From 1994- 2009 Sara worked with a number of athletes as a private coach in Vail and Park City. Last year, she returned to the SSCV Alpine staff full time as Assistant J3 coach. For the last 25 years, Sara has also been the Director and Head Coach of Sports Club International, Inc., conducting summer training camps in New Zealand, Sunday River, Whistler, Saas Fe, Mt. Hood, Valle Nevado, Pitztal, Copper Mountain and Vail/Beaver Creek. As a student/athlete, Sara was in the first graduating class of Stratton Mountain School and went on to compete for Middlebury College where she graduated with a B.S. in Art History. She was a four-time All American and Middlebury College’s Athlete of the Year in 3 of those years. She was also recognized as Ski Racing’s Collegiate Skier of the Year in 1979. From 1980-82 she raced on the Women’s Professional Ski Racing Tour. Today, Sara continues to serve Middlebury as an alumni interviewer for prospective students from the area. Sara holds the highest level of coaches’ certification from USSA as an International Level 4 Coach. She has also served as an examiner for Levels 1-3 at the National Coaches’ Academy. Sara has participated as an US Ski Team Associate Coach at numerous World Cup, Europa Cup, World Junior Championships, Topolino and Whistler Cup projects, as well as, at all levels of National competitions.
YSL Coach, Pro Shop Technician, Operations
Chris Robinson was born and raised in Vail, and has been involved with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail since 1987. He graduated from Vail Mountain School then attended Roanoke College where he studied marketing and communications and played soccer. Chris has been Coaching part time since 2003, but he finally decided to take it on as a full time position.
Chris hopes to share his love for the outdoors and skiing with all athletes he has the opportunity to work with. As a proud father, he has a greater understanding for the patience it takes to connect with his athletes. He also knows that his athletes will be brutally honest with him when they are not having fun - he is looking forward to making sure the energy and positivity is always high on the mountain!
Alpine U16 Coach
Ben joined SSCV in Fall of 2015. He grew up skiing and racing in Maine out of Sugarloaf. An alumni of the Sugarloaf/CVA race program he went on to race four years at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, competing in USCSA. Last season, Ben worked for the Vail/Beaver Creek race crew. This season, Ben hopes to share his passion for skiing and racing with his athletes in order to create an atmosphere of hard work, competition, and above all fun!
In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golf, and playing music.
Alpine U14/U16 Age Class Part Time Coach
Born and raised in Minnesota, Ryan spent his youth competing in the USSA Central Region before moving to Boulder, CO to attend the University of Colorado. During his time there, Ryan competed in the USSA Rocky Mountain Region in addition to competing in FISU and NorAm races before transitioning into coaching.
Ryan comes to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail excited by the prospect of supporting skill development and technical progression at both the U14 and U16 levels. Fresh off the snow with the Eldora Mountain Ski Club where he served as the YSL Program Director and Head Coach, Ryan has over 30 years of experience with alpine ski racing at every level. His extensive background as both a competitor and a coach to high school, collegiate, YSL, USSA Age Class, and FIS athletes has given him a unique perspective on the learning styles, goals, and needs for athletes at varying ages and stages of development.
His goal for the season is to foster a lifelong love of skiing for all the athletes under his tutelage and witness the rewards that come from smart, focused training.
U14/U16 Age Class Coach
Dolly's passion for skiing began at age 2 when she learned to ski. Her love of ski racing developed when she started attending Carrabassett Valley Academy in 1984. In 1989, Dolly moved to Colorado and attended Colorado College. She graduated with a BA in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japan. After graduating from CC, Dolly moved to Crested Butte where she began her career in the ski industry. Dolly spent 15 years instructing and supervising at the Crested Butte Ski School where she completed her Level 3 PSIA cert. She coached for 2 years for Crested Butte Academy, working primarily with the FIS/NorAm athletes. She also was Head Coach for the Crested Butte Ski Club for 3 years. During this time, Dolly completed her Level 300 Coaching certification.
In 2013, Dolly moved to the Eagle Valley. Dolly began coaching for SSCV in 2017 when her 8 year old twins joined the club as Future Stars athletes. Dolly is excited to be coaching the part-time U14/U16 team again this year. Working with this age group is really exciting because we are building on fundamentals, enhancing our love of the sport and really delving into tactics and mental focus. We get a great mix of free skiing, having fun with friends and honing our skills in the gates.
Alpine U10 Head Coach
Alex Shorter is a career alpine ski racing coach with over a decade and a half of leadership experience at nearly every level of the sport. Most recently, Alex served as head U10 coach and alpine "link" coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In these roles, Alex was responsible for all elements of programming for 120 U10 athletes, while concurrently providing technical leadership for the entire U10-U16 coaching staffs.
Before moving to Colorado, Alex served in multiple leadership roles at the Mission Ridge Ski Team and Academy. She was Youth Director for seven years and Head J3 (U16) Coach for five years before that. In 2015 Alex was recognized as the Coach of the Year by the Pacific Northwest division of the USSA; only the 3rd woman ever to earn that distinction.
Alex and her husband Ryan own PV Alpine Race Camps, operating summer and fall camps for 17 years running. In her diverse background, Alex has coached athletes who have gone on to win Divisional, Regional, and National Championships, NCAA titles, and who have scored on the World Cup.
Alex is excited to apply her experience, knowledge, and diverse skill set to her new role at Ski Club Vail. She is committed to creating a culture where athletes develop superior technical skills that will serve them for as long as they remain in the sport. She sees her role as pivotally crucial to all that will come before these athletes in the future. Alex is excited to help her athletes find their potential through positive culture, a shared responsibility to be one's best every day, and ultimately empowerment in whatever they undertake in ski racing and beyond.
Alpine U14 Coach
Charley grew up in Bozeman, MT and began skiing at Bridger Bowl Ski Area. While attending Montana State University he began teaching skiing and shortly thereafter began his coaching career with the Bridger Ski Foundation. Across the years he has held numerous positions within the ski industry. In late 2008, he and his family relocated to the south coast of England. Not eager to leave the mountains, he set out to establishing a winter base in 2009, while pursuing his European qualifications in order to be able to work freely and independently while there. Subsequently, he was based in Europe with his wife and 3 daughters. He spent several years between 2009 and 2017 coaching with the British Ski Academy based in Les Houches, France and later in Aosta, Italy. During his time there he coached a range of age groups on a full time basis training and racing at venues across Europe. He has also spent several southern hemisphere winters coaching in New Zealand.
Although based overseas with his family for more than 10 years prior to 2018, he did live and work in Vail from 2002-2008 when he worked as a Product Manager and Training Manager for the Vail Snowsports school. He holds several qualifications including
• USSA Level 200 certification
• BASI Level 4 (including ‘Eurotest’)
• European Mountain Safety Level 4
• PSIA Level 3
• He is also a retired PSIA.
Charley lives with his wife Noni and their three teenage daughters. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys being on two wheels-- road bike, mountain bike, or track bike if there happens to be a velodrome handy.
Having the privilege of working with a group of motivated young skiers never ceases to be exciting. “I aim to work with the whole team to create the best environment possible in order to allow each young athlete to fully enjoy their training, move their skiing forward, and get the very best from his or herself.”
Alpine Private Coach
Dan (Stripper) was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1980-87 having competed in World Cup from 1984-87.
He began his coaching career in Lake Placid at NYSEF (New York Ski Education Foundation) where he was the Head J3 Coach and the Head Women’s Coach.
From 1998-2000 Dan was a Coach with the U.S. Ski Team working with the Women’s World Cup SL/GS Team. Beginning in 2001 and through the 2005 season, he was the Head Coach of Team Koznick on the World Cup.
Since his employment at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Dan has led the Women’s Team to become the strongest women’s team in the Rocky Mt. Division, having won the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup series for several years. He has sent four athletes to the USST in as many years.
He has led numerous Divisional, Regional and NDS camps and projects and sits on the RMD Ability Class Subcommittee, providing leadership and direction in many aspects of the sport.
Dan has two children; Jessica and Tyler.
Alpine U14 Assistant Coach
Matt Wilson grew up with Burke Mountain Academy as his backyard. His father was a member of the US Ski Team in the 70’s, so naturally he started skiing at a young age. His dad has always been his inspiration to continue skiing at such a high level. Matt graduated from Burke Mountain Academy, attended Colby College where he studied English and raced for their Alpine team. He transferred to Middlebury to do the same. This year he is excited to put college on hold, while he continues to train for skiing but has the opportunity to coach!
Matt is looking forward to working with passionate young racers who aspire to ski fast and do what it takes to reach their goals. He will be a great addition to any team he gets the opportunity to work with. His time at college fostered a love for academic growth while continuing to exceed as an athlete. He is looking forward to giving back to the ski community while sharing his energy for skiing and academics with all the athletes he gets to work with this season.
Alpine Women's FIS Coach
Thomas Woolson is excited to work as a SSCV Women's FIS coach. Thomas grew up in Warren, VT where from the time he could walk his parents had him skiing. He attended the Green Mountain Valley School and then went on to attend and ski for Dartmouth College. Following college, Thomas worked as an athlete coach at Burke Mountain Academy and then made his way to Colorado to run the injury prevention program focused on snow-sports for The Steadman Clinic. Thomas looks forward to sharing experience gained in racing at a top NCAA college while working with the talented group of girls at SSCV and helping them reach their ski racing potential.
Alpine U14 Head Coach
After a season in Europe where he coached the British Ski Academy, Rob Worrell has returned to SSCV to oversee the club’s full-time Age Class programs, including U14 and U12 alpine. The veteran coach will have specific coaching responsibilities within the U14 program and will work closely with the U12 staff in formulating a comprehensive approach to youth development.
Worrell was formerly Alpine Program Director for Team Summit, a U.S. Ski Team regional coach, and Alpine Head Coach at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He previously held the roles of Men's Alpine Director and U16 Head Coach at SSCV. For his efforts, Worrell was named USSA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2016.
SSCV Part-Time Programs Head Coach
Anje is returning to SSCV after working as the Rocky/Central Youth Coach and Coordinator for the U.S. Ski Team. In this role, she was integral in developing and leading camps and events for the region and division, as well as national projects for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard development program. These projects helped set the foundation of fundamentals that has propelled the Rocky/Central region as a leading force across the country.
Anje grew up skiing and racing thru college in the Western Region. Passionate for skiing, mountains, and the outdoors, she started her coaching career working at the Bridger Ski Foundation in Montana as Youth Director, and realized her love for teaching athletes. In 1995, she moved to Colorado to coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as a FIS coach. Since then, she has coached the last 25+ years athletes of all ages and levels of racing, from FIS Nor-Am athletes to youth athletes at several programs in Colorado, including Team Summit, personal coach to Alice McKennis, Crested Butte Academy, and again at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, as the clubs first female Alpine Competitive Director, before moving to the Vail valley in 2011.
Anje has coached at numerous U.S. Ski Team projects throughout the years, led U.S. Ski and Snowboard coach’s clinics, Skills Quest clinics, and has served several terms on committees for the Rocky/Central region, and RMD division. She hopes to instill a life long LOVE of the sport to each of the athletes she coaches, as well as helping them achieve their goals. Anje is excited to be moving into a position at SSCV to spend more time at home with her husband Rob, and two sons, Zane and Cody.
Alpine U16 Coach
Kelia is starting her first season here at SSCV but has been involved in ski racing for two decades. Racing out of Loveland, the Winter Park Competition Center and the USCSA Team at CU Boulder, she loved the sport enough to spend the next three years coaching age class and college athletes at Eldora. She inspires the pursuit of skiing as a life-long sport and is excited to help athletes fulfill their full potential as racers as well as strong & confident young adults.
Kelia graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013 with a degree in French and Evolutionary Biology. She will be receiving her massage certificate at the Denver Integrative Massage School next spring.