Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Jason Anthony grew up skiing at Blue Knob, PA where he was a Jr. Ski Patrol and PSIA ski instructor during his youth. In 1993 Jason moved west to Summit County, CO and started competing on USSA Rocky Mt Freestyle mogul circuit. In 1997 Jason started competing professionally as a big mountain athlete and competed on the Freeskiing World Tour since it’s conception in 1998. After a couple of years on tour he was sidelined due to a knee injury and switched to the judging side of the sport of freestyle and freeskiing. Over next few years Jason was a licensed USSA freestyle judge, IFSA big mountain judge, and USTSA head freeride judge.
In 2008 Jason moved back to Summit County from a five year powder skiing sabbatical in Jackson Hole, WY. During his time in JH he landed the cover shot of the 2005 January Issue of POWDER Magazine iconic Photo Annual, as well as skiing for local film crew Storm Show Studios. Jason started coaching for Team Summit as a mogul coach upon his return to Summit. In 2010 Jason started the big mountain program for Team Summit with five athletes and grew the program into one of the premier big mountain programs in the world. Jason’s top level big mountain coaching put numerous athletes on the podium, as well as overall champions on the Junior Freeskiing Tour, Subaru North American Tour, and World Freeskiing Tour during the next five years. In 2017 Jason jumped over the pass to land a coaching position with SSCV full time program. To ensure adequate time to teach his 3 year old daughter to shred, Jason now works part-time coaching as one of our Saturday Rookie Freeski coaches.
Freeski Big Mountain Weekend Coach
Born on a farm in Hudson, New York, Nick started skiing at the age of 3 at Hunter Mountain. Nick started racing at the age of 10 at Catamount and Jiminy Peak where he then took up park skiing in his early teens. He then joined the Mount Snow Academy Freeski program where he competed in Park & Pipe for 3 years. After high school, Nick took a year before school to travel and compete around the east coast. After graduating with a Horticulture degree from Temple University in PA, Nick moved to Vail in April 2010 for a job as head gardener at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Nick started coaching the following season as a freeski coach for the rookie team. He now coaches the Big Mountain team on the weekends and plans on competing in the Freeride World Qualifier events.
Freeski Park & Pipe Head Coach
Engelhart, a Minnesota native, most recently served as Head Coach for Team Breckenridge’s park and pipe program — a position he held for four years. A former competitor in slopestyle and big air, Engelhart began teaching skiing at the age of 14 and has been coaching for 11 years.
Engelhart is an accomplished ski coach with experience developing athletes and advancing them to an elite level. He’s worked with several international competitors, such as Yuna Koga and Rai Kasamura (Japan), Thibualt Mangnin (Switzerland), and Max Mcdonald (New Zealand). Domestically, he’s coached 15 athletes to national championship titles, including many who have gone on to compete at the Dew Tour, World Cup and X Games, and he has twice served as Project Gold Camp Coach with U.S. Ski Team.
Engelhart holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and is educated in budget management and accounting, useful in planning transportation and competitions. Those administrative skills are coupled with a strong ability to communicate needed goals to develop tricks and prepare athletes mentally for high-level competition.
Freeski & Snowboard Head Rookie & Mini-Shred Coach
At Alpine Valley in Wisconsin, Dylan grew up skiing with his family, although he was quickly drawn to snowboarding. The first snowboard lesson he ever took was horrible! The instructor was checked out and gave little instruction - naturally, young Dylan also checked out of that season very quickly even though he loved the sport. This experience has built Dylan’s coaching to a high level. The memory of that first lesson sticks with him, inspiring him to always keep it fun, build relationships, and stay engaged with each athlete.
About 10 years ago he started working with youth mentorship programs and coaching, which has led him to many freestyle-focused camps at Liberty Snowflex Center in Virginia, Mammoth, California and Park City, Utah. Dylan has earned an AASI Level 2, AASI Freestyle Specialist and Children’s Specialist, PSIA Level 1, and USASA Level 100.
His vision is to see coaching conversations progress from “getting back up when we fall on snow” to “getting back up when life knocks us down.” We are in the business of developing leaders, so I want to see coaching that excels past pushing these kids to be the best athletes they can be, to becoming the best people they can be. So that when they leave our program, they aren’t just an elite level athlete, but an excelling member of society that is a positive force of leadership in their local community.
Freeski & Snowboard Program Director
Added to the Snowboard coaching staff in 2015, Chris Laske hails from Brighton, Michigan, where he has spent winters as a professional Snowboard Coach and owns and operates a successful wakeboard school in the summers. He is also an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack, who won the gold medal in slopestyle at the Burton US Open at Vail this past season.
Writing of his motivations as a coach Chris states: “Nothing feels better than to watch a student achieve their goals and progress to the next level.”
Freeski Big Mountain Weekend Coach
Big Mountain Head Coach
Matt Luczkow grew up in Eagle, CO. He started skiing with SSCV at an early age and raced until the age of 14. In high school he began to pursue park/pipe and big mountain skiing, competing in all disciplines. After competing, Matt skied professionally, being featured in films by Warren Miller and appeared in every major ski magazine. Matt started coaching the big mountain program part time in 2017 and found it very fun and rewarding. Starting as head coach in 2019, Matt wants to help all the young Vail skiers realize their full athletic potential, and to develop in them a love for mountains, skiing, and nature.
Freeski Park & Pipe Coach
Park and Pipe Coach
When Max was just 2 years old, his parents strapped him in a backpack and took him to the snow-covered mountains - he loved it. Shortly after, he retired from the backpack days and found his love for skiing among his high school extracurriculars, football and lacrosse. Max attended the University of Maine at Farmington where he studied Elementary Education.
After graduation, he was able to combine his passion for teaching and coaching. He has been ski coaching here in Colorado for 4 seasons after he taught Middle School in Maine. Max has an Elementary Education K-8 teaching certificate as well as a PSIA Alpine 1, PSIA Freestyle 1, and USASA Level 200 ski certifications. He is looking forward to bringing positivity to both athletes and co-workers to push his peers to their full potential on and off the mountain.
Freeski & Snowboard Cross Head Coach
Phil is the SSCV Head Coach for Snowboard Racing. Originally from the East Coast, Phil grew up skiing in New York’s Catskill region primarily at Ski Windham and Hunter mountains. While at The Darrow School and Green Mountain College Phil competed in snowboard Halfpipe, Big Air and Boardercross. Phil works to build programming that can promote long term excellence for achievement and high-performance while producing well-rounded young adults and community members. Phil aims to support athletes in achieving their goals and help them obtain positions in Jr World Championships, Youth Olympics games, and one day to compete at the World Cup level.
Freeski Skier Cross Coach
Freeski Big Mountain Weekend Coach
Freeski Park & Pipe Weekend Coach
Hunter found his passion for skiing in the Alps when his family was living in Europe. He began ski racing at Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire, and later transitioned to Freestyle and Freeride reams at Gould Academy in Maine.
Hunter is actively pursuing his Alpine Cert 2 and FS-3, and has been working on his individual skills simultaneously. He recently received an achievement award from the Colorado National Guard for excellence as a military trainer. Hunter is looking forward to sharing his wide breadth of knowledge with his athletes.
He is excited to continue watching his teams’ skills, knowledge, passion, and comfort zone grow throughout the season. He places an emphasis on identifying his athlete’s personal comfort level, and specifically tailoring his coaching to the individual in order to help them optimize their maximum potential. Hunter will be working on improving dynamics both individually and as a team, and they become more efficient and technical in all their skill sets.