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.
Balz Arrigoni was born in Switzerland -- which happens to be a great place to learn to ski! Ski racing became a part of his life when he was eight years old. Unfortunately, his skiing career was cut short by several knee injuries. The love of the sport of ski racing continued and he used that drive to work with young athletes to pursue a coaching career in Switzerland. He completed Level Expert with Swiss
Ski. Balz came to the US in 1995 and founded Arrigoni Woods and also found his wife Christina in
1998. He was involved with coaching the Buddy Werner program and later also with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Balz and Christina have two boys who are proud members of SSCV.
Snowboard Park & Pipe Coach
Rob went skiing only one time in his life growing up in Michigan. He later saw people snowboarding which was enough to get him hooked! He never skied again. Later that winter he was so anxious to give snowboarding a try that he screwed an old pair of hiking boots onto a skateboard deck. When he moved to Vail in 1996 he told his friends to “look for me in the magazines” And that is exactly what he did.
10 years ago Rob began coaching part time for SSCV, he took a few years off to continue pursuing his professional snowboarding career and dive into his company, Colorado Skateboards. He jumped back into coaching a few years ago and has since earned his Level 100 and 200 coaching certifications. Rob’s passion for snowboarding drives his skateboard business and ability to inspire young athletes.
Rob looks forward to the season, “I want to accomplish helping the kids to understand what it means to always do their best and try their hardest, but never ever be ‘better’ than someone else. I look forward to developing snowboarding skills that last a lifetime.” he believes wholeheartedly that his experiences in the skateboarding, snowboarding, and Vail community has helped him build the necessary skills to be a successful, impactful coach that will continue to positively influence his athletes.
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.
Snowboard Park & Pipe Head Coach
Ronnie Barr is excited to begin his third season with SSCV as the head coach of the Park and Pipe Program. Ronnie grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ where he played golf for Ridge High School. Classes at Colorado Mountain College brought Ronnie west, where he chose to focus his career on snowboard education.
Ronnie’s sixteen years of coaching bring a unique depth of experience to SSCV. Ronnie began as a snowboard instructor at Breckenridge where he ultimately served as a head coach, lead trainer, supervisor, and training coordinator, also spending time on the terrain park crew. Other past experiences include, USASA private coaching and 5 years of program development at Woodward Copper. Ronnie spent four years with AASI-PSIA as a Rocky Mountain Division Trainer and examiner and was part of the Rocky Mountain Snowboard Team from 2015-2019. Ronnie’s other credentials include: USSA/USASA level 200 certifications and AASI (level 3 certification, Freestyle level 3, Children’s Specialist trainer/examiner, and Snowboard trainer/examiner.)
Ronnie looks forward to the growth he anticipates in SSCV’s young snowboarders as SSCV continues to improve our facilities and strive to be the best Snowboard program in the world. Ronnie draws from the experiences of riding and competing with some of the best snowboarders in the world in his work with young snowboarders. He looks forward to the opportunities to help SSCV athletes develop their own path through snowboarding and life
Athletic Development Coach
Growing up in St. Louis, Maddi learned to ski at the local resort in 5th grade. She immediately fell in love with skiing and begged her parents winter after winter to take her to the "real" mountains. Being in sports year round, Maddi chose to follow her love of soccer which led her to playing in college and then semi-professional in St. Louis.
Maddi graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. After college, she knew she wanted to work with athletes and was given the opportunity to intern with the US Ski and Snowboard Team in Park City. Loving the environment of working with snowsports, she took a job with SSCV as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in August 2019.
After being in Human Performance for a year, she knew she wanted to be involved even more. She is excited to work on the hill and see the athletes in the sport they love. She is excited to give back to young athletes and help them discover their passion and potential. By taking this position, she will learn even more about the needs of the sport to help program the strength and conditioning programs.
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.
Pro Shop Technician
Annie was born in Vail, Colorado where some of her earliest memories include skiing on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains, on Vail Nordic trails, and at the 10th Mountain Huts. In high school she joined the SSCV’s Nordic Comp team and learned what it meant to be a part of a team full of hardworking, kind individuals.
She graduated from Vail Mountain School and attended Bates College in Lewiston, ME where she majored in Environmental Studies and Education. She skied all four years on their Nordic Team which took her on adventures throughout the beautiful New England region and Canada. She was a writer and editor for the Bates Student newspaper, and integrated her passion for teaching by volunteering in local schools. For two summers Annie taught at Vail Mountain School’s SummerQuest program and enjoyed learning from mentor teachers and connecting with many students in our valley. Additionally, she spent time during the summers working at events for a local non-profit.
Annie comes to SSCV with an understanding and appreciation for the role of education and athletics in cultivating a well-rounded individual. She is looking forward to learning alongside both students and athletes as a new member of the Advancement team.
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.
Brittany grew up in Brighton, Michigan where her family owned Mt. Brighton before Vail bought it in 2012. She has been on a snowboard since she was 3 years old and loved the sport since day one. She started instructing at Mt. Brighton when she was a junior in high school and she is still instructing and coaching years later! The last 8 years she has been living the dream in Vail, Colorado, “everyday I am so thankful for this life and my job which helps people learn this awesome sport!” Brittany is looking forward to being a part of the SSCV community!
Future Stars Junior Coach
Ava grew up in Vail and has been enrolled in various ski programs with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. She attended Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and raced in the full-time program for several years before she transitioned on the high school ski racing team at Vail Mountain School. Ava’s excited to be back for her second season coaching Future Stars. She currently lives in Edwards, CO, and enjoys playing golf when she’s not on the ski mountian.
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.”
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.
Erin is an alumnus of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and a graduate of Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. While at SSCV, she was a freestyle mogul skier and she enjoyed traveling around the US and Canada for NorAm competitions.
Erin attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Her coursework included several mathematics, physics, chemistry, and environmental courses and her senior year she worked on a senior design project investigating the intercropping of macadamia nuts and arabica coffee beans. Additionally, Erin participated in the Club Ski Team and the Women’s Ice Hockey Team at Lafayette.
Following graduation, Erin worked at an environmental consulting company in Philadelphia where she assisted with compliance and remediation programs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Erin also has experience working with children and leading wilderness trips throughout her time at North Country Camps in the Adirondacks.
Erin is excited about returning to the Vail Valley and working with student-athletes to help them achieve their academic and athletic goals.
Future Stars Junior Coach
Ava Crowley grew up skiing in the midwest. She has been Alpine racing for the past 10 years, she raced for SSCV for two of those years and now she races for Vail Mountain School’s High School team. Along with skiing, she can also be found on the volleyball court and on the greens of the golf course. She is looking forward to ripping down the mountain with all her athletes and watching them grow into better skiers throughout the year!
Betsy joined the front office aiding with bookkeeping in 2012. She is a University of West Virginia graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems. She has a son Paul who races competitively for SSCV.
Mr. Davis has worked for Alpine Bank since 1988 he is a long time valley resident. A huge advocate for the community Glenn is involved with many different organizations. He is a Trustee of Colorado Mountain College, has been President for the United Way of Eagle River Valley, is a Vail Junior Hockey Associate and is a chairman of the Vail Valley Partnership. He has been an SSCV Board of Trustees Member since 1998.
Lead Academic Coach
Sarah Delany is a recent graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME. Sarah is an outdoor enthusiast and looking forward to bringing her past experiences to Colorado. While growing up in Chicago, IL, Sarah often visited and skied at Steamboat Springs with her grandparents. Sarah graduated from Glenbard West High School, where she took AP courses in Calculus, Physics C, US and European History, Literature, Language, Macroeconomics, and US Government. Sarah graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies, and coursework in environmental science, biology, physics, philosophy, literature, and music. She was a member of the women's ultimate frisbee team, an outdoor orientation trip leader and a College Representative at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.
Most recently, Sarah was a Trail Guide and an Operations Intern at Wilderness Inquiry, an inclusive outdoor recreation nonprofit in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she led basecamping hiking trips for groups of differently abled participants, families, youth, and adults on the Superior Hiking Trail and in Glacier National Park. Prior to her work at WI, Sarah worked at the HoneyRock Outdoor Center for Leadership Development in Three Lakes, Wisconsin first instructing flatwater and whitewater canoeing to students ages 8-16, then as a counselor for a high school program.
During Sarah’s time on the women's ultimate frisbee team at Bates, she was a two-time runner up at the USA Ultimate DIII College Championship. Sarah completed a senior thesis titled "Climbing the Glass Mountain: Gender Equity in the Alpine Guiding Industry," and is passionate about increasing the diversity of the outdoors, particularly through offering opportunities to traditionally underserved communities. Additionally, Sarah is an alum of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and constantly utilizes the technical and interpersonal skills gained through that course in her professional life.
Sarah is looking forward to working with student-athletes in the classroom, and to providing the mentorship and support needed to help them develop into well-rounded individuals. She’s excited to “live and work in the excellent community that SSCV provides, and to work with motivated students who are pursuing their passion.”
Mogul Program Director
John joined SSCV in 2012 and we are very excited to have him. He hails from Cape Elizabeth, Maine and has so much experience to offer our club and athletes. He graduated Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Latin and has been affiliated with and coached at the Carrabassett Valley Academy, Team Summit, the Canadian National Freestyle Team and Team Breckenridge.
Between his eight years at Team Breckenridge and five at Team Summit, John has coached 16 members of the U.S. Ski Team. He has also coached Olympians, world champions, national champions, World Cup event winner and World Cup overall winners. And these are only a few on John’s many accomplishments.
Here at SSCV John’s goal for his athletes is to promote measurable performance based improvements at all levels, to improve measurable results and to advance athletes to U.S. Development Programs.
Mogul Development Coach
Lara came to SSCV in 2011. She hails from New York City. Previously Lara coached for Buddy Werner League and in out Future Stars program. She is also Level 100 Moguls certified. Currently with Development Moguls, Lara coaches 8-11 year olds and is excited to grow her athletes love for the sport.
Lara graduated from University of Arizona in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts and from Full Sail University in 2011 with a MS in Educational Technology.
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.
Nordic Future Stars Director
Sylvan Ellefson was born and raised in Vail, CO. While going through the Alpine Pipeline at SSCV, Sylvan found an unknown love and passion for nordic skiing. Sylvan was an athlete during nordic’s inaugural season with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in 2004-2005 under the command of Dan Weiland and Karl Hochtl. Sylvan continued his career into college notching many podiums and becoming an All-American under head coach Becky Woods. Sylvan became the first Bates skier to win an Eastern Carnival Race and also received Bates Athlete-of-the-Year Award 2 times. After college, Sylvan helped start an elite nordic racing program under the wing of SSCV and under continued command of Dan Weiland. During his 4 years of professional racing Sylvan was on the SuperTour Podium 19x. He was also started in 25 World Cups and was the National Champion in the 30k Skate leading up to the Sochi Olympics in 2014. He now focuses his love of teaching and coaching towards the 40 kids that participate in Nordic Future Stars every year.
Snowboard Park & Pipe Weekend Coach
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.
Head Cycling Coach
Miles arrived in Vail in 2013 from Yadkinville, North Carolina. He graduated in 2011 from Appalachian State with a degree in Exercise Science Strength & Conditioning. Miles has experience as a Strength & Conditioning Intern from Wake Forest University. Miles started his career with SSCV as a Strength & Conditioning Intern. After a year of training with John Cole, Miles joined the team as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.
Over the years, Miles has specialized in endurance-based sports. He over sees all metabolic and cardio testing and programing on all SSCV athletes.
Miles also works with Vail Jr. Cycling Director Dan Weiland, as the Head Cycling Coach for the program. Miles coaches a group of 50+ youth cyclists that compete in the NICA high school league, and works with youth cyclists that race at the national level.
Miles is a Certified USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, CSCS, NICA Level 3 coach, Training Peaks Certified Level 2 & USA weight lifting coach.
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!
Zach is a world traveler that grew up in and around Memphis, TN. His hobbies include cycling, bouldering, problem solving, playing music, spending time with his dog (Mr.Bud),and playing music. He started playing guitar in 6th grade and has served as a studio guitarist, released 4 albums, and toured the country with several artists.
He attended the University of Memphis, where he studied Education with a concentration in middle grades which prepared him to teach a variety of middle school math, science and humanities classes. During that time, he excelled in completing an entire year of residency in a 7th grade Math classroom, aced the edTPA assessment, and began working with an arts-based after school program.
After graduation, Zach moved to Nashville, TN, where he continued to teach a variety of mathematics classes for the next 5 years. He started as an assistant coach in 2014 and became the boys head basketball coach of DuPont Tyler Middle Prep in 2016.
Since then, Zach has become a published author and continues to encourage and inspire others through kindness, creativity, and relationships. Zach enjoys working with youth in personal, academic, and athletic capacities. He is beyond excited to spend time in the mountains and work with the wonderful staff and students of SSCV.
Sean Glackin was raised outside of Philadelphia and spent his youth surfing, skiing and playing lacrosse. After graduating from Loyola University in Maryland with a B.B.A. in Finance, Sean traveled around Australia & Central America but decided the mountains in the west was where he wanted to be. The love of skiing brought Sean to Vail in 1995. Over the years Sean worked in food service for Vail and Copper, taught kayaking and guided backcountry trips on snowmobiles, rafts & whitewater kayaks. In 2002 Sean and his wife bought Alpine Kayak and then Mountain Quest in 2005 to form Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards, CO. This retail store has grown over the years to specialize in backcountry skiing, kayaking, rafting, stand up boards, and climbing.
In 2018 Sean and his wife became partners in Eagle Climbing & Fitness in Eagle, CO. Sean is on the board of the Glide Project, a local organization that provides avalanche awareness and education to Colorado youth. He sits on the Steering Committee for Gran Pacifica Resort in Nicaragua, where he has built a vacation home. In his free time Sean is on the river or ski touring with his family and travels a far to surf several times a year. Sean has two children in SSCV, Izzy is a full time Nordic skier and Colin is on the Big Mountain Team. Both kids also mountain bike as part of SSCV’s Vail Junior Cycling program in the summer.
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.
Born and raised in New England, John moved to Denver in 1995 from Connecticut for a job in banking and to ski the Rocky Mountains. He became a weekend warrior traveling to Vail every weekend for 20 years. In 2015, John moved to Vail full-time. John grew up skiing at Pat’s Peak in New Hampshire and is passionate about all disciplines of skiing and the mountains.
John is employed by Alpine Bank as a relationship manager/commercial lender in the Vail office focused on real estate and business lending, and is active in the Vail community. He has over 30 years in banking and finance with roles in commercial and consumer lending, debt and equity investing, capital markets, mutual funds and private equity, with industry expertise in media, telecom, tech and commercial real estate lending and investing.
John has two teenage children, Jack and Kate who both learned to ski at age two at Vail, went through the Vail DEVO program and then transitioned to SSCV’s Gravity Core, Future Stars, Carver Core and YSL racing programs.
John is also a PSIA certified ski instructor at Vail teaching both adult privates and the High Rockies children’s program, a 20+ year Rocky Mountain Masters ski racer, a Cat-3 bike racer, and was a competitive mogul skier when he was younger. In addition to his passion for all things skiing and all things Vail, other interests include cycling, mountain biking, golf, fly fishing, hiking mountains, white water stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.
John has a BS in Finance and Economics from New Hampshire College, an MBA in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. He holds Colorado real estate broker and national mortgage originator licenses.
Nordic Prep & Jr. Prep Coach
As many who grew up in the mountains, Sophia began both Nordic and Alpine skiing right about when she learned how to walk. She was drawn to Nordic skiing and started racing in Steamboat Springs, then moved to Vail for the SSCV Nordic program in 2014. Sophia is a Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy alumna, class of 2019, and had the privilege of being a Nordic athlete there for 5 years. She is now in school at the University of Vermont pursuing a degree in Psychology.
Sophia started coaching future stars part time her Senior year of high school and fell in love with coaching and seeing how much fun the kids have both racing and training. She is USSA certified as a Nordic coach - but this will be her first year coaching the Prep/Jr. Prep team as well as Future Stars. She is looking forward to coaching and learning alongside her athletes this season!
Pro Shop Technician
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.
Executive Director and Trustee
John Hale is the Executive Director of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV). 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 and assumed his role of Executive Director of SSCV on May 1, 2021.
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
RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator
Carlie was born and raised in the Vail Valley, attended Vail Mountain School, and grew up skiing on Vail Mountain. After graduating from VMS, she went to the University of Denver where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Sciences and Spanish. At DU, Carlie was the president of her student organization DU Service and Change, was a coxswain for the DU Rowing Team, and wrote a culminating Honors Thesis for her Spanish major.
After college, Carlie moved back home to Eagle County to work as a ski instructor and most recently, as part of a trail crew working on the fourteener peaks across the state. In addition to teaching skiing, Carlie also previously coached gymnastics in Vail. She loves working with kids and held various positions in Denver as an environmental educator for summer camps and programs. She is super excited to be working with RSES/SSCV student athletes and help lead them to success in finding their balance between athletics and academics!
Trustee and VSSA Principal
Wade Hill joined VSSA as principal in 2017 with 21 years of experience in Eagle County Schools. Wade was one of the original founders of Red Canyon High School, the alternative school for the district, where he has served as Principal for the last 13 years. Under his leadership the school grew from 65 students to 190 students and in 2011 he created World Academy the district’s online/homeschooled program. Together both programs served over 220 students last year.
Wade moved to Colorado at a young age and grew up west of Colorado Springs, earning his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and a minor in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango. He holds a Masters in Teaching from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and a Principal’s license from Adams State College.
Wade currently lives in Gypsum with his wife Mitzi, an instructional leader at Red Hill Elementary, and his daughters, Sierra and Summer, both ECS students.
Wade’s incredibly excited to join VSSA and has always been passionate about designing school programs that meet the needs of students with unique aspirations and goals, and VSSA is a perfect fit for that!
Nordic Future Stars Coach
Alpine Women's FIS Coach
Tiffany is an alumna of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and was a member of the United States Ski Team from 1996-2001. She retired from competition due to multiple knee injuries and went on to graduate from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She began working for SSCV in 2005.
Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Mike Imhof joined the Vail Valley Foundation in 2007 and had been serving as Senior Vice President overseeing operations, corporate sales and development, before being appointed President and CEO in November, 2015. Imhof came to Vail in 1997 when he joined Vail Resorts as a national sales manager. During his time at Vail Resorts, Imhof had responsibility for Strategic Alliance, Licensing & Trademarks and the front range pass sales and front range ticketing programs. Imhof now lives in Wolcott with his wife, Ellen, and two boys Michael and Miles.
Trustee and VMS Head of School
Mike Imperi is distinguished by his lifelong passion for education combined with exemplary work in the arenas of international education, adventure travel and community service. He has taught grades seven through twelve in three states and two foreign countries and has served as the headmaster of two independent schools including Vail Mountain school, his current position. He has also summited Mount Kilimanjaro twice.
For 25 years, from Singapore to Boulder to Las Vegas, he’s taught U.S. history, psychology, world culture, and government. In 2002 was a semifinalist for Disney USA Teacher of the Year. By then, he’d headed the history department of the Singapore American School, worked as the business manager of the largest high school in Florida, and built and managed a Montessori school in Boulder. Beyond the classroom, Mike has led hundreds of students and adults on international expeditions on five continents, including three-week camel safaris in India, Himalayan treks, and barge trips up Thai rivers.
In July of 2013, Mike became Head of Vail Mountain School. Since then, he and his team have implemented several initiatives to enrich the experience of the school’s community including a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse classroom to be built during the summer of 2014. He prides himself on a leadership style characterized by a comfortable blend of honesty, transparency, and humor, mixed with a strong professional, decisive will. He also sits on the board of Roundup River Ranch and is a member of a consortium of local school leaders created by Eagle County Schools Superintendent, Jason Glass.
Mike and his wife, Kathimarie, raised their three daughters overseas and, as a family, participated in numerous community service projects in Asia and Africa.
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!
TJ Johnson’s first job in the Vail Valley was as a Sports Illustrated photographer’s assistant during the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships. He had a round trip ticket back to NY for when the event was over, but ended up never leaving. After the Championships were concluded, Johnson started working for Vail Associates (now Vail Resorts) and continues to work for them today. After a lengthy career in Mountain Ops with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol, Johnson currently works in the VRI Information Systems department and manages a team of database computer programmers. His passion for the ski industry and for his family drives him to be very involved in this community where he has served on the Board of Directors for Eagle County Schools and is a current Vail Valley Soccer Club coach. He is married to Carol and has three children, Anabel (18), Tess (15) and Tommy (13). Tess is an SSCV Mogul and Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy alumna and member of the US Moguls Team.
Nordic Future Stars Coach
Snowboard Park & Pipe Coach
Danny Kass is the SSCV Snowboard Style and Superpipe Coach. Originally from Vernon, NJ, Danny’s path to snowboard competition originated from skateboarding. Danny began his amateur career at age 12 and went on to complete for the US in Halfpipe in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and in 5 US Open Championships. Danny has a level 100 USASA coaching certification and has served as athlete representative for snowboarding on the USOC. Drawing on his competitive experiences, Danny is excited to help train the future generations of Olympians and help ready young athletes for large competition with a focus on mental conditioning. A graduate of Mammoth Lakes High school in 2002, Danny is currently in college studying for AA and AS degree in Radiologic Technology.
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.
Chairman and Trustee
John Keane, father of four alpine ski racers at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, founded King Hill Capital in 2007 to invest in early stage companies that develop renewable energy or energy efficiency technologies. Prior to founding King Hill Capital, John had been an executive in the software industry for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of ArcStream Solutions, a wireless systems integration firm. Prior to founding ArcStream, he held various leadership positions at Keane, Inc., supporting the company’s revenue growth from $60 million to $1.1 billion. John began his career in corporate finance at J.P. Morgan.
John currently serves on the board of Purpose Energy. He previously served on the board of Cleantech America (acquired by Meridian Energy), Design2Launch (acquired by Kodak), Keane (acquired by Caritor), Lightning Systems, RavenWindow, Stellaris, Sundolier, and Solar Sentry, and as a board observer at Albeo Technologies (acquired by GE Lighting) and Greentech Media (acquired by Wood Mackenzie).
John graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
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
Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Trustee
Mr. Kirwood grew up in New England and attended the Green Mountain Valley School. He was a top junior ski racer and went on to Dartmouth College where he was Dartmouth Ski Team Captain in 1991. After Dartmouth, Jeff moved to Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Brenda, to work in the cable industry for HBO and TCI.
In 1998, the couple and firstborn, Clay, moved in order for Jeff to attend Harvard Business School followed by a short 2-year stint in Silicon Valley. The Kirwoods returned to Colorado, and Jeff worked for Liberty Media in Denver for 4 years. Jeff is the Founder and Executive Director of Aspen Grove Capital, LLC a family office investment management firm based in Avon, Colorado.Jeff and Brenda currently live in Vail. Two of their children, Clay and Kate are SSCV alumni and Nick is an SSCV athlete.
Jeff has served as a Board of Trustees Member at GMVS as well as SkiTAM. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, golf, charitable cause and personal investing. He has been an SSCV Board of Trustees Member since 2008.
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.
Mogul Development Head 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.
Mogul Development Coach
John Kust joined SSCV in 2012. He hails from Excelsior, Minnesota. Previously John has been affiliated with the University of Colorado Freestyle team as a coach. Currently John coaches 8-12 year olds and is excited to teach them not only to be the best skiers they can be but also to ensure they are having a blast in the bumps.
Strength & Conditioning Chef
Chef Lauren’s Philosophy: I love cooking and love people. I want to provide my clients of all ages the best food possible. I want to provide special diet needs for those who need or desire. I intend to create dining that people want with nutrition that people need.
Chef graduated from Minneapolis Culinary School in 1982 while working at Jerry’s Deli. Her first restaurant job was at the Decathlon Club, a private athletic club. She was the Head Chef at Boulder River Ranch, where she met her husband. She was the Executive Chef Food and Beverage Manager at Pacos River Ranch, where she met Aldo and Sara Radamus. In addition she worked at the Banquet Chef at Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek, Head Chef at Trappers Cabin in Beaver Creek and has been a Private Chef here in the Vail Valley but also in Martha Vineyard and South Dakota Hunting Camp.
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.”
Dan Leever served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Platform Specialty Products Corporation since 2013 until December 2015. Mr. Leever served as the Chief Executive Officer of MacDermid, Incorporated from 1990 to 2013 and MacDermid Group, Inc. From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Leever served as Chairman of MacDermid. From 1989 to 1990, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MacDermid. Mr. Leever joined MacDermid originally in 1972, where he worked in sales for 2 years before leaving and rejoining Macdermid Inc., in 1982 as a financial analyst. Mr. Leever serves as Chairman of MacDermid Group, Inc. He served as Vice Chairman of Platform Specialty Products Corporation since 2013 until December 2015 and served as its Director since October 31, 2013 until December 2015. He served as an Executive Director of MacDermid Incorporated since 1989. Mr. Leever attended Undergraduate school at Kansas State University and the Graduate school at the University of New Haven School.
Snowboard Mini Shred Coach
Casey Lehmicke hails from Stillwater, Minnesota and his home resort of Trollhaugen Dresser, Wisconsin. As a USASA level 200 coach, we are proud and excited to welcome Casey into his 3rd season coaching for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
Freeski Big Mountain Weekend Coach
Andy has 30 plus years of successful legal experience, including representing SSCV for more than a decade. He has won victories at the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals levels and has established a number of new legal precedents under Colorado law. His family has been actively involved with SSCV for almost two decades, including his daughter, Julia, skiing for the US Ski Team. Andy and his wife, Tina Nielsen, are longtime members of the Streeter Group, a 30 plus year group dedicated to supporting SSCV’s athletes. Andy has also tirelessly promoted involvement of underprivileged and minority members of the Eagle County community in Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, including currently serving on the Club’s Scholarship Committee and heading up SSCV’s diversity initiative. Andy and his firm continue to provide ongoing pro bono legal services to SSCV, serving the Club in a multitude of areas. Finally, the Littman/Nielsen family have been members of the Vail community for more than 30 years. On any given day, you’ll almost always find at least one of them out on the mountain.
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.”
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
Mogul FIS Coach
I started skiing at age 2 in Stoneham, Quebec. It didn't take time before I felt in love with speed, bumps and jumps. Therefore, I signed up for the local freestyle club at age 7 and never looked back.
I graduated from high school and cegep in Quebec City, while being a competitive mogul skier and soccer player. I was also involved in many other sports such as football and hockey. I am still studying online and in the verge of completing an Business Administration degree from Université du Québec.
I've competed in over 100 international events in mogul skiing. I've also participated at 2 Olympics and 9 World Championships. I've also coached athletes from all around the world in Quebec, Whistler and Sweden. I am an active member of the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission and sit on multiple committees. I have also multiple certifications specific to my sport from the Coaching Association of Canada. I'm an avid public speaker and have many brand ambassador roles.
I am extremely enthusiasm to join SSCV for the 2019-2020 season as I transitionned into a new role. SSCV is synonyme of character, courage and commitment. 3 words that reasonate highly with my values and my entire career on the Canadian Freestyle ski team. Colorado have always been one of my favorite places in the States and I know Vail has one of the strongest ski & snowboard program from coast to coast. With my knowledge and experience, I believe I can help SSCV, specially the freestyle program, to reach new highs and I'm very excited to get started with young athletes with whom I share a common passion!
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.
Owen was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Westchester County, New York, and grew up skiing in the Catskill Mountains of New York and White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. He recently graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he majored in Political Science and took various courses in Economics, Mathematics, and History. His senior year, he completed his thesis on the political theory of criminal punishment, a full year project. Outside of the classroom, Owen sang in The Dissipated Eight, the college's oldest a capella group. Taking over as president his junior year, Owen was responsible for coordinating and planning performances, maintaining a client schedule, organizing and running rehearsals, and effectively publicizing the group. Over the summers, Owen has worked in multiple digital marketing positions in greater New York, as well Camp Dudley in the Adirondacks, at which Owen was responsible for a division of campers and cabin leadership. In high school, Owen took AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP Spanish, AP English, and AP Macroeconomics, and worked for an SAT tutoring company during his senior year. After growing up on the East Coast, Owen is excited to move out west to start his career teaching, skiing, and helping others along the way.
Prep/Jr. Prep Head Coach & Cycling Coach
Parker McDonald, Nordic Head Prep Team Coach, is a SSCV alumni and VSSA graduate. Moving to Colorado at a young age, Parker remembers skiing since his arrival. He was officially hooked by the team and coaches at SSCV/VSSA as a 7th grade student and has never looked back. Parker attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he studied sociology and skied for the Bobcat Nordic Team throughout his college years. As Parker begins his third year with SSCV, he is “looking to create team culture and experiences that athletes will carry with them the remainder of their lives. Nordic skiing is a very hard sport, finding enjoyment at a young age is a crucial part in the development of these athletes. I hope to keep practices fun and entertaining while always working hard. I am most looking forward to getting lost in the woods on adventure skis and playing sharks and minnows once the snow starts to fall.” Parker holds a USSA level 100 coaching certificate.
Liz originally came to SSCV in 2018 from the Orleans Yacht Club (Orleans, MA) where she was the Club Administrator & Bookkeeper for ten years. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and has an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts. After UMass, much to her parents’ dismay, she moved to Mount Snow (West Dover, VT), took up snowboarding, and became one of the first female snowboard instructors in their Ski School and in the state. She and her husband are both originally from Cape Cod, but still have many strong ties to CO and the Vail Valley from having lived in Red Cliff (for 10 years) and in Eagle-Vail (for 2).
Liz and her husband returned to the East Coast early in 2020, but has re-joined the full-time Admin staff of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as of May 2021 in her former position of Bookkeeper and part of SSCV’s three-person Finance Team.
Although she works remotely from Cape Cod, don't be surprised if you see her working in the SSCV offices as she and her husband travel to CO on a regular basis. When not working, she can be found listening to an excessive amount of 80’s & 90’s alternative music, exploring CO, hiking, snowshoeing, learning to ski (yes really!), or spending time with family & friends.
Leyte grew up ski racing for the Bromley Outing Club and playing sports in Vermont's Green Mountains. Choosing to focus on soccer for college, she attended Sweet Briar College graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in History. During her time at Sweet Briar she also held positions on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Government Association, and Student Admissions Ambassadors - helping to bring in new students and assist current student athletes. Following graduation she moved into coaching U14 alpine athletes at the Bromley Outing Club and athletes on the Burr & Burton Academy Varsity Alpine team. While at the Bromley Outing Club she dipped her toes into advancement helping with their annual campaign.
Moving on to test out the corporate world as a Benefits Assistant at a DC based international law firm, she missed working in a youth sports focused role and dreamed of being in the mountains. Returning to Vermont in December of 2020, she reconnected with coaching at the Bromley Outing Club in addition to working in the development offices of two local non-profit organizations. In her time in the development office at Vermont Academy, she worked to promote young alumni donors and wrote several alumni profiles - published via email and online. With Merck Forest & Farmland Center she helped to coordinate their Maple Season social media and the beginning stages of their summer Sap House Series. Currently, she volunteers as a Fund Agent for Sweet Briar College, helping to promote giving and stewardship among her class. She is excited to be joining SSCV in the Advancement Department!
Taryn was born in Lakewood, New York and started skiing at the age of three. She grew up skiing a small mountain, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York while playing school sports and waterskiing in the summer. She was a competitive athlete from the time she was 10 years old through her sophomore year of college. In 2008, Taryn graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Biology. After college, she briefly moved to New York City and then wisely relocated to Vail in 2012.
Since moving to the Vail Valley, Taryn has worked in hospitality management as the general manager of the Fitz bar and restaurant, as well as the beverage director at Manor Vail Lodge. She also moonlighted as a part-time freeski coach for SSCV, working most recently within the big mountain program as Rookie Team coordinator. In her free time, Taryn loves to ski in the winter and whitewater raft and mountain bike in the summer. She loves to travel and spend time with family.
In her role as SSCV Club Manager, Taryn will assume portions of the former Member Services position. She will serve as the first point of contact for general club inquires, but she will also have broader responsibilities with regard to events and club management.
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.”
Kaia is an alumna of SSCV and married to alum, Misha. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993, where she skied for the Big Green Ski Team before returning to Colorado. She worked for several years as a financial analyst at Founders Asset Management in Denver, before receiving an M.B.A. from the Daniels College of Business in 1999. She worked at Arthur Andersen as a business consultant and then at Borgen Invesment Group as an analyst.
Kaia and Misha have four daughters, three of whom are enthusiastic members of SSCV. In the community, she is a trustee at Vail Mountain School and sits on the board of The Borgen Family Foundation.
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.
Mark Nesline is a ten-year veteran of the Vail Cycling coaching team. Mark grew up in Towson/Annapolis, Maryland and has fond memories of visiting the rockies for snowboarding trips in high school. A graduate of Elon University, where Mark played rugby, Mark moved west following college where he bought a mountain bike and fell in love. “I remember the first day I showed up to coach with VSSA. I was so slow and out of shape that all the kids beat me to the top of meadow mountain.” Mark has coached mountain biking with the Vail team since!
Mark has additional coaching experience with Vail MTB Camps. He is a certified NICA skills trainer with the Colorado HS MTB League, level 1 coach with USA cycling, and AASI certified snowboard instructor- Level 2, Children’s Lv.2, and Freestyle Lv1. Mark appreciated the skills learned from snowboard instruction and how they translate to cycling coaching.
Mark has extensive experience in racing himself and draws on these experiences to become a better coach. “I want to share my love and passion of cycling with as many kids as possible. Bikes have changed my life. I want to show kids that bikes are more than just racing, intervals and working hard and consistently at something. I want to show them the adventure, fun, community and so many things that bikes give to us. FUN! FUN! FUN! I truly care about the athlete’s success in sport, but more importantly I want them to leave the program with skills to be kind, compassionate, and hard-working young men and women.”
Future Stars Coach
Brian spent his youth skiing and racing in Mammoth Lakes CA, before skiing on the Ski Team at the University of CO Boulder. After college, Brian coached for 1 year at CU, before returning to California to attend music school at the Musicians Institute. After graduation he worked as a sales rep for Volkl Skis, Blizzard/Dynafit, and Kneissl/Dachstein, over a 15 year period during the winters, while touring with various bands during the summers. In 2009 he moved back to Colorado and the Vail Valley with his wife and 4-year old son. He coached his son in the Buddy Werner program for 5 years and then 1 year as a substitute coach as SSCV. His son is currently a 2nd year U16 at SSCV. Brian is also a Hudson Institute of Coaching certified Executive Coach and works as an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with many Fortune 500 Companies including, PwC, Pfizer, Mastercard, Daiichi Sankyo. Brian holds a USSA level 200 coaching certificate and is excited to work with and inspire a new group of young skiers.
Chris Ogilvie, “Ogie,” known among staff, friends and athletes, came to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail from Vermont 3 years ago after working at the Bromley Outing Club (BOC). He held a variety of roles: coaching, venue management, event management and marketing. Chris attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management, and continued racing. As a USCSA athlete, he served as an athlete-representative on the Board of Directors for 5 years, representing some 5,000 athletes.
Since Chris’ arrival at SSCV, he coached in the U16 program for the past 3 years and, assisted in a variety of club operations projects. Chris enjoys being involved in World Cup events both here at home at the Birds of Prey and others, such as the 2015 FIS World Championships and the 2017 World Cup Finals in Aspen.
Chris is extremely excited to work with management to help build upon an already successful organization. Getting involved within current club projects: the new clubhouse and Gold Peak Expansion, as well as, future projects both at Vail and at VSSA in Minturn. He hopes one day the club can host national events, both at the FIS and USSA level that have equal caliber to those on the World Cup.
During his free-time, Chris enjoys participating in alpine touring and freeskiing on the mountain during the winter months. During the summer, you can find Chris on his mountain bike or out on a trail hiking. Travel is very important to Chris and he will take camping trips with his friends in remote places near national parks and forests throughout the summer. Chris’ door will always be open to staff, athletes, families and friends. Please feel free to stop on by and say hello.
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.
Nordic Head Coach
Eric brings a wealth of knowledge to our program. He has coached Junior athletes to the highest level of competition - Junior Nationals, Scando Cup, US Nationals as well as all regional and national events in between. Eric will begin his full-time coaching duties beginning August 1st. In the meantime he will be joining us for various camps - Bend, Park City, Steamboat, Sun Valley, and Lake Placid. We are looking forward to getting Eric into the mix, he will be a great asset to our program.
Quote from Eric - “The SSCV Nordic program has a lot of momentum behind it right now and I’m excited to be a part of it. The support and facilities look fantastic and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Alpine U16 Women's Coach
Future Stars Head Coach
Pam joined SSCV in 2013. She comes to us from Weston, Massachusetts. Previously Pam has worked for Vail Ski & Snowboard School as a trainer and instructor. She is PSIA Level III certified as well as USSA Level 100. Pam has experience coaching high school lacrosse and field hockey and is excited to coach on skis. Pam’s goals for her athletes are to improve their skills while having fun, making great friends and enjoying all that the mountains have to offer.
Pam graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Health and Fitness. When she isn’t coaching she enjoys biking, photography, camping, and spending time with her kids and family.
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.
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.
Eric Resnick is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (http://www.kslcapital.com), a $7 billion private equity fund with extensive experience in the ownership and active management of hotel, resort and leisure properties. He is actively involved in managing the fund’s business including fundraising, acquisitions, and asset management.
Prior to KSL Capital Partners, he co-founded and was chief financial officer of KSL Resorts, a resort management company that managed Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort and Club, La Costa Resort and Spa, and the Hotel del Coronado. Prior to forming KSL Resorts, he was Chief Financial Officer of a predecessor company, KSL Recreation, an investment and operating company partnered with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR), joining the company in 2001. From 1996 to January 2001 he was a senior executive with Vail Resorts, where he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Investor Relations, and Treasurer. Prior to Vail, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company.
He currently serves on the board of directors of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSSA) and is Vice President of the Board of the USSSA Foundation. He is also a board member of the Vail Valley Foundation and Vail Mountain School. He is a former board member of the Denver Museum of Science and Nature and former founding board member of Rocketship, a nonprofit charter school operator. Eric is also a member of the board of directors of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc., and is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable and the University Council of Cornell University. Mr. Resnick holds a B.A. with distinction in mathematics and economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University.
Mr. Resnick is married with three children and resides in Vail and Denver, Colorado.
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.
Amy Roberts has focused her career in the outdoor recreation industry, serving in leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Amy is currently senior director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Brand Impact for The North Face overseeing the brand’s commitment to product environmental sustainability, legislative advocacy and philanthropy through The North Face Explore Fund.
Prior to joining the North Face, Amy served as Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor industry’s trade association comprised of 1300 members. OIA advocates on public lands and trade issues important to the outdoor industry and is the main sponsor of Outdoor Retailer, the national industry trade show held biannually in Denver.
Amy was previously the director of sustainability and a member of the executive leadership team at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) where she guided the Canadian outdoor retailer’s commitment to business and product sustainability and innovation.
Amy graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and has worked for both print and broadcast news organizations as well as serving as press secretary for the governor of Idaho. She previously served on the boards of The Conservation Alliance, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Amy and her husband Craig have a daughter Molly who attends VMS and is a U16 alpine racer.
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!
Director of Operations
Bryan Rooney is pleased to SSCV in the role of Director of Operations. Bryon’s parents belonged to a "ski club" and nurtured his love of the sport from an early age. There was a tiny ski area a few minutes from where he grew up that served as the winter hub of his small community. Skiing provided a freedom and thrill that, to this day, is still unmatched.
After graduating from Monroe-Woodbury High School, Bryan attended Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, NH, on a partial scholarship. While skiing was complemented by football and soccer during his high school years, skiing quickly became the sole focus as he transitioned to college.
Bryan has been dedicated to the ski industry for over twenty years. After starting his coaching career in the Pacific Northwest, he was recruited to coach at SSCV in the late nineties. Bryan has worked with athletes of all ages and holds a Level 300 coaching certification and a number of race official certifications. Bryan has been Chief of Course for NorAm's, National Championships and World Alpine Championships medal events. He has also spent a significant amount of time in resort administration, sports marketing and event production before his recent return to SSCV.
Bryan aims to solidify SSCV as the leading youth development organization in the
community and the premier snowsports club in the world. “I am excited to work with all of our stakeholders to drive SSCV to new heights in the years to come.”
Bryan has been lucky enough to work with great people and organizations across the country and around the world. While there are a number of professional accomplishments that he is proud of, they pale in comparison to the personal accomplishment of building a strong family here in the Eagle River Valley. Bryan’s wife, children, and the lives they lead in this community are by far the most rewarding things in his life.
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.
Freeski Skier Cross Coach
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.
Director of Advancement
Sharon joined SSCV in 2013. In her role as Director of Advancement, Sharon is responsible for overseeing all SSCV development initiatives (including the Annual Campaign, Academic Fund in support of Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy students, off-snow special events and sponsorships), full-time admissions, communications, alumni relations and academics (the Academic Coach program which supports Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy athletes and the SSCV/Red Sandstone Elementary School Cooperative Arrangement which supports full-time four day a week athletes attending RSES).
Sharon brings with her an in-depth knowledge of one of SSCV’s academic partners, Vail Mountain School, where she was the Director of Development for three years. Sharon is also no stranger to ski and snowboard club and academy life. For 6+ years she served as Director of Development and Communications, along with performing a variety of other tasks, at Waterville Valley Academy and the BBTS Snowsports Club in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Prior to that, Sharon made use of her business skills and law degree from Cornell Law School as an attorney at a large Boston law firm followed by in-house corporate roles in the real estate development and high tech industries.
Sharon is the parent of an SSCV and NCAA Division 1 ski racer alumnus.
Future Stars Coach
Whitney has a childhood filled with memories surrounded by weekend trips up to the mountains to ski with her grandpa and tear up the mountain as a family. While in college, she stayed in Colorado studying Innovation and Business Administration at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. She was the president of the tennis club and coached volleyball.
One of Whitney’s greatest accomplishments is receiving her PSIA Level 1 certification and the confidence that she will have the skills and knowledge to positively impact kids' lives. This is her 4th season working in the snow sports industry, however she has coached volleyball for many years. She loves skiing with kids every weekend, however, having the opportunity to see them grow as individuals is even better. She is looking forward to sharing the joy, happiness, and freedom that skiing provides while helping them reach their potential.
Mogul Bumps & Jumps Coach
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.
Sage Smith is a local artist/athlete/agrarian who continues to grow up in Eagle, Colorado. He is a lifelong cyclist who also enjoys Nordic skiing, swimming, and disc golf. Between 2010-2011 he managed and participated in a nationally successful club Nordic team at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado. He majored in ecology and geology, with an emphasis on the Western Slope. Sage has been a naturalist, educator, and STEM instructor with Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon and taught K-8 gifted and talented in Garfield Re-2 School District. Sage is grateful to coach mountain biking, where he may inspire youth to appreciate health, mechanics, and individual ability in the setting of the southwest United States.
Nordic Female Head Coach
Lenka Sterling is in her second season as a Women’s Nordic Coach at SSCV. Originally from Harracho, Czech Republic, and coming from a Nordic skiing family, Lenka began her Nordic skiing career as a child on the back of her parents. Her early passion and training through her youth programming and Czech Republic sports driven high school brought her to CU Boulder, where Lenka skied on the Buff’s Nordic team. Beyond her college racing career, Lenka brings much experience to the Nordic program. Lenka coached previously for SSCV and has also worked with the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Program, Auburn Ski Club, and Sugar Bowl Academy. Lenka draws on her experience becoming a mom in her coaching role, saying “having kids definitely changed my approach to coaching. Going through two pregnancies and seeing how your body has to adjust, not only makes you more humble and appreciative for the things you can (or could) do, but it also makes you no longer take everything for granted. I think it is thanks to having kids, that I am much more patient and understanding coach, and that might be a better accomplishment than all the great races I have ever won.” As she embarks upon year two at SSCV, Lenka hopes to continue to inspire athletes through her love of Nordic skiing, making them into lifelong advocates for the sport and Nordic skiing culture. She is looking forward to getting to know the team even more and helping each athlete reach their goals.
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.”
In 1991, Tye Stockton, a former equity options trader on Wall Street for Bear Stearns, decided to trade his financial career for a new life in Vail; a place he had grown to love during his many trips to the Rocky Mountains. With his new “local” status, Tye quickly embraced the Colorado lifestyle and, in his free time, became an avid telemark skier, fly fisherman, mountain biker/hiker.
As the son of a general contractor in his native, Tallahassee, Florida, Tye soon found himself naturally driven toward the world of real estate. For over ten years, he managed commercial properties in the Vail Valley, including the Vail Professional Building and Cascade Crossings Center, In 2006, Tye brokered the sale of both buildings to the Vail Resorts Development Company, who now has the site slated for the proposed Ever Vail project. Among the sea of local realtors, Tye stands out not only as a dedicated professional, but as someone who engages with people and makes the business of real estate enjoyable, informative and effortless for his clients. With nearly $1 billion in real estate sales between 2005-2015, and recognition as the #1 producing broker in Vail for six (6) straight years, Tye has proven himself as a true market leader and local real estate professional. Tye has been a consistent guest panelist for Sotheby’s International Realty at its Global Network events, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s on the topic of luxury real estate. He currently represents the Vail Resorts Development Company as the lead listing agent for the new Ritz Carlton Residences-Vail, and has the additional privilege of representing approximately $175 million of privately-owned, luxury, real estate properties in the Vail Valley.
He met his wife, Brielle, in Vail in 1997 and they were married on Jekyll Island, GA, in 2001. They have two boys, Zachary and Ryan. Ryan is currently a SSCV Freestyle Mogul athlete.
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.
Snowboard Park & Pipe Coach
My First memory of skiing I was around 5 years old. Sliding down a very small hill side at McIntyre Ski area in Manchester, NH. I tried my hardest to make a pizza with my skis as my baby sitter held me up. The next time I was at a Ski area I was 10 and my brother and we took our first snowboard lesson together. I then joined our schools ski club and was hooked on sliding slide ways after that.
I attend Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH for high school. I then went on to receive a Bachelors Degree of Science in Adventure Education at Plymouth State University. I Spend all of my free time in both high school and college in the winters either working as a snowboard instructor or riding Loon Mountain Park
I first started instructing in 2004 at a small mountain in NH called Pats Peak. Sense then I have instructed at many resorts and volunteered at adaptive ski schools both in NH and Colorado. Before coming to SSCV I worked at Woodward Copper for many years where I received my AASI Level III, PISA Level I and AASI FreeStyle II. Sense joining SSCV I have received my USASA level I and FIS License.
I hope to spread and share my joy for snowboarding while encourage the growth of courage and confidence in our athletes here at SSCV. I look forward to growing my self and furthering my careers an a freestyle snowboard coach here as SSCV.
Paul is excited to provide the highest level of service to SSCV’s athletes through education, expertise, innovation and integrity. Paul’s experience in the ski industry extends beyond his involvement with The Compound Ski Shop. Over 17 years his experience includes consulting work with Cold River Manufacturing, 4Frnt Skis Sales/Tech Rep, time spent working at Footloose Sports in Mammoth, California in support of his work as a master bootfitter, and a degree in Ski Area Business Management from Northern Michigan University. Paul has been working with Wintersteiger stone grinders and edging machines throughout his career and brings that knowledge with him to the SSCV Minturn Tune Shop.
Freeski Big Mountain Weekend Coach
Nordic Future Stars Coach
Dan joined SSCV in 2012. He hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is excited to coach another season in Vail. Most importantly Dan is excited to teach his athletes the foundations of skating and classic skiing and most importantly have fun with them. Dan is certified by the AFAA and ACE as a PT. Additionally he is a member of IHRSA.
He graduated from Regis College in 1987 with a degree in Media Law and Coaching. When Dan is on the Nordic trails, he participates in triathlons enjoys spending time with his family and staying fit.
Known as the most successful female ski racer in American history - and quickly gaining on “all time” status - Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since captured a U.S. record 59 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.
Vonn commuted to Vail for a couple of years before the Kildow family moved to Vail in the late Nineties. En route to the World Cup, she excelled at every level – Junior Olympics, Trofeo Topolino, Whistler Cup (kids 11-14), Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup.
Alpine Program Director
Brad Wall comes to SSCV from Burke Mountain Academy, where he spent the past four years as Athletic Director. During Brad’s time at Burke, he led an overhaul of their alpine program which culminated in the academy’s recognition by U.S. Ski and Snowboard as the Alpine Club of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
Brad graduated from Dartmouth College and was a member of the Australian Ski Team from 1997-2006. He represented Australia in two Olympic Winter Games and three FIS World Championships. During his time at Dartmouth, he won an individual NCAA slalom title and was runner up in the giant slalom in the same year.
Following his athletic career, Brad returned to his alma mater of Burke Mountain Academy, where he coached FIS boys from 2006-2009. He then headed back to Australia and assumed the role of Alpine Director for Ski and Snowboard Australia, which he held for seven years. He was the Alpine Performance Manager for the Australian Olympic Committee at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi during that time. Brad also led the Australian Team for three FIS World Ski Championships campaigns.
Brad is grateful for an opportunity to be part of the SSCV community and join SSCV’s experienced coaching team. He is looking forward to working with athletes and their families to help athletes achieve their best with a training environment he believes second to none.
Brad, his wife Amy, and their three children are thrilled to be relocating to the Vail Valley exploring all that SSCV and the greater community have to offer.
Secretary and Trustee
Todd and his family moved from the Silicon Valley to Vail in 2012. Before moving to Vail, Todd was a Senior Vice President of worldwide sales at a Denver-based software company and previously held management positions at Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T. Todd currently serves as the Central Region Director at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, a nonprofit higher education institution focusing on leadership development for organizations worldwide.
Todd holds multiple degrees including a Master’s in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. He was also a 10-year adjunct professor (GGU) and is a private pilot.
Todd strives to be out on the Vail Valley trails running, skiing, hiking or mountain biking. He and his wife Cynthia can also be found cheering on their VSSA alumnus/SSCV son who competes in park & pipe or supporting their young daughter who is an aspiring dancer.
Snowboard Park & Pipe Coach
Andy Weber went snowboarding for the first time on Sugar Mountain, North Carolina with a group of his middle school peers. After a rough first ride, he tried again years later and filled his favorite high school memories snowboarding with his buddies. He grew up riding in the sun by day and under the lights by night.
Andy graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015, where he received a degree in Kinesiology. Following graduation he moved to Copper Mountain, where he worked as a Woodward Coach. His journey to Colorado led him to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in March of 2019. Even though being a snowboard coach is not the job from his childhood dreams, he believes he has his dream job. He shares the sport that he loves with some of the “raddest” Kids he has ever met.
His goal has always been to mold athletes into great snowboarders, but use the sport to cultivate a program that molds his kids into greater people. Andy holds a AASI Level 1 certification and a USASA Level 200 certification.
Nordic & Cycling Program Director
Born in Denver, Dan was transplanted to Vail where he has lived ever since. He attended Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle and graduated from Battle Mountain.
He began alpine skiing at the age of 4 and Nordic skiing around age 12. He spent most of his high school days competing in soccer, track and cross country skiing. He received all state ski honors all four years of high school. Was a Junior National Champion in 1991 (Anchorage), and an All-American in ‘91, ‘92 and ‘93. Senior year Dan was selected for all state soccer honors. He attended the University of Colorado and skied for them for 5 months. After college Dan returned to Vail and once again began racing, this time in off-road triathlons and adventure racing. Currently Dan races for Nike ACG as a professional adventure racer.
Soon after Dan’s return to Vail he began coaching. He was named Head Nordic Coach of VMS in 1998 and has coached there since. Coaching is a true passion of Dan’s; he enjoys teaching kids the valuable lessons that he has learned throughout his years of coaching and competing. Dan’s goal is to prepare young athletes for the next level of competition whether that is the National Team, Division 1 NCAA or beyond.
Dan has enjoyed his time with the club program (RMD) and seeing his kids excel to a level that has never been seen in this valley. The future for Nordic skiing is very bright in this community and it is great to have SSCV to nurture our goals.
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.
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.
Future Stars Junior Coach
Eva has been skiing with her family since she was 4. She has participated in BEAVO and ski school programs and joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as an athlete last year. She is eager to get her first season of coaching under her belt. Eva loves working with kids and will have the opportunity to grow and learn alongside her athletes. When she is not skiing, she is a dedicated student as a sophomore at East High School and talented lacrosse player.
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 Women's FIS Coach
This is Kelia's 6th season at SSCV and has been involved in ski racing for three decades. Kelia grew up in Golden and raced out of Winter Park, Loveland, and the USCSA Team at CU Boulder. After college, she spent three years coaching age class and college athletes at Eldora before moving to Vail. 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 also attended Denver Integrative Massage School in 2016.