Snowboard Park & Pipe Weekend Coach
Snowboard Park & Pipe Coach
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
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Maddi was born and raised in St. Louis. She graduated from Lindenwood University in May 2019 with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. While in school, she helped to conduct research, interned at a sports performance gym, and led the Women's soccer teams off-season strength and conditioning program.
Maddi played college soccer for Lindenwood University along with playing in the Women's Premier Soccer League for the St. Louis Lions.
Last summer, Maddi had an internship with the US Ski & Snowboard team in Park City as an Athletic Development Coach. She mainly spent her time working with the Men’s Alpine team and Snowboard Cross athletes. She also worked some with the youth Snowboard and Freeski athletes at the Gold Camp in Mammoth.
In her free time, Maddi enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing, playing soccer, and really any outdoor activity. She also has an interest in psychology and writing and has goals to pursue her masters in sport and performance psychology next fall. She holds her USA-W Level 1 certification.
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 Women's FIS Coach
Susan Beks was introduced to skiing at a young age while her dad worked as a ski instructor. She graduated high school in the Netherlands and joined the ski team at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana where she studied sports management, business management and exercise physiology. Susan coached for a year at Rocky Mountain College, and last year she was the head coach of the U16 Women’s Core Group.
Susan hopes to see her group of girls improve as individuals and as ski racers. She is working with a lot of first year FIS girls and is hoping to make the transition from U16 to FIS as seamless as possible. She is looking forward to working with these athletes because their dedication and commitment to this sport is outstanding, and she is confident she will see them excel.
Susan has won USCSA nationals twice with her team, and once as an individual racer. She won a FIS race in Italy and skied for the Dutch national team. “When I accomplished these things, you realize what all the hard work was for, and it gives a satisfying and rewarding feeling.” She hopes to help the U16 girls find that same feeling one day.
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.
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.
Snowboard Cross Weekend Coach
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.
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.
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.”
Big Mountain Freeski Weekend Coach
Matias Doherty brings 12 years of professional snowsports experience to SSCV. Originally from Farellones, Chile, Matias was introduced early to skiing by his Chilean mom and American dad, who both taught skiing at Chile’s La Parva resort. Matias clearly remembers the first time he could do a grab on a jump at the young age of 6! His early training and commitment to skiing led him to a 2nd place overall finish in the Freeride South America Tour in 2017. He was also a participant in a 2019 national freeski film in Chile.
Matias was educated both in Chilean and American Schools, graduating from Western Colorado University with a double major in Politics and Government and Recreation and Outdoor Ed. He began his instructing career at Gore Mountain in New York and has worked at Chile’s El Colorado Resort and Valle Nevado Resort and here in Colorado at Beaver Creek. Matias holds PSIA 1, Freeski 1, and IFSA 1 certifications. He’s also trained as a Wilderness First Responder, in Red Cross First Aid, and as a Behavioral First Responder. Matias is excited to “share my passion for skiing with younger generations while improving their skiing abilities and fostering their development as good athletes and individuals.”
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.
Alpine U14 Coach
Green Mountain Valley School, Waitsfield, VT
1998-2004 (8th Grade to Graduation and 2004 Post Graduate Year).
University of Colorado: 4-Year Member of the University of Colorado NCAA Varsity Ski Team, 2005-2009;
NCAA National Championship Team, 2006; Team Captain 2008
FIS World Cup Ski Cross Circuit for 3 years.
• Competed in 2011 ESPN X-Games.
• Competed in the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Championships.
2014-16- Marker Volkl Dabello: Regional Race/Head of USA Race department
2016-17-Head WIntersports: Head of USA Race Department.
Married May 11th 2019 to Alice Mckennis.
Trustee, Executive Director and Alpine Program Director
Kirk Dwyer joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Executive Director in June of 2016. Previously Kirk served as Headmaster at Burke Mountain Academy from 2000. While at BMA Kirk also was president of Burke Mountain Ski Area from 2000-2005, BMA Head J3, U16 and Women’s FIS coach, chairman of the Eastern Alpine Competition Committee, vice-president of VARA, chair of the Eastern Region Development and Youth Committees, chair of the National Development Committee and was on the Union Bank advisory board. Prior to Burke, he worked at the Green Mountain Valley School for 25 years where he served as Assistant Headmaster, Head Women’s Coach, Head Men’s Coach, and Head Alpine Coach as well as an English and Humanities teacher. Kirk was USSA Domestic Coach of the Year in 1989 and is a level 500 certified coach.
Kirk and his wife, Robin, have a son Chase who is currently a sophomore in college.
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.
Freeski Rookie Team Coach
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.
Chief Operating Officer
John Hale joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2017. Formerly an Executive Director of Loveland Ski Club and previously Head Coach for the U.S. Ski Team, he brings an extensive background to his role as COO.
During his tenure at Loveland Ski Club (LSC), John was the architect of a highly successful overhaul of the program. In his seven years at LSC, he significantly improved the financial health of the club and the quality of the program 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 US 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, cross-country running team, and simultaneously achieved full certifications in both ski coaching and ski instruction. John holds a Level 500 certification with US Ski & Snowboard.
John, his wife Jennifer, and their two daughters, Logan and Taylor are thrilled to be part of the SSCV community. When not skiing, they can be found golfing, mountain biking, and enjoying all that the outdoors of Colorado and the Vail Valley has to offer.
Alpine Women's FIS Coach
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.
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!
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.
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
Freeski & Snowboard Head Rookie & Mini-Shred Coach
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.”
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
Mary-Kate Litchfield is a former Fort Wayne, IN native who has been living in Colorado for the last five years. And while there might not be any mountains in Indiana, Mary-Kate learned to ski at the age of 26 right here in Vail and has been hooked ever since. A long-time educator and coach, she has worked at various schools around the country and has been working in the valley for over three years. Before arriving at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy for the 2020-21 school year, Mary-Kate spent three years teaching 7th-grade math at Berry Creek Middle School in addition to serving as a track coach at Battle Mountain High School for the last two spring seasons.
When asked what she is looking forward to the most about being an academic coach, Mary-Kate stated, “As someone who has always had a passion for serving others, I am thrilled to have this opportunity. Over the next year, I hope to continue to build relationships with students and staff that foster academic growth and success.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Originally from West Hartford CT, Max began his coaching career in 2010 at Sugarbush resort in VT, where he worked for the Diamond Dog’s competition freestyle program, as well as the Snow Blazer non-competitive team. Looking to take his career to the next level he moved to Vail and was grateful to be hired at the club, hearing about the great reputation. As well having a fine tuned technical approach to coaching skiers of all ages, Maxwell also strives to be a role model on and off the hill.
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.”
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.
Freeski Big Mountain Weekend Coach
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 Women's FIS Coach
Thomas Woolson is excited to work as a SSCV Women's FIS coach. Thomas grew up in Warren, VT where from the time he could walk his parents had him skiing. He attended the Green Mountain Valley School and then went on to attend and ski for Dartmouth College. Following college, Thomas worked as an athlete coach at Burke Mountain Academy and then made his way to Colorado to run the injury prevention program focused on snow-sports for The Steadman Clinic. Thomas looks forward to sharing experience gained in racing at a top NCAA college while working with the talented group of girls at SSCV and helping them reach their ski racing potential.
Alpine U14 Head Coach
After a season in Europe where he coached the British Ski Academy, Rob Worrell has returned to SSCV to oversee the club’s full-time Age Class programs, including U14 and U12 alpine. The veteran coach will have specific coaching responsibilities within the U14 program and will work closely with the U12 staff in formulating a comprehensive approach to youth development.
Worrell was formerly Alpine Program Director for Team Summit, a U.S. Ski Team regional coach, and Alpine Head Coach at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He previously held the roles of Men's Alpine Director and U16 Head Coach at SSCV. For his efforts, Worrell was named USSA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2016.
SSCV Part-Time Programs Head Coach
Anje is returning to SSCV after working as the Rocky/Central Youth Coach and Coordinator for the U.S. Ski Team. In this role, she was integral in developing and leading camps and events for the region and division, as well as national projects for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard development program. These projects helped set the foundation of fundamentals that has propelled the Rocky/Central region as a leading force across the country.
Anje grew up skiing and racing thru college in the Western Region. Passionate for skiing, mountains, and the outdoors, she started her coaching career working at the Bridger Ski Foundation in Montana as Youth Director, and realized her love for teaching athletes. In 1995, she moved to Colorado to coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as a FIS coach. Since then, she has coached the last 25+ years athletes of all ages and levels of racing, from FIS Nor-Am athletes to youth athletes at several programs in Colorado, including Team Summit, personal coach to Alice McKennis, Crested Butte Academy, and again at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, as the clubs first female Alpine Competitive Director, before moving to the Vail valley in 2011.
Anje has coached at numerous U.S. Ski Team projects throughout the years, led U.S. Ski and Snowboard coach’s clinics, Skills Quest clinics, and has served several terms on committees for the Rocky/Central region, and RMD division. She hopes to instill a life long LOVE of the sport to each of the athletes she coaches, as well as helping them achieve their goals. Anje is excited to be moving into a position at SSCV to spend more time at home with her husband Rob, and two sons, Zane and Cody.
Alpine U16 Coach
Kelia is starting her first season here at SSCV but has been involved in ski racing for two decades. Racing out of Loveland, the Winter Park Competition Center and the USCSA Team at CU Boulder, she loved the sport enough to spend the next three years coaching age class and college athletes at Eldora. She inspires the pursuit of skiing as a life-long sport and is excited to help athletes fulfill their full potential as racers as well as strong & confident young adults.
Kelia graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013 with a degree in French and Evolutionary Biology. She will be receiving her massage certificate at the Denver Integrative Massage School next spring.