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.
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
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 U14 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.
Head of Technical Service
Hometown - Spokane, WA
At five years old Branden remembers learning how to ski with his dad. His love of skiing has followed him through his life, He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School (Spokane, WA) playing football and track during his time.
When Branden was 18 years old he got a job in a ski shop and his love of tuning skis began. He wanted to use his experience in a shop to live in a ski town. He has worked in a few retail shops. When he joined SSCV it was a dream job. As a self proclaimed “Tuning Nerd” he felt that his enthusiasm, precision, and consistency was valued as much as he values it.
Branden is excited to bring his passion for tuning to the SSCV athletes. In his free time Brandon is often found ripping down the mountains on his mountain bike.
Age Class Prep Coach
Ada is going into her second season at SSCV as an Age Class Prep
coach. Ada comes from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She has been
involved in alpine ski racing since she was a young girl, racing for
Marquette Mountain Racing Team for 10 years, and for Marquette
Senior High school varsity team for 4 years. She was also given the
opportunity to train with Wendy Mass for 4 years through the Great
Lakes Ski Academy, and became a three time MHSAA state champion.
She is beyond thrilled to be working at SSCV in our Age Class Prep
program. She knows the children are very impressionable, and these
years are crucial for the rest of their skiing career; she vows to give them
her all! When she is not on the mountain, you can find her on the
motocross track, or fishing!
Alpine Women's FIS Part Time Coach
Parker grew up free skiing with her family at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont. After one day in a brush course Parker was hooked and became an athlete at Suicide 6 in Woodstock VT to further her racing career. Right away Parker was researching camps in Mount Hood and applying to go to Burke Mountain Academy. Parker graduated from Burke Mountain Academy '17, and then Boston College '21 with a concentration in marketing at the Carroll School of Management.
Currently, she also works as the Director of Custom Sales at SYNC Performance and is now a retired ski racer. Parker was the first female racer to qualify for NCAA's at Boston College. 4x Boston College Ski Team MVP and 2x Boston College Athletics MVP. She also raced post-college at SSCV.
Parker is very excited to give back to the sport that gave me so much.
Future Stars Coach
Carli started skiing at the age of 2 and has loved it since .SHe went to Rock Canyon High school and has played soccer for 17 years. Carli went to university at Colorado State University and graduated with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. She is currently in Grad School for Sports Psychology and Nutrition. She worked as a soccer coach for 2 years with a U16 team. She has been skiing since she was 2 and has worked as a ski coach for a year. She is hoping to teach the kids how to become better skiers and help them with life skills. Carli thinks that skiing and learning to be respectful on the snow will help the kids in life. She is looking forward to some fun days on the hill with everyone.. Her sports experience with both soccer and skiing . will impact her work because she will be able to relate to these young athletes and hopefully be able to give them some tips and advice.
Freeride Middle School Coach
Hometown: Leadville CO
Born in the Vail Valley, Zach has been skiing as long as he can remember. When he was just 3 years old his uncle would build little jumps for him to go off of. Zach has memories of being part of SSCVs alpine program before focusing on hockey.
Zach graduated from Eagle Valley High School (Gypsum, CO) in 2018. During his time at EVHS, Zach was an all-state athlete for two sports. Once he graduated he went on to play junior hockey.
Zach has spent time coaching lacrosse at High Altitude Lacrosse. He is excited to bring his coaching experience to athletes at SSCV. He is excited to share his love of skiing and many possibilities it creates. Zach looks forward to helping athletes meet their goals, find what they love doing, and find happiness in skiing.
Alpine U14 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.
RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator & Advancement Associate
Brittany grew up in Brighton, Michigan where her family owned Mt. Brighton before Vail bought it in 2012. She has been snowboarding since she was 3 years old and has loved the sport since day one.
She started out with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail a few years ago as a snowboard coach and is now our Red Sandstone Elementary School/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator and also an SSCV Advancement Associate. Before coaching for the club, Brittany spent her days managing properties all over Colorado for a property management company and also hosting events for a company based out of Leadville.
The last 10 years she has been living the dream in Vail, Colorado, “everyday I am so thankful for this life and I love working with the kids!” Brittany loves being part of the SSCV community and is excited to take on this new role.
Future Stars Coach
Hometown: Pullman. WA/Avon, CO
Always wanting to ski. Scott would ski around on hills in his town after school and wait for neighbors to give him rides to the nearest ski hills.
Scott graduated from Central Washington University (Kittitas County, WA) with a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in sports science and coaching. He coached for the Mission Ridge Race Team (Wenatchee, WA) and White Pass Athletic Association (Naches, WA) during those college years.
Scott has been working in snowsports since 1979. Coaching for various organizations throughout the PNSA (Northwest) ski teams until he got a job with Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School in 2000. Scott has also coached and taught skiing in Australia, New Zealand, and Mt. Hood during the summer seasons. He still enjoys working in New Zealand when he is able to go. Scott has coached athletes from U8 to Collegiate to Masters level to FIS/Nor-Am athletes. He holds PSIA L3, PSIA Kids 2, and USSA L300 certifications.
Scott wants to instill strong skiing skills and knowledge to our very young Future Star athletes. This is such an important age to help create a love of skiing, solid technical skills, and a wonderment for a sport the child can bring forward with them for the rest of their life.
And, most importantly, it is an opportunity for each child to learn goal setting, individualism, taking care of themselves, getting along with others, accepting others, and developing team cohesion. These are some important items coaches can help teach each child, things they can carry onward for their entire lives. It's For the Kids with a goal that each child learn more than just about skiing.
Future Stars Junior Coach
Aidan has been skiing at Vail with his family since he was three years old .He is a senior at VMS this year and will be racing on their alpine team. He has interned at a coral restoration organization in Grand Bahama working on designing growth mediums for corals using computer aided design and 3D printing. Aidan has also interned at a UCLA laboratory for the chemistry of construction materials focusing on carbon-dioxide removal of seawater.
While he doesn't have any previous work experience in snowsports, Aidan has a passion for teaching and has taught friends to ski, and science to migrant children in Tijuana, BCS, MX. He’s hoping to help the Future Stars advance their abilities and seek thrill in building skills. Aidan is most looking forward to the satisfaction and joy that he gets from teaching. Personally, Aidan is proud of his follow-through and determination to finish projects like environmental monitors, free-floating ocean buoys, and his automated hydroponics project. Aidan is also proud of his determination to push himself physically, but knows his limits in sports like skiing and mountain biking. Aidan believes that he shares this healthy determination with the SSCV Future Stars athletes in the form of gentle motivation. Professionally, he is very proud of his abilities to maintain honesty, work well with others, and offer a unique viewpoint when problem solving. Aidan believes that he can apply this ability to his work at SSCV by coordinating well with coworkers as well as Future Stars athletes and acknowledging his shortcomings.
Robert has early memories of learning to ski at Loveland (Clear Creek County, CO), while his mom sat at the bottom reading a book. His most vivid and favorite memories are skiing trees at Steamboat with his dad.
In 2008, Rober graduated from Cherry Creek High School (Greenwood Village, CO). He then earned a degree in Business Sustainability from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) in 2012.
Prior to joining SSCV, Robert was a ski instructor at Vail and Beaver Creek for six seasons. Robert is excited to share his love and experience skiing Vail with athletes. He can’t wait to share his favorite spots with athletes!
Alpine Women's Head U16 Coach
Adam is excited to start his fourth season at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, and specifically to continue working with the phenomenally talented U16 Women’s Team. Throughout his career, Adam has found his greatest satisfaction in the shared experience of empowerment through testing one’s limits and reshaping perceived boundaries.
Adam has worked with many of the most successful US ski racers to compete on the world stage since he started coaching full-time, 25 years ago.
Prior to coming to Ski and Snowboard 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, 1998-2005
• Alpine Program Director at Burke Mountain Academy (named Alpine Club of the Year in 2007 under Adam’s leadership), 2005-2012
• Snowsports Director at Waterville Valley Academy and the WVBBTS, 2012-2016
• 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), 2016-2019
Across these roles, Adam has the unique distinction of having 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 children, EJ (15) and Anya (13). Adam and his wife Alison are graduates of Bates College, in Maine, where they first met at a ski team practice in the mid-nineties.
Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Hometown: Palm City, FL
Erin started skiing when she was on vacation with her family. She remembers her mom dropping her off at ski school and missing her during the day. She also is able to snowboard and would snowboard with her dad and ski with her mom.
Erin went to Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY), before moving to the Vail Valley. She has spent time learning the mountain on her own and from friends.
Erin’s own accomplishments in bounds and in the backcountry have taught her that anything is possible with the right mindset and enough patience and she hopes to instill this mentality in the athletes she works with. She looks forward to being a positive mentor and sharing her love of skiing.
Freeski Rookie Team 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.
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.
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, in a family of ski instructors, Matias quickly became passionate about exploring the Andes Mountains through skiing. At an early age, while his parents instructed, he roamed the local mountains with his brother Daniel and sister Trinidad, in search of fun experiences and perfecting the goggle tan.
At age 15 Matias moved to up-state New York where he commenced his professional career as a ski instructor along with his father Todd at Gore Mountain, while also competing in Freestyle events. The passion for sharing the skiing experience with younger and older generations was lit at this time, and he pursued the teaching path to afford and fuel the ski bum life.
Matias obtained a double degree in Recreation & Outdoor Education, and Political Science from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, while skiing Crested Butte before class.
Matias has competed on the FWQ circuit for many years, qualifying top 3 overall in the South American region in 2017, and one of the top, most consistent South American athletes on the Americas circuit. He is passionate about coaching the younger generations while also getting to train himself. Matias looks forward to many years encouraging young athletes to find their passion in skiing, while also inviting them to thrive as individuals of an amazing community.
Certified WFR, AIARE 1, AST 2 Avalanche, and IFSA L200 Coach.
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 Men's FIS Coach
Alice Duran was born in New Castle, Colorado and learned to ski at age 2 at Sunlight Mountain located near Glenwood Springs with her father and older sister Kendra. Some of her earliest memories of skiing include the feeling of awe that can only be found on the vast slopes of a ski mountain, where freedom exists through speed and exploration of the mountain.
Alice was a US Ski Team athlete for 13 years (2008-2021) and competed on the FIS World Cup circuit in both Downhill and Super- G from 2009 - 2020. As a two-time Olympian (2010 and 2018) Alice placed fifth in Downhill in the 2018 Olympics. She was a World Championships team member in 2013 and 2015, a World Cup winner and podium finisher and a three time US National Champion in Super G in 2015 and 2020 and Downhill in 2017.
When not training and racing herself, Alice shared her passion with the next generation of ski racers, coaching at Keely’s Camp for Girls and the American Downhill Speed Camp. In parallel with her stellar ski racing career, Duran made the time to earn her Level 3 PSIA Instructor license and pursue her higher education goals, currently working to complete her coursework for a Bachelor's Degree in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from DeVry University.
Alice is looking forward to sharing the insights and knowledge she has gained from her 10+years of racing on the World Cup with a younger generation of athletes. She hopes to continue fostering the love of this incredible sport with each athlete she has the opportunity to coach.
SSCV is excited to welcome Alice to the SSCV community as a U12 coach. On days when Alice is not coaching U12 athletes we expect her to have a tremendous impact across the entire alpine program, passing along her extensive knowledge and passion for developing strong speed skills across all ages.
Alpine Men's FIS Coach
Growing up in Fayston, Vermont, Pat learned how to ski at Temple Mountain in New Hampshire. Having found his love of skiing he attended Green Mountain Valley School (Waitsfield, VT) from 8th grade through a post-graduate year. After that he was a four year member of the University of Colorado NCAA Ski team where he was part of the 2006 NCAA National Championship Team and captained the team in 2008.
He then went on to a competitive post-college career competing in FIS World Cup Ski Cross from 2010 to 2013, including competing in the 2011 ESPN X-Games and the 2011 FIS Freestyle World Championships. In his years after competition he has been the Head of USA Race Department for both Marker Volkl Dabello and Head Wintersports.
Pat married Alice McKennis in May 2021.
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.
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.
Seth brings a life-long love of skiing and more than 20 years of public education experience to the Vail snowsports community.
Born and raised in the Mount Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire, Seth earned a journalism degree from Syracuse University in 1996, and then spent five years in Jackson Hole as a full-time PSIA ski instructor and outdoor educator. He returned home to New Hampshire to complete his M.Ed. in secondary social studies from Franklin Pierce University, and spent two decades in public education, mostly as a social studies teacher, in a rural high school of about 400 students. His passion for history inspired many students, and he also taught government/civics, economics, psychology, and geography. As a teacher, Seth spent countless hours helping students with essay writing, supporting arguments with evidence, and honing writing skills to pass their AP exams.
This Academic Coach position is a perfect melding of all of his interests, and Seth is excited to share his enthusiasm for learning, skiing, and life with VSSA student athletes.
Admissions and Academics Manager
In addition to her current role as Lead Academic Coach (which she will remain in through June 1, 2023 in order to finish out the semester supporting VSSA students), Taylor will manage SSCV’s academic staff (Academic Coaches and the Red Sandstone Elementary School/SSCV Cooperative Program Coordinator and Assistant). She will also manage SSCV full-time admissions, full-time enrollments and re-enrollments and related projections along with collaborating with VSSA for its full-time student athlete admissions and re-enrollments. In addition, Taylor will be the administrative liaison with SSCV Academic Partners VSSA, RSES and Vail Mountain School. In late July 2023 Taylor will assume responsibility for SSCV part-time enrollments, becoming a single point of contact for all membership inquiries, enrollments and re-enrollments moving forward.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Taylor spent most of her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. During her junior year of high school, she had the privilege of serving as a page for the House of Representatives. Following this, Taylor chose to spend her senior year as an exchange student in Southern Norway. These formative experiences instilled in Taylor the importance of diverse learning opportunities and settings.
While completing her bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech, Taylor discovered a passion for teaching through her job as a swim instructor. After graduating in 2014 she moved to Colorado where she pursued a master’s in education from Adams State University. For the past seven years she has worked in Colorado public schools. First as a language arts teacher and later as a special educator. Throughout this time, Taylor has continued to find joy as a part-time swim instructor.
Taylor brings with her years of experience helping students achieve their goals both in and out of the classroom. Her background as a special educator provides the unique skill set required when coordinating with classroom teachers to support students with organization, academic skills, and grade level content. In turn, her administrative duties as a special educator have provided her with the attention to detail needed as Admissions and Academics Manager.
Freeski Park & Pipe Coach
Peter was born in Aspen, Colorado and moved to Vail when he was two years old. He has been skiing since before he can remember and loves nothing more than to spend a day on the mountain with friends.
Peter has been on many different ski teams over the years including Buddy Warner racing, Vail Mountain School (Vail, CO) Telemark freeski team, and the CU park team. Peter graduated from Vail Mountain School in 2017. While at VMS Peter was a member of the soccer and telemark teams where he made friends from Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and started to learn about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail through them.
He graduated from Colorado University Boulder (Boulder, CO) in 2021. At CU Boulder Peter majored in Environmental Sciences with a minor and emphasis in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. While on the CU Freeski Team, he was the park co-captain and helped organize events for teammates such as slush cups, competitions, and ski trips. He and friends participated in various intramural sports including soccer, tennis, ping pong, and bowling. This was a great way to try new sports and meet new friends and even won the bowling intramural championship tournament.
Beyond time spent playing intramural sports in college, Peter would drive back home to Vail every weekend to go skiing. He finds so much joy spending time outside sliding around on skis. Peter knew he wanted to pursue a job within the ski industry right after college.
Peter is very excited for the opportunity to share his experience with athletes and make the mountain a fun, safe place to play with others that share enthusiasm for the sport. As a first year coach he is excited to bring energy to SSCV and has a lot to offer in terms of knowledge, experience, and general energy to athletes and all other members of SSCV. Peter is stoked to watch athletes progress throughout the season and to spend time on the mountain with a group of kids that are just as excited and happy to ski as he is.
Future Stars Coach
Growing up in Denver, CO, Bryan grew up skiing with family and friends. He graduated from Regis High School in Denver, and played basketball in college. Bryan recently completed the LT100 MTB in under 9 hours. Bryan is excited to join the SSCV Future Star Coaching staff.
Alpine Men's U16 Coach
David Frisk, will be joining the U-16 men’s coaching staff for the 2022-2023 season.
David is originally from Vegby Sweden, and he lived, and ski raced in Sweden, Italy, and Switzerland before he and his family moved over to the United States in the fall of 2011.
David attended the Green Mountain Valley School ski academy in Waitsfield Vermont from 9th grade until 12th grade where he truly developed a love for ski racing. David also did a post-graduate year at GMVS, before David decided to make a change and do another post-graduate year at Waterville Valley Academy.
After completing his 2nd post-graduate year at Waterville Valley, David qualified for the Swedish National Junior Team that he raced and trained with throughout the 2017-2018 season. At the same time,David got accepted into the University of Vermont, and David started his college career in the spring of 2018. David remained on the Swedish ski team until David wanted to pursue his studies and excel on the College Circuit.
David raced for the University of Vermont for 5 years due to the Pandemic which was a very unstable time for college athletes across the country, and because of it everyone who were juniors and under received an extra year of eligibility which he took. David competed at the 2021 NCAA Championships at Cannon Mountain Mittersill and became an All-American in Slalom and placed 13th in Giant Slalom.
David just graduated from the University of Vermont this spring with a Bachelor in Exercise Science and Physical Education, and a minor in Italian language and Coaching.
David is fluent in Swedish, Italian, and English.
David just retired from ski racing following last season to pursue other dreams that he has, and one of those is to help the next generation of ski racers. David hopes that he can provide some guidance and insight into the current ways of skiing that he tried to master over his career and help the U-16 boys become better. David loves the sport of ski racing and David has competed and trained for it all his life, and David knows how hard and challenging it can be physically and mentally. David hopes that his experiences can help lead the athletes at Vail to more future success.
David is super pumped for this upcoming season, and David will work hard and try to give the best of himself to help out in any way that he can.
Nordic & 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, Miles became the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. Currently Miles is a Cycling Coach at SSCV. Over the years, Miles has specialized in endurance-based sports. Miles is a Certified USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, CSCS, NICA Level 3 coach, Training Peaks Certified Level 2 & USA weight lifting coach.
Hometown: Bangor, ME
Tawnya was convinced to return to snowboarding by her cousin, after a challenging first introduction to the sport. When she moved to Colorado in 2009, snowboarding became a way to help heal and grow from the death of her grandfather. Tawnya graduated from Bangor High School (Bangor, ME) with honors.
She has helped run the Mountain Recreation Skateboard programs in Edwards, CO for the last 11 years.
Tawnya is hoping to help the younger generation (as well as herself) to progress the sport on and off the hill as well as help mold the youth into great ambassadors for what the future has in store - to "Be the change you would like to see in the world"
She is not only looking forward to helping athletes attain their goals and dreams, but also how much fellow coaches and her athletes can help her push herself beyond the sport.
Alpine U10/U12 Coach
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.
Age Class Prep Coach
Taylor has been involved in ski racing since she was five years old. She
raced with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team in Mammoth, California,
and she graduated from Jserra Catholic High School in 2018. After high
school, Taylor attended Auburn University on a Women's Soccer athletic
scholarship. She graduated in 2022 with a B.S. in Early
Childhood/Elementary Special Education. Taylor has a teaching
certification in Early Childhood Special Education and has a passion for
teaching children in sports and in the classroom.
Taylor is so excited to work with the Age Class Prep athletes to help
them develop their skills and grow as individuals on and off the
mountain! As a former collegiate athlete, she has learned how to balance
her time between sports, academics, and her own personal growth, and
hopes to share this knowledge with the Age Class Prep athletes.
Age Class Prep Coach
Charlie was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (a.k.a - a yooper)
and has been skiing since his parents began to teach him around age 3. Charlie's
story follows “Shortly after learning the basics of skiing, my parents and I were
stopped by a ski patroller because I liked to ski straight down the hill with as
minimal turns as possible. They recommended I either get further lessons or join a
local racing team to avoid injuring myself or anyone else. The following year my
parents signed me up for a local team, I began learning the world of ski racing and
quickly became fully involved with it.
I participated in ski racing until high school where I gave up skiing to focus on
football, track & field, and strength training in the gym. Upon graduating from high
school, I attended Michigan Technological University and started to ski again as I
looked to be as active as possible during the winters and returned to racing, joining
the club ski team and competing in USCSA competitions throughout the Midwest.
Throughout the four years in college I made some great friends and enjoyed being
able to participate and help my teammates, local club and high schoolers we trained
with. Throughout my last semester, I wondered how I would fill the void of not
racing throughout the winter. I believe being able to work with the wonderful
coaches and athletes at SSCV is going to do just that.
This past spring I finished my college education and I received my Bachelor’s and
Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Outside of this new opportunity, I work full
time in the valley as a structural designer pursuing licensure as a professional
engineer and often find myself in the gym strength training outside of work. I am
very excited to join SSCV, help pass along my passion for ski racing, and the
challenges and rewards that come with it. I hope to build some great relationships
and help everyone involved in the community have a fun and successful season.”
After getting a late start as a ski racer in 9th grade, his parents moved from the Midwest to Aspen, CO. However, ironically, Stephen had already accepted a place at Green Mountain Valley School (Waitsfeild, VT). After graduating from GMVS he went on to the University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO) graduating with a BS in Technology Information Systems. While at CU he was a member of the NCAA ski team.
After hanging up his skis as a racer he joined the coaching staff at Aspen Valley Ski Club (Aspen, CO), working with various ages. Stephen also spent time teaching skiing privately while in Aspen. He left the coaching world to use his degree as an IT Consultant working for a global consulting firm. After having his two kids, Stephen was reminded of his love of coaching which inspired him to make a career change back to coaching, joining the coaching staff at SSCV for U12/14. Stephen was proud to see all his athletes make the RMD. He holds a Level 100 Coaching and Referee Certifications. Stephen is excited to be part of a powerhouse team of technicians and working to provide the fastest skis for our athletes.
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.
Lucas’s earliest on snow would be 6 years old, sending it down the magic carpet on skis at Squaw Valley. His first ever snowboarding experience was to be around 11 years old at China Peak, formerly known as Sierra Summit, just outside of Fresno, CA. He graduated from Atascadero High school, and got his associates in business from Cuesta College, and received his wilderness EMT training certification from Montana State.
Lucas has been in the snowsport industry for 8 years with a total of 10 winter seasons. He is a fully certified snowboard instructor in the AASI teaching system plus has child specialist, freestyle, and adaptive certifications. Lucas also has a Level 100 certification. This will be his 6th season coaching, with previous experience coaching for Beaver Creeks Beavo program, in Australia for Perisher, and recently coached for the High Performance Crew at Cardrona in New Zealand. Lucas’s hope is to accomplish a successful and safe winter season with my team. He is looking forward to fresh pow and progressing my team's riding to the next level. Lucas has been fortunate in being able to have snowboarded/coached in many countries, and hopes to make an impact with all young SSCV athletes through sharing the knowledge he’s learned from these experiences.
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 U16 Women's Coach
Hometown: Newington, CT
Ian’s love of skiing was seen from an early age, spending long drives in the car to ski in other places outside of his hometown of Newington, CT.
During his years at Newington High School (Newington, CT) he was a member of the soccer, alpine skiing, and lacrosse teams. Earning accolades for his athletic abilities, in soccer he was named to the All-Conference and All-New Britain Herald Teams his Junior year and All-Conference Honorable Mention during his senior year. The ski team was where Ian’s athletic talents shined most, he was a four time All-State Skier, helped his team ski to a Championship Title, and earned a State Championship GS Title. During his high school years he also raced outside of his high school team, in 2007 he skied his way to a 10th at Junior Olympics!
After graduating from high school, Ian went on to join the Saint Michael’s College NCAA Ski Team (Colchester, VT). He was a member of the Carnival team. In addition to being an asset on the ski team, Ian enriched the community as a leader during Pre-Orientation Weekends, Orientation, and was a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee. Ian graduated in 2010, with a BA in History, and a minor in Political Science.
Following graduation Ian has been on the coaching staff at Taos (Taos, NM), and Loveland (Loveland, CO). He holds a USSA Level 200 Coaching Certification and a USSA Level 100 Referee Certification. He enjoys working with athletes to achieve their goals and help push them to the next level. Ian also is a proud supporter of Campbell Sullivan’s - SkiFast Foundation that supports ‘sarcoma warriors’, whose mission is to assist and support pediatric cancer patients with sarcoma cancers.
Ian’s other passions include: mullets, mountain biking, and skiing with friends.
Freeski Rookie Team Coach
David began skiing when he was 13. He learned to ski at Vail and competed in USSA Moguls from 16-18, then coached for several years David graduated from CU Boulder in May 1989 with a degree in Economics. Through highschool, David played baseball, lacrosse, and tennis in addition to skiing and cycling. David is a level 100 USSA Alpine Coach and has been coaching for the past 13 years with the Competition Center in Winter Park and now with SSCV. David loves seeing the athletes develop their skills and confidence over the course of the season. Watching these young athletes bond as a team and the smiles on their faces as they test themselves in situations that are designed for them to have success is great fun for David to be a part of. David also trained and competed at a high level in mountain biking racing for many years. David is excited to be a part of the SSCV coaching staff.
Alpine U16 Men's Coach
Hometown: Marblehead MA
Skiing has been what Scott’s family has done forever. He was first on snow at 18 months and has tried to be on snow as much as possible since then.
In 2006, Scott graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy (Carrabassett Valley, ME). He went on to graduate from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY) in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Sports Studies and Exercise Science. He was a four year member of the Alpine Team during his time.
Following graduation he came to SSCV as a coach from 2012 to 2016. From 2016 to 2019 he coached for Sugar Bowl Academy, Team Clif Bar Ski Racing and Mammoth Mountain Ski Team. Scott rejoined SSCV in 2019.
Scott currently holds a USSS Level 200 Alpine Coach and Level 1 Referee Certifications.
He wants to help athletes continue to foster their love for the sport and learn that opportunities can be gained through hard work and dedication. Scott just loves helping athletes find their passion for the sport and help guide them towards being the best person that they can be.
Chief Business Officer
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 U14 Coach
Hometown: Wisconsin Dells, WI
As young as 4 or 5 Gavril remembers sliding down the hills near his home. At age 6, his parents signed him up with a local ski club in Bulgaria.
He graduated high school in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and went on to attend National Sport Academy (Sofia, Bulgaria) where he earned degrees in Alpine Ski Coaching and Teacher of Physical Education.
In 1995, he coached at National Sports Academy. Then in 2002, he moved to Breckenridge, CO to coach for the Quantum Ski Team. From 2004 to 2007 he was the Ski School Director at Cascade Mountain (Portage, WI). Next he was the head coach of the Cascade Mountain Ski Team from 2007 to 2021. Gavril is a PSIA Level 3 certified instructor and holds a USSA Alpine Level 200 Coach Certification in addition to certifications as aCompetition Official, Jury Advisor, and Referee.
Gavril wants to bring his experience to help young athletes develop good fundamentals.
Mogul Human Performance Coordinator & RMF Mogul Coach
Chris began skiing at 8 years old and was an alpine racer and played lacrosse for his high school, Henderson High. When he moved to Breckenridge during the ‘88/‘89 winter he became involved in the mogul program. He has spent time with USA Powerlifting competing in six national championships and setting the American Master’s records for seven years in snatch, clean and jerk, and total for USA Weightlifting.
Chris comes to us with years of experience from Team Sumit as the Devo Mogul Coach (2014-2018), and U15 Head Mogul Coach and Human Performance Director (2018-2021). He is looking forward to being involved with the most successful moguls program in the United States, both on and off snow. He feels it is a wonderful opportunity to help athletes strive towards their goals in this great sport by guiding them in their skiing skills as well as their strength and conditioning.
Chris also has certifications as a USSA Mogul Coach Level 200, USSA Aerials Coach Level 100, and USA Weightlifting Level 2.
Originally from Longmont, CO, Terri and her family always skied together growing up, taking trips up to the mountains every weekend. Terri picked up a snowboard at the age of 14 and from that point on, that was the only activity she wanted to do.
Terri graduated from Longmont High school and then went on to join the snowboard team at CU Boulder. She had played soccer in high school, but only pursued snowboarding in college. She was on track to becoming a professional snowboarder with sponsors and competitions, but suffered some major injuries. These injuries pushed me to re-think her objectives and to focus on the coaching aspect of snowboarding instead.
Terri started out as an instructor in 2006 and then moved into the coaching world in 2009. She achieved AASI level 2 before I started to pursue coaching certifications, and obtained a US Snowboard Level 300 certificate. She has a variety of coaching experiences, from summer snowboard camps, to winter cross training facilities, long term positions in other teams, etc. She also worked with Coaching Project Gold at Mammoth this spring, which was a great opportunity to work with and learn from other high end coaches and athletes in a supportive and progressive atmosphere.
Terri is looking forward to working with new coaches and new athletes, and is super excited about the camaraderie at SSCV and can't wait to be working alongside everyone at Nor Ams this season.Terri is eager to continue developing my skills as a coach in this new setting and picking up on different tactics from the other SSCV coaches.
Age Class Prep Coach
Hometown - Mercersburg, PA
Stephen learned how to ski when his two kids were
young. Initially he just wanted to keep up with them, but soon the whole family fell
in love with skiing. Now his kids are grown and four of his grandchildren have
been part of SSCV. Stephen graduated with a BS in Geology from University of
Delaware (Newark, DE), then a M. Ed in Secondary Science from Loyola
University, and finally a Doctorate in Education Administration from North
American University (Stafford, TX). He was also an avid athlete growing up
playing soccer, tennis, baseball, track, and football. Stephen has coached high
school race teams starting in 1983. He coached the Trinity-Pawling School
(Pawling, NY) team to top three team results at the New England Prep School
Championships in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and the Championship in 2007. From
1994 to 2000 Stephen worked at Beaver Creek as a private lesson instructor and
instructor trainer, to get new hires ready to teach lessons. In 1989, Stephen joined
PSIA earning his Associate Certification (Level II) in 1990. He earned his Level III
in 1995 and Children’s Accreditation in 1999. He also holds a USSA Level 100
Coaching Certification. Over the years Stephen has coached many sports at the
high school level including soccer, field hockey, baseball, volleyball, and tennis.
He has also been spotted ripping down Masters courses. Stephen looks forward to
spreading the joy of skiing and racing, a lifetime sport, and believes growing and
learning make it more fun and satisfying regardless of an athlete's level. He also
believes in mixing in plenty of free skiing to create well rounded athletes.
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 U16 Men's 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!
Hometown - Moscow, PA
In Sean’s early childhood he was a competitive gymnast. He learned how to ski because his older brother skied. Once on a pair of skis his skills as a gymnast translated seamlessly. He was hooked - traveling to the local mountain every Wednesday with his school’s ski club.
Sean graduated from North Pocono High School (Moscow, PA) where he was a member of the soccer and basketball teams until his junior year when he began to focus on skiing.
At the age of 15, Sean became a professional skier and continued his professional career until age 27. During this time he competed at the Dew Tour for more than 8 years, earning a 1st place in 2015 for the Streetstyle competition. Sean also has filmed segments with major production companies including: PoorBoyz Productions, Matchstick Productions, Teton Gravity Research, and Stept Productions. In 2013, Sean was on the cover of the Freeskier Photo Annual.
As a coach Sean is excited to pass on the knowledge he has gained from being a professional skiing to the next generation of Freeski athletes and wants to help athletes achieve their goals.
Nordic Future Stars Coach
Hometown: Taos, NM
Born and raised in Taos, NM, Sylvan grew up skiing and started racing at age 8. He moved to Summit County, Colorado to train full time through high school and a PG year and then skied for University of Colorado (Boulder, CO).
Sylvan started his coaching career at Colorado University (Boulder, CO) as the Assistant Coach. That led to working at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (Steamboat, CO) and Team Summit (Copper Mountain, CO) where he worked with U12's to FIS. Sylvan then moved to Stratton Mountain School (Stratton, VT) where he worked with the PG women and then the Men's FIS program. Wanting to get back to Colorado, he came to SSCV and was lead U16 coach for a year before spending three years as a private coach.
In his free time Sylvan likes mountain biking, spending time with his family, hiking with his dogs, gardening, and working around the house.
Sylvan is very excited to work with the U12 crew this season and its great staff and an excellent group of athletes.
Head 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.
Freeride Weekend Coach
Hometown: Northampton, Massachusetts
David’s parents began bringing him to local hills when he was four years old. He grew up skiing the Northeast in Massachusetts, Vermont, and even Quebec, Canada!
During his high school years at Northampton High School inNorthampton, Massachusetts, he was a member of the hockey and lacrosse teams.
David spent a season at Mont Tremblant (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, CA) working as a ski instructor. He then moved to Colorado, joining the Beaver Creek ski school for four seasons. He holds CSIA Level 2 and PSIA Level 2 Certifications.
David wants to instill a lifelong love for skiing in his athletes, while pushing them to be the best athletes they can be.
Alpine U14 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.
Hometown - Vail, Colorado
Tegan was born and raised in Vail, CO. Her parents love skiing and often had her out skiing as a child.
In high school she attended Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, while competing internationally as a mogul skier. A 2020 graduate of Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, she will be attending San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) in the fall, planning to study Kinesiology and Sports Science.
Tegan has coached young athletes in many sports including: gymnastics, trampoline, and skiing. She has lots of knowledge from her many years as a competitive athlete. Her goal in coaching young athletes is to push and motivate them to achieve their highest potential, while having lots of fun.
Freeski & Snowboard Program Director
Added to the Snowboard coaching staff in 2015, Chris Laske hails from Brighton, Michigan, where he has spent winters as a professional Snowboard Coach and owns and operates a successful wakeboard school in the summers. He is also an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack, who won the gold medal in slopestyle at the Burton US Open at Vail this past season.
Writing of his motivations as a coach Chris states: “Nothing feels better than to watch a student achieve their goals and progress to the next level.”
Freeski Coach / Advancement Associate
Land Collioure Le Coq grew up in Summit County, Colorado and fell in love with skiing at a young age. She ski raced as well as skied park and pipe. Land holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Land has built her career on coaching and community building.
Land is an accomplished ski coach with experience developing and advancing athletes. She is passionate about incorporating the physical and mental aspects of strength and conditioning as well as yoga and meditation into her training. She inspires athletes to strive to be the best they can be and to also appreciate where they currently are. Land is a USASA Level 200 Ski Coach, 200 Hour Registered Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and is studying for her CSCS.
Land builds a community within her team and her athletes, but also understands the generosity of the SSCV community as a whole. She has worked for many organizations in planning events and providing opportunities for the organization to grow through targeted initiatives.
Land is happy to be working with SSCV as a coach and Advancement Associate with the overall goal to encourage all athletes to embrace the process of growth, accomplish their goals and reach their dreams.
Edward joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail in 2022. As an Academic Coach, he works with Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy students on high level STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math), and success strategies for continuing their education throughout their lives.
Edward, with over a decade of experience in education, brings a diverse set of experiences to his work at SSCV and VSSA. His background in outdoor education and ski race coaching helps him to understand his students' passion for the outdoors and physical challenges. Experience teaching in a formal classroom, including AP level sciences, allows Edward to work with students and teachers on high level concepts. Edward also operates a small business, SNO Education, that offers private stargazing and other educational consulting in the High Rockies of Colorado.
Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, David honed his skiing on the "big" hills of suburban Detroit. When the snow stopped falling, he spent his summers as a lifeguard/swim instructor at youth camps in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Education his passion for skiing led him to Lake Tahoe. After a few incredible seasons in Tahoe, David began a corporate career in operations and logistics management which led him to San Diego, CA and then on to Austin, TX. He found his way back to the mountains in 2012 and has been here ever since!
After spending the last few years in hospitality managing properties in Vail and Keystone, he rediscovered that he wanted to pursue a career that utilized his background in education, specifically for an opportunity to work with developing athletes.
David looks forward to using his broad skill set and experiences to assist VSSA students in achieving success in and out of the classroom!
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.”
Head Rookie Team Development Coach and Head Freeride 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.
Alpine U10/U12 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.
U14/U16 Part-Time Junior Coach
In Brady’s words - “I love to ski. I learned how to ski when I was less
than two years old at Beaver Creek, coming from Chicago to ski as often
as my family and I were able. I joined a Wisconsin Alpine race team and
became a Devo athlete and a guest of Ski Club Vail before I joined the
Alpine race team in 2019. In 2021 I switched over to the Big Mountain
team. I am also on the SSCV Cross Country Mountain bike team.
I love to teach kids. Two years ago, I was a sailing instructor at the kids
sailing school at Dillon Marina, and this year I am a math teaching aid to
the 4th graders at Vail Mountain School, where I attend school. I love
skiing, sailing, mountain biking and teaching. I can’t wait to ski with
Alpine Men's FIS Coach
Sean grew up racing for SSCV. Some of his favorite memories are of charging down the Golden Peak Race Arena. Having success as a FIS athlete Sean looked to ski in college after graduating from Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.
At Rocky Mountain College (Billings, MT), he joined the ski team, and was a valuable member of their USCSA program, helping to earn them National Overall Titles in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2019, he helped them win a Regional Championship, and National Titles in GS and Paneled SL.
Sean’s love of going fast, translated well into earning his pilot's license. When he gets the chance he loves to be able to fly planes. He also enjoys going fast on the water in a boat. Additionally, he is a passionate dog lover.
Coming back to SSCV to coach has been a wonderful experience for Sean. He enjoys working with athletes to help them achieve their goals. He comes in every day excited to share his knowledge and passion of ski racing with SSCV’s athletes.
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.
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.
Strength & Conditioning Manager and Alpine Strength & Conditioning Coach
David Miller’s purpose is to guide athletes to exercise regularly in a safe and healthy capacity and to coach, motivate / inspire elite level athletes to peak performances.
In 37 years of Olympic Weightlifting David’s experiences span the spectrum from competitive athlete, International Coach & Lecturer to Certification Instructor, Olympic level International Referee, Weightlifting Training Center Head Coach and former CrossFit gym owner. Throughout these many years, David had the honor of producing multiple State, National and International Weightlifting athletes. He traveled twice in his career as Coach and Team Leader on International assignments for USA Weightlifting. David is an active member of NSCA as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and continues to participate in the Special Interest Groups for Weightlifting, Collegiate Coaching and Long Term Athletic Development. For the past three years , David has been the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for The University of Houston's Track & Field Team under coaches and Olympic Track and Field Champions Leroy Burrell and Carl Lewis.
While competing nationally, David gained coaching education through the International Level and in 1997 began leading USA Weightlifting Coaching Certification Courses. Twenty-five years ago the majority of attendees to these certifications were Collegiate Division I, II and NFL/MLB/NBA Strength & Conditioning Coaches. Today, more individuals, Personal Trainers and CrossFit Coaches attend these courses. Together with the thousands David has had the opportunity to certify through USA Weightlifting, David spent a great amount of time teaching young coaches world-wide how to help spread the love of the Olympic sport and its direct application to improving athletic performance.
David is excited to join Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Strength Coach for the Alpine racers and coordinator of all the Club's Strength & Conditioning. David truly believes that in order to maximize an athlete’s performance with Olympic Weightlifting, whether as a competitive Weightlifter or any other sport athlete that safety, efficiency of movement and incorporating fun are required to reach the podium. David looks forward to bringing these ideologies and practices to the athletes of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
Mogul FIS Coach
Freddy Mooney is a Colorado native, born in Winter Park. The son of a ski coach mother and former alpine racer father, Freddy literally, grew up on skis. He is deeply passionate about skiing, ski culture, and passing that passion on to future generations.
Freddy's ski career began as a young alpine racer in Winter Park. He transitioned from racing into mogul skiing at 14, earning a spot on the US Ski Team at 18, where he would spend 6 years representing the US on the NorAm, and then World Cup tours. After hanging up the mogul skis in late 2005, Freddy dabbled in freeskiing, competing on the Freeski World Tour as it was just becoming the premier competition circuit of its kind.
While competing in freeskiing, Freddy completed a degree in integrative physiology at the University of Colorado. He then became a father in the spring of 2009, started coaching full-time for his home team, the Winter Park Competition Center, and then on to coach the Canadian National Team for the past 8 years.
Freddy comes to SSCV having coached some of the best skiers in the world, and is looking forward to bringing his knowledge, expertise, commitment, and passion to the team.
Future Stars Coach; Cycling 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.
Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Greg started to ski when he was ten at a small mountain in North Carolina. His family would take a trip each season together when he was growing up to Breckenridge, Colorado. An early memory of skiing is at Sugar Mountain in North Carolina learning how to throw helicopters with the legendary Glen Plake.
Greg was a member of the soccer and wrestling teams while in high school at Soddy Daisy High School in Tennessee. He then graduated from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) with a BA in Communications and Public Relations while a member of ROTC. He went on to be a member of the US Army serving in active duty for five years with one deployment.
He has been teaching skiing at Lionshead for five seasons and has worked with the DEVO program. Greg holds PSIA Alpine Level, PSIA Children’s Specialist Level 1, and PSIA Freestyle Specialist Level 1 certifications. Greg wants to impart the importance of smart skiing and safely pushing skills boundaries to his athletes.
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
Constantine has over 35 years of experience teaching skiing. He has found joy in teaching others and his son to ski. From 1985 to 1992, he was a member of the Killington Ski School (Killington, VT), before moving to the Vail Valley for a job with the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard school in 1992.
Constantine is a lifelong learner whose other passions include writing movies and is a Colorado-licensed Real Estate Broker with his own consulting and investment firm doing business in Colorado and across the USA.
Technical Service Coordinator & Serviceman
Growing up in Ridgefield, CT Connor found his love of skiing and raced out of Catamount Mountain (Hillsdale, NY/South Egremont, MA). He went on to earn a degree in History from Castleton University (Castleton, VT) in 2013, while being a four year member of the ski team. After graduation he coached for two years for SSCV, worked part time in the SSCV Technical Services Shop for a year and worked two years at Surefoot Vail. He also has coached for Team Summit. In 2020, Connor earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Lawrence University (Canton, NY) in addition to being a coach for their NCAA Ski Team.
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.
Alpine U10/U12 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.
Future Stars Coach
Matt started skiing at age three and was lucky enough to learn how to ski at many great resorts in Europe.
Growing up Matt played rugby, cricket, and soccer. He graduated from the University of Salford (Salford, England) with a BSc (honors) in Quantity Surveying. In 2005, Matt moved to Washington DC to play semi-pro soccer.
He then moved to Eagle, CO in 2018. He is an Operations Director for a construction consulting company. Matt has previously coached soccer and rugby, and holds a RFU Level 1 certification. Matt’s main goal is to help athletes improve their skills while having fun. He also has a goal of becoming a certified USSA Level 100 Alpine Coach.
Hometown - Boulder
Chris’s earlier experience snowboarding was trying to hike up Eldora Mountain (Boulder County, CO) with an early version of a snowboard - at the time Ski Patrol did not take kindly to his passion. He spent many hours snowboarding on the sled hills in Boulder.
Chris graduated from Boulder High School (Boulder, CO). During this time he was very active in gymnastics.
He was an early pioneer in competitive snowboarding, including being the first snowboarder to land a flip in a half pipe! He has many top results from his years of competing. In 1986, Chris was the first Snowboard Instructor at Jackson Hole (Teton Village, WY). Previously, Chris coached at Woodward Copper, and has been involved with the development of many top professionals including Olympic competitors. Chris also holds a Level III AASI certification.
Chris is excited for the opportunity to work at SSCV and to continue to develop athletes to their full potential. His growth and learning in the sport never ends and he looks forward to bringing that knowledge to his athletes.
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 Women's FIS Head Coach
Growing up Lisa loved sports, she played any sport that she could get involved in including: soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, track, and swimming. She fell in love with skiing and ripping down courses as fast as she could.
As an athlete Lisa competed for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (Steamboat, CO), from when she was young through her PG years. Skiing took her internationally to Topolino, Whistler Cup, and World Juniors. She graduated from University of Colorado, with a BS in Biology. While competing for CU she won multiple All-American awards and an NCAA Championship Title.
Having over a decade of experience in coaching, she has spent time working with NorAm, FIS, and U16s at local, national, and international races. Lisa’s love of skiing keeps her looking forward to motivating athletes to achieve their goals.
When Lisa is not coaching she loves to ski on powder days with friends. If there is no powder to be found she can be caught getting highly competitive in ping pong or board games, or enjoying her love of cooking.
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 U10/U12 Coach
Crawford is a longtime professional ski coach back at SSCV with the Women’s U 16 Program. He lives in Vail with his wife Liv. Their four children are grown with only Max, a senior at Rhode Island School of Design, still sometimes at home. All of the family have attended or worked at SSCV over the years. Mia, Nikken, Zeke, and Max as athletes. Crawford, Liv and Mia as coaches.
Crawford is a USSA Certified Level 500 Master Coach. He has worked with athletes from 5 and 6 years old up to the US Ski Team, where he has served: “two tours of duty”. He has been honored both at USST Development Coach of the Year and US Olympic Development Coach of the Year. With John Hale, Kirk Dwyer, and Adam Chadbourne bringing him back last season he is honored to be “back in the Club”.
RSES/SSCV Cooperative Program Assistant
Renee Porter is the Red Sandstone Elementary School/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Cooperative Program Assistant.
Renee has a background in education. She has taught 3rd grade and currently homeschools her 8 and 10 year old boys. Renee has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Special Education. Her and her family have just moved back to the valley from Florida and are here full time. Renee is so excited to be part of such an amazing program like SSCV and the opportunities it provides for our future generations!
Fun Fact: When moving back out to Colorado in October, they drove with both boys, 2 dogs, Auggie and Daisy, and a tortoise named Rocky! It was quite an adventure!
Freeski Park & 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Bryan assumed his role of Chief Operating Officer in May 2021, having re-joined SSCV as Director of Operations in May 2020. Bryan’s love for the sport was nurtured at an early age by his parents. Growing up near a tiny ski area that served as the winter hub of his small community, Bryan spent countless hours on those trails developing his lifelong passion for snowsports. While skiing was complemented by football and soccer during his earlier years, ski racing quickly became the sole focus as he became a teenager. After graduating high school, Bryan attended Saint Anselm College, in Manchester, NH, on a partial athletic/academic scholarship.
Bryan has been dedicated to the ski industry for well 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, holds a Level 300 coaching certification and a number of race official certifications. Bryan has been Chief of Course for NorAm's, Australian National Championships and World Alpine Championship 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, along with his wife, children and their dog Riva.
MFC Manager and Nordic & Cycling Human Performance Coordinator
Kevin Roop has always had a passion for riding bikes. He has been working in ski schools and in the coaching industry for over 25 years. He is very excited to cultivate a team where his passion for biking is contagious to the new generation of athletes.
He is looking forward to helping others meet their goals, and most recently helped a gentleman ski the best he has in his life after recovering from being on a ventilator after having COVID-19. He is an all-around expert in the coaching field whether it be biking or skiing. Kevin is a PSIA fully certified instructor and a divisional clinic leader.
Freeride Middle School Coach
Hometown - Richmond VA
At age two, George fell in love with skiing when his dad first taught him to ski. He started out as a race athlete at Wintergreen Resort (Wintergreen, VA) with his dad as one of his first coaches. During his stint as an alpine athlete he made the regional team for the south.
George attended Douglas Southall Freeman High School (Richmond, VA), and during this time he rode bikes and played various sports. The only sport he was ever serious about was skiing.
After graduating from high school, George started coaching the race team he grew up on, focusing on the U14 athletes mainly, but also helping out with other athletes and the NASTAR program. After three years of coaching he found a passion for coaching freestyle athletes.
Soon, he moved to Vail, CO landing a job teaching skiing. After seven years of teaching skiing he is excited to be given the opportunity to work with SSCV athletes.George wants to impart his love of skiing and passion for the mountains to his athletes, while also teaching strong fundamentals and how his athletes can safely push their limits.
Age Class Prep 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, USSAAge 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.
Born in Houston, Patrick was transplanted to Vail where he has lived ever since. He attended Edwards Elementary, Avon Elementary, Eagle County Charter Academy, and graduated from Vail Mountain School.
He began alpine skiing at the age of 3 and spent his youth racing for school club Vail. Watching his FIS Points remain high, he began to look at different avenues for winter sports and was a co-founder of the VMS Telemark Team. While at VMS, Patrick won the Telecross National Title at Copper Mountain. Upon graduation, Patrick went onto a brief yet fruitful football career at the University of Richmond. After college, Patrick was a Teach for America Corp Member and taught fifth grade on the US-Mexican Border in South Texas.
Since his time teaching, Patrick has always sought to instill a love of learning in his students/athletes. His goal is that his athletes develop a solid foundation and help each athlete reach their goals.
Alpine U14/U16 Part Time Head 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
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 U14/U16 PT team again this year, working with
this age group is really exciting because we are building on fundamentals,
enhancing our love of the sport and really delving into tactics and mental
focus. We get a great mix of free skiing, having fun with friends, and honing
our skills in the gates.
Alpine Children's Program Director
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 U16 Women's 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.”
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 over 20 years, with numerous years in retail and working as a Sales/Tech Representative for 4frnt Skis and Salomon Sports. He also spent time working at Footloose Sports in Mammoth, CA in support of his work as a master bootfitter. Before relocating to the Vail Valley, he helped start and was the Store Manager at The Compound Ski & Board, Marquette, MI. Paul holds a degree in Ski Area Business Management from Gogebic Community College/Northern Michigan University. Currently while serving as Equipment Manager for SSCV, Paul also is a consultant for Cold River, RSE. developing unique ski tools & supplies, and also serves as an R&D consultant for Wintersteiger, US. Paul has supported many athletes across many disciplines, and is grateful to share his knowledge with the SSCV community.
Freeski Rookie Team
Hometown: Sherrill, NY
Carl started skiing as a young child in New York and began racing shortly after that. He fell in love with the sport and it has become a lifelong passion.
After graduating high school, Carl went on to race for CSU while studying graphic design.
Carl coached racing for roughly a decade for camps and clubs, starting in his college years before becoming a Freeride coach four years ago! He enjoys working with athletes to ensure that they are able push themselves to reach their goals, and find their own love for skiing!
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 Rookie Team Coach
Hometown - Eagle, CO
Eric’s first moments on skis were in a backpack as his dad skied and he napped. In 1976 he got his first taste of freedom lapping chair 12 on his own skis.
Eric went on to graduate from Colorado College with a degree in Political Economy. During his college years he stayed active by climbing, skiing, and running. These remain some of Eric’s favorite things to do.
He joined IFSA in its first year and has competed and coached for many years since. Eric wants to teach athletes that their love for skiing is part science and part art by teaching them new ways to see the hill and choose creative lines that match their style without being limited by what they see from other skiers. Skiing is a way to express themselves and he wants athletes to explore that. Eric also wants to impart to his athletes that honing their craft is a life’s work - to be patient, and meet themselves where they are, and work from there.
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.
Freeride Substitute Coach
Brent started skiing in the Poconos and Vermont with his dad who fell in love with the sport from his time working in Massachusetts. When Brent was 16, he took a family ski trip to Vail and decided he was going to move to Colorado for college. Brent began skiing competitively when he joined the CU Freestyle Ski Team, he later switched to freeride skiing while living in Summit County, and spent most of his days off at Arapahoe Basin and the surrounding backcountry. Brent competed in early freeride comps at Berthoud Pass, and also spent a fair amount of time in the park in the 90’s starting when the signs at Breck said the features were only for snowboarders. Brent quickly became good friends with the local pro snowboarders (including the PinPin Film crew) and learned a different approach to freeride following them around the mountain. Brent went to Penncrest High School Media in Pennsylvania and went to CU Boulder and skied on the CU Freestyle Ski Team, mogul specialist, and got a B.A. in Kinesiology (Sport Science).
Brent’s accolades in the snowsport world continue, including beginning his career in snow sports in 1998 as a ski patroller at Keystone, CO. He was an Avalanche Route Leader, Cat Guide, Ski and Toboggan Instructor, and Lift Evacuation Team Member and Instructor, with certifications from NSP, Avalanche Level 2, and State of Colorado Blaster Permit Holder while on Ski Patrol. Brent is also currently a PSIA certified ski instructor at Vail Ski School. Brent loves to help continue the progress of the athletes while their normal coaches are off due to illness or vacation, and most looks forward to seeing smiles on kids’ faces when they are having fun or mastered a new skill. Brent is most proud of the work he’s done mentoring others in my different jobs and helping people land their dream jobs or promotions. When Brent teaches leadership, he defines it as helping others become the best version of themselves – he believes coaching to be very similar to that definition.
Snowboard & Freeski Human Performance Coordinator and 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 Rookie Team 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.
Women's FIS Coach
Born in Edina, Minnesota, Ryan Wilson’s passion for skiing has been ingrained at a young age through his family’s love for the sport. Ryan began at 18 months-old on the bunny slope at Vail and continued on with the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club. He eventually reached a top 100 world ranking and made objective criteria for the US Ski Team.
Ryan attended the University of Utah where he was captain of the ski team and graduated with a BS in Sports Management and a minor in Business. Ryan started his coaching career at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club where he was Head FIS Coach and High Performance Head Coach for both men and women from 2014 - 2019. After a number of very successful years in Steamboat, Ryan transitioned to the US Ski Team where he was the Men’s World Cup Slalom Coach from 2019-2022 where he had the opportunity to help a young team start and advance their World Cup careers.
Ryan is looking forward to his role as a Women’s FIS coach and helping young SSCV athletes reach their full potential in skiing and find joy in the journey.
Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Hometown: Mankato MN
Peter’s passion for skiing started at Mt. Kato, the local 240 foot hill. He would go once or twice a year but when he got his first pair of skis he I was there every chance he could get.
He graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 2010 with a degree in Park and Recreation and a minor in Studio Arts
He started in snow sports education in college where a professor got him volunteering as an adaptive helper and he was hooked. Peter found there wasn't anything more rewarding in the world than helping a blind skier make it down the mountain or hearing joyous screams coming from a sit ski with a normally non-verbal guest as he tethered behind.
After college he applied for an instructor position at Beaver Creek and landed in the kids department and is still a children's instructor and has grown a lot in his knowledge over the past 10 years. He has both level 2 Children's and Freestyle accreditations though PSIA as well as a Cert 2 overall. He continues to work towards his PSIA level 3 and has passed one portion of that process thus far.
Peter took a coaching position at Mt. Buller in Australia where he spent 2 "never summer" seasons down under working with their freestyle development team known as TBR (Team Buller Riders). HeI learned a great deal and will never forget the influx of knowledge from all around the world packed into one modest, yet amazing mountain.Peter would really love every child he works with to be the best at what they do and to make them better skiers than he will ever be. He strives to instill a sense of ownership and awareness of skill in his students so they can feel confident and have fun no matter what terrain they are on, even the greens. He is always looking forward to sharing his passion and helping young skiers develop into not just good skiers but hopefully good people with their own passion for the sport.
He is proud of his steady and unbreakable stubbornness to achieve his goals. Over the past 10 years hes has completed the Triple Crown of hiking (AT, PCT, and CDT) and paddled the entire length of the Mississippi River in a canoe. He has learned, truly and deeply, that the journey of a million steps starts by putting one foot in front of the other and that we don't have to journey alone. He hopes to help the athletes he works to take a few of those steps and to help them see what they are capable of.
Age Class Prep 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 in 2019. She is eager to
get her third 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 junior at East High School and a talented
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 going into her fourth season at SSCV as Alpine ENL Programs Head
Coach. In her previous role, she worked for U.S. Ski & Snowboard as the
Rocky/Central Regional Youth Coach, having an integral part in developing and
leading camps/events for the region, division, as well as projects for the U.S. Ski
Team development program. These projects around the country helped set a
foundation of fundamentals propelling the Rocky/Central region as a leading
force across the country.
Anje grew up in Montana, as a competitive all mtn. skier, and racer through
college. Her passion for outdoors led her to becoming an avid telemark and
backcountry skier as well. Anje started her teaching and coaching career while at
Bridger Ski Foundation, and she realized her love of coaching. In 1995, she moved
to Colorado, and worked at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as an Age class
coach/SSWSC educational coordinator, and later as a Women's FIS coach. Since,
she has coached over 27+ years at every age group, from NorAm/FIS athletes to
the youngest skiers at Team Summit, Crested Butte Academy, private coach to
several athletes including Alice McKennis (US Ski Team/Olympian), and again at
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, as the clubs first female Alpine
Competitive Director, before moving to the Vail valley in 2011 with her family.
Anje has served several terms on R/C region and RMD committees, has been an
invited coach at international and national U.S. Ski Team camps/projects
throughout the years, is a level 300 certified coach, and a current coach developer
and clinic leader for U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
She hopes to instill a lifelong love of the sport to each of the athletes she coaches,
and help them achieve their goals. She is excited to have moved into a role where
she is able to spend more time with her family - her husband Rob, also a coach at
SSCV, son Zane, a VSSA/SSCV alumni attending University of Colorado at
Boulder, son Cody, a sophomore at VSSA, and her loveable dog Powder.