Strength and Conditioning Manager & Alpine Women's U16 Coach
Growing up in St. Louis, Maddi learned to ski at the local resort in 5th grade. She immediately fell in love with skiing and begged her parents winter after winter to take her to the "real" mountains. Being in sports year round, Maddi chose to follow her love of soccer which led her to playing in college and then semi-professional in St. Louis.
Maddi graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. After college, she knew she wanted to work with athletes and was given the opportunity to intern with the US Ski and Snowboard Team in Park City. Loving the environment of working with snowsports, she took a job with SSCV as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in August 2019.
After being in Human Performance for a year, she knew she wanted to be involved even more. She is excited to work on the hill and see the athletes in the sport they love. She is excited to give back to young athletes and help them discover their passion and potential. By taking this position, she will learn even more about the needs of the sport to help program the strength and conditioning programs.
Alpine U12 Coach
Tom Becker started ski racing with the Brattleboro Outing Club in Maple Valley, Vermont. This was just a weekend program so eventually he wanted more and went to Carrabasset Valley Academy in Maine in 7th grade. His peers at CVA were Bode Miller and USST Coach Forest Carey.
Becker didn’t complete CVA and instead chose to pursue other interests. Following high school he joined the Navy Seabees with the intention of helping people around the world. He was in the Navy for 4 years.
Due to a chance encounter in the parking lot of Howelsen Hill during a cross country road trip, Tom started coaching at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club where he was on staff for 10 years. He coached with a private race team on and off for several years after that, splitting time between travel with that group and running a very extensive farming operation in Missouri. Eventually his farming took over much of his time.
Becker is entering his second year with the SSCV U14 team and is an integral part of the team. We look forward to another amazing season with Tom!
Alpine 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.
Age Class Prep Coach
Ada has been involved with ski racing since she was young. She has raced for the Marquette Mountain Racing Team for 10 years and was on the Varsity Ski Team for Marquette Senior High School (Marquette, MI). Ada has also worked with Wendy Mass through Great Lakes Ski Academy (Marquette, MI) and is a three time MHSAA State Champion.
Ada is excited to work with Age Class Prep athletes in the formative years of their ski racing careers! When Ada is not on the mountain she loves to be on the motocross track or fishing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 up 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 2002, 2003, and 2004 and the Championship in 2007. From 1994 to 2000 Stephen worked at Beaver Creek as a private lesson instructor and as a 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 more 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: 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.
Alpine Women's FIS Coach
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.
Alpine FIS Men's Head Coach
Ian is looking forward to his 3rd season of coaching with SSCV. A Colorado native, Ian grew up skiing in his driveway from the age of 2, solidifying a love of the sport from the beginning. Ian attended Glenwood Springs High School and skied for the University of Denver. After college
Ian coached FIS and U12s at SSCV before spending six years with the US Ski Team’s Europa Cup and World Cup teams. Ian holds a USSA level 300 coaching certification and is a PSIA level 3 instructor. In his role as Head Men’s FIS coach, Ian is excited to share his past experiences in many levels of alpine ski racing and hopes to provide insight towards what it takes to compete at the highest level. “I look forward to working with the athletes I coach to help them achieve their goals and follow their passions.”
Alpine U10/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.
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.
Age Class Prep Coach
Tyler grew up skiing at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont. He attended the winter term at Okemo Mountain School (OMS) throughout high school, graduating in 2017. After OMS, Tyler went on to attend Colgate University, graduating in 2021 with a BA in economics and a minor in political science. While at Colgate, Tyler was a member of the ski team, helped Colgate compete at USCSA nationals and was team captain his senior year. He is looking forward to encouraging a passion for skiing and racing, while helping the athletes reach their goals.
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.
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.
Return to Snow 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”.
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, USSA Age Class, and FIS athletes has given him a unique perspective on the learning styles, goals, and needs for athletes at varying ages and stages of development.
His goal for the season is to foster a lifelong love of skiing for all the athletes under his tutelage and witness the rewards that come from smart, focused training.
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 certification.
In 2013, Dolly moved to the Eagle Valley. Dolly began coaching for SSCV in 2017 when her 8 year old twins joined the club as Future Stars athletes. Dolly is excited to be coaching the part-time U14/U16 team again this year. Working with this age group is really exciting because we are building on fundamentals, enhancing our love of the sport and really delving into tactics and mental focus. We get a great mix of free skiing, having fun with friends and honing our skills in the gates.
Alpine 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.
Age Class Prep Coach
Kalina has a long list of experiences in the ski industry including the Bulgarian Ski team, Women’s Demo Team Vail, Powder 8, and a Warren Miller film. She graduated with a Masters degree in Medical Engineering, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Kalina has spent over twenty years teaching skiing at the Vail Mountain’s Ski School and has experience as an instructor at Schladming, in Austria. This winter Kalina is looking forward to working with young athletes helping to develop skills that will better enable them to grow as athletes.
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.”
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.
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.
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 two years ago. She is eager to get her second 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 talented lacrosse player.
Alpine U14 Head Coach
After a season in Europe where he coached the British Ski Academy, Rob Worrell has returned to SSCV to oversee the club’s full-time Age Class programs, including U14 and U12 alpine. The veteran coach will have specific coaching responsibilities within the U14 program and will work closely with the U12 staff in formulating a comprehensive approach to youth development.
Worrell was formerly Alpine Program Director for Team Summit, a U.S. Ski Team regional coach, and Alpine Head Coach at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. He previously held the roles of Men's Alpine Director and U16 Head Coach at SSCV. For his efforts, Worrell was named USSA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2016.
SSCV Part-Time Programs Head Coach
Anje is returning to SSCV after working as the Rocky/Central Youth Coach and Coordinator for the U.S. Ski Team. In this role, she was integral in developing and leading camps and events for the region and division, as well as national projects for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard development program. These projects helped set the foundation of fundamentals that has propelled the Rocky/Central region as a leading force across the country.
Anje grew up skiing and racing thru college in the Western Region. Passionate for skiing, mountains, and the outdoors, she started her coaching career working at the Bridger Ski Foundation in Montana as Youth Director, and realized her love for teaching athletes. In 1995, she moved to Colorado to coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as a FIS coach. Since then, she has coached the last 25+ years athletes of all ages and levels of racing, from FIS Nor-Am athletes to youth athletes at several programs in Colorado, including Team Summit, personal coach to Alice McKennis, Crested Butte Academy, and again at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, as the clubs first female Alpine Competitive Director, before moving to the Vail valley in 2011.
Anje has coached at numerous U.S. Ski Team projects throughout the years, led U.S. Ski and Snowboard coach’s clinics, Skills Quest clinics, and has served several terms on committees for the Rocky/Central region, and RMD division. She hopes to instill a life long LOVE of the sport to each of the athletes she coaches, as well as helping them achieve their goals. Anje is excited to be moving into a position at SSCV to spend more time at home with her husband Rob, and two sons, Zane and Cody.