Balz Arrigoni was born in Switzerland -- which happens to be a great place to learn to ski! Ski racing became a part of his life when he was eight years old. Unfortunately, his skiing career was cut short by several knee injuries. The love of the sport of ski racing continued and he used that drive to work with young athletes to pursue a coaching career in Switzerland. He completed Level Expert with Swiss
Ski. Balz came to the US in 1995 and founded Arrigoni Woods and also found his wife Christina in
1998. He was involved with coaching the Buddy Werner program and later also with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Balz and Christina have two boys who are proud members of SSCV.
Mr. Davis has worked for Alpine Bank since 1988 he is a long time valley resident. A huge advocate for the community Glenn is involved with many different organizations. He is a Trustee of Colorado Mountain College, has been President for the United Way of Eagle River Valley, is a Vail Junior Hockey Associate and is a chairman of the Vail Valley Partnership. He has been an SSCV Board of Trustees Member since 1998.
Sean Glackin was raised outside of Philadelphia and spent his youth surfing, skiing and playing lacrosse. After graduating from Loyola University in Maryland with a B.B.A. in Finance, Sean traveled around Australia & Central America but decided the mountains in the west was where he wanted to be. The love of skiing brought Sean to Vail in 1995. Over the years Sean worked in food service for Vail and Copper, taught kayaking and guided backcountry trips on snowmobiles, rafts & whitewater kayaks. In 2002 Sean and his wife bought Alpine Kayak and then Mountain Quest in 2005 to form Alpine Quest Sports in Edwards, CO. This retail store has grown over the years to specialize in backcountry skiing, kayaking, rafting, stand up boards, and climbing.
In 2018 Sean and his wife became partners in Eagle Climbing & Fitness in Eagle, CO. Sean is on the board of the Glide Project, a local organization that provides avalanche awareness and education to Colorado youth. He sits on the Steering Committee for Gran Pacifica Resort in Nicaragua, where he has built a vacation home. In his free time Sean is on the river or ski touring with his family and travels a far to surf several times a year. Sean has two children in SSCV, Izzy is a full time Nordic skier and Colin is on the Big Mountain Team. Both kids also mountain bike as part of SSCV’s Vail Junior Cycling program in the summer.
Born and raised in New England, John moved to Denver in 1995 from Connecticut for a job in banking and to ski the Rocky Mountains. He became a weekend warrior traveling to Vail every weekend for 20 years. In 2015, John moved to Vail full-time. John grew up skiing at Pat’s Peak in New Hampshire and is passionate about all disciplines of skiing and the mountains.
John is employed by Alpine Bank as a relationship manager/commercial lender in the Vail office focused on real estate and business lending, and is active in the Vail community. He has over 30 years in banking and finance with roles in commercial and consumer lending, debt and equity investing, capital markets, mutual funds and private equity, with industry expertise in media, telecom, tech and commercial real estate lending and investing.
John has two teenage children, Jack and Kate who both learned to ski at age two at Vail, went through the Vail DEVO program and then transitioned to SSCV’s Gravity Core, Future Stars, Carver Core and YSL racing programs.
John is also a PSIA certified ski instructor at Vail teaching both adult privates and the High Rockies children’s program, a 20+ year Rocky Mountain Masters ski racer, a Cat-3 bike racer, and was a competitive mogul skier when he was younger. In addition to his passion for all things skiing and all things Vail, other interests include cycling, mountain biking, golf, fly fishing, hiking mountains, white water stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.
John has a BS in Finance and Economics from New Hampshire College, an MBA in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. He holds Colorado real estate broker and national mortgage originator licenses.
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.
Trustee and VSSA Principal
Wade Hill is in his 5th year as principal of VSSA and his 25th year of service with Eagle County Schools. Prior to VSSA, Wade was one of the original founders of Red Canyon High School, the alternative school for the district, where he served as Principal for 13 years. Under his leadership the school grew from 65 students to 190 students and in 2011 he created World Academy, the district’s online/homeschooled program. Wade has overseen the addition of other sports teams to VSSA while staying true to the mission of serving high level athletes pursuing their dream of sport.
Wade moved to Colorado at a young age and grew up west of Colorado Springs, earning his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and a minor in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango. He holds a Masters in Teaching from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs and a Principal’s license from Adams State College.
Wade currently lives in Gypsum with his wife Mitzi, a teacher at Red Hill Elementary, and his daughters, Sierra and Summer, both ECS students.
Wade continues to enjoy being at the helm of VSSA and has always been passionate about designing school programs that meet the needs of students with unique aspirations and goals, and VSSA is a perfect fit for that!
Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Mike Imhof joined the Vail Valley Foundation in 2007 and had been serving as Senior Vice President overseeing operations, corporate sales and development, before being appointed President and CEO in November, 2015. Imhof came to Vail in 1997 when he joined Vail Resorts as a national sales manager. During his time at Vail Resorts, Imhof had responsibility for Strategic Alliance, Licensing & Trademarks and the front range pass sales and front range ticketing programs. Imhof now lives in Wolcott with his wife, Ellen, and two boys Michael and Miles.
Treasurer and Trustee
John Keane, father of four alpine ski racers at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, founded King Hill Capital in 2007 to invest in early stage companies that develop renewable energy or energy efficiency technologies. Prior to founding King Hill Capital, John had been an executive in the software industry for nearly 20 years. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of ArcStream Solutions, a wireless systems integration firm. Prior to founding ArcStream, he held various leadership positions at Keane, Inc., supporting the company’s revenue growth from $60 million to $1.1 billion. John began his career in corporate finance at J.P. Morgan.
John currently serves on the board of Purpose Energy. He previously served on the board of Cleantech America (acquired by Meridian Energy), Design2Launch (acquired by Kodak), Keane (acquired by Caritor), Lightning Systems, RavenWindow, Stellaris, Sundolier, and Solar Sentry, and as a board observer at Albeo Technologies (acquired by GE Lighting) and Greentech Media (acquired by Wood Mackenzie).
John graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Mr. Kirwood grew up in New England and attended the Green Mountain Valley School. He was a top junior ski racer and went on to Dartmouth College where he was Dartmouth Ski Team Captain in 1991. After Dartmouth, Jeff moved to Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Brenda, to work in the cable industry for HBO and TCI.
In 1998, the couple and firstborn, Clay, moved in order for Jeff to attend Harvard Business School followed by a short 2-year stint in Silicon Valley. The Kirwoods returned to Colorado, and Jeff worked for Liberty Media in Denver for 4 years. Jeff is the Founder and Executive Director of Aspen Grove Capital, LLC a family office investment management firm based in Avon, Colorado. Jeff and Brenda currently live in Vail. Two of their children, Clay and Kate are SSCV alumni and Nick is an SSCV athlete.
Jeff has served as a Board of Trustees Member at GMVS as well as SkiTAM. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, golf, charitable cause and personal investing. He has been an SSCV Board of Trustees Member since 2008 and was named an Emeritus Trustee in 2021.
Dan Leever served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Platform Specialty Products Corporation since 2013 until December 2015. Mr. Leever served as the Chief Executive Officer of MacDermid, Incorporated from 1990 to 2013 and MacDermid Group, Inc. From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Leever served as Chairman of MacDermid. From 1989 to 1990, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MacDermid. Mr. Leever joined MacDermid originally in 1972, where he worked in sales for 2 years before leaving and rejoining Macdermid Inc., in 1982 as a financial analyst. Mr. Leever serves as Chairman of MacDermid Group, Inc. He served as Vice Chairman of Platform Specialty Products Corporation since 2013 until December 2015 and served as its Director since October 31, 2013 until December 2015. He served as an Executive Director of MacDermid Incorporated since 1989. Mr. Leever attended Undergraduate school at Kansas State University and the Graduate school at the University of New Haven School.
Andy has 30 plus years of successful legal experience, including representing SSCV for more than a decade. He has won victories at the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals levels and has established a number of new legal precedents under Colorado law. His family has been actively involved with SSCV for almost two decades, including his daughter, Julia, skiing for the US Ski Team. Andy and his wife, Tina Nielsen, are longtime members of the Streeter Group, a 30 plus year group dedicated to supporting SSCV’s athletes. Andy has also tirelessly promoted involvement of underprivileged and minority members of the Eagle County community in Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, including currently serving on the Club’s Scholarship Committee and heading up SSCV’s diversity initiative. Andy and his firm continue to provide ongoing pro bono legal services to SSCV, serving the Club in a multitude of areas. Finally, the Littman/Nielsen family have been members of the Vail community for more than 30 years. On any given day, you’ll almost always find at least one of them out on the mountain.
Jen Mason has served on the Vail Town Council since 2015. Jen moved to Vail after graduating from college, having been introduced to the community when her parents opened a coffee shop in the early 1990s. Since then, Jen's presence in the community has touched both residents and guests. Jen was the Director of Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation, where she led efforts to coordinate the 2,000-plus volunteers that came together to welcome the world during the 2015 Alpine Ski Championships. She was a fixture at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in her operations role with the Vail Valley Foundation for 18 years. Jen is now the Executive Director of the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame located in Vail. Jen lives in West Vail with her Portuguese Water Dog Nelson, her companion in all outdoor adventures.
Chair and Trustee
Kaia is an alumna of SSCV and married to alum, Misha. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1993, where she skied for the Big Green Ski Team before returning to Colorado. She worked for several years as a financial analyst at Founders Asset Management in Denver, before receiving an M.B.A. from the Daniels College of Business in 1999. She worked at Arthur Andersen as a business consultant and then at Borgen Invesment Group as an analyst.
Kaia and Misha have four daughters, three of whom are enthusiastic members of SSCV. In the community, she is a trustee at Vail Mountain School and sits on the board of The Borgen Family Foundation.
Eric Resnick is Co-Founder and CEO of KSL Capital Partners, LLC, a global private equity fund specializing in travel and leisure enterprises. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado; Stamford, Connecticut; London, England and Singapore. Since 2005, KSL has raised approximately $15 billion of capital across dedicated debt, equity and tactical opportunities funds. KSL is deeply rooted in travel and leisure dating back to KSL’s predecessor company, KSL Recreation Corporation, a portfolio company of KKR formed to make investments in hospitality, which Eric joined in 2001 as CFO. Following the sale of KSL Recreation Corporation in 2004, he co-founded KSL Resorts, a resort management company, which has managed some of the preeminent resort properties in the US. Eric’s interest in travel and leisure as a profession began from in 1996 when he joined Vail Resorts, serving as VP, Strategic Planning & IR, and Treasurer through 2001. Prior to Vail, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Eric and his wife, Sara, reside in Denver and Vail, Colorado, and he travels extensively. He has three children who are all avid ski racers. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of US Ski and Snowboard; is a trustee of its related Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado Anschutz Cancer Center. He is a member of IREFAC (Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council), WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), Real Estate Roundtable and a trustee for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. Eric holds a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University.
Vice Chair and Trustee
Amy Roberts has focused her career in the outdoor recreation industry, serving in leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Most recently, Amy served as senior director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Brand Impact for The North Face overseeing the brand’s commitment to product environmental sustainability, legislative advocacy and philanthropy.
Prior to joining the North Face, Amy served as Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor industry’s trade association comprised of 1300 members. OIA advocates on public lands and trade issues important to the outdoor industry and is the main sponsor of Outdoor Retailer, the national industry trade show held biannually in Denver.
Amy was previously the director of sustainability and a member of the executive leadership team at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) where she guided the Canadian outdoor retailer’s commitment to business and product sustainability and innovation.
Amy graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and has worked for both print and broadcast news organizations as well as serving as press secretary for the governor of Idaho. She is a member of the board of directors for lifestyle apparel brand Toad&Co and has previously served on the boards of The Conservation Alliance, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Amy and her husband Craig have a daughter Molly who attends VMS and is an alpine racer.
Secretary and Trustee
Leah Schaatt grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting and an MS in Taxation in 1991. She is a Texas CPA and began her career in the Houston office of Arthur Andersen where she served clients in the domestic and international oil & gas exploration and production business. She continued her career as Director of International Tax for a large multi-national energy company in Houston until 2003 when she and her husband, Wade, moved with their family to Birmingham, AL where she joined a group of companies in the coal industry as Chief Financial Officer. In 2009, she became a partner in CERT, LLC which specializes in emissions reductions, particularly mercury, from electricity generated from coal. As a principal in CERT, Leah is responsible for all administrative, accounting and finance functions of the business, along with business development, and is fortunate to be able to manage the business remotely.
Leah and Wade have two adult children and a younger son, Sam. After many family ski vacations to Utah and Colorado, Sam developed a passion for snowboarding. They moved to Vail with Sam in late 2018 to allow him to compete as a snowboard athlete with SSCV.
When not in Vail, Leah and Wade enjoy spending time with their older children, traveling, saltwater fishing, and scuba diving.
In 1991, Tye Stockton, a former equity options trader on Wall Street for Bear Stearns, decided to trade his financial career for a new life in Vail; a place he had grown to love during his many trips to the Rocky Mountains. With his new “local” status, Tye quickly embraced the Colorado lifestyle and, in his free time, became an avid telemark skier, fly fisherman, mountain biker/hiker.
As the son of a general contractor in his native, Tallahassee, Florida, Tye soon found himself naturally driven toward the world of real estate. For over ten years, he managed commercial properties in the Vail Valley, including the Vail Professional Building and Cascade Crossings Center, In 2006, Tye brokered the sale of both buildings to the Vail Resorts Development Company, who now has the site slated for the proposed Ever Vail project. Among the sea of local realtors, Tye stands out not only as a dedicated professional, but as someone who engages with people and makes the business of real estate enjoyable, informative and effortless for his clients. With nearly $1 billion in real estate sales between 2005-2015, and recognition as the #1 producing broker in Vail for six (6) straight years, Tye has proven himself as a true market leader and local real estate professional. Tye has been a consistent guest panelist for Sotheby’s International Realty at its Global Network events, and is a frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Barron’s on the topic of luxury real estate. He currently represents the Vail Resorts Development Company as the lead listing agent for the new Ritz Carlton Residences-Vail, and has the additional privilege of representing approximately $175 million of privately-owned, luxury, real estate properties in the Vail Valley.
He met his wife, Brielle, in Vail in 1997 and they were married on Jekyll Island, GA, in 2001. They have two boys, Zachary and Ryan. Ryan is currently a SSCV Freestyle Mogul athlete.
Known as the most successful female ski racer in American history - and quickly gaining on “all time” status - Lindsey Vonn is one of the few world-class, four-event ski racers. She is the only American woman to ever capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup overall titles. Six weeks after she turned 20, Vonn (then Kildow) produced her first World Cup victory in Lake Louise, Alberta. She has since captured a U.S. record 59 World Cup wins. In addition to her 2010 Olympic downhill gold and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.
Vonn commuted to Vail for a couple of years before the Kildow family moved to Vail in the late Nineties. En route to the World Cup, she excelled at every level – Junior Olympics, Trofeo Topolino, Whistler Cup (kids 11-14), Junior Worlds, NorAms and Europa Cup.