Betsy Cuthbertson

Accountant
Betsy Cuthbertson

Accountant

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.

John Hale

Executive Director and Trustee
John Hale

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.

Tiffany Hoversten

Chief Business Officer
Tiffany Hoversten

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.

Liz McDonald

Bookkeeper
Liz McDonald

Bookkeeper

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 Miletti

Club Manager
Taryn Miletti

Club Manager

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.

Chris Ogilvie

Operations Manager
Chris Ogilvie

Operations Manager

Chris Ogilvie started skiing at Powderhorn on the Western Slope of Colorado, just outside Grand Junction. After High School he went on to ski at Springfield College in the USCSA. Chris was the overall champion 3 out of 4 years (Soph. - Senior) in McBrine Division, and attended ECSC's all 4 years, qualifying as the independent qualifier 3 out of 4 years, with the men's team qualifying as a team his Junior year.

Chris attended Springfield College where he played soccer his Freshman year, and ski raced all 4 years on the Club Team. Chris has a BS in Recreation Management, with a concentration in Camp Management.

After graduation from college in 2013, Chris started his career in the ski racing profession, working for one year at Bromley Outing Club in various roles (operations, events, marketing and coaching).Chris moved to SSCV in the 2014/2015 season to coach in the U16 program. At the end of the 16/17 Season after 3 years of coaching, he moved on to take on the role of the Operations Manager. With the end of the 2021/2022 Season, Chris finished his 5th year in Operations and finished his 8th season at SSCV in total. Chris holds official certifications as a US Ski and Snowboard Level 1 TD, Level 2 Referee, Level 2 Chief of Race and Level 1 Timing and Calculations.

As Chris returns for his9th season at SSCV, Chris is looking forward to setting new and exciting goals and continuing on the successes he has been able to accomplish at SSCV over the last 5 years in his role as Operations Manager. The return of two World Cup events in Colorado is especially exciting. He is additionally excited to pursue his career as a TD, and continue leading the SSCV team at Birds of Prey.

This past season Chris finished all of his requirements to become a Level 1 Technical Delegate, a certification process that took 3 to 4 years. Last season, Chris returned to Birds of Prey, taking on the lead role for SSCV both off and on the hill with preparation prior to the event and during the event itself.

Chris has the honor of sitting on the board for the SkiFast Foundation, a 501c(3) organization helping children fighting childhood cancer reach for their goals, and support childhood cancer research. In July of 2021, Chris married his best friend, Lisa Perricone, after having to postpone for a year due to the COVID pandemic. When not working, Chris enjoys BBQing, biking, camping, and getting together with friends to enjoy a night around a campfire while playing a competitive game of hammer-schlagen.

Bryan Rooney

Chief Operating Officer
Bryan Rooney

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.

Sharon Schmidt

Director of Advancement
Sharon Schmidt

Director of Advancement

Sharon joined SSCV in 2013. In her role as Director of Advancement, Sharon is responsible for overseeing all SSCV development initiatives (including the Annual Campaign, Academic Fund in support of Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy students, off-snow special events and sponsorships), full-time admissions, communications, alumni relations and academics (the Academic Coach program which supports Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy athletes and the SSCV/Red Sandstone Elementary School Cooperative Arrangement which supports full-time four day a week athletes attending RSES).

Sharon brings with her an in-depth knowledge of one of SSCV’s academic partners, Vail Mountain School, where she was the Director of Development for three years. Sharon is also no stranger to ski and snowboard club and academy life. For 6+ years she served as Director of Development and Communications, along with performing a variety of other tasks, at Waterville Valley Academy and the BBTS Snowsports Club in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Prior to that, Sharon made use of her business skills and law degree from Cornell Law School as an attorney at a large Boston law firm followed by in-house corporate roles in the real estate development and high tech industries.

Sharon is the parent of an SSCV and NCAA Division 1 ski racer alumnus.