Zach Booth

Freeride Middle School Coach
Zach Booth

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.

Robert Candee

Freeride Coach
Robert Candee

Freeride Coach

Hometown: Denver

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!

Lily Connelly

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Lily Connelly

Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Lily learned how to ski when her parents took her on a ski vacation. She fell in love with being in the mountains and being on snow.

She graduated from The Pine School in Hobe Sound, Florida, after which she felt pulled to move to the mountains pursuing a life of skiing everyday.

In 2019, she began to coach for SSCV. Her passion for skiing is what drew her to coaching youth athletes so they could continue to develop and enjoy skiing. She feels motivated to learn and push herself when skiing to be able to help coach young athletes and show them that you can keep learning at any age.

Lily hopes to bring her enthusiasm to help motivate athletes to work hard and become better skiers. She wants them to be brave when learning new skills and tricks.

Erin Connelly

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Erin Connelly

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.

Nick Courtens

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Nick Courtens

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.

Willis Engelhart

Freeski Park & Pipe Head Coach
Willis Engelhart

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.

Peter Ferraro

Freeski Park & Pipe Coach
Peter Ferraro

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.

David Honeyfeild

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
David Honeyfeild

Freeski Rookie Team Coach

David is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver with the mountains being an important part of his life. He has skied since his early teen years and trained and competed for the Competition Center in Winter Park (Winter Park, CO) in highschool and college.

David is a Level 100 Certified Coach who has coached young athletes for over 12 years with the Competition Center at Winter Park Resort, moving to Eagle, CO with his wife to coach for SSCV in 2021.

He has three great kids, who are all adults now pursuing careers and college. He helped each of his children with their unique skiing careers including cultivating a love of free skiing as well as competition in Freestyle, Alpine, and Park and Pipe.David serves on several not-for-profit Boards including about six years as a Board member of the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation. Having experienced skiing from the perspective of a recreational skier, an athlete, a parent, a volunteer and a coach provides him a well-rounded appreciation for the joy of skiing and an appreciation of how thankful we all are to get to enjoy this great sport.

David also appreciates the commitment required from the young athletes and their parents to help their athletes make skiing a lifetime sport.

Sean Jordan

Freeski Coach
Sean Jordan

Freeski Coach

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.

David Kuhr

Freeride Weekend Coach
David Kuhr

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.

Chris Laske

Freeski & Snowboard Program Director
Chris Laske

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.”

Land Collioure Le Coq

Freeski Coach / Advancement Associate
Land Collioure Le Coq

Freeski Coach / Advancement Associate

Land grew up in Summit County, Colorado, and fell in love with skiing at a young age. One of her earliest memories is her dad skiing with her in his backpack at Copper Mountain. She skied raced from a young age through high school, as well as skied park and pipe. After college, receiving a B.S in Business, and years of training and competing, she started coaching and a new passion was sparked. She is a USSA/USASA Level 200 Coach and is passionate about motivating athletes to strive to be the best they can be and to also appreciate and celebrate where they currently are.

She is passionate about strength and conditioning as well as yoga and meditation. Land is a 200 Hour Registered Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and enjoys incorporating the physical and mental aspects of yoga into the training of her athletes. Land is happy to be working with SSCV to encourage athletes to embrace the process of growth, accomplish their goals and reach their dreams.

Aaron Levenson

Freeride Coach
Aaron Levenson

Freeride Coach

Matt Luczkow

Head Rookie Team Development Coach and Head Freeride Coach
Matt Luczkow

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.

Greg Myers

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Greg Myers

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.

Max Pulsifer

Freeski Park & Pipe Coach
Max Pulsifer

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.

George Sandy

Freeride Middle School Coach
George Sandy

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.

Carl Thompson

Freeski Rookie Team
Carl Thompson

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!

Eric Wagenknecht

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Eric Wagenknecht

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.

Andy Weber

Snowboard & Freeski Human Performance Coordinator and Snowboard Park & Pipe Coach
Andy Weber

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.

Hunter Whiting

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Hunter Whiting

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.

Peter Woitas

Freeski Rookie Team Coach
Peter Woitas

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.