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Staff Directory

Management Team
CB Bechtel, Director of Operations

CB Bechtel, Director of Operations

CB came to SSCV as the former Head Coach and Director of Loveland Racing where he worked since 2002. He has coached for most of the past 27 years, most notably with the Wilmot Jr. Racing Team starting in 1997. CB has a level 300 coaching certification.

CB’s ski racing career started in 1973 because the ski area he skied at in Ohio was so small that it was either race or get bored. He was the 1978 Central Division Slalom Champion and raced 2 years in the NCSA (now called the USCSA) where he took two 2nd places won all the other races.

In addition to ski racing, CB is a member of the Vertical Runner Breckenridge- Saucony Elite Running Team and the VRB-Newton Triathlon Team. CB has Theology degrees from Asbury University, Princeton and Illif with concentrations in youth, program development, cross cultural communication and post-modern culture. CB has 3 kids, Ceci, Julia and Stace.

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Elana Chase, Freeski Program Director

Elana Chase, Freeski Program Director

Elana “E” Chase, is a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Development Team for inverted aerials and moguls. Elana has coached freeskiing and other sports for well over a decade. She began her career coaching skiing full time at Okemo Mountain School in Vermont for 4 years. She then made her way to Colorado where she coached the Aspen team for another 6 years. Elana is now starting her 6th season here at Vail. In the past few years at SSCV, we have seen tremendous positive changes in the freeski and big mountain programs.

“I can’t thank Aldo, SSCV and Vail enough for giving myself and the freeskiing community the opportunity to create something new and truly special here in Vail. I have had a great first few years and I am looking forward to many more.”

Chase has worked hard over the years and has created a strong reputation and loyal following. Elana has been fortunate to coach several top skiers, including: Jen Hudak, Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Alex Ferreira, Aaron Blunck, Broby Leeds, Annalisa Drew, Anais Caradeux, Tucker Perkins, Anna Segal, Taylor Seaton, Adam Crook, Jess Cumming, Walter Wood, and more.

Chase was awarded at SIA, the Pioneering Women’s Award from the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition for her work as a mentor and coach in 2010. In 2008, she was named Freestyle Domestic Coach of the Year by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA). It was the first time a park-and-pipe coach or a woman had earned that distinction. April 2012, Elana was named Vail Ski & Snowboard Club’s Coach of the year. Elana was featured this winter 2011 in the ESPN’s series “Behind the Curtain.”

Under Chase’s direction, the Vail Freeski Program was the USSA Freeski Club of the Year for 2014 and 2013.  Vail Freeski is the only ski program in history to win this award from USSA back to back!

Chase has coached over a dozen freeskiing athletes at Winter X Games since 2004. She has helped both men and women achieve X Games medals every year since 2005 through 2015. Eighteen X Games Medals: 6 Gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze in both halfpipe and slopestyle. Elana also coached 14 of the freeski athletes who went on to attending the Sochi Olympics for its debut 2014. She also participated in Sochi as a coach of the French National Team. Elana has coached multiple athletes to achieve podiums and wins at every major, national, international and local freeski level of events. All three Gatorade Freeflow Champions in Halfpipe have come from her program. Two athlete have been invite to the prestigious Youth Olympic Games 2013 & 2016

Elana Chase is a licensed USASA Coach and a USSA Coach -Level 4 Certified for aerials and new school acrobatic skiing.

“Although I have been very fortunate to work with amazing athletes, and I am currently working with a talented crew here in Vail, it isn’t all about the podiums. It is about helping kids learn to be good people, good student and good athletes. For me, the best part of coaching is helping someone dig deep down inside to achieve something they didn’t think possible for themselves. That could be something as simple as a 360 on a trampoline, to going off a jump for the first time, to sliding a rail or learning a double out of a halfpipe. It’s awesome to see someone put the effort in and come out learning a new skill!”

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John Cole, Human Performance Director

John Cole, Human Performance Director

JC returned to SSCV in 2005 after a 3 year stint with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team as their Strength & Conditioning specialist. JC is the Human Performance Director and Director of the Minturn Fitness Center. He began his coaching career at SSCV in 1995, after graduating from New England College where he skied NCAA Division 1 for 4 years. 

John coached for 7 years in a number of coaching positions within SSCV’s Alpine Programs, and was recruited to join the staff of the U.S. Disabled team in 2001. He was voted 2004-05 USSA Disabled Coach of the Year. As Human Performance Director, JC continues to work with his staff designing and implementing the conditioning, sports psych and nutritional programs for SSCV’s athletes while taking a leadership role in all aspects of athletic programming in cooperation with the respective sport program directors.

John (JC as he’s known to his athletes and friends) graduated with a BA in 1991. He was a coach with SSCV from 1992 to 2001 before accepting a position with the US Disabled Ski Team where he remained until 2005. JC was recognized as the U.S. Disabled Coach of the Year in 2005. Following the 2005 season, JC returned to SSCV to assume the newly created position of Strength & Conditioning Director.

In the ensuing 9 years and through collaboration and consultation with USSA Sports Science, Athletes Performance/EXOS Institute, the USOC Sports Science Department and the research backing from the Doctors at the Steadman-Philippon Research Institute and Howard Head Sports Medicine, the SSCV Performance Training Program has set the standard for high school and Elite winter sports performance programming at a local, regional and national level. Asked to speak on performance programming at the National and International level, JC was recently a lead presenter at the 2014 NFL Combine on “Block Periodization for Power Training” in Indianapolis.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to be the Human Performance Director for such an elite program as SSCV. It is my clear mission to continue to contribute to the overwhelming success of SSCV. Our Human Performance Programming will continue to utilize the state of the art research and information that is provided by our consulting partners. I am also very excited to work closely with the SSCV coaching staff on long-term athletic planning for the continued success of our athletes. Even though SSCV has received many accolades in the last years, our work is far from done. We will continue to focus all of our efforts into not only being the best club in the nation, but best in the world.”

JC and wife Nancy reside in Edwards with their two children Shane and Ryan who are fanatical skiers, lacrosse and football players and wakeboarders.

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Terry DelliQuadri, Alpine U14 Team Head Coach

Terry DelliQuadri, Alpine U14 Team Head Coach

Terry is entering his third season as SSCV’s U14 Head Coach, bringing with him years of experience coaching every level. Terry is a USSA Level 300 coach, certified as a USSA Coach Instructor, a USSA Technical Delegate, served as the Rocky/Central Regional Development Director for 7 years, has worked with athletes of all ages and ran programs for this age group for over 8 years.  As a native of Colorado, and a parent of three active children, Terry is a proven manager and great addition to our Leadership Team.

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John Dowling, Freestyle Program Director

John Dowling, Freestyle Program Director

John joined SSCV in 2012 and we are very excited to have him. He hails from Cape Elizabeth, Maine and has so much experience to offer our club and athletes. He graduated Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Latin and has been affiliated with and coached at the Carrabassett Valley Academy, Team Summit, the Canadian National Freestyle Team and Team Breckenridge.

Between his eight years at Team Breckenridge and five at Team Summit, John has coached 16 members of the U.S. Ski Team. He has also coached Olympians, world champions, national champions, World Cup event winner and World Cup overall winners. And these are only a few on John’s many accomplishments.

Here at SSCV John’s goal for his athletes is to promote measurable performance based improvements at all levels, to improve measurable results and to advance athletes to U.S. Development Programs.

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Kirk Dwyer, Incoming Executive Director

Kirk Dwyer, Incoming Executive Director

Kirk Dwyer will be joining Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Executive Director in Spring 2016. Kirk has been BMA’s Headmaster since 2000. Prior to working at Burke, he worked at the Green Mountain Valley School for 25 years where he served as Assistant Headmaster, Head Women’s Coach, Head Men’s Coach, and Head Alpine Coach as well as an English, humanities, and economics teacher. The USSA Domestic Coach of the Year in 1989, Kirk also has his International coaches’ certification and was a past chairman of the USSA Eastern Development Committee, National Development Committee, and Eastern Alpine Competition Committee. His is currently a member of the VARA Board and the Eastern ACC Executive Committee. Kirk and his wife, Robin, have a 17-year-old son, Chase. We are very excited to welcome Kirk to the SSCV team!

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Karen Ghent, Alpine Program Director

Karen Ghent, Alpine Program Director

A long time SSCV member, Karen has had various roles here as an athlete, coach and parent.  She grew up at Lake Tahoe and continued her racing career as a member of SSCV.  She went on to race as a member of the US Ski Team from 1980-1985 where she was a slalom and GS specialist racing World Cup and World Championships.
 
Karen is a USSA Level 400 certified coach and a FIS Technical Delegate. She brings a wealth of knowledge through her experience as an elite athlete and over 20 years of coaching all ages. She and her husband raised 3 ski racing daughters, who have seen success in ski racing and continue to stay involved in the sport.

Under her leadership, the SSCV Alpine Program has earned USSA Alpine Program of the Year three times and sent many athletes on to the US Ski Team and countless NCAA and USCSA University Ski Teams. She is proud to work along side her hard working staff who brings professionalism and passion to their work and who are committed to engaging every athlete in improvement every day.

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Tiffany Hoversten, CFO/Business Manager

Tiffany Hoversten, CFO/Business Manager

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.

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Kristina Krone, Academic Director

Kristina Krone, Academic Director

Originally from the Colorado Front Range, and growing up in the mountain lifestyle as a Team Summit alpine racer, Kristina is no stranger to the demands of an elite snow sports athlete. Balancing a high level of success both academically and athletically, she graduated as salutatorian of her high school class, and earned a spot on Williams College’s Division I ski team. She continued this balance throughout college, taking full advantage of William’s liberal arts education alongside her Biology major, affording her great strength not only in science and math, but also in the humanities. Before graduating, she studied tropical ecology in Panama for a semester, and also received a National Science Foundation grant (REU) to study freshwater systems in Puerto Rico. She continued to balance her professional career working in a Denver-area laboratory and coaching alpine athletes on the weekends before following her passion for education and the mountains to SSCV. She loves working with the student-athletes at VSSA and SSCV-WT, as well as her amazing staff!

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Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Added to the Snowboard coaching staff is Chris Laske who 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. Also he is an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack. Kyle Mack just nabbed the bronze medal in slopestyle at the Snowboard World Championships in Austria this past month.

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.”

With his coaching and management experience, Chris will be a valuable addition to the SSCV Snowboard staff for the remainder of this winter.

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Euginnia Manseau, Director of Development & Events

Euginnia Manseau, Director of Development & Events

Euginnia started at SSCV in 2005. She traveled here from New Hampshire where she graduated from Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Sport Management. While in college she competed on the Women’s Alpine Ski Team and Women’s Soccer Team from 2001-2005. In the fall of 2011, she was inducted into the Colby-Sawyer College Athletic Hall of Fame for her achievements in ski racing. Euginnia is also an alumna of New Hampton School and was inducted into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2012 for soccer, skiing and softball.

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Aldo Radamus, Executive Director

Aldo Radamus, Executive Director

Aldo began his career at Wilmot Mountain, a small ski area outside of Chicago in 1979. From 1981 to 1984 Aldo coached at Ski Club Vail and left to coach the U.S. Ski Team where he was the Women’s Head World Cup SL and GS Coach until 1986 while still residing in the Vail Valley. In 1986 Aldo and his wife Sara, also a SCV coach at the time, moved to Steamboat Springs where Aldo became the Head Alpine Coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In 1990, Aldo received the award as “USSA Domestic Coach of the Year”. In 1994 Aldo returned to the US Ski Team first as the Men’s Head World Cup SL and GS Coach becoming Athlete Development Director in 1996 and finally as Development Team Head Coach prior to returning to Vail with Sara and son River. In August 2002 Aldo assumed the Executive Director’s position here at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

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Meg Rule, Member Services Manager

Meg Rule, Member Services Manager

Meg started with SSCV in June 2014. She comes to us from Bloomfield Hills, MI where she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Education in May 2012.
No stranger to the competitive world of sports, Meg participated on the Michigan Elite National Volleyball Club Team as well as the Michigan State University Women’s Volleyball Club Team making it to the Final Four in the National Club Tournament. Meg then coached for the U13 Michigan Elite Regional Team where she strived to advance the athletes’ knowledge and understanding of the game.
Growing up Meg was previously affiliated with Caberfae Ski Club in Cadillac, MI and enjoys skiing and snowboarding. She also loves the outdoors and working with children.
She is excited to be back in Colorado after a short time in Durango and is thrilled to be joining the SSCV team!

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Sharon Schmidt, Director of Admissions and Communications

Sharon Schmidt, Director of Admissions and Communications

Sharon joined SSCV in 2013. As part of her responsibilities, Sharon takes the lead on the admissions process for all full time athletes, including those planning to enroll at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, Vail Mountain School and the Winter Tutorial Program, as well as PG athletes. Sharon also oversees internal and external communications for the Club, including press and social media, as well as acting as a liaison with community organizations and prospective members.

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. However, Sharon is 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.

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Mike Trueblood, General Manager

Mike Trueblood, General Manager

Mike joins us this season as the General Manager. An accomplished and avid skier Mike has coached for SSCV at the Futures Stars, Carver Corps and U12 levels and has made the move to the administrative side. He has spent a lot of time up here in the mountains and has previously been affiliated with Eldora, Winter Park, Heavenly, Mountain High and the University of Colorado Ski Team.

Mike graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Business and Accounting. He was an All American in ‘91 at CU and a member of the ‘91 NCAA Championship Team. With much coaching experience, a Level 100 USSA Coaching Certification, an Officials certification and an extensive background in finance and operations there is no doubt Mike has a lot to offer the club on and off the hill.

When Mike isn’t on the mountain he is mountain and road biking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Heidi and two daughters Gabrielle and Josephine, both enthusiastic SSCV athletes!

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Dan Weiland, Nordic Program Director

Dan Weiland, Nordic Program Director

Born in Denver, Dan was transplanted to Vail where he has lived ever since. He attended Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle and graduated from Battle Mountain.

He began alpine skiing at the age of 4 and Nordic skiing around age 12. He spent most of his high school days competing in soccer, track and cross country skiing. He received all state ski honors all four years of high school. Was a Junior National Champion in 1991 (Anchorage), and an All-American in ‘91, ‘92 and ‘93. Senior year Dan was selected for all state soccer honors. He attended the University of Colorado and skied for them for 5 months. After college Dan returned to Vail and once again began racing, this time in off-road triathlons and adventure racing. Currently Dan races for Nike ACG as a professional adventure racer.

Soon after Dan’s return to Vail he began coaching. He was named Head Nordic Coach of VMS in 1998 and has coached there since. Coaching is a true passion of Dan’s; he enjoys teaching kids the valuable lessons that he has learned throughout his years of coaching and competing. Dan’s goal is to prepare young athletes for the next level of competition whether that is the National Team, Division 1 NCAA or beyond.

Dan has enjoyed his time with the club program (RMD) and seeing his kids excel to a level that has never been seen in this valley. The future for Nordic skiing is very bright in this community and it is great to have SSCV to nurture our goals.

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Rob Worrell, Head U16 Team Coach

Rob Worrell, Head U16 Team Coach

Rob’s was most recently the Head Alpine Coach of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) for two years, Rob was a U. S. Ski Team Regional Coach from 2006-2009. As an athlete he was both an Alpine and Nordic competitor over 15 years as a member of SSWSC, followed by a career as an amateur and professional bike racer competing in 9 nationals and 1 world championship. Rob began his Alpine Coaching career 24 years ago at the Estes Park Ski Team. He returned to coach in various positions at SSWSC from 1989-1999 including serving as Assistant Women’s Ability Coach and Head Men’s Ability Coach. In 1999 he assumed the position of Alpine Program Director for Team Summit where he remained until 2004 transferring to a similar position at the IMG Crested Butte Academy.

“I’m excited to begin to work with the racers from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail at the 2011-12 season’s first on-snow camp next week in Beaver Creek” said Rob following the SSCV annual Management Team retreat in Vail this week. Rob’s stated passion in coaching is: “To see the huge progress young athletes can make when they have the desire to work hard and put their chin in the fall line.”

“Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is fortunate to have Rob join the staff to lead our Men’s Alpine Program. With over two decades of success coaching at all levels, Rob had a proven track record and demonstrated an unparalleled knowledge and passion for the sport with a commitment to helping each individual developing their personal potential.” stated SSCV Executive Director Aldo Radamus. “SSCV looks forward to welcoming Rob, wife Anje and their two young boys to our community,” added Radamus.

Rob achieved his National Coaches’ Certification at the USSA National Coaches’ Academy in May of 2000 graduating first in his class. He also holds the USA Weightlifting Club Coach Certification, ASEP Coaching Young Athletes Certification, Advanced First Aid Certification and the Colorado High School Coaching Association Certification.

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Jake Wurth, Strength & Conditioning Director

Jake Wurth, Strength & Conditioning Director

Jake joined the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Human Performance team in May of 2012 as the Strength and Conditioning Director. Coach Wurth is responsible for the training of the full-time ski and snowboard athletes from all disciplines in helping them achieve their full athletic potential. Coach Wurth is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) and holds the Level 1 USA-Weightlifting certification. Jake abstract was selected for presentation at the 2013 International Congress on Science and Skiing (ICSS) in St. Anton a. Arlberg, Austria and is published in the 6th edition of ICSS Journal.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he also played baseball for the Mavericks. Before joining SSCV, Jake was a Strength & Conditioning Coach and the Coaching Performance Coordinator at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for 5 ½ years at their World Headquarters in Colorado Springs. In the NSCA Performance Center, Coach Wurth designed and implemented safe and effective strength and conditioning programs for a variety of sports, ages, and ability levels of the athletes. He also traveled around the country to conduct hands-on educational camps and clinics to teach coaches the fundamentals of strength and conditioning. Jake has been attending courses hosted by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) to expand his knowledge of an integrated approach to strength and conditioning.  These courses improved his ability to reduce the chance of injury as well as increase the accuracy to measure and improve athletic performance. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Coach Wurth has trained athletes ages 7 to over 60 and competing in sports ranging from snowboarding and lacrosse, to swimming and ultimate fighting.

Currently working on programs for groups and individuals, Coach Wurth’s goal for all of his athletes is to help them attain their maximum level of performance while keeping their injuries to a minimum. Jake is also passionate about nutrition and keeping up to date with the most current research to continue evolving his knowledge to help the athletes maintain optimal health. Jake’s goal for his athletes is to improve their overall performance and to develop not only great athletes but great people.

In his free time Jake enjoys skiing and snowboarding, hiking 14ers with his two dogs, camping and anything that involves being outdoors.

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Administration
Danielle Chelette, Bookkeeper / Travel Coordinator

Danielle Chelette, Bookkeeper / Travel Coordinator

Danielle joined SSCV in 2014.  Danielle was born and raised in Texas, and graduated from Baylor University with a B.B.A. in Sports, Sponsorship and Sales.  She has a deep background in many aspects of sports business working for Baylor Athletics, ESPN Radio, Phoenix Coyotes, and Arizona Diamondbacks.  She completed the M.B.A. program at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a concentration in International Business and Finance.  She found a love of snow while in Phoenix, spending most winter weekends at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff.  She decided to follow her passion and moved to the Vail Valley in the summer of 2014.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys snowboarding, hiking, yoga, golf, and anything involving the outdoors.

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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.

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Eliot Taft, Winter Tutorial & Communications and Admissions Assistant

Eliot Taft, Winter Tutorial & Communications and Admissions Assistant

Eliot Taft grew up in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Deerfield, Massachusetts, but has spent much of his recent life in Coastal Maine.  Having graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015 with a degree in English and Environmental Studies, and a minor in Anthropology, Eliot is excited to explore, work, and ski in the West.  At Bowdoin, Eliot was a Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar, a leader in the Outing Club, and worked at the school’s rock climbing wall and gear room. Additionally, Eliot has always been thrilled about writing. Besides graduating with a focus in Creative Writing, he wrote pieces for the Bowdoin Orient, the school newspaper, and served as Editor-in-Chief of his high school arts and literature magazine - a set of experiences that has made him extremely passionate about and excited for his work in communications and admissions for SSCV.  During his summer vacations, Eliot lead outdoor trips in both New England and Colorado, and has recently spent time working on dude and cattle ranches in Uruguay and Wyoming where he both learned and taught techniques in sustainable agriculture.  Eliot’s extracurricular activities have drawn him towards and made him extremely passionate about teaching and working with kids, and he is thrilled to work with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail this winter.

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Brittney Ziebell, Development & Events Coordinator

Brittney Ziebell, Development & Events Coordinator

Brittney grew up racing at Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vermont. She recently graduated from Colby College with a degree in English and and Administrative Science. While at Colby, she raced four years on the Colby Alpine Ski Team and was team captain her senior year. When she wasn’t skiing, Brittney spent summers in Newport, Rhode Island working as an Events Coordinator and Detailer for Exquisite Events. In her free time, Brittney enjoys hitting the slopes,  hiking, cycling, mountain biking, camping and anything involving the outdoors!

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Human Performance
Erin Beskid, Peak Performance Coach

Erin Beskid, Peak Performance Coach

Erin Beskid is the Peak Performance Director at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and works with athletes, coaches and parents to improve athlete performance using
mental skills. Erin is a 2010 graduate of the University of Denver with a M.A in Sport and Performance Psychology. She uses a whole person approach grounded in the belief that the character of the person is just as important as the performance. She keeps a close relationship with the University of Denver overseeing
interns who assist with SSCV’s Peak Performance program as well as recently was an adjunct professor at DU. She was an intern at Everett Tennis Academy and worked at Wellspring Camps to expand her experiences. She is a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the Colorado Registered Psychotherapist Database.

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John Cole, Human Performance Director

John Cole, Human Performance Director

JC returned to SSCV in 2005 after a 3 year stint with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team as their Strength & Conditioning specialist. JC is the Human Performance Director and Director of the Minturn Fitness Center. He began his coaching career at SSCV in 1995, after graduating from New England College where he skied NCAA Division 1 for 4 years. 

John coached for 7 years in a number of coaching positions within SSCV’s Alpine Programs, and was recruited to join the staff of the U.S. Disabled team in 2001. He was voted 2004-05 USSA Disabled Coach of the Year. As Human Performance Director, JC continues to work with his staff designing and implementing the conditioning, sports psych and nutritional programs for SSCV’s athletes while taking a leadership role in all aspects of athletic programming in cooperation with the respective sport program directors.

John (JC as he’s known to his athletes and friends) graduated with a BA in 1991. He was a coach with SSCV from 1992 to 2001 before accepting a position with the US Disabled Ski Team where he remained until 2005. JC was recognized as the U.S. Disabled Coach of the Year in 2005. Following the 2005 season, JC returned to SSCV to assume the newly created position of Strength & Conditioning Director.

In the ensuing 9 years and through collaboration and consultation with USSA Sports Science, Athletes Performance/EXOS Institute, the USOC Sports Science Department and the research backing from the Doctors at the Steadman-Philippon Research Institute and Howard Head Sports Medicine, the SSCV Performance Training Program has set the standard for high school and Elite winter sports performance programming at a local, regional and national level. Asked to speak on performance programming at the National and International level, JC was recently a lead presenter at the 2014 NFL Combine on “Block Periodization for Power Training” in Indianapolis.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to be the Human Performance Director for such an elite program as SSCV. It is my clear mission to continue to contribute to the overwhelming success of SSCV. Our Human Performance Programming will continue to utilize the state of the art research and information that is provided by our consulting partners. I am also very excited to work closely with the SSCV coaching staff on long-term athletic planning for the continued success of our athletes. Even though SSCV has received many accolades in the last years, our work is far from done. We will continue to focus all of our efforts into not only being the best club in the nation, but best in the world.”

JC and wife Nancy reside in Edwards with their two children Shane and Ryan who are fanatical skiers, lacrosse and football players and wakeboarders.

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Miles Gentry, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Miles Gentry, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Miles arrived at SSCV in 2013 from Yadkinville, North Carolina. He graduated in 2011 from Appalachian State with a degree in Exercise Science Strength & Conditioning. Miles has experience as a Strength & Conditioning Intern from Wake Forest University and has been a Personal Trainer for HartStrong Fitness. He is also a certified USA Weightlifting Coach.

While at App State, Miles raced road and mountain bikes. He is an avid outdoors men and enjoys cycling, climbing, fly fishing and hiking. Miles is excited to work with our athletes this winter and hopefully test his skills at skiing having never done so before.

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Linda Hall, Strength & Conditioning Kitchen Staff

Linda joined SSCV in 2012. She hails form Baltimore, Maryland. As a mother of two SSCV alpine athletes Linda is excited to be a part of the organization in another capacity. Her goal is to help keep the kitchen at VSSA running smoothly and producing good food for our hungry athletes.

Linda graduated from Rutgers with a BA in 1990 and Johns Hopkins University with a BSN in 1994.

Lauren Lange, Strength & Conditioning Chef

Lauren Lange, Strength & Conditioning Chef

Chef Lauren’s Philosophy:
I love cooking and love people. I want to provide my clients of all ages the best food possible. I want to provide special diet needs for those who need or desire. I intend to create dining that people want with nutrition that people need.

Chef graduated from Minneapolis Culinary School in 1982 while working at Jerry’s Deli. Her first restaurant job was at the Decathlon Club, a private athletic club. She was the Head Chef at Boulder River Ranch, where she met her husband. She was the Executive Chef Food and Beverage Manager at Pacos River Ranch, where she met Aldo and Sara Radamus. In addition she worked at the Banquet Chef at Grouse Mountain Grill in Beaver Creek, Head Chef at Trappers Cabin in Beaver Creek and has been a Private Chef here in the Vail Valley but also in Martha Vineyard and South Dakota Hunting Camp.

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Jake Wurth, Strength & Conditioning Director

Jake Wurth, Strength & Conditioning Director

Jake joined the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Human Performance team in May of 2012 as the Strength and Conditioning Director. Coach Wurth is responsible for the training of the full-time ski and snowboard athletes from all disciplines in helping them achieve their full athletic potential. Coach Wurth is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) and holds the Level 1 USA-Weightlifting certification. Jake abstract was selected for presentation at the 2013 International Congress on Science and Skiing (ICSS) in St. Anton a. Arlberg, Austria and is published in the 6th edition of ICSS Journal.

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he also played baseball for the Mavericks. Before joining SSCV, Jake was a Strength & Conditioning Coach and the Coaching Performance Coordinator at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for 5 ½ years at their World Headquarters in Colorado Springs. In the NSCA Performance Center, Coach Wurth designed and implemented safe and effective strength and conditioning programs for a variety of sports, ages, and ability levels of the athletes. He also traveled around the country to conduct hands-on educational camps and clinics to teach coaches the fundamentals of strength and conditioning. Jake has been attending courses hosted by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) to expand his knowledge of an integrated approach to strength and conditioning.  These courses improved his ability to reduce the chance of injury as well as increase the accuracy to measure and improve athletic performance. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Coach Wurth has trained athletes ages 7 to over 60 and competing in sports ranging from snowboarding and lacrosse, to swimming and ultimate fighting.

Currently working on programs for groups and individuals, Coach Wurth’s goal for all of his athletes is to help them attain their maximum level of performance while keeping their injuries to a minimum. Jake is also passionate about nutrition and keeping up to date with the most current research to continue evolving his knowledge to help the athletes maintain optimal health. Jake’s goal for his athletes is to improve their overall performance and to develop not only great athletes but great people.

In his free time Jake enjoys skiing and snowboarding, hiking 14ers with his two dogs, camping and anything that involves being outdoors.

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Academic Staff
Patrick Henke, Academic Coach

Patrick Henke, Academic Coach

I’m Patrick Henke and this is my first year at VSSA as the upper school Academic Coach. I grew up in Rhinebeck, New York and attended Colby College. While at Colby, I was a Outdoor Orientation Leader as well as a mentor to a middle school boy for four years. I knew while at Colby I wanted to work with kids and majored in Mathematics. After Colby, I attended Tulane University in New Orleans where I received a masters of science in Cell and Molecular Biology. I then transitioned to working as a clinical data specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital before heading west to get back to what I really want to be doing, working with kids at VSSA. Next year I will be attending medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in the pursuit at being a pediatrician. I’m very excited to be here and to not only help the kids pursue their dreams but also to live the Colorado life.

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Jodie Hollander, Winter Tutorial

Jodie Hollander, Winter Tutorial

Teacher and poet Jodie Hollander is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She has a BA in English from Pomona College (where she played NCAA Division 3 tennis), an MA in English from Boston University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (UK).  She has 13 years teaching experience, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Italy. She published her debut collection of poems The Humane Society with tall-lighthouse publishing (London) in November 2012. Since working at SSCV, she has most recently been awarded a prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship for the winter of 2015.

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Kelsey King, Winter Tutorial

Kelsey King, Winter Tutorial

Kelsey grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended Colorado State University (CSU) where she received her degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism with a concentration in Environmental Communication. It was at CSU where Kelsey discovered that her true passion in life was working with and educating children.

Kelsey’s interests lie in environmental conservation, outdoor recreation, and traveling. She has traveled through parts of South America, Europe and Asia, and always finds herself planning her next big adventure. She is currently attending University of Phoenix Online to pursue her Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education to further her goal of working to help children learn and grow.

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John Martin, Foreign Language Academic Coach

John Martin, Foreign Language Academic Coach

John Martin grew up in Sun Valley, ID.  As a 10 year member and athlete of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation he competed in snowboarding Halfpipe and Slopestyle through the USASA.  During his junior year in high-school he also spent a semester in Alicante, Spain living with a Spanish family for full immersion.  He has a BA in Spanish and a Minor degree in French from the School of Language arts at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.  As a Junior in College he studied abroad for the year spending his first semester in Paris, France and the second in Granada, Spain completing his degrees.  During his final year at Gonzaga he entered the Business School and received a BA in Marketing.  “Learning a second language can teach your brain to relearn and understand already familiar concepts through different methods, opening up unique consciousnesses and horizons in ways we could never predict”

John’s interests lie heavily on mother nature and the recreational environment it provides.  His high school experience at the “Community School” took him on multiple week long outdoor trips per year ranging from hiking the coast in the Olympic National Forest, solo trips in Canyonlands National Park, and river rafting trips down the middle fork in Idaho.  He also enjoys painting landscapes, traveling, and sports.

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Andrew Rubenstein, Winter Tutorial

Andrew Rubenstein, Winter Tutorial

Andrew hails from Washington D.C. He grew up skiing in Beaver Creek and Vail. Despite only a short stint as a competitive skier, Andrew is really passionate about the sport. Having just graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in History, Andrew is really excited to live in Vail and indulge his passion for the outdoors. He studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a semester during college, and also recently lived in Carbondale, CO for three months. While in Carbondale, he studied to become eligible for the NR-EMT exam.

Having been a prefect in high school, Andrew is really excited to work with younger students again. Off the hill, he enjoys staying active and rooting for DC sports teams.

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Campbell Stevenson, Academic Coach

Campbell Stevenson, Academic Coach

This is Campbell Stevenson’s first year at VSSA as the lower school Academic Coach. He grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and attended a small private high school before going to Colby College. While at Colby he was a student teacher and played soccer as well as rugby. He discovered at Colby that he wanted to be a teacher, and majored in Science, Technology, and Society with a minor in Education. Post-Colby he taught eighth grade math full time at The Springfield Renassaince School in Springfield, Massachusetts. This school is one of the nation’s pre-eminent high achieving urban charter schools and it gave him an exceptional two-year introduction to teaching. He then worked for energy efficiency company in Boston before heading west to get back to what he was most passionate about:teaching. He is incredibly excited to help students achieve the highest academic success possible while also being able to live in such a spectacular place.

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Eliot Taft, Winter Tutorial & Communications and Admissions Assistant

Eliot Taft, Winter Tutorial & Communications and Admissions Assistant

Eliot Taft grew up in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Deerfield, Massachusetts, but has spent much of his recent life in Coastal Maine.  Having graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015 with a degree in English and Environmental Studies, and a minor in Anthropology, Eliot is excited to explore, work, and ski in the West.  At Bowdoin, Eliot was a Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar, a leader in the Outing Club, and worked at the school’s rock climbing wall and gear room. Additionally, Eliot has always been thrilled about writing. Besides graduating with a focus in Creative Writing, he wrote pieces for the Bowdoin Orient, the school newspaper, and served as Editor-in-Chief of his high school arts and literature magazine - a set of experiences that has made him extremely passionate about and excited for his work in communications and admissions for SSCV.  During his summer vacations, Eliot lead outdoor trips in both New England and Colorado, and has recently spent time working on dude and cattle ranches in Uruguay and Wyoming where he both learned and taught techniques in sustainable agriculture.  Eliot’s extracurricular activities have drawn him towards and made him extremely passionate about teaching and working with kids, and he is thrilled to work with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail this winter.

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Pro Shop Techs
Brian Eggleton, Pro Shop Manager & Boot Fitter

Brian Eggleton, Pro Shop Manager & Boot Fitter

Brian joined SSCV in 2012 in his role as Equipment Manager, he provides over a decade of ski industry and equipment experience to SSCV athletes. Brian learned to ski at the Maple Valley Ski Area in Dummerston, Vermont and first moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His knowledge, dedication, and passion for the ski business comes through vendor, and retail business development opportunities in Germany (Marker GmbH), Utah (Fischer Race Dept), New Zealand (HEAD Skis), and most recently in Colorado (Podium Sports and Winston Retail Solutions/The North Face Project). Brian has strong industry ties with equipment vendors and brings a wealth of boot service and product knowledge to assist SSCV athletes and coaches in SSCV’s ongoing vision to be recognized as the premier winter sports organization in the world.

Brian’s primary commitment to SSCV athletes revolves around ensuring athletes are using the best equipment for them, and that equipment is properly set up and maintained throughout the 12 month training and competition calendar.

When Brian is away from the alpine skiing world, he enjoys mountain biking, alpine climbing, ski touring, and getting as far off the beaten path as possible into remote areas of Colorado and the Intermountain West.

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Paul Suomi, Head Elite Pro Shop Technician

Paul joined SSCV in 2013. He comes to us from Wakefield, Michigan. Paul is a Master Bootfitter with seven years experience and a Certified Technician with over twelve years experience. Paul has supported many accomplished athletes across disciplines through his technical services. His goal for the athletes is to help them focus on success knowing their equipment is at 100%.

Paul graduated from Gogebic Community College and Northern Michigan University with an AAS/BAS in Ski Area Business Management.

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Jay Vestich, Pro Shop Technician

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Alpine Coaches
Ben Babbitt, Alpine Head Men's U19/U21 Coach

Ben Babbitt, Alpine Head Men's U19/U21 Coach

Ben joined SSCV in 2011. He hails from Crested Butte, Colorado, where he had a successful ski racing career. He was a member of the RMD All-Star team for seven years, attended six US Nationals, was a USST camp invitee and NDS team member. As a coach Ben is Level 100 certified and prior to coaching FIS at SSCV coached for Eldora Mountain Ski Club for three years. Ben’s goal is to create a highly competitive environment that produces athletes ready to move onward to the USST and NCAA teams. Additionally he wants to facilitate an environment that challenges each athlete individually, where personal growth can be maximized and full potential reached.

Ben has a political science degree from CU.  When he is not skiing, he enjoys tennis, wake boarding, mountain biking, hiking and golf.

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Robert Baker, Alpine Private Coach

Robert Baker, Alpine Private Coach

Robert Baker joined SSCV in 2014. He grew up skiing on Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor.  Robert enjoys coaching and being a part of his athletes development athletically and personally. His goal is to instill a life long passion for skiing.  Robert has a United States Ski Coaches Level 400 certificate, a PSIS level 3 certificate, as well as a Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Level 2 certificate.

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Andrew Becker, Alpine U16 Coach

Andrew Becker, Alpine U16 Coach

Andrew hails from Lauderdale, MN and joined SSCV in 2011 as a Human Performance Intern, moving into a position coaching U16’s.  He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Sport Science and has previously been affiliated with Great Lakes Ski Academy.

Andrew is a certified USSA Level 100 Coach and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

When Andrew isn’t working with athletes, he enjoys sailing, mountain biking and ski racing.

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Tom Becker, U14 Team 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!

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Martin Bell, U16 Team Coach

Martin Bell, U16 Team 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.

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Brett Borgard, Alpine U12 Team Head Coach

Brett Borgard, Alpine U12 Team Head 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.

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Makayla Brown, Alpine U14 Team Coach

Makayla Brown, Alpine U14 Team Coach

Makayla joined SSCV in the fall of 2014. She was born and brought up in Maine, and grew up skiing at Sugarloaf. She graduated from Carrabassett Valley Academy in 2009 and went on to race for the Colby College Alpine Ski Team her freshman year. At Colby she majored in Economics and minored in Administrative Science. 

Makayla’s goal for this ski season is to share her passion for skiing and ski racing with her athletes, to help them achieve their personal goals, and most of all, to have a ton of fun!

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Nathan Bryant, U19 Men's Coach

Nathan Bryant, U19 Men's Coach

Nate joined SSCV in 2012 and comes to us from Lee, NH. He raced with Waterville Valley Academy where he became a top technical skier, ranking top-20 in slalom and top-25 in GS nationally for his age.  After graduating High School, he went on to a successful college racing career where he competed on St. Michael’s College’s NCAA ski team. 

He started coaching with SSCV U14’s and quickly moved into the FIS program to provide motivation and expertise.  His goals for his athletes this season are for them to enjoy themselves and become better skiers, racers and individuals.

When Nate isn’t skiing or coaching, he loves enjoying the great outdoors. He recently graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a BS in Business and a minor in Accounting.

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Kirsten Cooper, PG/Noram Coach

Kirsten Cooper, PG/Noram Coach

Kirsten Cooper is new to the SSCV Alpine Staff this year working with NorAm and PG (Post-Graduate) level athletes after having spent time with SSCV athletes at our 2015 summer camps.  “Coop”, as you will come to know her, raced for the US Ski Team in 2007-08.  She then went on to compete on the NCAA circuit for the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Through her practical experience as an elite athlete, understanding of the psychological and physical demands of a high-level student athlete, and her passion to cultivate an environment where she can address the needs of each individual with whom she works, we are excited that she is joining the SSCV family.

Kirsten recently graduated from CU with a 3.78 GPA in Integrative Physiology.  She appeared on the Dean’s List in 2010 and 2011 when she carried a 4.0 while also competing for the CU Ski Team.  She is a Masters Candidate in Sports Psychology and is also a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher.  She has previously coached at Eldora and numerous summer camps.

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Terry DelliQuadri, Alpine U14 Team Head Coach

Terry DelliQuadri, Alpine U14 Team Head Coach

Terry is entering his third season as SSCV’s U14 Head Coach, bringing with him years of experience coaching every level. Terry is a USSA Level 300 coach, certified as a USSA Coach Instructor, a USSA Technical Delegate, served as the Rocky/Central Regional Development Director for 7 years, has worked with athletes of all ages and ran programs for this age group for over 8 years.  As a native of Colorado, and a parent of three active children, Terry is a proven manager and great addition to our Leadership Team.

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Doug Elsey, Alpine Head Women's FIS Coach

Doug Elsey, Alpine Head Women's FIS Coach

Doug brings a wealth of experience to our staff as a Level 300 Certified Coach, Level 4 Certified Referee and a Level 2 Certified Chief of Race. He has coached nearly 20 years mainly in Colorado where he has worked with all age groups and boasts having sent over 30 athletes on to race for the U.S. Ski Team or an NCAA University Team including CU, U of U, UNM, UVM, Middlebury, Colby, DU, Dartmouth, to name a sampling.  He has supported the Region at numerous Regional, National and International races, camps and projects where he has coached both men and women.  As an important senior member of the SSCV Alpine staff, he provides leadership not only to his athletes and immediate staff, but to the entire Alpine Team. 

Doug studied Journalism and Philosophy at CU, earning his degrees as a graduate in the class of 1994.  He is excited to be back for another season and help his athletes ski fast!

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Mike Fairbrother, U14 Coach

Mike Fairbrother, U14 Coach

Mike grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he mostly played soccer and during the winter months, attended Waterville Valley Academy in New Hampshire. He went on to race Div 1 Alpine for the University of New Hampshire and walked-on to the UNH soccer team while studying biology. In 2007 he moved to Steamboat Springs to coach the FIS team at the Winter Sports Club. In summer of 2009, Mike coached in New Zealand at Treble Cone Racing Academy and then one year at Sugarbowl Academy in Truckee, CA. Mike returned to the Steamboat Winter Sports Club as a head coach for two seasons. In 2014, Mike joined Ski Club Vail as a U16 coach and is very excited to be coaching the U14 age for the first time. Mike happily lives in Red Cliff, Colorado.

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Erika Ghent, U16 Coach

Erika Ghent, U16 Coach

Erika started out as an athlete here at SSCV at six years old. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2012 with a degree in International Affairs. While at CU Erika raced for the National Championship ski team and earned 5 time All-American, 2011 Overall World University Games Champion and the 2012 Colorado Ski Hall of Fame College Athlete of the Year.

Erika began her coaching career working with U14’s where she quickly made an impact, sending three of her contact group on to the National Training Group in 2015.  She has coached at a number of Divisional and Regional projects and is currently a USSA Level 200 Coach.  She is moving up to U16 this year and is excited to work with the older kids.

When Erika isn’t skiing she loves to run, bike, hike, backpack and spend as much time as possible with her 2 athletic sisters.

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Karen Ghent, Alpine Program Director

Karen Ghent, Alpine Program Director

A long time SSCV member, Karen has had various roles here as an athlete, coach and parent.  She grew up at Lake Tahoe and continued her racing career as a member of SSCV.  She went on to race as a member of the US Ski Team from 1980-1985 where she was a slalom and GS specialist racing World Cup and World Championships.
 
Karen is a USSA Level 400 certified coach and a FIS Technical Delegate. She brings a wealth of knowledge through her experience as an elite athlete and over 20 years of coaching all ages. She and her husband raised 3 ski racing daughters, who have seen success in ski racing and continue to stay involved in the sport.

Under her leadership, the SSCV Alpine Program has earned USSA Alpine Program of the Year three times and sent many athletes on to the US Ski Team and countless NCAA and USCSA University Ski Teams. She is proud to work along side her hard working staff who brings professionalism and passion to their work and who are committed to engaging every athlete in improvement every day.

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Scott Houser, U16 Coach

Scott Houser, U16 Coach

Scott joined SSCV in 2012. He comes to us from Marblehead, MA. He recently graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Sport Studies and Exercise Science. He is a USSA Level 200 certified coach and has previously been affiliated with Carrabassett Valley Academy, Jackson Hole Ski Club and the St. Lawrence University Ski Team. He has also coached for the past two summers at Mt Hood at ski camps.

Scott’s goal for his athletes this season is to instill a high level of passion in them for the sport in the way of fundamentals, fearlessness and most of all fun!

When Scott isn’t skiing he is biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, fishing, sailing and playing outside!

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Stefan Hughes, U16 Coach

Stefan Hughes, U16 Coach

Stefan Hughes hails from Killington, Vermont. He graduated high school from Burke Mountain Academy, and spent his post graduate year at Killington Mountain School, where he earned a spot as a member of the United States Ski Team. He later attended the University of Colorado where he was a member of the NCAA Division I Alpine Ski Team. 

During his ski racing years, in addition to earning spots on the US Ski Team and CU Ski Team, he was US National Junior Slalom Champion, US National Junior Combined Champion, became a Two-Time NCAA All American and was a member of the 2006 World Junior Championship Team.

Previous to joining the SSCV staff, Stefan coached for the British National Junior Ski Team and was the FIS Coach at Winter Park Competition Center. Stefan is excited to coach his athletes to be the best they can be!

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PJ Jenick, Alpine Race Coordinator

PJ Jenick, 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.

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John Kemp, U16 Team Coach

John Kemp, U16 Team Coach

Johnny joined SSCV in 2007 as an athlete, coming to us from Crested Butte Academy.  He had an impressive racing career where he was at one time ranked in the top 5 in the country for his age in all four events.  He raced on the NorAm circuit and appeared 4 times at the US National Championships.  He was the National J2 GS Champion in 2007. 

Johnny started coaching in 2011, starting with U12 and working his way through to where he is now at U16.  His biggest strength is pushing his athletes to test their limits in their playground - Vail Mountain or wherever they find themselves with time to free ski.  His unique experience as a 4-event racer provides him with valuable insight into the requirements of a top level racer whether training for the technical or speed events.  He is excited to help his athletes excel on the hill this season.

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Max Lamb, U19 Men's Coach

Max joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Crested Butte, Colorado. Previously Max has been affiliated with Crested Butte Ski Club, Crested Butte Academy, Winter Park Competition Center as well as the University of Utah and University of Colorado ski teams. Athletically Max was an NCAA All American and a two time NCAA National Championship competitor. Max’s goals for his athletes are to help them have fun in a focused environment that will aide them in accomplishing their goals.

Max graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013 with a BA in Geography. When he isn’t sliding around the slopes with his athletes you can find Max hiking, biking, riding dirt bikes and fishing.

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Lad Lavicka, Alpine U12 Team Coach

Lad Lavicka, Alpine U12 Team Coach

Lad joined SSCV in 2012. He is originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and has previously been affiliated with Holiday Valley Race Team, Squaw Valley Race Team and Grenoble University Club. Lad holds a Level 100 USSA Coaching certification and has coached U12, U14 and U16 age groups. In addition to coaching at SSCV Lad is a RMD Alpine Coach and Official.

As an athlete Lad was the Central Division Region IV Champion and competed on the American Pro Tour. Lad’s goal for his athletes this season is to help them gain self-confidence while improving their ski ability, meeting or exceeding their goals.

Lad studied at Western State College and Kent State University. And when he isn’t surrounded by ski racing, he enjoys sailing and spending time with his friends and family.

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Simon Marsh, U12 Age Class Team Coach

Simon Marsh, U12 Age Class Team 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.

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John McMurtry, Alpine Substitute Coach

John McMurtry, Alpine Substitute Coach

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Rika Moore, YSL Team Head Coach

Rika Moore, YSL Team Head Coach

Rika was born in Germany, and lived and ski raced there until the age of 15. Her family moved to the United States and Colorado Springs where she continued her ski racing in the Rocky Mt. Division.

Rika raced for CU while earning a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology and German Language. She is bilingual, speaking English and German. 

Between 1979 and 1990 Rika taught skiing in Europe, raced Pro, Rep’d skis, and coached Masters racing in Colorado.

In 1991 Rika moved, together with her husband and children to the Vail Valley and she started coaching for SSCV.

Rika is level 3 PSIA and USSA State coach certified, and holds several USSA Officials certifications.

When she is not on the hill with our youngsters, Rika enjoys horses, running and traveling the world.

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Chris Ogilvie, U16 Coach

Chris Ogilvie has been living in Vermont for the past 10 years where he skied for the Bromely Outing Club as a junior racer. He was assistant U14 coach at the Bromley Outing Club and the local High School Ski Team coach in 2013-2014 after earning a degree in Recreation Management, with a concentration in Camp Management from Springfield College (SC) in May 2013. While at SC, he competed in USCSA collegiate alpine skiing, and qualified for the ECSC regional events all four years.

During the summer months, Chris is employed at Camp Wekeela; a co-ed residential summer camp as the Outdoor Adventure Department Head. During his free time away from work and the mountain, he enjoys soccer, swimming/boating and camping/hiking/climbing.

Pam Peterson, U10 Age Class Team Coach

Pam Peterson, U10 Age Class Team Coach

Pam joined SSCV in 2013. She comes to us from Weston, Massachusetts. Previously Pam has worked for Vail Ski & Snowboard School as a trainer and instructor. She is PSIA Level III certified as well as USSA Level 100. Pam has experience coaching high school lacrosse and field hockey and is excited to coach on skis. Pam’s goals for her athletes are to improve their skills while having fun, making great friends and enjoying all that the mountains have to offer.

Pam graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Health and Fitness. When she isn’t coaching she enjoys biking, photography, camping, and spending time with her kids and family.

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Sara Radamus, Alpine Private Coach

Sara Radamus, Alpine Private Coach

Sara has a long history with SSCV beginning in 1982 when she was the Women’s Nor Am Coach working with the club’s top women racers. From 1983-86 she was the Head J2 Coach for both men and women before leaving for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club where she held the same position until 1991. From 1991-94 Sara was the Head Women’s Coach at SSWSC where she also served as the Director of Recruiting for the newly implemented Ski Racing Program at the Lowell Whiteman School. From 1994- 2009 Sara worked with a number of athletes as a private coach in Vail and Park City. Last year, she returned to the SSCV Alpine staff full time as Assistant J3 coach. For the last 25 years, Sara has also been the Director and Head Coach of Sports Club International, Inc., conducting summer training camps in New Zealand, Sunday River, Whistler, Saas Fe, Mt. Hood, Valle Nevado, Pitztal, Copper Mountain and Vail/Beaver Creek.

As a student/athlete, Sara was in the first graduating class of Stratton Mountain School and went on to compete for Middlebury College where she graduated with a B.S. in Art History. She was a four-time All American and Middlebury College’s Athlete of the Year in 3 of those years. She was also recognized as Ski Racing’s Collegiate Skier of the Year in 1979. From 1980-82 she raced on the Women’s Professional Ski Racing Tour. Today, Sara continues to serve Middlebury as an alumni interviewer for prospective students from the area.

Sara holds the highest level of coaches’ certification from USSA as an International Level 4 Coach. She has also served as an examiner for Levels 1-3 at the National Coaches’ Academy. Sara has participated as an US Ski Team Associate Coach at numerous World Cup, Europa Cup, World Junior Championships, Topolino and Whistler Cup projects, as well as, at all levels of National competitions.

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Kristina Revello, U14 Coach

Kristina Revello, U14 Coach

Grew up skiing, ski racing, and participating in many other sports (soccer, softball, track, nordic skiing, horseback riding, fly fishing) in McCall, ID. She took a few years off after high school to continue racing at the NorAm level with the Western Regional team and National Development pool, eventually skiing for the University of Nevada - Reno from 2001 to 2005. She graduated in 2006 with a Liberal Arts degree and began working at Patagonia in addition to coaching at Sugar Bowl, CA.

Kristina, or Rev as we call her, has coached all levels - from early development to FIS - and has spent a few seasons teaching through PSIA as well. After a season as a traveling FIS coach in Oregon in 2008, she managed the development program at Northstar, CA for 4 seasons, growing the competition program by 25% before moving to Colorado to work for the Beaver Creek Race Department leading up to 2015 Champs. She has an extensive background in ski racing, including higher level Ref and TD experience. Her favorite part about coaching is watching each athlete develop their skills both on and off the hill, and helping them become better teammates.
Rev was recently married near Lake Tahoe and says married life feels the same as before, so far. She and her husband enjoy backpacking, traveling, and exploring beautiful Colorado.

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Elena Rogers, U12 Team Coach

Elena grew up in Connecticut and began her ski racing career in the Tristate Region at Mohawk Mountain and Catamount Ski Area. For high school, she attended Stratton Mountain School in Vermont and continued on to St. Lawrence University. At SLU, Elena was a member of the Alpine Ski Team and Women’s Soccer Team where she was a two time Regional All-American and two time MVP of the team. She graduated with a BS in Psychology. This will be Elena’s second season with SSCV.

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Matt Rosencranz, U12 Age Class Team Coach

Matt Rosencranz, U12 Age Class Team Coach

This is Matt’s first season with SSCV.  He is the oldest of three boys from Weston, MA. Both of his younger brothers attend the University of Denver. Ryan, a junior, is a professional alpine snowboarder and Jake, a freshman, is a freestyle skier with a specialty in the half pipe. Matt was previously affiliated with Loon Mountain in New Hampshire, where he coached for 5 seasons with the Loon Race Team before moving west this fall to join SSCV. He grew up competing for the Loon Mountain Freestyle team before transitioning to coaching younger athletes, mainly focusing on fundamentals.

Matt graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2015 where he played DII Golf, majored in history and had a minor in political science. He is currently taking time off before attending Law School. Matt has also coached golf for Nike Golf Camps at Williams College working with 12 to 18 year old athletes.

On and off the snow Matt enjoys instilling the love of the sport in his athletes. Focusing on fundamentals, he likes to utilize the whole mountain in order to help his athlete’s improve on the technical aspects of the turn in and out of the gates and also on their lines and course management.

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Ben Roy, U14 Age Class Team Coach

Ben joined SSCV in Fall of 2015. He grew up skiing and racing in Maine out of Sugarloaf. An alumni of the Sugarloaf/CVA race program he went on to race four years at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, competing in USCSA. Last season, Ben worked for the Vail/Beaver Creek race crew. This season, Ben hopes to share his passion for skiing and racing with his athletes in order to create an atmosphere of hard work, competition, and above all fun!

In his free time, Ben enjoys hiking, mountain biking, golf, and playing music.

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Kim Salani, Alpine Substitute

Kim Salani, Alpine Substitute

Kim arrived at SSCV in 2002. A Chatham, New York native, she is a Level 100 USSA certified coach. Her goal for her athletes this season is to develop there technical skills to become better all around skiers.

Kim earned her degree from Western New England college in 1992 and when she isn’t skiing she enjoys mountain biking and spending time with her kids.

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Erik Steinberg, Ski Cross Head Coach

Erik Steinberg, Ski Cross Head Coach

Erik Steinberg has been involved with SSCV for the past 50 years wearing many different hats.
10 years as an athlete, early coaching years, then off to the US Ski Team for several years, then back to the Club as Executive Director, then years as simply a fan.
Now Erik is the Head Ski Cross and Get in the Gates coach and is thrilled to be back on the slopes where he knows how to advance kids towards their dreams.

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Dan Stripp, Alpine Private Coach

Dan Stripp, Alpine Private Coach

Dan (Stripper) was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1980-87 having competed in World Cup from 1984-87.

He began his coaching career in Lake Placid at NYSEF (New York Ski Education Foundation) where he was the Head J3 Coach and the Head Women’s Coach.

From 1998-2000 Dan was a Coach with the U.S. Ski Team working with the Women’s World Cup SL/GS Team. Beginning in 2001 and through the 2005 season, he was the Head Coach of Team Koznick on the World Cup.

Since his employment at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Dan has led the Women’s Team to become the strongest women’s team in the Rocky Mt. Division, having won the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup series for several years. He has sent four athletes to the USST in as many years.

He has led numerous Divisional, Regional and NDS camps and projects and sits on the RMD Ability Class Subcommittee, providing leadership and direction in many aspects of the sport.

Dan has two children; Jessica and Tyler.

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Ivan Strizenec, YSL Team Coach

Ivan Strizenec, YSL Team Coach

Ivan arrived at SSCV in 2013. Originally he is from Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia, where he was apart of Ski Club Jasná. Ivan was apart of the Slovak Jr. Ski Team, and also had experience as a ski instructor in Europe. Ivan has a ISIA level 2 Instructor (Europe) certificate, as well as a USSA Level 100 Coach Certificate. Ivan has also worked as a Ski Patroller at Timberline Ski Resort in WV for many years. His goal is that his athletes have fun and develop a lifelong love and passion for the sport. In his free time, Ivan enjoys spending time with his wife Tina and their two kids Michaela and Alex.

 

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Kenny Thayer, Alpine Substitute Coach

Kenny Thayer, Alpine Substitute Coach

Kenny Thayer joined SSCV in 2015 and is happy to be apart of the team. Kenny grew up in Mammoth Mountain and raced for the Mammoth High School Ski Team.

Kenny is a PSIA Level 3 Instructor as well as Freestyle Certified, and has taught 8 years in Beaver Creek, 6 years in Aspen and 5 years in Mammoth Lakes, CA. He loves working with kids and helping skiers in all areas of the sport.
In the summers, Kenny is the Director of Golf at the Beaver Creek Golf Club.

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Carl Thompson, U14 Team Coach

Carl Thompson, U14 Team Coach

Carl joined SSCV in 2011 and has previously been affiliated with the CSU Ski Team. He hails from Syracuse, NY and has previously coached J4 and J5 athletes. Carl’s goal for his athletes this season is to help them improve their racing abilities and all around skiing technique.

Carl graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a degree in Graphic Design.

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Matt Underhill, PG/Noram Coach

Matt Underhill, PG/Noram Coach

Matt is excited to be with SSCV for another season. He comes to us from Girwood, AK where he was previously affiliated with Alyeska Ski.

His goal for his athletes this season is to help them achieve their short and long term goals as well as work on their technique in and out of the racecourse.

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Mike Wolfson, Head U10 Age Class Coach

Mike Wolfson, Head U10 Age Class Coach

Mike arrived at SSCV in 2012 and has much coaching experience to bring to our club and athletes. He hails from Westfield, NJ and has previously been affiliated with Team Summit, Crested Butte Ski Club and Copper Mountain Ski Team and Ski School. Mike has coached J4 and J5 athletes and is a Level 300 certified USSA Coach and Level 3 PSIA. His goal for his athletes this season is to help them become the best skiers on the mountain and to become great ski racers.

Mike graduated from Western State College in 2001 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and a Pre K-12 Teaching License. When Mike isn’t coaching he is involved with soccer and is an avid mountain biker.

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Rob Worrell, Head U16 Team Coach

Rob Worrell, Head U16 Team Coach

Rob’s was most recently the Head Alpine Coach of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) for two years, Rob was a U. S. Ski Team Regional Coach from 2006-2009. As an athlete he was both an Alpine and Nordic competitor over 15 years as a member of SSWSC, followed by a career as an amateur and professional bike racer competing in 9 nationals and 1 world championship. Rob began his Alpine Coaching career 24 years ago at the Estes Park Ski Team. He returned to coach in various positions at SSWSC from 1989-1999 including serving as Assistant Women’s Ability Coach and Head Men’s Ability Coach. In 1999 he assumed the position of Alpine Program Director for Team Summit where he remained until 2004 transferring to a similar position at the IMG Crested Butte Academy.

“I’m excited to begin to work with the racers from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail at the 2011-12 season’s first on-snow camp next week in Beaver Creek” said Rob following the SSCV annual Management Team retreat in Vail this week. Rob’s stated passion in coaching is: “To see the huge progress young athletes can make when they have the desire to work hard and put their chin in the fall line.”

“Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is fortunate to have Rob join the staff to lead our Men’s Alpine Program. With over two decades of success coaching at all levels, Rob had a proven track record and demonstrated an unparalleled knowledge and passion for the sport with a commitment to helping each individual developing their personal potential.” stated SSCV Executive Director Aldo Radamus. “SSCV looks forward to welcoming Rob, wife Anje and their two young boys to our community,” added Radamus.

Rob achieved his National Coaches’ Certification at the USSA National Coaches’ Academy in May of 2000 graduating first in his class. He also holds the USA Weightlifting Club Coach Certification, ASEP Coaching Young Athletes Certification, Advanced First Aid Certification and the Colorado High School Coaching Association Certification.

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Bob Zuch, Alpine Private Coach

Bob Zuch, Alpine Private Coach

Bob joined SSCV in 2010.  He comes to us from Armonk, NY. As a student he studied at Cornell University where he received a MSEE.
Having coached all age groups over the past 25 years, Bob is highly qualified and certified as a USSA Level 300 Coach and a PSIA Level 3 Instructor.  He has previously coached at Stratton Training Center in Vermont as the J4 Team Head Coach.  Bob is an avid ski photographer and uses his pictures and videos to help with coaching his athletes.  Bob’s goal for his athletes is to customize their learning experiences all while having as much fun as possible!
During the summer Bob is the Waterfront Director and SCUBA instructor at a summer camp in Maine.  In his spare time Bob is a photographer and a math and science tutor.

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Freestyle Coaches
Erik Berntsen, Freestyle Coach

Erik Berntsen, Freestyle Coach

Erik joined SSCV in 2014. He hails from Santa Fe, New Mexico where he and his friends started the first ever Freestyle team for New Mexico in 1992. Erik is an accomplished freestyle skier and has competed and been coached by the worlds best including 6 years with John Dowling. Erik wants to take what he has learned as a competitor and what John has taught him over his competitive career and give back to the sport that has given him so much growing up. Erik lives by the phrase “skibueno”.

When Erik is not skiing he enjoys spending time with his friends, family and crazy pups.

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Riley Campbell, Freestyle Head Mogul Coach

Riley Campbell, Freestyle Head Mogul Coach

Riley joined SSCV in 2012. He hails form Frisco, Colorado where he was affiliated with Team Breckenridge. Riley is an accomplished freestyle skier; he was a part of the Colorado All Star Team and placed 3rd at Junior Nationals in 2007. As the Head Mogul Coach Riley wants to help his athletes to gain a deep understanding of technical mogul skiing. Additionally he wants them to fall in love with skiing all over again and create lifelong relationships and memories.

Other than skiing Riley’s passions include music, food and traveling.

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John Dowling, Freestyle Program Director

John Dowling, Freestyle Program Director

John joined SSCV in 2012 and we are very excited to have him. He hails from Cape Elizabeth, Maine and has so much experience to offer our club and athletes. He graduated Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Latin and has been affiliated with and coached at the Carrabassett Valley Academy, Team Summit, the Canadian National Freestyle Team and Team Breckenridge.

Between his eight years at Team Breckenridge and five at Team Summit, John has coached 16 members of the U.S. Ski Team. He has also coached Olympians, world champions, national champions, World Cup event winner and World Cup overall winners. And these are only a few on John’s many accomplishments.

Here at SSCV John’s goal for his athletes is to promote measurable performance based improvements at all levels, to improve measurable results and to advance athletes to U.S. Development Programs.

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Hans Gardner, Head Aerial Coach

As a young boy my interest in freestyle skiing came early.  Pouncing on small airs, backscratchers and iron crosses abundant. As I took a liking toward the skiing lifestyle, competition was at a close second. Soon I became more airborn and with that came more revolution and rotation. The arrow I shot was aimed high.  Soaring to fan pages and fundraisers landscaping and fiberglass.  It was a glorious life. And now it’s time for another arrow to be shot. Mogul airs coach. And I am here as a young grasshopper to help guide the minions toward greatness.

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John Grigsby, Freestyle Development Director

John Grigsby, Freestyle Development Director

John has been coaching for the last 11 years. He has worked for Gould Academy, Carrabassett Valley Academy and most recently Waterville Valley. John has worked under some of the best and most respected coaches in the country including Glenn Eddy and Nick Preston. John has coached at Nick’s trampoline camps and is a USSA Level 2 Aerial Coach. He runs the water ramp camps in Lake Placid for Freestyle America.

In addition to being the Development Freestyle Head Coach, John assists during the week with our full-time athletes. This helps us keep the coaching consistent and pave the way for smooth transitions from Devo to Ability.

John brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of the sport with him.

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John Kust, Freestyle Development Coach

John Kust, Freestyle Development Coach

John Kust joined SSCV in 2012. He hails from Excelsior, Minnesota. Previously John has been affiliated with the University of Colorado Freestyle team as a coach. Currently John coaches 8-12 year olds and is excited to teach them not only to be the best skiers they can be but also to ensure they are having a blast in the bumps.

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Lara Large, Freestyle Development Coach

Lara Large, Freestyle Development Coach

Lara came to SSCV in 2011. She hails from New York City. Previously Lara coached for Buddy Werner League and in out Future Stars program. She is also Level 100 Moguls certified. Currently with Development Moguls, Lara coaches 8-11 year olds and is excited to grow her athletes love for the sport.

Lara graduated from University of Arizona in 1992 with a degree in Fine Arts and from Full Sail University in 2011 with a MS in Educational Technology.

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Dmitry Molotchev, Freestyle Development Coach

Dmitry Molotchev, Freestyle Development Coach

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Todd Smith, Freestyle Development Coach

Todd Smith, Freestyle Development Coach

Todd arrived at SSCV in 2012 and hails from Mount Snow, Vermont. Todd previously coached moguls at Mount Snow for six years and is a Level 2 Aerials certified coach. His goal for his athletes this season is to have and help each of them reach their personal goals.

Todd graduated from UVM in 1991 with a Bachelors degree. While there, he played and started on the men’s soccer team. When Todd isn’t coaching, he loves to mountain bike, water ski, wake board and travel.

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Freeski Coaches
Elana Chase, Freeski Program Director

Elana Chase, Freeski Program Director

Elana “E” Chase, is a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Development Team for inverted aerials and moguls. Elana has coached freeskiing and other sports for well over a decade. She began her career coaching skiing full time at Okemo Mountain School in Vermont for 4 years. She then made her way to Colorado where she coached the Aspen team for another 6 years. Elana is now starting her 6th season here at Vail. In the past few years at SSCV, we have seen tremendous positive changes in the freeski and big mountain programs.

“I can’t thank Aldo, SSCV and Vail enough for giving myself and the freeskiing community the opportunity to create something new and truly special here in Vail. I have had a great first few years and I am looking forward to many more.”

Chase has worked hard over the years and has created a strong reputation and loyal following. Elana has been fortunate to coach several top skiers, including: Jen Hudak, Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Alex Ferreira, Aaron Blunck, Broby Leeds, Annalisa Drew, Anais Caradeux, Tucker Perkins, Anna Segal, Taylor Seaton, Adam Crook, Jess Cumming, Walter Wood, and more.

Chase was awarded at SIA, the Pioneering Women’s Award from the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition for her work as a mentor and coach in 2010. In 2008, she was named Freestyle Domestic Coach of the Year by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA). It was the first time a park-and-pipe coach or a woman had earned that distinction. April 2012, Elana was named Vail Ski & Snowboard Club’s Coach of the year. Elana was featured this winter 2011 in the ESPN’s series “Behind the Curtain.”

Under Chase’s direction, the Vail Freeski Program was the USSA Freeski Club of the Year for 2014 and 2013.  Vail Freeski is the only ski program in history to win this award from USSA back to back!

Chase has coached over a dozen freeskiing athletes at Winter X Games since 2004. She has helped both men and women achieve X Games medals every year since 2005 through 2015. Eighteen X Games Medals: 6 Gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze in both halfpipe and slopestyle. Elana also coached 14 of the freeski athletes who went on to attending the Sochi Olympics for its debut 2014. She also participated in Sochi as a coach of the French National Team. Elana has coached multiple athletes to achieve podiums and wins at every major, national, international and local freeski level of events. All three Gatorade Freeflow Champions in Halfpipe have come from her program. Two athlete have been invite to the prestigious Youth Olympic Games 2013 & 2016

Elana Chase is a licensed USASA Coach and a USSA Coach -Level 4 Certified for aerials and new school acrobatic skiing.

“Although I have been very fortunate to work with amazing athletes, and I am currently working with a talented crew here in Vail, it isn’t all about the podiums. It is about helping kids learn to be good people, good student and good athletes. For me, the best part of coaching is helping someone dig deep down inside to achieve something they didn’t think possible for themselves. That could be something as simple as a 360 on a trampoline, to going off a jump for the first time, to sliding a rail or learning a double out of a halfpipe. It’s awesome to see someone put the effort in and come out learning a new skill!”

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Nick Courtens, Freeski Rookie & Regional Team Coach

Nick Courtens, Freeski Rookie & Regional Team Coach

Nick joined SSCV in 2011 and hails from Kinderhook, NY. He is excited to help his skiers become the best they can be while accomplishing their personal short and long term goals. Nick is an IFSA certified coach and has coached a variety of age groups.

He studied Horticulture and graduated in 2010 and when he isn’t coaching you can find him mountain biking, rafting and farming.

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Justin Holder, Freeski Rookie Coach

Justin joined SSCV in 2014. He hails from Beamus Point, New York. Justin graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 with a degree in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Justin is devout to develop strength and skill in his athletes. His past as an ice-hockey player has taught him value of hard work and focus.  As a coach, Justin strives to pass along those lessons, helping athletes become successful on and off the slopes.  When he isn’t coaching he likes mountain biking and weight lifting.

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Matt Marks, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Matt Marks, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

From Cortland, NY, Matt grew up skiing and competing with current pros like Will Wesson, Andy Parry, Lj Strenio, and the Didali brothers (Ahmet and Giray). Stepped away from skiing to pursue a collegiate lacrosse career. After achieving All American status as a senior, Matt moved to Vail to join the Ski and Rid School. His goal for coaching is to inspire passion for skiing and to create opportunities for kids to fulfill their potential.

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Paul May, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Paul May, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

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Taryn Miletti, Freeski Coach

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Garrett Scahill, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Garrett Scahill, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Garrett joined SSCV in 2002. He is originally from South Portland, ME. He is certified with USSA, PSIA and IFSA. His goal for his athletes this season is to foster an environment to help them become the best athletes and humans they can.

Garrett graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2000 with a BS in Outdoor Experiential Education. When he isn’t on the slopes he is biking, hiking, surfing, climbing, traveling and spending time with his wife and son.

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Max Silver, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Max Silver, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Originally from West Hartford CT, Max began his coaching career in 2010 at Sugarbush resort in VT, where he worked for the Diamond Dog’s competition freestyle program, as well as the Snow Blazer non-competitive team. Looking to take his career to the next level he moved to Vail and was grateful to be hired at the club, hearing about the great reputation. As well having a fine tuned technical approach to coaching skiers of all ages, Maxwell also strives to be a role model on and off the hill.

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Bob Sonntag, Freeski Middle School Lead Coach

Bob Sonntag, Freeski Middle School Lead Coach

Bob Sonntag has been with SSCV since 2011. He was previously affiliated with Beaver Creek Competition Department and Gore Mountain. He has coached a wide array of ages.  Bob is a certified PSIA Level 2 Freestyle Specialist and a certified USSA Level 3 Freeski coach.

Bob has skied every season since he was three years old, (don’t ask how many!), and has skied 12 consecutive months of the year for the past eight years straight. Bob’s father recalls a time that young Bob was punished by taking away his lift ticket but continued to ski by climbing the hill time after time. This early passion for the sport led Bob to compete in professional freestyle skiing, mostly moguls, and big air, with one international podium and many top ten finishes. Bob has coached, and instructed both recreational, and competitive skiers for many years.

Because of this experience, in the mid 2000’s the ski school at Beaver Creek put Bob in charge of groups of kids interested in what was at the time a fledgling park, and pipe program. Some of the kids in this program excelled, and it was natural that they wanted to show their skills and push themselves to another level, so Bob began to travel with them to local events. As a group they were very successful locally and went on to compete in USASA events in Colorado. With limited resources at Beaver Creek, and a growing desire to compete, Bob and his core group of kids moved over to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in 2011. Some of the members of this original group continue to compete today at both national and international events.

Bob Says, “I am honored to work with coaches, Elana, John, and Nick! Coaching is a never ending learning experience and it is great to glean ideas from these talented athletes/coaches in order to help our athletes succeed. My #1 goal is to develop a cohesive team where the kids really support each other and are able to develop fundamental skills as safely as possible while their passion for the sport of skiing continues to grow! Since I have been with SSCV I have been extremely proud of the efforts of the athletes I have coached, and in 2014, nine SSCV Rookie Team athletes were invited to USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain where they earned seven podiums! I am also very proud to have participated in my small way to the club that earned back-to-back USSA Freeski Club of the year awards in both 2013, and 2014!”

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Jake Wenn, Freeski Coach

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Nick Whittemore, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Nick Whittemore, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Nick joined SSCV in 2012 and was previously affiliated with Winter Park. A Mississauga, Ontario native, Nick is an IFSA Certified Coach and Judge and an accomplished skier. He is a Freeskiing World Tour top 20 finisher and placed 16th in Taos FWQ in 2012. His goal for his athletes this season is to assure good strength and conditioning, podium finishes, confidence and an increase in form and ability.

Nick graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 with a degree in Finance and Small Business Management. When Nick isn’t coaching he enjoys skydiving, hiking, downhill mountain biking and playing with his pup Whistler.

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Nordic Coaches
Allison Ebbets, Nordic U12-U14 Jr. Prep Team Coach

Allison Ebbets, Nordic U12-U14 Jr. Prep Team Coach

Allison joined SSCV in 2011 and has previously been affiliated with Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team. She is excited to be back and help her athlete improve their technique as well as help them achieve their short and long term goals.

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Sylvan Ellefson, Nordic Future Stars Head Coach

Sylvan Ellefson, Nordic Future Stars Head Coach

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Evan Elliott, Nordic Development Coach

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Karl Hochtl, VMS Nordic Coach

Karl Hochtl, VMS Nordic Coach

A Vail native Karl joined SSCV in 2004. He has coached various age groups and does so here and at VMS. Karl’s goals for his athletes this season are to teach them the sport of Nordic skiing, challenge them in new ways and to reach goals beyond their dreams.

Karl graduated from Williamette University in ‘99 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in German. He is a huge outdoorsmen; among the activities he loves are fishing, hunting, mountain biking and much more.

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Kevin Hochtl, BMHS Nordic Coach

Kevin Hochtl, BMHS Nordic Coach

Kevin joined SSCV in 2007. As a Vail native, he also raced for SSCV as a kid. In 2005 he set the World Record for the 100 meter and finished 4th in the US Nationals. He has coached many age groups and is excited to help them achieve their goals this season. He wants to instill a life long love for skiing in his athletes and help them reach their potential.

Kevin graduated from St. Olaf College in 2002 with a degree in Biology and German.

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Sarah Hochtl, Nordic Future Stars Head Coach

Sarah joined SSCV in 2013. She hails from Stowe, Vermont where she was previously affiliated with Stowe Nordic and Dartmouth College. She is excited to work with the Nordic youth to help cultivate and grow their love for the sport.

Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with a BA in Earth Science and a MAT in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Christian Kloser, Nordic Trail Groomer

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Eric Pepper, Nordic Head Coach

Eric Pepper, Nordic Head Coach

Eric brings a wealth of knowledge to our program. He has coached Junior athletes to the highest level of competition - Junior Nationals, Scando Cup, US Nationals as well as all regional and national events in between. Eric will begin his full-time coaching duties beginning August 1st. In the meantime he will be joining us for various camps - Bend, Park City, Steamboat, Sun Valley, and Lake Placid. We are looking forward to getting Eric into the mix, he will be a great asset to our program.

Quote from Eric - “The SSCV Nordic program has a lot of momentum behind it right now and I’m excited to be a part of it. The support and facilities look fantastic and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

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Dan Timm, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Dan Timm, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Dan joined SSCV in 2012. He hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is excited to coach another season in Vail. Most importantly Dan is excited to teach his athletes the foundations of skating and classic skiing and most importantly have fun with them. Dan is certified by the AFAA and ACE as a PT. Additionally he is a member of IHRSA.

He graduated from Regis College in 1987 with a degree in Media Law and Coaching. When Dan is on the Nordic trails, he participates in triathlons enjoys spending time with his family and staying fit.

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Dan Weiland, Nordic Program Director

Dan Weiland, Nordic Program Director

Born in Denver, Dan was transplanted to Vail where he has lived ever since. He attended Red Sandstone Elementary, Minturn Middle and graduated from Battle Mountain.

He began alpine skiing at the age of 4 and Nordic skiing around age 12. He spent most of his high school days competing in soccer, track and cross country skiing. He received all state ski honors all four years of high school. Was a Junior National Champion in 1991 (Anchorage), and an All-American in ‘91, ‘92 and ‘93. Senior year Dan was selected for all state soccer honors. He attended the University of Colorado and skied for them for 5 months. After college Dan returned to Vail and once again began racing, this time in off-road triathlons and adventure racing. Currently Dan races for Nike ACG as a professional adventure racer.

Soon after Dan’s return to Vail he began coaching. He was named Head Nordic Coach of VMS in 1998 and has coached there since. Coaching is a true passion of Dan’s; he enjoys teaching kids the valuable lessons that he has learned throughout his years of coaching and competing. Dan’s goal is to prepare young athletes for the next level of competition whether that is the National Team, Division 1 NCAA or beyond.

Dan has enjoyed his time with the club program (RMD) and seeing his kids excel to a level that has never been seen in this valley. The future for Nordic skiing is very bright in this community and it is great to have SSCV to nurture our goals.

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Shawn Wright, Nordic Coach

Shawn joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Wyoming, Minnesota where he was previously affiliated with the Bridger Ski Foundation as a Junior Team Assistant Coach. Shawn’s goal for his athletes this season is to help them perfect their technique.

SHawn graduated from Montana State University in 2012 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and when he isn’t on the Nordic trails, you can find him rock climbing, alpine skiing and mountain biking.

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Snowboard Coaches
Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Added to the Snowboard coaching staff is Chris Laske who 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. Also he is an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack. Kyle Mack just nabbed the bronze medal in slopestyle at the Snowboard World Championships in Austria this past month.

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.”

With his coaching and management experience, Chris will be a valuable addition to the SSCV Snowboard staff for the remainder of this winter.

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Casey Lehmicke, Snowboard Mini Shred Coach

Casey Lehmicke, Snowboard Mini Shred Coach

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Pat Markiewicz, Mini Shred Head Coach

This is Pat’s first year with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. Pat has been riding for over 20 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Pat was a member of USASA and USSA as a competitor and as a coach. He won USASA nationals in 2004 and competed in the Grand Prix and Open circuits for years. Pat hopes to use the knowledge he has gained to help the club and push the riders to their goals.

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Brady McNeill, Snowboard Slopestyle Head Coach

Brady McNeill, Snowboard Slopestyle Head Coach

Brady joined SSCV in 2002. His hometown is Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is a Level 300 certified coach and instructed for Vail Mountain in 2000. He is a member of USSA, USASA and USGA. Brady’s goal is to help his athletes be created, passionate and committed to their sport and help them progress through dedication.

When Brady isn’t coaching he loves spending time with his son, golfing, hiking, fishing and camping.

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Brooke Shaw

Brooke Shaw

Brooke Shaw joined SSCV in 2015. Brooke brings new meaning to “all-around rider” as a threat in the park, pipe, and snowboardcross course—and she even runs gates. Named to the All-Star Team at Sports Illustrated Next Snow All-Stars as a teenager, Shaw manages to have fun while being competitive against the best in the world. Still, though all signs point to Shaw being a standout in the sport, the young rider has yet to have the chance to truly show her stuff, dealing with back-to-back season-ending injuries in both 2009 and 2010. Shaw had another injury out of the gate in 2011, but she gave it time and closed out her season on snow with a second-place showing at the Rev Tour in halfpipe.

Shaw may have taken a step back from Snowboardcross after a knee injury in June of 2011, but competed in high-level halfpipe competitions from the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix to the Dew Tour, where she placed among the top ten.

In 2013 Shaw refocused her efforts back to Snowboardcross, and despite battling pesky pains in her knee she competed in three World Cup’s as a good way to ease back into SBX competition. To close her season strong she placed fourth at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.

Brooke is very excited to be apart of the snowboard team here at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

Future Stars Coaches

Morgan Ballinger, Future Stars Coach

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Leah Baxter, Future Stars Coach

Leah Baxter, Future Stars Coach

Leah has been an active skier and raced on the business leagues.  She coached the 6-11 year olds at Team Summit the past 2 years.  Enjoys working with the children and her goal is to teach the children that they can be the best that they can be and teach them to be great skiers while having fun at the same time!

Leah lives in Frisco with her husband, and two boys who are also full-time athletes with SSCV.  Leah is currently a Realtor in Frisco.  She also enjoys, biking, hiking, and Cross-fit.

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Julia Bechtel, Future Stars Coach

Julia Bechtel, Future Stars Coach

As a child, Julia raced for the LoveLand Ski Team before switching to SSCV. After an injury, Julia participated in an internship in the Future Stars program as an assistant coach. In the 2014 season, she began coaching her own group of athletes ages 5-8. Julia enjoys getting to know every athlete and seeing them develop and improve on skills.

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Amie Bervy, Future Stars Coach

Amie Bervy, Future Stars Coach

Amie arrived at SSCV in 2008 and has a lot of coaching experience to share with the club and the athletes. She has previously coached Future Stars and Ability athletes and holds a Level 200 USSA Coaching certificate. Amie was also a part of the Colorado University Ski Team and the US Development Team.

Her goal for her athletes this season is to help them create a life long passion for the sport and the great outdoors.

An Olympic Valley, California native, Amie graduated from CU with a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Bachelor’s in English with Secondary Teaching. When she isn’t coaching Amie enjoys running, mountain biking, water skiing, cycling and keeping up with her children!

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Carrie Devlin, Future Stars Coach

Carrie Devlin, Future Stars Coach

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Gina Huggins, Future Stars Head Coach

Gina Huggins, Future Stars Head Coach

Gina joined SSCV in 2012. She hails from New Windsor, New York. While in NY Gina coached at Belleayre Mountain. She is PSIA Level 1 certified as well as USSA Level 100. Gina is excited to teach her athlete the skills they need to grow into well rounded skiers and most of all facilitate a fun environment.

Gina has two sons that she loves to ride the mountain with when she isn’t coaching..

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Dave McCormick, Future Stars Coach

Dave McCormick, Future Stars Coach

Dave joined SSCV in 2013. His hometown is Springville, New York. With three kids in the alpine program Dave is excited to also join the team. He is PSIA Level 3 certified and has experience running race clinics with Vail Ski School. Dave is excited to help the athletes ski to the best of their ability.

When Dave isn’t coaching he enjoys follow his own kids ski racing happenings.

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Gibby Sullivan, Future Stars Coach

Gibby Sullivan, Future Stars Coach

Gibby joined SSCV in 2013. She hails from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She has experience coaching for Vail Devo and Bear Creek Kodiak Kids and is PSIA Level I certified. Gibby’s goals for her athletes are to help them build confidence, develop camaraderie and foster a life long love for skiing.

Gibby graduated from CU Boulder in 1992 with a BFA and MFA. When she isn’t coaching, she loves spending time with her family, playing with her dogs and mountain biking. Additionally as a mom of active kids one that races for the Air Force Academy Ski Team and Mountain Bike Team and two SSCV racers she is always cheering someone on!

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