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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, Executive Director

Kirk Dwyer, Executive Director

Kirk Dwyer joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Executive Director in the Spring of 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, Member Services Manager

Kristina Krone, Member Services Manager

Kristina graduated from Williams College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. While there, she was a member of the Williams College division I ski team, she studied tropical ecology in Panama for a semester abroad, and she received a National Science Foundation grant to study freshwater systems in Puerto Rico. After graduation, she worked in a seed testing laboratory on the front range, but eventually found her way up to the Vail Valley seeking a more fitting lifestyle. Here, she found her place as the Academic Director for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, managing the Winter Tutorial program and working with Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy students.

More recently, she has transitioned into the Member Services Manager role at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail seeking to expand her professional skill set and interface more with the membership and community at large. She is proud to continue her work in the non-profit sector and in youth sports development. In her free time, you can find Kristina skiing, hiking, traveling, gardening, and running around with her dogs Avery and Max.

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Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Added to the Snowboard coaching staff in 2015, Chris Laske hails from Brighton, Michigan, where he has spent winters as a professional Snowboard Coach and owns and operates a successful wakeboard school in the summers. He is also an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack, who won the gold medal in slopestyle at the Burton US Open at Vail this past season.

Writing of his motivations as a coach Chris states: “Nothing feels better than to watch a student achieve their goals and progress to the next level.”

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Geoff Mintz, Communications Manager

Geoff Mintz, Communications Manager

A longtime Vail Valley local, Geoff brings a wealth of experience in communications and media, having most recently served as Associate Editor and Men’s Alpine World Cup Correspondent for SkiRacing.com.

As a racer, Geoff cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley in New Hampshire. He graduated from Holderness and went on to attend the University of Vermont, where he specialized in hot laps on The Chin, strategically scheduled between classes. Political Science and English were his other areas of study.

Prior to his time at Ski Racing, Geoff served on staff at the Vail Daily and Summit Daily News in an editorial capacity and has worked on assignment for SKI Magazine, Powder Magazine, ESPN Action Sports and Relix (yes, he likes good music, too). Over the years, he’s covered major events in ski and snowboard competition, including the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the FIS World Cup Tour in Europe, the X Games and Dew Tour. Along the way, he also formed his own marketing communications business, Elevated Publicity LLC, which has served nonprofits and event promoters throughout the valley.

Geoff is thrilled to be on board at SSCV and is looking forward to further developing in-house media services to better connect club members, staff and the community at large.

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Sharon Schmidt, Director of Academics and Admissions

Sharon Schmidt, Director of Academics and Admissions

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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Euginnia M Seyferth, Director of Development & Events

Euginnia M Seyferth, 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.

Euginnia and her husband, Brodie have a chocolate labradoodle named Desmond!

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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
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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Christine Freedman, Accountant

Christine Freedman, Accountant

Christine is a longtime Vail Valley local, having lived in the valley since 2000.  Since that time, she has been working in the accounting field specializing in small business and nonprofit accounting.  Christine graduated from the University of Phoenix in September of 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She continued her education at the University of Phoenix and graduated with two Master Degrees; Master of Business Administration – Accountancy and Master of Science in Accountancy.  In April of 2015, Christine received her Certified Public Bookkeeper License through the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers.  In her free time, you can find her hiking or snowshoeing with her dogs Rowdy, Roo & Stella, mountain biking, and camping.

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Human Performance
Scott Abraham, Assistant Strength Coach

Scott Abraham, Assistant Strength Coach

Scott fell in love with the snow as a child growing up in Buffalo, New York and before long, snowboarding became his escape from the gloomy winter months. Scott always dreamed of living in the mountains. When he couldn’t be on the snow he continued to find ways to prepare himself for the season. Weight training not only allowed him to be strong on the snow but also on the rugby field. After graduating from Buffalo State College in 2012 he became a ski instructor and studied Strength and Conditioning under Nathan Young. He has been working in the field ever since, working with a wide range of clients and competitive athletes.  Scott is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.), holds a Level 1 USA Weightlifting certification as well as a P.S.I.A. Alpine Level I credential.  Scott is excited to be working in one of the premier winter sports performance centers and with Ski & Snowboard Club athletes.

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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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Greg De Luke, Athletic Trainer

Greg joined the SSCV team in November 2016 as the Athletic Trainer.  Greg if a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Originally from Albany NY, Greg received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Butler University in 2005 where he also competed in Division I lacrosse.  He then received his Master of Athletic Training from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2007, where he spent a full season working with the Red Raiders Football Team.  Following graduate school, Greg spent 7 years working at Burke Mountain Academy as the Athletic Trainer, Women’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Director of Student Health Services.  Most recently Greg was in Buffalo NY training and rehabilitating elite level hockey and lacrosse athletes.  Throughout his career Greg has had the opportunity to work with athletes at the youth, high school, collegiate, and professional level.

In his free time Greg enjoys skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking, and surfing.

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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.

Adam Joice, Assistant Strength Coach

Adam Joice, Assistant Strength Coach

Adam came to Vail in December 2015, following graduation from the University of Kansas with a BS in Health, Sport & Exercise Science. Adam began his sports performance career as an intern with Next Level Sports Performance. After a year of being in the private sector with Next Level, Adam completed a 2.5 year internship with the University of Kansas, working with KU Basketball, Men’s Golf, and Women’s Soccer. In his last semester of undergrad, Adam also completed a sports performance and physical therapy internship with Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Adam enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and backpacking.

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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
Kyle Groen, Academic Coach

Kyle Groen, Academic Coach

Kyle grew up in Kansas outside of Kansas City and headed to Michigan for college. Upon acquiring a BA in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics he explored the laboratory world only to find he needed to be interacting with people to maintain his sanity. He discovered his passion for working with youth and education while an environmental education intern in northern Michigan. After moving to Colorado in 2014, he has worked with youngsters at two well-know non-profits in the Vail Valley-Walking Mountains Science Center as a Naturalist and SOS Outreach as a Program Coordinator.  He is excited to continue impacting the lives of youth and encouraging them to pursue the sciences. He is passionate about skiing, disc golf, hiking, and youth development.

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Merritt Harlan, Academic Coach

Merritt Harlan, Academic Coach

Merritt Harlan grew up as a faculty child in independent schools throughout New England. She fell in love with skiing from a very early age and raced throughout high school and college, serving as captain of the NCAA Division I Alpine Ski Team at Williams College. While at Williams, Merritt majored in Mathematics, and in addition to skiing also competed on the NCAA championship crew team for all four years.

Merritt loves working with students and while at Williams served as a peer tutor, a high school tutor, and volunteered at Williamstown Elementary School as a part-time science teacher. Last summer she worked at St. Paul’s School in Concord NH teaching engineering, and this summer she led a trip for Groton School to the Orkeeswa School Tanzania where she taught math for three weeks.

From her time both in the classroom and on the slopes, Merritt is so excited to move to Colorado and work with the students at VSSA to help them pursue their dreams!

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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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Kevin Krone, Academic Coach

Kevin Krone, Academic Coach

Kevin Krone grew up splitting time between his two passions: Academics in Denver and ski racing throughout the mountains of Colorado. A long time member of Team Summit, Kevin learned how to manage his time in order to succeed in the classroom and on the slopes. He attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont where he studied Biology and Chemistry. He was a four-year member and starter for the NCAA Division I Alpine Ski Team. In addition to this Kevin became involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington where he confirmed his love for working with students and teaching.

Kevin is excited to return home to the mountains of Colorado and help the students of VSSA find success at school, allowing them to pursue their dreams on the hill.

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John Russell, Winter Tutorial Tutor

John grew up in northern New Jersey before attending Williams College in Massachusetts where he graduated with a double major in physics and philosophy. Outside of the classroom, John was actively involved in Williams’ outdoor orientation program, starting as a trip leader and eventually serving as the student director. Between his involvement with the outdoor orientation program and his earlier experience as a camp counselor, John fostered his love of working with young people in the outdoors before he transitioned that passion into a classroom setting. His first teaching experience was at a summer program at MIT where he taught physics to middle and high school students with the goal of having them begin to understand some of the cutting edge research going on in the labs at MIT. After that, he continued teaching as a teaching assistant in the physics department at Williams College and as a tutor for local high school students. John is excited to move out West and share his love of science, math and the humanities with the Winter Tutorial students.

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Sally Ryerson, Winter Tutorial Tutor

Sally was born and raised in Vail and attended Red Sandstone Elementary and Vail Mountain School. She discovered her passion for skiing at a very young age exploring Vail’s Back Bowls with her Dad and getting technique tips from her mom. After casually experimenting with freestyle and telemark, she decided go full force into Nordic racing. She completely fell in love not only with the sport, but also with the culture that surrounds the Nordic community.

After racing for 4 years with SSCV, she went to Bates College to ski for their NCAA Division 1 program and to study Teacher Education. She student taught a full year of 10th grade English at Lewiston High School and created her own major, which embeds positive psychology concepts, such as meaning, flow, personal growth, and purpose that extends beyond the self, into teaching middle and high school English. She firmly believes happiness is a prerequisite for success; therefore, she aims to teach in a way that encourages students to feel the joy that comes from striving towards their full potential. Although Sally only raced one year in college, she kept herself busy through her academics, education fieldwork, intramural sports, and being the Co-President of her class.

Sally graduated from Bates College in 2016 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and eligibility for Secondary English teaching certification in Maine. She recently completed her 8th summer at SummerQuest at Vail Mountain School, which serves students from Eagle County who have been targeted as having potential but are in need of remediation. She began volunteering at this program when she was 14 years old and has now been a lead teacher and the interim director for the past two summers. She found her passion for teaching through her experiences at SummerQuest and Lewiston High School and is thrilled to continue doing what she loves at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Winter Tutorial.

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Molly Sparhawk, Winter Tutorial Tutor

Molly Sparhawk has enjoyed living in incredible places such as New Mexico, Vancouver BC, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado, Michigan, Alaska and Maryland. She is thrilled to be back in Colorado with her husband Greg, daughter Kate (14) and son Abe (10).  The entire family is excited to be able to call the incredible community of Minturn home!

Molly is honored to be a part of the Winter Tutorial staff. She will be working with SSCV student athletes as they explore their history coursework. Teaching experience includes multiple areas of art history, history of popular culture, fine arts and speech communications among other humanities based courses. She has six years of traditional classroom experience working with 7th through 12th graders as well as college level students. She also has over 15 years of online/distance teaching experience and fully appreciates the importance of staying connected with her students no matter where they may be in the world.

Molly has a B.A. in Humanities from Suffolk University and a M.Ed. in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Indigenous and Cross Cultural studies through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her studies focus on experiential and expeditionary learning through cross-cultural and multi-generational experiences and have provided her with a broad-based background in US and World History.  Learning through experience is a key component of her teaching and everyday life philosophy so she is very excited to work alongside her students as they explore the different facets of history together in unique and engaging ways.

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Campbell Stevenson, Academic Coach

Campbell Stevenson, Academic Coach

This is Campbell Stevenson’s second 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 Renaissance 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 an energy efficiency company in Boston before heading west to get back to what he was most passionate about:teaching. He is incredibly excited again to help students achieve the highest academic success possible while also being able to live in such a spectacular place.

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Bob Zuch, Winter Tutorial Tutor

Bob Zuch, Winter Tutorial Tutor

Bob Zuch is a successful entrepreneur, engineer, and ski racing coach who is passionate about teaching middle school and high school aged youth.  Bob has been a ski racing coach at SSCV since 2010, and we are fortunate that he is returning to SSCV as a Winter Tutorial math and science tutor this winter.  Bob comes to us from Armonk, New York.

Bob has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, with minors in Economics and Educational Psychology.  While at Cornell, he was involved with a mentoring and math tutoring program for high school students and really enjoyed helping these young men and women learn and grow and discover their potential.  After college, Bob was recruited by the aerospace and defense industry, and moved to California to design instrumentation for spacecraft.  He returned to the East Coast to work designing automatic test equipment for electronics used in military and commercial systems.  Eventually Bob started his own company to design and install custom home theaters, with clients as far-reaching as the Philippines and Russia, while also working with clients in the U.S.  Bob’s work was recognized by the Robb Report “Best of the Best Home Theater Systems” in 2003.  He also received Stereophile’s platinum award for Best Video Projector in 2002.

Bob has been coaching ski racing in Vermont and Vail for a combined 25 years, and is certified as a USSA Level 300 Coach and PSIA Level 3 Instructor.  Bob is also an accomplished ski photographer and started a website for SSCV’s U12 team to share photos, race videos, and coaching tips.  Prior to coaching at SSCV, Bob was the J4 Team Head Coach at Stratton Training Center in Vermont.  At Stratton, he revamped the ski racing program for the J4 age group, and introduced online video analysis for his athletes.

Bob is also a SCUBA instructor, a swimming instructor, and is the waterfront director at a summer camp in Maine.

Bob is very excited to join SSCV’s Winter Tutorial team where he will be able to combine his passion for teaching with his passion for math and science.

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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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Connor O’Brien, Tune Shop Technician

Connor O’Brien, Tune Shop Technician

Connor joined SSCV in 2013. His hometown is Ridgefield, Connecticut. Connor has previously been affiliated with Catamount Race Team and Castleton State College Ski Team where he raced for four years. Athletically, Connor earned the Academic All American Honorable Mention in 2010, was part of the All USCSA ECSC Ski Team in 2012 and attended four USCSA National Championships with the Castleton State College Ski Team.

Connor graduated from Castleton with a BA in History. When he isn’t coaching he enjoys listening to music and playing instruments.

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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

Jay grew up in a small mining town in the upper peninsula where he started skiing as a young boy, and began working in a local ski shop as an adolescent. He worked at a ski shop for 8 years through high school and college before moving to Colorado where he continued to work in retail ski shops for his first three years in Vail.

Paul recruited Jay to join him at SSCV in the fall of 2014, and Jay’s now been with Ski Club Vail for 3 years.

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Alpine Coaches

Balz Arrigoni, Get in the Gates Coach

Balz joined SSCV 2015 as a Get in the Gates Coach. He was born in and grew up racing FIS in Switzerland for many years. He holds a Swiss Expert Certificate Level 3 and taught skiing in Europe and the USA. When his 2 children showed interest in ski racing, he taught them how to ski and found his passion again in coaching. Balz enjoys teaching kids to be better skiers and to grow a lifelong passion for skiing. In his free time, he loves spending time with his family, mountain biking, skiing and spending time in Europe.

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Robert Baker, Alpine Women's FIS Coach

Robert Baker, Alpine Women's FIS 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, 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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Tomi Chipman, Alpine U14 Coach

Tomi is from Maine and grew up ski racing in New England. She graduated from Gould Academy in 2010 and went on to race for Bates College and then for Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she competed in USCSA Nationals in 2013 and 2014. For the past few winters she has worked as a race coach and ski instructor at Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Vail.

In the off-season you can find her on her family farm in Maine where she grows over 40 crops; her favorite crop to grow is strawberries.

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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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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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Dom Garand, Alpine U19 FIS Coach

Dom Garand, Alpine U19 FIS Coach

Dom hails from Ottawa, Canada and began his skiing career at Mt.Tremblant, Quebec. He attended Burke Mountain Academy, was on the Canadian National team for two years, and represented Canada at the World Juniors in Switzerland.  He proceeded to ski four years at the University of Vermont where he was a four time NCAA First Team All American, and the 2015 NCAA National SL Champion. Further, Dom has coached Burke Mountain Academy summer camps for the past two years.

Dom spends his summers working construction for his family’s construction company, Garand Homes. When not skiing, you can find him enjoying the outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, and sailing.

Dom is very excited to be a member of SSCV, and to spend his winter in the West. His goal as a coach is to assist the athletes in reaching their full potential on the hill, while simultaneously setting a standard of self-improvement off the hill as well. As a younger coach, he is especially eager to work with the athletes on new techniques and tactics.

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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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Shaun Goodwin, Alpine Private Coach

Shaun is an upstate New York native who began his coaching career 16 years ago at a small ski area named Bristol Mountain. From that point forward, Shaun has invested his time at every level of the sport, from the grassroots program level to the US Ski Team. As the USSA eastern youth coordinator, Shaun began a multi-year stretch working for our national governing body. From eastern youth coordinator his roll evolved to manage many national and international children’s projects for USSA . Alongside his work with athletes Shaun devoted much of his time while at USSA focusing on coaches education. A level 500 coach, Shaun has delivered clinics for coaches all over the country. From his regional posts at USSA, Shaun moved on to finish his time at USSA coaching for the US Women’s Ski Team. 

In 2011 Shaun moved on from USSA to start his own media company which has evolved to this day. With his wife Meredith, they re-located to Denver in 2014 where he now manages his business. In his spare time he is able to stay engaged with the ski community. Shaun is still a member of the USSA coaches education staff and has focused on a more personal approach with athletes at every level of the sport. Shaun comes to SSCV to help supplement some of the great training going on at the U16 level.

In his spare time you will find Shaun and his wife exploring the world. If he is not in Africa, Asia or another far off land he will be romping through the woods with his dogs, playing the bass guitar or paddling rapids somewhere here in Colorado.

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Osi Inglin, Head FIS Coach

Osi Inglin, Head FIS Coach

Osi Inglin joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Head Alpine FIS Coach, overseeing the entire Alpine FIS program along with coaching responsibility for the FIS women. Not only does Inglin have over twenty years of international coaching experience coaching from the development to the World Cup level, but he has also coached in the United States, having served as Head Women’s Coach at Green Mountain Valley School previously.

Inglin has coached some of the top alpine racers in the world (both men and women) over the course of his career, including Sonja Nef, Didier Cuche, Didier Defago and Mike Von Gruenigen.  Most recently Inglin worked with the Swiss Men’s C Team, where Marco Odermatt won the 2016 FIS Junior World Ski Championship Giant Slalom title and Odermatt (1997) and teammate Loic Meillard (1996) are currently ranked first in the world in their respective birth year in giant slalom.

Karen Ghent, SSCV Alpine Program Director, states “Osi brings years of experience managing and developing world-class athletes to SSCV’s FIS program in support of an already strong coaching staff and a very talented group of FIS level athletes.”

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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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Heather Jöchl, U14 Coach

Heather Jöchl, U14 Coach

Heather hails from a ski area in North Carolina called Sugar Mountain. She comes from a family of skiers and ski racers: both her Austrian-born father and her mother instilled a love of the sport. Heather spent her youth traveling all over the East Coast ski racing, and spent her summers at Red Lodge Race Camp, where she met great coaches and ski racers from all over the world. She attended Lees-McRae College and University of Colorado before moving to Vail in the summer of 2002. During her tenure in Vail she worked for Beaver Creek Ski School and SSCV’s Gravity Core program and J3 Program. Starting in 2006, Heather attended Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, studying Creative Arts and Pastoral Leadership. However, the Colorado mountains called her back every Australian “Summer Break,” and she continued coaching return-clients and her faithful Beavo girls. Soon after returning to the Vail Valley full-time, Heather began volunteering for the Birds of Prey World Cup and was asked to work full-time with the Beaver Creek race department, which she did for several years. Heather has decided to return to coaching as, “In order to have an incredible future, you must build up incredible young people.”  She believes that through programs like SSCV’s, we are investing not only in the future generations of ski racing, but also an incredible future.

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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 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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Kim Lundstrom, U12 Coach

Kim Lundstrom, U12 Coach

Kim began ski racing out of Flagstaff, AZ then transitioned from the Southern Series to race for SSCV while living with a host family through high school. She competed in the Junior Olympics (now Championships), US Nationals and FIS in SL, GS, SG and DH, although Slalom was her favorite.  After an injury in high school, she decided to pursue education in the medical field and went on to become a physician.  She finished residency in Otolaryngology and practiced medicine for 11 years.  When her two children clearly wanted to be on the snow, she taught them how to ski and found a passion in coaching.  Kim has quit practicing medicine to be able to spend more time with her kids and has been coaching out of Flagstaff for the last 5 years, where she was the Director of Coaching and is USSA Level 100 Certification.  She truly loves teaching kids how to ski better as well as compete.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family which usually means watching soccer, hiking or mountain biking.

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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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Fletcher McDonald, U19 Men's FIS Coach

Fletcher McDonald, U19 Men's FIS Coach

Fletcher spent the last two years working as the Assistant Coach at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During his time working at CU, his team won the NCAA National Championship in 2015 and was runner-up in the 2016 season. Prior to coaching at CU, Fletcher skied 4 years collegiately at CU, was an All-Team RMISA athlete, and his team won two NCAA National Championships. In his years before college, he raced for Team Summit where he was the Surefoot Overall Winner in 2010, as well as the 2010 Super-G Overall Champion. Fletcher grew up in Copper Mountain, CO and loves skiing. In the summer you can find him enjoying riding bikes, hunting, fishing, and camping. Anything outdoors! Excited to be at SSCV, Fletcher wants to push the athletes to their full potential while still enjoying the sport!

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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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John Negomir, YSL Coach

John Negomir, YSL Coach

John joined SSCV in 2016.  A lifelong Colorado resident, John has been active in the ski world in many roles ranging from instructing to leading race organizations. The past 3 seasons, John has worked with the Vail Race department while running his real estate and property management business.  This winter, John is looking forward to sharing his passion for the Colorado outdoors and ski racing with his athletes to give them competitive skills and a lifelong love of the sport.

When he isn’t snow skiing, John enjoys competing in water skiing events with his family, mountain biking, working on classic cars, and following his two ski racing sons’ endeavors.

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Chris Ogilvie, U16 Coach

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.

Tomas Pecinka, Alpine Substitute Coach

Tomas Pecinka, Alpine Substitute Coach

Tomas joined SSCV in 2016 as an Alpine Substitute Coach. He grew up skiing and ski racing in Czech Republic, and has been coaching Buddy Werner League for four years. Tomas is a level 100 USSA certified coach and looks forward to helping athletes improve their technical skills, while having fun.

When he is not coaching, Tomas can be found spending time with his family, mountain biking, or rock climbing.

Gus Pernetz, U19 USSA Coach

Gus Pernetz, U19 USSA Coach

Gus first came to Vail in 1989 after growing up ski racing on the East Coast. He started his career in Vail as a ski instructor for 6 years, though he knew that ski racing was always his passion. Thus, he started coaching high school teams such as Battle Mountain and VMS. Gus started working at Ski Club Vail in 1993 coaching the FIS Men’s Team and later had the opportunity to work with Erik Schlopy during his comeback years. After taking a small hiatus from coaching and becoming a police officer for the Town Of Avon, Gus came back to coaching and became a private coach for Alex Leever. After 6 years of working with Alex, he helped found Sprongo and later became the co-founder of new wearable technology company call STRYD. Now working with the USSA U19 Women’s program, we are excited to welcome back Gus Pernetz, a level 300 USSA coach.

Pam Peterson, U12 Coach

Pam Peterson, U12 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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Crawford Pierce, FIS Women's Coach

Crawford joined SSCV in 1995 and is from Vail. He has previously been affiliated with Ford Sayre, Waterville Valley, Burke Mountain Academy, the United States Ski Team and Bald Mountain Racing.Athletically Crawford has skied his entire life, raced for the University of Oregon and raced int he Peuqout Pro Tour. He is also United States Ski Coaches Association certified as a Master Coach at Level 500. Crawford is excited to help his athletes learn to race, learn to live a healthy life style and most importantly give back more than you receive.

Crawford graduated from the University of Oregon in 1974 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Ceramics. When he isn’t skiing Crawf enjoys spending time with his family and surfing.

Always learn, always grow, Live life well. Be present in the moment, that’s all we have.

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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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Sam Ricker, Alpine U14 Coach

Sam comes to SSCV from Maine, as a life-long Sugarloafer. He grew up racing at Sugarloaf and raced in college for the University of Maine, Farmington as well as Pennsylvania State University. This is his second season coaching U14’s. When he is not skiing he is farming apples, cranberries and pumpkins.

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Elena Rogers, U12 Team Coach

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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Kayla Rogers, U12 Coach

Kayla Rogers, U12 Coach

A Connecticut native, Kayla began her ski racing career in the Tristate Region at Mohawk Mountain and Catamount Ski Area. She graduated from Castleton University in Vermont with a BA in Sociology and was a member of the Castleton Alpine Ski Team. As a member of the college team, Kayla competed in USCSA, and represented Castleton at the National Championships. As a first-year U12 coach, Kayla is not only excited to be coaching, but also excited to be coaching alongside her sister, Elena Rogers, and watching her athletes improve and have fun.

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Ben Roy, U14 Age Class Team Coach

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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Sarah Schleper, U19 Women's Coach

Sarah Schleper, U19 Women's Coach

Born in 1979 in Vail, Colorado, Sarah began skiing in her backyard by the age of two. Sarah grew up through the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail pipeline and was one of the first students enrolled at the Ski Club Vail Academy. Thirty some years later, Sarah is still happiest on snow. She is a 4-time US Olympian, competing with the US Ski Team for more than 16 years. During her successful career, Sarah had four podium finishes in World Cup Races including a victory at Lenzerheide Switzerland, won 7 US Alpine Championships and has had countless podiums as a FIS/USSA racer.  She is pursuing her dream to compete in a 5th Olympics for the nation of Mexico. Her previous coaching experience includes coaching with Erich Sailer for 20+ summer and fall camps, Athletic director at The Front Range Ski Club in 2014, and assistant coach with Crawford Pierce in 2016 at Team Summit.  Sarah is a skilled motivator and excellent demonstrator. She is thrilled to return to coaching and competing for her home club of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

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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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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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Daniel Triantafillou, U10 Coach & Operations Assistant

Daniel Triantafillou, U10 Coach & Operations Assistant

Danny grew up as a competitive ski racer out of Saginaw and Marquette Michigan. He graduated from Gogebic Community College and Northern Michigan University with a degree in Ski Area Management. He has been working in the ski industry since 1997, and has held titles such as Ski & Snowboard Instructor, Assistant Director of Snow Sports School, Snowmaker, Groomer, Rental/ Retail Manager, and Ski Coach. In the off-season Danny works for a whitewater rafting company and in his free-time, you can find him hiking, swimming, and traveling.

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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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Kelia Zigich, Alpine U16 Coach

Kelia Zigich, Alpine U16 Coach

Kelia is starting her first season here at SSCV but has been involved in ski racing for two decades. Racing out of Loveland, the Winter Park Competition Center and the USCSA Team at CU Boulder, she loved the sport enough to spend the next three years coaching age class and college athletes at Eldora. She inspires the pursuit of skiing as a life-long sport and is excited to help athletes fulfill their full potential as racers as well as strong & confident young adults.

Kelia graduated from the University of Colorado in 2013 with a degree in French and Evolutionary Biology. She will be receiving her massage certificate at the Denver Integrative Massage School next spring.

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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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Jack Harty, Freestyle Coach

Jack arrived at SSCV as a coach in 2016. He is from Edwards, CO and previously competed Moguls at SSCV since 2002. Jack was a member of the 2015 Rocky Mountain All-Star team. He finished 2nd in dual moguls and 4th in singles at the 2015 Junior National Championships, and was the 2015 Rocky Mountain Division Dual Mogul Champion. He is excited to share the knowledge he has learned as an athlete to make more champions and have fun doing it.

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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
Spencer Booth, Freeski Coach - Park & Pipe

Spencer Booth, Freeski Coach - Park & Pipe

We are excited to announce that Spencer Booth will be joining Vail Freeski as a Full Time coach for the 2016/2017 season.  This is Spencer’s third season with SSCV. He joined SSCV during the winter of 2014 and graciously coached our Rookie Team while balancing time with VR Ski School. 

Spencer started his love for Freesking with his own competition career, based out of Park City, Utah. Afterward, Spencer finished his B.S in Business Marketing and a minor in Mental Aspects of Sports at Utah State University.  In his spare time, he still worked with athletes up in Park City.  Spencer developed a knack for Sports Marketing and applied this to a few start up projects in sports. One of which is a wakesurf company currently based out of San Diego, California - his original hometown.  Another project was working with our SSCV to build edits to enter online competitions.
Spencer fills his personal time quite well, but he has a strong passion for helping others, especially athletes!  His mission in coaching is to apply his knowledge on and off the slopes to help that budding athlete be the whole package: have a great personal brand and reputation off of the slopes as well as achieve great things in competition on the slopes.

Spencer has a great reputation himself as we head into this winter.  He coached summer water ramp camps and the athletes were please and enjoyed with his coaching skills. “Is it really training if you are having fun, being challenged, and love what you are doing? Let’s work hard, but enjoy it! You’ll find great satisfaction in your personal growth!” - Spencer Booth

“Spencer was a stand out coach last winter. I am delighted to have Spencer back in Vail coaching with us this winter.  I am very please to have Spencer full-time staff and look forward to working with him again. Spencer will mostly work with the middle school athletes, and keep his creative juices going with our landmark video projects that we started last year.”  -E. Chase | Freeski Director

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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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Tanner Coulter, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Tanner was born and raised in Eagle, Colorado, and skied for Ski Club Vail for years before getting into coaching. He has coached both park/pipe and big mountain teams, and enjoys watching SSCV athletes improve and get more comfortable on their skis. In the offseason, Tanner is a hunting guide, builder, and student. This season, Tanner looks forward to working with SSCV’s Big Mountain Team on both strength and and overall skiing ability.

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Nick Courtens, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Nick Courtens, Freeski Big Mountain Coach

Born on a farm in Hudson, New York, Nick started skiing at the age of 3 at Hunter Mountain. Nick started racing at the age of 10 at Catamount and Jiminy Peak where he then took up park skiing in his early teens. He then joined the Mount Snow Academy Freeski program where he competed in Park & Pipe for 3 years. After high school, Nick took a year before school to travel and compete around the east coast. After graduating with a Horticulture degree from Temple University in PA, Nick moved to Vail in April 2010 for a job as head gardener at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Nick started coaching the following season as a freeski coach for the rookie team. He now coaches the Big Mountain team on the weekends and plans on competing in the Freeride World Qualifier events.

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Matias Doherty, Freeski Coach - Big Mountain

Matias Doherty, Freeski Coach - Big Mountain

Matias joining SSCV Freeski Big Mountain coaching staff in January 2016. He was an instant hit with the athletes!  From the moment GO, he took an assertive and responsible approach to everything! From his first introduction email to the daily video and weekly emails he also won the parents over.  Athletes were very excited to be in his group because he was support, made things fun and he a damn good skier!  Matias hails from the country of Chile and Up State New York. That is an interesting combo, but it has definitely sharped him to have all the right ingredients for a successful ski coach.  Currently, Matias attends CMC, Competes on the Big Mountain professional circuit during Chile winter (our summer) and is an instructor for Beaver Creek.

“Due to the significant number of parent accolades on our end of season surveys, it was obvious that Matias could be offered a more significant role with our program for 2017 and succeed! Matias has competed at Big Mountain, and he is doing so right now, during the summer months (winter in Chile). I am pleased to have Matias back on staff, starting DAY ONE of our season.  I really look forward to having our kids be around those positive vibes that Matias brings to our big mountain team. “ -E | Freeski Director

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Steve Guarascio, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Steve Guarascio, Freeski Rookie Team Coach

Steve grew up in Southern California, surfing at Hermosa Beach, and discovered skiing in his teens. He made his first turns on Snow Summit at Big Bear lake, and knew right away that he wanted to live in a ski town some day. After moving to Vail in ’76, Steve joined the Vail Ski Patrol in ’89 and enjoyed an amazing 27 years with a great crew of fun and amazing people. This season, he is looking forward to working with the SSCV crew and coaching the weekend Freeski Rookie program. Steve says, “I raised two awesome daughters on Vail mountain and know how much fun it is to work with kids on their skiing and knowledge of the mountain while keeping it fun and safe.”

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Justin Holder, Big Mountain Team Manager & Coach

Justin Holder, Big Mountain Team Manager & Coach

Justin joined SSCV in 2014. He hails from Bemus Point, New York. Justin graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 with a degree in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management. In the time since, Justin has lived, worked, and played in Vail.  Now in his fourth season with SSCV, Justin’s coaching has impacted athletes from the Rookie level all the way up to National Team athletes. Justin holds coaching certificates with USSA, IFSA, and is also a SSCV Certified Trampoline Coach.
Justin is devout to develop strength and skill in his athletes. His upbringing as a competitive ice-hockey player has taught him value of hard work, focus, grit and discipline.  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 can be found touring, mountain biking and weight lifting. He also works at the local gym and as a WECMRD trampoline coach in his spare time.

“Although Justin did not start his athletics in competitive skiing, I knew all that hockey and his good nature would spill over to positively affect our ski athletes. My hunch was good. Justin is a diamond in the rough for our coaching staff.  I am continually impress with Justin’s willingness to work hard for the kids, put in long hours, and learn new things. He listen to the kids, the other coaches, and takes the time to educate and better himself within the ski world. Justin has fortitude and self discipline that the kids admire and respect.” - E. Chase | Freeski Director

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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 - Rookie Team

Taryn Miletti has been with SSCV for 4years. She is one of the most requested coach each Fall when we are creating the coaching group. Taryn lives locally in the Vail area and is also the manager at the Fitz.

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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 Coach & Rookie Team Coordinator

Bob Sonntag, Freeski Coach & Rookie Team Coordinator

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, a certified USSA Level 3 Freeski coach, and a licensed USASA 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, DZ and others! 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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Allie Welsh, Freeski Coach

Allie Welsh, Freeski Coach

Allie is a Colorado native and graduated Division 1 lacrosse player from UC Berkeley. She competes on the World Cup circuit for Halfpipe and coaches lacrosse for the club team Team 180 during the summer. She helped the freeski team and athletes on injured reserve with strength and conditioning this fall.

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Jake Wenn, Freeski Coach

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Leo Wolfson, Freeski Coach

Leo Wolfson, Freeski Coach

Leo grew up skiing the icy slopes of Minnesota and started getting very serious about his riding around 2005. He competed consistently in slopestyle and rail jam competitions throughout high school and loved every aspect of the sport whether wearing a bib or just filming with friends. Leo moved to Colorado in 2009 to attend college at CU-Boulder but his passion for skiing hardly wavered, routinely making the 90-minute trip to the mountains throughout the winter.
Although no longer a competition rider these days, Leo still takes a passionate approach to his skiing- hiking rails for hours and skinning mountains well into the summer. The opportunity to share his passion with a future generation of skiers is what got Leo into coaching and he loves every minute of it. He notes, “there is nothing more thrilling to me than helping someone else progress at the sport I love so much.”

Leo spent his first year coaching with Team Summit last winter and is excited to join the Ski Club Vail team this season!

Leo is currently 18 mountains deep in his goal to hike every 14,000 ft peak in Colorado and also enjoys rock climbing, struggling at golf, and writing in his spare time.

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Dave Zweig, Freeski Coach

Dave Zweig, Freeski Coach

Dave is back for another season with the SSCV Freeski program.  He has been with the program for 6 years, and enjoyed watching progression of the athletes throughout the years.

He started competing in park and pipe events on the east coast when he was 16 years old, and has kept that passion ever since.  Dave attended Penn State University where he graduated with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management in 2007.  His focus was on outdoor recreation, thus providing him the opportunity to get a senior internship at Copper Mountain Colorado.  He has been living, competing, working, and playing in Colorado since.  Dave is an avid mountain biker, billiards enthusiast, and outdoor fun seeker when he is not at work.

Dave is a licensed USSA and USASA coach.  He hopes to pass along many life lessons that he has learned through his many years of athletics, competition, and different coaching experiences he has had over the years.

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Nordic Coaches
Sierra Aldrich, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Sierra Aldrich, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Sierra Aldrich grew up skiing in Colorado. She competed for Colorado Rocky Mountain School and skied for Rocky Mountain Division at the National Championships. She went on to attend Colorado College and become a lifelong teacher and coach. Sierra has coached Big Mountain, Telemark, and Nordic skiing, as well as kayaking.  She is a ski instructor for Vail Resorts and a classroom teacher at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. She thrilled to share her passion for skiing and the outdoors with the next generation.

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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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Parke Ehlers, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Parke Ehlers grew up in Vail, racing for VMS, and went on to ski competitively for Middlebury College.  After college, she was the assistant nordic coach for the race team in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for 4 years and traveled with athletes to national championship races.  Parke recently moved back to the valley with her husband Ryan, and two young sons and works as a RN.  She looks forward to being a part of the nordic community here again and sharing her love of nordic skiing.

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Ryan Ehlers, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Ryan Ehlers is a Colorado native, born and raised in Durango, Colorado. He grew up skiing for Durango Nordic Ski Club (DNSC), attending multiple national championship races.  Ryan was an Alaska Smoke jumper before moving to Vail with his wife Parke, and two young sons to work for RA Nelson.  Ryan coached nordic skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for 2 winters, and is excited to be a part of the nordic community here in Vail.

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Sylvan Ellefson, Director of Nordic Future Stars

Sylvan Ellefson, Director of Nordic Future Stars

Sylvan Ellefson was born and raised in Vail, CO. While going through the Alpine Pipeline at SSCV, Sylvan found an unknown love and passion for nordic skiing. Sylvan was an athlete during nordic’s inaugural season with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in 2004-2005 under the command of Dan Weiland and Karl Hochtl. Sylvan continued his career into college notching many podiums and becoming an All-American under head coach Becky Woods. Sylvan became the first Bates skier to win an Eastern Carnival Race and also received Bates Athlete-of-the-Year Award 2 times. After college, Sylvan helped start an elite nordic racing program under the wing of SSCV and under continued command of Dan Weiland. During his 4 years of professional racing Sylvan was on the SuperTour Podium 19x. He was also started in 25 World Cups and was the National Champion in the 30k Skate leading up to the Sochi Olympics in 2014. He now focuses his love of teaching and coaching towards the 40 kids that participate in Nordic Future Stars every year.

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Evan Elliott, Nordic Development Coach

Evan Elliott is a Colorado native, born and raised in Durango, Colorado. He grew up skiing for Durango Nordic Ski Club (DNSC), attending multiple national championship races. He attended Fort Lewis College, where he competed in their multi national championship cycling team as a member of their downhill mountain biking group. He went on to race downhill mountain biking professionally as well. He began his coaching career in 2007 and quickly moved up to the assistant head coach position for DNSC, a title he happily held though the 2013 season. He continued his coaching career as the assistant head coach for Boulder Junior Nordic Race team for the 2014-2015 race season. He then made his way to the Vail valley, joining Ski and Snowboard Club Vail in the summer of 2015. He has been named as a coach for the Junior National team, Rocky Mountain Division annually since 2012, and was the head glide wax technician for the US team at the U23 World Championships in 2016. Evan is honored to be part of such an amazing group of coaches, athletes and families in the Vail valley.

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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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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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Lauren Zdechlik, Nordic Future Stars Coach

Lauren Zdechlik is a Colorado native who starting skiing at two years old. During high school, she raced for VMS and SSCV with Dan Weiland and Karl Hochtl as her coaches; she later went on to ski for Bates College. She helped coach the Future Stars during the 2013-2014 season while waiting to go abroad. Returning to Colorado after a year in Colombia, Lauren is excited to work again with the youth skiers and keep growing the Nordic family.

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Snowboard Coaches
Brendon Glenwright, Snowboard Mini-Shreds Coach

Brendon Glenwright, Snowboard Mini-Shreds Coach

Brendon grew up in Rochester, New York and snowboarding at Bristol mountain. He skied from the ages of 3 to 10, but then received his first snowboard for Christmas at the age of 10. He has since been snowboarding in Colorado for 8 years: 2 spent in Summit County and the other 6 in Vail. His primary influence in snowboarding came from skateboarding, which particularly drew him in to urban snowboarding. Though he has concentrated on many aspects in snowboarding over the years, he is currently focused more on backcountry, logging, rails, and of course, coaching. Typically, you can find Brendon competing in Bull of the Woods or Vail Log Jam, as well as various other rail jams.

Brendon joined SSCV in the 2015-2016 season. He says “What I would like to see in the athletes is good, all-around style and comfort,  as well as their ability to think outside the box and be creative with their tricks.”

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Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Chris Laske, Snowboard Program Director

Added to the Snowboard coaching staff in 2015, Chris Laske hails from Brighton, Michigan, where he has spent winters as a professional Snowboard Coach and owns and operates a successful wakeboard school in the summers. He is also an experienced trampoline coach and world champion professional wakeboarder himself. Chris is most noted for working with pro rider Kyle Mack, who won the gold medal in slopestyle at the Burton US Open at Vail this past season.

Writing of his motivations as a coach Chris states: “Nothing feels better than to watch a student achieve their goals and progress to the next level.”

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Casey Lehmicke, Snowboard Mini Shred Coach

Casey Lehmicke, Snowboard Mini Shred Coach

Casey Lehmicke hails from Stillwater, Minnesota and his home resort of Trollhaugen Dresser, Wisconsin. As a USASA level 200 coach, we are proud and excited to welcome Casey into his 3rd season coaching for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

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John Martin, Snowboard Coach

John Martin, Snowboard 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. Growing up in a small ski town, John attended the Community School, a winter-sports integrated school very similar to VSSA. His class sizes were around 30 students, the teachers had close ties with their students, and outdoor education was a primary emphasis, spending around 7 weeks a year in the wilderness rafting, biking, hiking, and climbing. John has experience working with students and athletes of diverse backgrounds and is excited to be working with SSCV’s snowboard program for his second year. In his spare time, you can find John planning one of his Spanish courses, painting landscapes, traveling, or playing sports.

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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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Steven Sekelik, Snowboard Coach

Steven Sekelik, Snowboard Coach

Steven joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Los Angeles, California. Athletically Steven was 4th in State for Varsity Wrestling in 1989 at Southside High School in Alabama. As a coach he is American Association of Snowboard Instructors Level 1 Certified and has instructed since 2007 at Beaver Creek Snowboard School. Steven’s goals for his athletes is to make sure they always give 100%, to help them use the power of their imagination in a creative way, aide them in thinking outside of the box and to make sure they never give up on chasing their dreams and desires.

Steven graduated from Santa Monica College, West Valley College and Kaplan College with with a BS in Information Technology Management. Whe he isn’t boarding Steven enjoys gold, video games, CrossFit and functional movement.

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Future Stars Coaches

Morgan Ballinger, Future Stars Coach

2016 will mark Morgan’s third season coaching Future Stars at SSCV. She is excited for a new year and to help even more athletes discover a passion for skiing. Morgan is a year-round educator, coaching various sports, and has experience working with kids from all different backgrounds. She maintains a fun and positive environment on the mountain, while helping empower kids to take their skiing to the next level. Morgan is currently pushing her own limits on the snow, and has found a huge amount of happiness on her splitboard in the back country.

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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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