A Vail native Nikita joins us for another season as the Assistant Program Director and Head VSSA Coach. Certified at both the 100 and 200 Level with USASA and with seven years coaching experience Nikita is a huge asset to our staff.
Nikita attended Bond University and Full Sail University and earned an Associates degree in Multimedia and Communication. She is currently studying to receive her BA in Sports Marketing and Management.
Her goals for her athletes this season is to have them reach their highest potential as an athlete, student and young adult.
Ben joined SSCV in 2011. He hails from Crested Butte, Colorado. Ben is an accomplished ski racer and coach. He was a member of the RMD All-Star team for seven years, attended six US Nationals, was a USST camp invitee and NDS team member. As a coach Ben is Level 200 certified and prior to coaching FIS at SSCV coached for Eldora Mountain Ski Club from three years. Ben’s goals is to create a highly competitive environment that produces athlete ready to move onward to the USST and NCAA teams. Additionally he wants to facilitate an environment that challenges each athlete individually, where personal growth can be maximized and full potential reached.
When Ben is sliding down the slopes he enjoys tennis, wake boarding, mountain biking, hiking and golf.
Andrew joined SSCV in 2012. His goal for his athletes this season is to help them become the best they can be while having fun and learning.
A Castle Rock, Colorado native, Andrew graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2012 with a BS in Medical Engineering. When Andrew isn’t skiing he enjoys dirt biking, running, mountain biking, road biking and camping.
Todd joined SSCV int he fall of 2011 and enjoys inspiring athletes to achieve their goals. With a positive approach to coaching and sharing his passion for skiing, Todd believes that a good coach will help his athletes see what they can be and what they can achieve. Todd’s goal for the athletes this season is to have fun, excel in skills development and be the most prepared on race day. When not skiing, Todd enjoys seizing the day in the great outdoors and taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer.
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 has raced bicycles at a high level in the southeast from 1987-1991 and from 2000-2003 CB was on the New Balance Running 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.
Andrew joined SSCV this year as a Human Performance Intern hailing from Lauderdale, MN. He recently 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 getting athletes into shape, he enjoys sailing, mountain biking and ski racing.
Bryan joined SSCV in 2013. He is a Vail, Colorado native. Previously Bryan has been affiliated with Ohio State Ski Club and Sunsports Snowboard Team. He gradated from Ohio State University in 1992 with a BS in Landscape Horticulture.
His goal for all the athletes he tunes skis for is to provide them with world class tunes so they can preform their best. When Bryan isn’t in the Tune Shop he enjoys skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, motocross, mountain biking, and much more!
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!
Erin joined SSCV in 2010 from the University of Denver where she earned an M.A in Sport and Performance Psychology. Originally from Maryland, she played soccer and earned a B.A in Psychology and Elementary Education at Washington College. She is a certified consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. As the clubs Peak Performance Coach her goal is to train athletes in the mental skills that help them to perform their best.
When not working she enjoys snowboarding, biking and playing ice hockey.
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 in existence and going strong with over 70 racers after 20 years.
In 2011 Brett had the opportunity to move to the Vail Valley and took a U14 coaching job with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. In 2012 Brett became the Men’s U14 Head Coach.
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.
A snowboard teacher and coach since 1997, Ben began his career at Mt. Blue Cow, Australia. Starting in 2000, he worked for the Vail Snowsports School in the Devo program and after two years began the Snowboard Program at SSCV where he remained until 2009.
“I am super excited to be back at SSCV.” stated Boydy. “The club and Aldo were instrumental in the development of my career, and I have always considered it where my heart is. I feel that with the infrastructure and leadership that the club provides, as well its second to none partnership with Vail Resorts, we will create the best snowboard program and training center in the world. I am excited with the staff that we are able to offer to all our athletes, from our Pro riders all the way down to our young 6 year old rippers, who will help our athletes be the best athletes and people that they can be. As part of SSCV I look forward to proactively push, not only my sport of snowboarding, but as a member of the SSCV Management Team; all the winter disciplines. Its just so great to be home and I am beyond stoked!”
Having been part of developing young “groms” to USASA podiums, as well as, working with Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy 2010 Olympian Faye Gulini and other elite athletes such as JJ Thomas, Brett Esser and Brennen Swanson, Ben has throughout his career sought to get the best out of himself and all those he works with regardless of age or ability. “Boydy is one of the true professionals in Snowboard.” expressed SSCV Executive Director Aldo Radamus. “It is great to have Ben back with SSCV to influence the Snowboard Team and the club as a whole.” he continued. “Ben is widely respected in the Snowboard community for his knowledge, enthusiasm and most of all his caring and compassion for the kids.” concluded Radamus.
Formerly a competitive rugby player and surfer, Ben has also coached both sports and tennis in addition to Snowboard. He has led Australian and USA FIS World Junior teams, is a board member of USASA, a USCEC Trainer and Committee member and holds the AASI Full Certification and Trainers Accreditation. In 2008 as a coach at SSCV Ben was recognized by The United States Ski and Snowboard Association as the US Domestic Coach of the year for Snowboard.
Ben’s wife Amanda and their twins reside in Edwards.
Nate joined SSCV in 2012 and comes to us from Lee, NH. He has previously been affiliated with Waterville Valley Academy. His goals for his athletes this season are for them to enjoy themselves and become better skiers, racers and individuals.
When Nate isn’t skiing or coaching, he loves enjoying the great outdoors. He recently graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a BS in Business and a minor in Accounting.
Larissa joined SSCV in 2012. She hails from Winter Park, Colorado where she was a member of the Winter Park Freestyle Team. Athletically Larissa participated as both a Varisty volleyball player and freestyle skier. As the Pre-Academy Mogul COach Larissa is excited to have a fun year with her athletes and help them reach their goals.
When Larissa isn’t coaching and hitting the bumps, she loves to ski pow, drum, dance, raft do yoga and enjoy the great outdoors.
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.
TJ joins us again this season from Mound. MN. He has previously been affiliated with MSA, ISTC and SSCV. He placed 7th at the 2007 European Junior Nationals and is AASI Level 1 certified. His goal this season for his athletes is to help them accomplish their short and long term goals and to make sure they all have as much fun as possible.
When TJ isn’t on the snow you can find him wake boarding, skateboarding, surfing and writing music.
Elana “E” Chase, a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Development Team for inverted aerials and moguls, is currently SSCV’s Freeski Program Director. Elana has coached freeskiing for over ten years; she began her career coaching full time at Okemo Mountain School, Vermont where she was for 4 years; then made her way to Colorado where she coached in Aspen for another 6 years. In the past few of E’s presence here 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 freeskiing the opportunity to create something new and truly special here in Vail. I have had a great first 2 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 too; including Jen Hudak, Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Tucker Perkins, Jess Cumming, Anna Segal, Anais Caradeux, Taylor Seaton, Adam Crook, Alex Ferreria, Aaron Blunck, Broby Leeds, Walter Wood, Annalisa Drew and more.
During the winter of 2010, 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 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.”
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 season 2005-2013. Fourteen X Games Medals, 5 Gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze in both halfpipe and slopestyle. Elana has coached multiple athletes to achieve podiums and wins at every major, national, international and local freeski event. All three Gatorade Freeflow Champions in Halfpipe have come from her program.
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 being a good person, a good student and a good athlete. 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 learning!”
Returning in 2005 to SSCV after a 3 year stint with the U.S. Disabled Ski Team as their Strength & Conditioning specialist, JC is the Human Performance Director. He began his coaching career at SSCV in 1995, after graduating from New England College where he was a three sport athlete (Soccer, Ski Racing and Lacrosse). 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. In his new and expanded role as HPD, John will continue to design and implement the conditioning programs for SSCV’s athletes while taking a leadership role in all aspects of athletic programming in cooperation with the respective sport program directors.
A 3-sport athlete at New England College (Alpine Ski Racing, Soccer and Lacrosse), 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 5 years and through collaboration and consultation with USSA Sports Science, Athletes Performance 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.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to be named 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 Strength and Conditioning 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 year, 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 budding snow sports enthusiasts.
Nick joined SSCV in 2011 and hails from Kinderhook, NY. He is excited to help his skiers become the best they can be while accomplishing their personal short and long term goals. Nick is an IFSA certified coach and has coached a variety of age groups.
He studied Horticulture and graduated in 2010 and when he isn’t coaching you can find him mountain biking, rafting and farming.
Jake was previously with SSCV as an athlete and joined us in 2013 as a Rookie Team coach. He is a Vail native. Jake is excited to work with the young athletes and help them become killer skiers. Athletically Jake was a competitor at Junior Worlds in Italy.
He is currently enrolled in college and when he isn’t skiing he is dreaming about it!
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.
Aaron joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Syracuse, New York. He attended Union College and graduated with a BS in Psychology and Biology and has an MBA in Healthcare Administration. Aaron has an extensive background in sports. He was a D III diver, Conference Finalist, Conference Diver of the Year, 1 and 3 meter Champion and Scholar Athlete for all 4 years. Aaron was the Head Diving Coach at the University of Denver, Assistant Coach at Moss Farms Diving and Head Diving Coach at Union College. He was named Conference Diving Coach of the Year twice once while with Union College and the University of Denver.
Aaron is excited to be able to help our athletes perform at their highest potential in a highly consistent fashion as well as help them increase their self confidence, focus and pride. Aaron’s main goal in life is to provide growth oppurtunities for the people he interacts with. He does this with his knowledge and passion for sport psychology.
When Aaron isn’t getting out athletes in tip top mental condition he is skiing, fishing, biking and just outdoors in general.
Terry moves from a personal coach assignment last season to U14 Age Class Team Head Coach, bringing with him years of experience coaching every level. He will be directing and overseeing this Team, without taking a contact group. 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.
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.
Brandon joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Seattle, Washington and is excited to be joining us in Vail! Brandon has much experience in alpine racing as both a coach and athlete. He has previously been affiliated with BC Alpine, Green Mountain Valley School, University of Vermont and Front Range Ski Club. Athletically Brandon has had 18 NCAA wins, was the 1997 NCAA National Giant Slalom Champion, a five time NCAA All American and inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the Head Coach for BC Alpine, GMVS and FRSC as well as the Assistant Coach for the University of New Mexico.
A 2000 University of Vermont Brandon earned a BS in Business Administration; this paired with his on snow experience makes him an excellent fit for Athletic Director. When Brandon isn’t skiing, you can find him cycling. Road, mountain, cyclocross, downhill and BMX!
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.
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.
Doug is a Level 300 Certified Coach, Level 4 Certified Referee and a Level 2 Certified Chief of Race. He graduated in 1994 from CU with a degree in Journalism and Philosophy.
Doug is excited to be back for another season and help his athletes ski fast!
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.
Erika started out as an athlete here at SSCV at six years old. She recently graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in International Affairs. While at CU Erika participated on the ski team and was a 5 time All-American for CU, 2011 Overall World University Games Champion and the 2012 Colorado Ski Hall of Fame College Athlete of the Year.
When Erika isn’t skiing she loves to run, bike, hike, camp and spend as much time as possible with her sisters.
A long time SSCV member Karen has had various roles here as an athlete, coach and parent and we are excited to have her back on board this season. Karen is a USSA Level III certified coach and was a member of the US Ski Team from 1980-1985. Her last position here at SSCV was Alpine Program Director from 2005-2010. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position as Alpine Consultant. With experience coaching various age classes from J5 to Master’s and her involvement in the skiing community at large Karen is sure to make her mark on SSCV once again.
John has been coaching for the last 11 years. He has worked for Gould Academy, Carrabassett Valley Academy and most recently Waterville Valley. John has worked under some of the best and most respected coaches in the country including Glenn Eddy and Nick Preston. John has coached at Nick’s trampoline camps and is a USSA Level 2 Aerial Coach. He runs the water ramp camps in Lake Placid for Freestyle America.
In addition to being the Development Freestyle Head Coach, John assists during the week with our full-time athletes. This helps us keep the coaching consistent and pave the way for smooth transitions from Devo to Ability.
John brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of the sport with him.
Stephen arrived at SSCV in 2012. He has previously been affiliated with GMVS and Aspen Ski Club. He has coached various age class and ability athletes throughout the years. Stephen was on the University of Colorado Ski Team and a NCAA Ski Team member. His goal for his athletes this season is to help them become the best they can be and achieve their racing dreams.
He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1985 with a degree in Information Systems. When Stephen isn’t coaching he enjoys sailboat racing, jamming on the guitar and mountain biking.
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.
Jason joined SSCV in 2013. He was born and raised in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. Skiing has been the focus of Jason’s life; starting out with cross country racing at age six and deciding it wasn’t fast enough! Jason moved to alpine racing with Stratton Mountain School and Training Center as a J5 and competed until he was a J2. He raced on his high schools alpine team and was MVP starting sophomore year.
The freeski focus came as a young adult and Jason hasn’t looked back. He started competing in local competitions and then moved to Colorado. Two years ago, Jason began instructing at Beaver Creek and last season went back to east to Vermont to begin his coaching career in freeski at Stratton Mountain School and Training Center. This opportunity ignited the fire and passion that Jason has for freeski coaching and is excited for the upcoming season.
Penny joined SSCV in 2010. She grew up in Minnesota where she learned to ski and developed a passion for ski racing. At 16 Penny began instructing and currently is a PSIA Level 2 instructor. In college Penny played competitive racquetball while earning a Masters in Physical Education. She coached for Team Gilboa for 5 years and instructed at Steamboat.
In 2010 upon moving to Vail, Penny earned her Level 100 coaching certification from USSA while working as a boot fitter. Her first position at SSCV was coaching J5’s and tuning skis in the TuneShop. Spring 2013 Penny earned her Level 200 coaching certification from USSA and can’t wait for another great season here.
Off the hill Penny enjoys wake boarding, water skiing and kayaking. And if up for a squash or racquetball challenge any day!
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.
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.
Justin joined SSCV in 2014. He hails from Beamus Point, New York. Justin graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 with a degree in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Justin is excited to coach his athletes and help them develop skills and mature as athletes. When he isn’t coaching he likes playing ice hockey and hiking.
Scott joined SSCV in 2012. He comes to us from Marblehead, MA. He recently graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Sport Studies and Exercise Science. He is a USSA Level 200 certified coach and has previously been affiliated with Carrabassett Valley Academy, Jackson Hole Ski Club and the St. Lawrence University Ski Team. He has also coached for the past two summers at Mt Hood at ski camps.
Scott’s goal for his athletes this season is to instill a high level of passion in them for the sport in the way of fundamentals, fearlessness and most of all fun!
When Scott isn’t skiing he is biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, fishing, sailing and playing outside!
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.
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..
Stefan Hughes hails from Killington, Vermont. He graduated high school from Burke Mountain Academy, and spent his post graduate year at Killington Mountain School, where he earned a spot as a member of the United States Ski Team. He later attended the University of Colorado where he was a member of the NCAA Division I Alpine Ski Team.
During his ski racing years, in addition to earning spots on the US Ski Team and CU Ski Team, he was US National Junior Slalom Champion, US National Junior Combined Champion, became a Two-Time NCAA All American and was a member of the 2006 World Junior Championship Team.
Previous to joining the SSCV staff, Stefan coached for the British National Junior Ski Team and was the FIS Coach at Winter Park Competition Center. Stefan is excited to coach his athletes to be the best they can be!
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.
Johnny joined SSCV in 2007 as an athlete from Crested Butte and started coaching in 2011. He is excited to help his athletes excel on the hill this season.
Three-time Olympic team member, Kristina Koznick will go down in history as one of America’s most decorated female World Cup slalom racers, with five National Slalom titles, 20 World-Cup podium finishes, including 6 World Cup wins.
Recently retired from professional racing, Koz (as everyone calls her) runs her ski business out of Vail and Aspen, Colorado working with corporate groups and families to make their ski days as exhilarating as possible!
If you look in some of the magazines you will see Koz doing photo shoots for Vail Resorts as well as some of the local freelance photographers. She is highlighted in some of the Volkl ski and Marker helmet ads, Peak Magazine and a recent spotlight article in Vail Luxury (Home & Lifestyle magazine)
On top of all of the skiing Kristina takes part in, she is also a certified massage therapist. Her focus is on neuromuscular reprogramming. Which is often needed when atheletes are trying to come back from an injury or working to optimize their muscular output and performance.
Enthusiastically in love with powder, you will find her on the nearest mountain anytime it snows!
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.
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.
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.
Peter started with SSCV in 1993. He has lived in the Valley for more than 20 years and is a ski racing fanatic! A long time coach Peter has coached for Afton Alps, Santa Fe Ski Team, Team Mac as well as privately for an Austrian World Cup athlete, British National Team athletes, a US World Cup Speed Team athlete, a Norwegian World Cup athlete and now with Team America. Peter’s goal everyday is to wake up looking forward to ski racing. For his athletes he hopes to create an environment were they can live their passion without fear of failure.
Peter graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a degree in Economics and minor in Physics. He is the father of an SSCV competitive alpine racer whom like his father lives, eats and breaths ski racing. The only think higher that ski racing in Peter’s book is family.
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.
Lad joined SSCV in 2012. He is originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio and has previously been affiliated with Holiday Valley Race Team, Squaw Valley Race Team and Grenoble University Club. Lad holds a Level 100 USSA Coaching certification and has coached U12, U14 adn U16 age groups. In addition to coaching at SSCV Lad is and RMD Alpine Coach and Official.
As an athlete Lad was the Central Division Region IV Champion and competed on the American Pro Tour. Lad’s goal for his athletes this season is to help them gain self-confidence while improving their ski ability, meeting or exceeding their goals.
Lad studied at Western State College and Kent State University. And when he isn’t surrounded by ski racing, he enjoys sailing and spending time with his friends and family.
Lori joined SSCV in 2011. She hails from Santa Cruz, California. With a son in teh alpine program, Lori is excited to be involved in the organization in another capacity. Although part of the Strength & Conditioning Kitchen Staff Lori has a lot of experience instructing skiing st Sugar Bowl and Tahoe. Her goal for the athletes is to help them stay healthy and fit. Lori loves being a part of the SSCV staff working out of VSSA.
Lori attended CSU Chico and has a degree in Recreations Administration. When Lori isn’t in the kitchen she enjoys skiing, hiking, running and water sports.
Tim arrived at SSCV in 1989 and hails from Sherborn, MA. Tim is an accomplished skier; he raced on the UMass Ski Team, he was a Pro Mogul Skier in the 80’s and won numerous races. He is a Level 200 certified coach and is a member of both the USSA and PSIA. His goal for his athletes is to make Nationals Finals.
Tim attended UMass and graduated in 1982 with a BA in Economics. When Tim isn’t coaching and shredding he loves cycling, golfing, mountain climbing and walking his dogs.
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.
Roberto started here at SSCV during the 2011-2012 season. He is originally from Denver and is certified through USSA and PSIA. He has coached for 13 years and has worked at Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone and Arapaho Basin. He is excited for this season and can’t wait to have a fun in a safe environment with his group.
When Berto isn’t coaching he is out and about enjoying many sports as an avid athlete!
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 is coaching, he loves to road and mountain bike, travel, surf, read and spend time with his family.
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.
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.
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.
Peter O’Brien comes to us from the hills of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Classically trained in diving he was awarded All-American status in 2003 as well as 2004. Post graduation, Pete moved to Missoula, Montana to attend the University of Montana. During school, Pete worked for Bitterroot Gymnastics where he was given the opportunity to work with the Missoula Freestyle Team.
At the beginning of his coaching career Pete was mentored by former U.S. Aerials team member and Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Bergoust. While training with Eric, Pete saw the opportunity to help out with the Freeride Community in and around Missoula. Throughout the next three years he helped to build the freeride community in Montana through organizations like the Backwoods Project.
Post graduation in 2010 Pete moved to Colorado to work for Woodward at Copper. He received the Coach of The Year award for the 2010-2011 winter season. Wanting to focus more on coaching, the 2011-2012 season brought Pete to SSCV.
Pete is very excited for another season with SSCV and can’t wait to help his athletes achieve their short and long-term goals.
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 coached for Catamount and is excited to help his athletes finish competitively during competitions and to instill in them and share his love for the sport.
Connor graduated from Castleton with a BA in History. When he isn’t coaching he enjoys listening to music and playing instruments.
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.
Zane arrived at SSCV in 2007. He was previously affiliated with SSWSC and was a member of the US Ski Team and the Head Coach of the US Ski Team-Ski Jumping. Zane was also a two time Olympic coach.
Zane’s goal for his athletes this season is to give them the skills necessary to reach the next level.
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.”
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’s has experience coaching high lacrosse and field hockey and is excited to coach on skis. Pam’s goal 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 is coaching she enjoys biking, photography, camping, and spending time with her kids and family.
Clint arrived at SSCV in 2013 and is a Vail local. Athletically Clint was a Colorado State Champion in 80CC Motocross in 1992 and 1994 and in Supercross in 1993 and 1995. He belongs to the American Motorcyclist Association, National Motorsport Association, Rocky Mountain Motocross Association and the Sports Riders Association of Colorado. In regards to the slopes, Clint is excited to be in the Tune Shop getting the athletes equipment dialed in.
Clint graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 with a degree in Business Management and Landscape Horticulture. When Clint is waxing skis, we enjoys fly fishing, camping, back country, golf, Formula One and exploring the woods with his black lab Bullet.
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.
Kevin joined SSCV in 2014. HE hails from Waterford, Michigan. He has previously been affiliated with WinAlpine and Northern Michigan University Ski Team. As an athlete Kevin was competitor at the united States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Associations national championship. He is excited to have fun with his athletes while helping them raise their skiing abilities.
Kevin graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in Business Marketing. When Kevin isn’t coaching you can find him outdoors four wheeling in his Jeep, cliff jumping, snowmobiling and water skiing.
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.
Aldo began his career at Wilmot Mountain, a small ski area outside of Chicago in 1979. From 1981 to 1984 Aldo coached at Ski Club Vail and left to coach the U.S. Ski Team where he was the Women’s Head World Cup SL and GS Coach until 1986 while still residing in the Vail Valley. In 1986 Aldo and his wife Sara, also a SCV coach at the time, moved to Steamboat Springs where Aldo became the Head Alpine Coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In 1990, Aldo received the award as “USSA Domestic Coach of the Year”. In 1994 Aldo returned to the US Ski Team first as the Men’s Head World Cup SL and GS Coach becoming Athlete Development Director in 1996 and finally as Development Team Head Coach prior to returning to Vail with Sara and son River. In August 2002 Aldo assumed the Executive Director’s position here at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
Gretchen hails from Augusta, Georgia where in 1994 she graduated from the University of Georgia a MBA in Accounting. She arrived at SSCV in 2007 and has coached both lower and middle school. She is a two time MTB National Champion and a US National Team member.
Her goal for her athletes this season is to have fun and to improve their technique.
Margaret started with SSCV in June 2014. She comes to us from Bloomfield Hills, MI where she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Education in May 2012.
No stranger to the competitive world of sports, Margaret has coached U13 Regional Volleyball for the Michigan Elite Volleyball Club as well as participated on the Michigan Elite Volleyball Club Team as well as the Michigan State University’s Club Volleyball team making it to the Final Four in the National Club Tournament.
Margaret was previously affiliated with Caberfae Ski Club in Cadillac, MI and enjoys skiing and snowboarding. She also loves volleyball, running and working with children.
She is excited to be back in Colorado after a short time in Durango and is thrilled to be joining the SSCV team!
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.
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.
Sharon joined SSCV in 2013. As part of her responsibilities, Sharon will take the lead on the admissions process for all full time athletes, including those planning to enroll at VSSA, Vail Mountain School and the Winter Tutorial Program, as well as PG athletes. Sharon will also oversee internal and external communications for the Club, including press and social media, as well as 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 the past 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.
An Avon native, Kayleen joined SSCV in 2012. She has much experience in the skiing world including her time on the CU Freestyle Team where she won the 2009 Collegiate Skiing National Championships. Kayleen’s goal for her athletes this season is to help them progress in park and pipe and achieve competition placement.
When Kayleen isn’t coaching or skiing she is exploring the great outdoors.
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.
Marty joined SSCV in 2012 and has 27 years racing experience. He hails from South Bend, Indiana and is excited to help his athletes achieve their goals. He would like to help them grow their love for the sport while having fun, doing it with passion and finessing their technique.
Marty earned a degree from Holy Cross College at Notre Dame in Arts and Sciences in 1996. When he isn’t skiing he enjoys hunting, fishing and playing with his dog.
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.
Bob arrived at SSCV in 2011. He was previously affiliated with Beaver Creek Race Department and Gore Mountain. He has coached a wide array of ages and is a certified PSIA Level 2 Freestyle Specialist and a certified USSA Level 2 Freeski coach. His goals for his athletes this season are to develop solid fundamental skiing skills to enhance park and pipe learning experiences with a focus on safety all while having as much fun as possible.
When Bob isn’t skiing and coaching he enjoys mountain biking and hiking.
Lenka arrived at SSCV in 2013. She hails from Harrachov, Czech Republic. She has an accomplished background in Nordic and is excited to share her knowledge with her athletes this season as well as help them improve their technique to become more efficient skiers. Athletically Lenka couched on the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team for four years and attended the World Junior Championships in 2002 and 2003; she has also had Nordic World Cup starts. Currently she is pursuing her Level 100 certification. When Lenka is coaching or skiing, she enjoys trail running and the outdoors.
A Colorado University at Boulder 2009 graduate Lenka earned a Ba in Psychology and is a certified Massage Therapist from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy.
Nick joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Truckee, California. Nick has previously been affiliated with the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team, Auburn Ski Club and the University of Colorado ski team. Athletically he was the captain of the the ski team at the University of Colorado and won Team NCAA National Championships in 2006. Nick’s goals for his athlete to have fun, ski fast and become lifetime skiers.
Nick graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 2006 with a degree in Environmental Studies.
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.
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!
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.
Elijah joins us again this year for his second season at SSCV. Elijah hails from Vermont but currently resides in California. He comes from a huge snowboarding family and has accomplished much in this discipline.
Previously Elijah has coached at Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania, Camp of Champions in Whistler, BC and coached his sister Hannah Teter, a gold and silver Olympic medalist. Elijah was also a member of the U.S. Snowboard from 2003-2010. He has won numerous awards in various events including 4th in the Winter X Games 2009, top 3 in Various Grand Prixs and best trick awards in three different competitions to name a few.
He is a certified USASA Level 200 Coach and has coached various age groups throughout the years. His goal for his athletes is to support, inspire and encourage them to bring out the best in themselves.
When Elijah isn’t snowboarding he enjoys surfing, skateboarding, soccer, downhill biking and spending time with is tight knit family and wife.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sarah joined SSCV in 2013. She hails from Stowe, Vermont where she was previously affiliated with Stowe Nordic and Dartmouth College. She is excited to work with the Nordic youth to help cultivate and grow their love for the sport.
Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with a BA in Earth Science and a MAT in Curriculum and Instruction.
Ted arrived at SSCV in 2006. He hails from Evergreen, Colorado. Ted has been affiliated the Western State College Ski Team, Team Summit and Breckenridge Ski Club. Ted’s goal for his athletes is to help them seize every opportunity for fun on snow and to enjoy the ride.
Ted graduated from Western State College in 1992 with a BA in History.
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.
Carmen joins SSCV this season as a Nordic coach. A long time volunteer Carmen is excited to be a part of the team. She hails from Milwaukee, WI and has previous experience coaching soccer.
She is excited to help her athletes to become better skiers and have fun.
Nick joined SSCV in 2012 and was previously affiliated with Winter Park. A Mississauga, Ontario native, Nick is an IFSA Certified Coach and Judge and an accomplished skier. He is a Freeskiing World Tour top 20 finisher and placed 16th in Taos FWQ in 2012. His goal for his athletes this season is to assure good strength and conditioning, podium finishes, confidence and an increase in form and ability.
Nick graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 with a degree in Finance and Small Business Management. When Nick isn’t coaching he enjoys skydiving, hiking, downhill mountain biking and playing with his pup Whistler.
Kendall joined SSCV at an athlete in 2004 and started coaching in 2010. A Vail native, she is a USASA National Champion and is excited to work with her athletes this winter. Her goals for them is to make sure they are having fun, being safe and learning to love the sport.
Kendall graduated from the University of Colorado in 2010 with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations and Information Systems.
Gustav joined SSCV in 2013. He hails from Eckernforde, Germany. He has previously been affiliated with Team Summit and Vail Devo. He is PSIA Level 1 Certified and excited to coach our Future Stars and grow their love for skiing.
When Gustav is not coaching he enjoys ski racing, back country skiing and photography.
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.
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.
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.
Bob comes to us from Armonk, NY. As a student he studied at Cornell University where he received a MSEE.
Having coached all age groups over the past 25 years, Bob is highly qualified and certified as a USSA Level 300 coach and PSIA Level 3. He has previously coached at Stratton Training Center in Vermont. Bob’s goal for his athletes is to customize their learning experiences all while having as much fun as possible!
In his spare times Bob is a SCUBA instructor, math and science tutor and is really into photography!
David Zweig joined SSCV Freeski as a coach in 2010 under the direction of Elana Chase. Dave brings a lot of passion and high energy to the program. As a former freeride competitor, he brings with him firsthand knowledge of trick progressions from the basics to a high level. “Being able to demonstrate many of these tricks for the athletes is helpful.”
In addition to his high level of coaching expertise he also provides young athletes with life skills, providing coaching on how to conduct yourself as an athlete both on and off the ski slope and the valuable skills associated with this.
While in attendance at Pennsylvania State University, Dave was provided with an opportunity to intern with Copper Mountain’s Slope Maintenance Department. While with Copper Mountain, he honed his skills both building and testing the terrain park features. Upon completion of the internship with Copper, Dave graduated in the spring of 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management from Penn State University.
He brings over 6 years of coaching experience to the table, spending an average of over 250 days a year on snow. His coaching career started out at Woodward East, in Pennsylvania with their summer program. This program focused on air awareness through trampoline training and gymnastics, where Dave’s countless hours of trampoline and dive training came in handy. He quickly moved from a coach at Woodward East in one summer to heading up the snow sports program as their director the next. Dave also was one of the first employees of Woodward at Copper when it opened here in Colorado. There he was voted the “Top Coach” for two summers in a row. This setting allowed him to hone his on-hill skills in addition to his gym/trampoline skills, thus creating a strong platform for developmental coaching.
Taking his coaching to the next level, he was offered the position he currently holds here at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. He has had the opportunity to work with all levels of athletes helping them progress through dry-land conditioning, trampoline air awareness, air-bag training, and on snow training and competitions. Dave’s focus is on helping athletes find their true potential and achieve that potential through goal setting, great communication, and motivation. His love of the sport is apparent upon meeting him and he works to help everyone progress while enjoying the great sport of skiing. He can be found working with the middle - high school athletes both at the Semi-Pro and Pro levels for SSCV.
“I am excited to be provided this opportunity to work with the great athletes we have at the VSSA academy and in our SSCV programs. Each athlete brings something different and special to the table, which makes my job exciting each day. The best part of my day is seeing the smile on an athlete’s face when they learn something new, whether it is a new trick or just working out the kinks of a trick.”