A former SSCV athlete, Carey returned to Vail in 2006 to raise her boys, enjoy her extended family, childhood friends and the Rocky Mountains. Since graduating from the University of Montana, School of Education in 1992 with a BA in Education, she has taught grades K, 3rd, and 6th – 9th.
Prior to returning to Colorado, Carey spent 11 years at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA. In addition to teaching, Carey coached soccer and skiing, was a dorm parent and ran the academic support program at Eaglebrook.
Geoff Grimmer, VSSA Principal says “Carey provides a tremendous boost to VSSA in school wide systems and program implementation. She is a master scheduler, communicator, leads our advisory program and is committed to building stronger links of trust and respect between staff and students. Carey has a selfless attitude that models high character expectations for our kids”.
Her favorite ski days are when all four generations, most SSCV members at some point, ski together on Vail Mountain. Carey lives in East Vail with her sons Quin and Todger.
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.
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 joins SSCV again this season and is very excited to work with his athletes.
Todd hails from Vienna, VA and can’t wait to help his athletes finesse their skiing skills and help grow their love for the sport.
Kari hails from Hancock, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Wisconson - LaCrosse in 2007 with a degree in Middle School Education with an emphasis in science. Kari has a lot of experience participating in and coaching Nordic. She raced for UWL for four years and has coached at the Mount Lacrosse Race Team and the Hancock High School Race Team.
Kari’s goals for her athletes this season is to grow their love for the sport and to help them build a solid foundation of Nordic skills.
When Kari isn’t coaching here at SSCV she teaches math and science at the Homestake Peak School and loves to mountain bike, telemark and explore the mountains.
Holly came to VSSA in 2010 with over 8 years of Office Management experience. Prior to moving to Eagle County she was with Aurora Public Schools as a Principal’s Secretary. Education has always been an interest to Holly and she uses her background and experience in communications to assist in the day to day activities of a busy school.
Athletics has always been a large part of Holly’s life, she was a cross country and track runner in high school, rowed college crew, and grew up skiing here for vacations with family until moving to Colorado in 1999.
She is now a yoga instructor and avid snowboarder residing in Eagle-Vail with her husband and VSSA’s Upper School Science Teacher, Ryan Beavers.
Holly graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Communications.
Holly came to VSSA in 2010 with over 8 years of Office Management experience. Prior to moving to Eagle County she was with Aurora Public Schools as a Principal’s Secretary. Education has always been an interest to Holly and she uses her background and experience in communications to assist in the day to day activities of a busy school. \
Athletics has always been a large part of Holly’s life, she was a cross country and track runner in high school, rowed college crew, and grew up skiing here for vacations with family until moving to Colorado in 1999.
She is now a yoga instructor and avid snowboarder residing in Eagle-Vail with her husband and VSSA’s Upper School Science Teacher, Ryan Beavers.
Holly graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Communications.
Ryan Beavers joined VSSA’s Science department in 2011 after teaching at Eagle Valley High School. Ryan is a passionate and caring teacher, well prepared and rigorous, with a unique sense of humor and knack for creative lessons. Ryan is teaching Physical Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Health. Ryan has taught both in the middle school and high school arenas and attended CU Boulder, majoring in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology.
He enjoys jeeping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter with his wife and VSSA’s Office Manager, Holly Beavers.
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 is engaged to Colleen True and has 3 kids, Ceci, Julia, Stace and a chocolate lab named Stella.
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.
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 Beskid comes to SSCV 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.
As the clubs Peak Performance Coach her goal is to train athletes in the mental skills that can help them to perform their best. These days she enjoys snowboarding, biking and ice hockey among other outdoor activities. She is looking forward to expanding the Peak Performance program to support students in both athletic and academic endeavors.
Natalie joined SSCV in 2012 from Shelburne, Vermont. While on the east coast, she graduated from Colby College in Maine with a degree in International Studies and French Studies. While at Colby she also competed on the ski team. She was previously affiliated with Mount Mansfield and Burke Mountain Academy and has experience coaching with GMVS and in Mount Hood.
Natalie’s goal for her athletes is to find what drives each of them to succeed and to help them use that as motivation to give their best possible effort and to have fun. Other than skiing, Natalie enjoys cycling, hiking, reading and baking.
“I believe in pushing the limits and finding new possibilities; I love adventure and learning new ways to enjoy life.”
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.
Chris came to VSSA in 2011 as the Upper School Mathematics teacher. Born in Louisiana, Chris moved to Colorado when he was 1.5 years old, so he considers himself a 96.25% native Coloradan. After graduating from Pueblo South High School, Chris went to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT where he graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
He then spent the next 10 years as an engineer in the Coast Guard where he was stationed throughout the country. From the University of Michigan he also earned a M.S. in Marine Engineering. After his time in the Coast Guard, Chris and his family decided it was time to return to Colorado and he decided to make a major career move and become a math teacher. His first teaching position was as a math teacher at Buena Vista High School in Buena Vista, Colorado (about 70 miles south of Vail), where he taught for 6 years before coming to VSSA.
Marian Cartin joined VSSA in January, 2008 as a science and math tutor with what was then called Vail Valley Tutorial Academy, now the Vail Ski & Snowboard Winter Tutorial program. Marian has a strong understanding of the VSSA culture and high expectations for kids. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in central Minnesota, and moved to Colorado in 2005.
For the last 9 years, Marian has been working in the field of outdoor and environmental education. She spends her summers in Wyoming leading backpacking trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Athletics are also important for Marian. She was a cross country and track runner in high school and college and helps coach the Battle Mountain Cross Country team.
During the winter when Marian isn’t at school you can find her snowshoeing or telemarking.
Marian graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a BS in Biology.
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.
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.
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.
Kerry Donovan joined VSSA in 2007 as a tutor with what was then called the Vail Valley Tutorial Academy. Kerry, who was born and raised in Vail and is a SSCV alumnae, also serves on the board for Vail Jazz Foundation, the Eagle River Scholarship Fund, VSSA Advisory Board and sits on the Vail Town Council. She is also intensely involved with Birds of Prey as a volunteer. In the summer she runs the family ranch located near Edwards.
She graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Pre-Medicine and Anthropology.
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.
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.
2012 was Brian’s first season with SSCV. He hails from Putney, Vermont and graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a BS in International Business.
He plans to make sure all athletes’ feet are as comfortable as possible on the hill!
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!
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.
Caitlin joined SSCV in 2012 and come to us from Green Bay, Wisconsin. While attending NMU she competed on their women’s soccer team for three years. Caitlin also has experience coaching soccer clinics and summer camps.
As the school year comes to a start it is Caitlin’s goal is to have her athletes and students work hard, have fun and believe in their dreams!
When Caitlin isn’t in school you can find her rooting on the Packers, playing soccer, hiking, biking, swimming and skiing.
She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Sports Science.
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.
Geoff Grimmer was born and raised in Madison, WI. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Finance through the Carlson School of Management, during which time he spent 9 months studying Economics at the University of Leiden, Holland. Geoff spent two years traveling overseas in Asia and South America before meeting his wife McKinley, a Madison native herself. McKinley was offered a Peace Corps fellowship in New Mexico where the couple taught in a public school on the Navajo Reservation for five years before relocating to Eagle in 2006. In 2006-07 Geoff accepted the position of Dean of Students at Battle Mountain High School. Later he became the Assistant Principal of BMHS, as well as, the Academic Director of Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA).
Geoffrey and McKinley have two sons; Owen and Sam. Geoff has a MA in Secondary education and a second MA in Education Leadership from Western New Mexico University, Gallup. Geoff is excited about focusing solely on the talented students at both VSSA and SSCV; and is committed to provide these young athletes with an exceptional and dynamic experience in education.
Peter joins us again this season in the Tune Shop. He hails from Olympic Valley, California and has previously been affiliated with Lake Tahoe Ski Club and Squaw Valley Ski Team. He graduated from the University of Nevada with a BS in Finance and although he is not coaching here Peter has a ton of experience. He is a USSA Level 200 certified coach and was once the J3 National Slalom Champion.
When Peter isn’t in the shop tuning skis to perfection he enjoys motorcycles and outdoor activities.
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.
David joins us this season from Lake Forest, IL. Having attended Oregon State University and graduating with a degree in Exercise Sport Science Pre-Therapy he is a great fit in the Human Performance department. A dedicated three varsity athlete in high school there is no question where David’s passion for sports came from.
His goal while working with our athletes is to not only keep them healthy but to make sure they are having as much fun as possible while working towards their goals.
When David isn’t working with the kids he enjoys terrain sports; although his first passion is surfing, snowboarding is a close second.
Bruce joined SSCV in 2010 and hails from Thornton, NH. Bruce is a USCSA All-American and excited for another season with the U16 athletes. His goal is to help them succeed and challenge them daily.
Bruce graduated from Cornell in 2010.
Samantha arrived at SSCV as a coach in 2011. A Vail native, she is an ex-SSCV athlete turned coach. She has coached young kids in the Vail Buddy Werner League and is a Level 100 USSA Certified coach. Samantha’s goal for her athletes this season is to help them gain an appreciation for skiing, while developing solid technical alpine skills and instilling the core values of SSCV.
When she isn’t coaching, Samantha enjoys lacrosse, volleyball, golf and running.
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.
Scott Hopkins comes to us from Oxford, Mississippi, where he was the recipient of the Robert Plants award of excellence in teaching at the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA in 2005.The son of a Bell South Engineer and with a family deeply committed to education and community, Scott brings a valuable perspective on school culture and specifically as a math and science teacher. Scott has spent the better part of his life enthralled with science, so it is fitting that he teaches a science inquiry class at VSSA with our 11-14 year-olds. Scott has worked with many innovative science programs and now looks to implement a robotics team, an invention convention/science fair competition, as well as a semester course on engineering. Scott teaches computer applications as well as cover Pre-Algebra and Algebra. Scott will be skiing as much as possible this winter and is preparing for massive improvements in his on-mountain technique.
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 100 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 2004.
Emmy is no stranger to SSCV. She alpine raced in SSCV’s ability program in 2000-01 during her post graduate year. Before joining SSCV’s Management Team, Emmy was a key part of SSCV’s Gravity and Carver Corps Staff.
Growing up in Steamboat, Emmy was a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Following an illustrious ski racing career, Emmy graduated in 2005 from the University of Colorado and the Leeds School of Business with an emphasis in Marketing. Part of her studies were completed at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Emmy’s proficiency and experience planning, designing and executing marketing campaigns improves all of our efficiencies at SSCV. Emmy plays a key role in supporting our event committees as well as spearheading all of SSCV’s donor stewardship and fulfillment programs.
Emmy and her husband Palmer welcomed baby Bella into the world in March 2013.
Beth joined VSSA in 2011 via being an Elementary Gifted Education teacher in Eagle County. Her previous role had her travelling extensively between multiple schools, she is excited to establish a more permanent home here at VSSA. She has a strong background in Mathematics and Reading and is the first ‘reading specialist’ in the history of VSSA. When Beth isn’t busy being a mom and teaching she enjoys Nordic skiing and is a certified yoga instructor.
Beth has a BA in Elementary Education from Penn State University and an MA in English as a Second Language from Adams State College.
Ashley joined SSCV in 2012 and hails from Columbus, OH. Her goals for her athletes this season are to help them understand the connection between mind and body to enhance their performance during competition.
She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Denver and is pursuing a Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology.
Ana hails from Duluth, Minnesota. She arrived at SSCV in 2007 and has coached a wide range of athletes. Ana has many years of coaching experience and brings a lot to the table for our athletes. She graduated College of St. Scholastica in 2005 with a degree in Physical Therapy.
Ana’s goals for her athletes this season are to have fun and to learn the basic techniques of Nordic skiing.
Melissa came to SSCV from Holderness, NH where she was affiliated with the Waterville Valley Black & Blue Trail Smashers. While on the east coast she attended Bates College in Maine where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies. While attending Bates she participated on the NCAA Division I Women’s Alpine Team and was captain her senior year.
While with SSCV, Melissa has coached Carver Corps and J3 athletes. She is a USSA Level 100 certified coach and licensed RMD Referee. Her goal for her athletes this season is to help foster a life long passion for the sport and to instill a culture of hard work, effort and fun.
When Melissa isn’t coaching or skiing, you can find her running, rock climbing and cheering on the Red Sox.
Michael joined SSCV in 2012. He comes to us from Maquoketa, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1996 with a BA in Education. Outside of the classroom Michael has achieved some awesome athletic milestones including 1997 DSUSA Summer Nationals Swimming podiums 1st in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and 2nd in the 100m Backstroke. 2007 Offroad Hand Cycling World Championships finishes 4th in the Hill Climb and 5th in Cross Country as well as Ski Country USA Adaptive Skier of the Year in 2006.
In his free time Michael enjoys biking, skiing, swimming and traveling.
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.
Mike joined VSSA in 2011 from Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he taught ninth and tenth grade English at Jackson Hole High School. He brings a wealth of innovative teaching strategies and a rich background in international travel. Mike has spent time as a competitive rock climbing coach and grew up in Telluride, Colorado.
He has a BA in Asian and Pacific Area Studies and an MA in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound.
Kate is excited for another season here at SSCV. She is a Level 100 USSA Certified coach and ready to help her athletes become the best they can be.
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.
Simone arrived at SSCV in 1981 and has participated as both an athlete and coach. Most recently she has coached J4 and J3 athletes. Her goal for her athletes is help create a true love for their sport.
Simone earned her degree from the University of Colorado and loves to read and write when she isn’t skiing.
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.
A Vail native Amy has been with SSCV since 1972 as an athlete and coach. Amy has coached Women’s Ability, Future Star and J4 athletes. She is a USSA Level 100 certified coach and a former member of the US Ski Team.
Amy’s goal for her athletes this season is to help them become stronger, confident and capable athletes while achieving their personal goals.
A University of Colorado, Boulder graduate Amy holds a BS in Business Administration. Outside of skiing Amy enjoys soccer, golf, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, cooking, hanging with friends and family and being a mom!
A Vail native, Nicole has previously been a private coach and coached at the Beaver Creek Ski School. She was an All State Skier and attended the Junior Olympics as a J3. Her goal for her athletes this season is to make sure they enjoy every weekend on skiing together.
She graduated in 2011 with a degree in Anthropology and when she isn’t skiing she enjoys hiking, camping, being outdoors and reading.
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.
Katie MacFarlane joined VSSA in 2011. She has worked in education for 20 years in both teaching and administrative roles. After teaching (K-8) for twelve years in both the Los Angeles and Denver area, Katie returned to school and earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.
She lives in Vail and has worked at Vail Mountain School, the Vail Valley Foundation, and Eagle County Schools. Katie loves to ski and bike with her husband, Bill, and hike with her two labs, Max and Allie.
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.
Ramiro Mendoza has over 20 years experience in maintenance and is an ECS parent. When he is not working, Ramiro enjoys watching professional soccer matches and spending time with his family.
You can find Ramiro in the custodial office across from the library, or around the building making it safer.
A Vail native, Karlie joins us this season no longer as an athlete but as the Nordic Prep Team Coach. She recently graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Integrated Sciences and Psychology. While are school she competed on the Pioneers Nordic team. She was also a two time National Championship Team Member.
Karlie’s goals for her athletes this season is to make sure they have fun, enjoy the sport and achieve their goals.
When Karlie isn’t skiing you can find her mountain biking, running and playing piano.
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.
Zach comes to us from Minneapolis, MN. In 2007 he graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Business Management and Studio Art.
He is a USSA Level 100 certified coach and has experience coaching the J4 age group. He has previously coached with development programs as well as high school programs and at the USSA level.
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.
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.
Kelli Parish joined VSSA in 2009 from Trieste, Italy where she and her husband Rob had been teaching. Before that, Kelli spent 7 years teaching language arts, literature and social studies in grades 6-8 at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards. She was twice nominated for the Eagle County School Districts ‘Teacher of the Year’ award, and has a dynamic athletic background as well as a thorough understanding of how to support the unique needs of our middle school students. Kelli and Rob both have dynamic athletic backgrounds and will reside in Vail with their son.
She graduated Colorado State University in 1993 with a BA in English and a minor in History.
This is Maria’s first season with SSCV. She comes to us from New York where she recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University (Queens, NY) with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. Part of her studies were completed in Paris, France where St. John’s has a satellite campus. In addition, Maria had the opportunity to intern for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) in the Competition Services Department as part of her college curriculum.
An avid skier since she was three Maria also raced competitively for her high school where she achieved three NYSPHSAA Team Scholar Athlete Awards, three trips to the Section IX OCIAA Championships and was an alternate her senior year for the NYSPHSAA State Championships.
Although not a coach for SSCV, Maria has six years of coaching experience with her home club, Holiday Mountain Ski Club, located in Monticello, NY at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. She is very excited about joining the SSCV team and for her first winter in Colorado.
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.”
Liv arrived at SSCV in 1991. She is originally from Sante Fe, New Mexico and has previously coached J3, J5, FIS and Continental Cup athletes. She is PSIA fully certified and loves to free ski.
Bindu Pomeroy joined VSSA in 2009 teaching Upper School Social Studies. He is also responsible for the Upper School Outdoor Education program and has established a tradition of community building and environmental awareness here at VSSA. He spent several years teaching at Minturn Middle School, where he taught Social Studies and Reading and had Athletic Director duties.
Bindu is a former NCAA track athlete at CU and was a highly competitive gymnast until college. He is currently an avid back country snowboarder and tackles the challenge of mountain biking and rock climbing in Eagle County. He has also been actively involved in coaching cross-country, track, gymnastics and football during his career. He grew up in Boulder and is always at home in the mountains of Colorado. He currently resides in East Vail.
Bindu graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996 with a BS in Business with an emphasis in Finance. He has also earned a Secondary Teaching License in Social Studies in 2005 and a MA in Education with an emphasis in Social Studies in 2007.
KT joined SSCV in 2012. Originally she is from Michigan but has lived in Colorado Springs for the past 19 years. She is a 2009 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduate. KT holds a BA in History and has a much experience in aiding students with their studies. Previously to Winter Tutorial at VSSA, KT tutored and was a Teacher’s Assistant at UCCS for 5 years.
Growing up KT was active playing volleyball, softball, soccer and basketball while pursuing gymnastics as well. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys skiing, hiking, writing, reading and traveling.
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.
Will joined SSCV in 2012 and is originally from Clifton, NJ. He previously coached at Mount Snow Academy in Vermont for more than 8 years and is USASA and USSA Level 2 certified. His goal for this season is to help his athletes achieve their personal best.
Will studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has a degree in Video Production. When he isn’t boarding, he is surfing, skating or golfing and is bilingual in Spanish.
Kevin joined SSCV in 2011. He is an Edwards native and our tune shop go to. For six years Kevin was a pro bike racer and he graduated Roger Williams University in 1998 with a degree in Engineering. Kevin can’t wait to help the athletes go fast!
MacKenzie joined SSCV in 2012. She hails from Sugar Loaf, NY and has previously been a Vail Mountain Instructor. MacKenzie is AASI and Adaptive Level 1 certified and has been a SBX and Big Mountain Coach. Her goals for her athletes this season are to increase their self-awareness and understanding on and off snow. She wants to help them develop and achieve short and long term goals and to transfer their enthusiasm for snowboarding to every aspect of their lives.
MacKenzie graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University in 2006 with a BA in English and is pursuing an MA in Journalism and Mass communications at CU Boulder. When she isn’t on snow, you can find MacKenzie cycling, mountain biking, backpacking and camping. She is a huge fan of music, good food, the NFL and traveling.
Kristian comes to us from the US Ski Team Women’s staff where he has recently been providing service on World Cup, Europa Cup, and NorAm levels. He was assistant Development Team coach from 2007-2010 and was the Head Coach at Northern Michigan University where he managed their NCAA ski team from 2001-2003.
Not only does Kristian have experience coaching all levels of our sport from Age Class to Europa Cup, he also served as Central Development and Competition Manager from 2004-2007 where he worked with teams in our region, had influence on the governance of ski racing, and led regional projects with athletes and coaches at regional and national events and camps.
“I am extremely excited to work with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail as the head Women’s Ability Program Director and help continue the legacy of excellence the club has offered. With such outstanding resources at hand, it truly is a world class program and I am honored to be part of it. I aim to use my widely diversified background in the sport to help further enhance the women’s program and continue moving it forward,” said Kristian.
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.
Ryan joined SSCV in 2012. He has previously been affiliated with the Montana State University Ski Team and Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team. He has accomplished a lot as an athlete including finishing 4th in the 2012 US Nordic National Championships Classic Sprint and was a top placing American skier at the 2012 U23 World Ski Championships. His goal for his athletes this season is to improve every aspect of their skiing technique.
Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in International Business and Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management. And when he isn’t coaching he loves jamming on the piano and professionally DJing.
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.
Christian joined SSCV in 2012. He is an Edwards native and currently attends Denver University.
He is excited to work with the Future Star athletes and help them become better skiers.
A Vail native, Cliff is excited to be with SSCV for another season. He has coached many different programs in his time with us. He has previously been affiliated with Battle Mountain High School Ski Team and Buddy Warner League. Cliff’s goal for his athletes this season is to instill the life long love of skiing and racing into their lives.
Cliff holds a BS in Watershed Sciences that earned in 1978. When he isn’t coaching, Cliff loves hiking, biking, photography and racer chasing!
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.
Brett joined SSCV in 1995 and is a Silverthorne native. He has coached many programs with us and is excited for another season. His main goal for his young athletes is to have fun!
In 1991 Brett earned a BS in Psychology from CU. When he isn’t skiing, you can find him on the golf course!
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.
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.
Michael comes to us for his first season with SSCV from Durango, CO. He graduated from The University of Colorado in 2011 with degrees in Advertising, Psychology and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Although not a coach for SSCV, Michael has experience coaching for The University of Colorado Ski Team and has previously been affiliated with Durango Freestyle Ski Team and Team Summit. When Michael isn’t in the office, he enjoys climbing, tennis, golf, skiing and writing.
We are very excited to have Michael on board!
Cindy Suplizio joined VSSA in 2011 as our Lower School Mathematics teacher. Cindy brings a rich background in both education and skiing. She has a BS and MS in engineering, is certified in science and math, has taught at Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Rocky Mountain Academy in Evergreen, and most recently at Telluride High School. Cindy is Nationally Board Certified in mathematics and is a terrific fit for our instructional leadership role.
Cindy skied on scholarship at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has two children who ski competitively.
Luther comes to us from Arvada, CO. He grew up at Loveland Race Club and has since coached at Winter Park and Loveland.
At the University of Colorado, Luther studied Biochemistry and went on to further his education at Palmer College of Colorado where he earned his Doctorate in Chiropractics.
His goal for his athletes this season is to make the learning experience that skiing is the greatest experience of their lives and to allow them to build on this experience for the rest of their lives.
When Luther isn’t on the slopes he loves spending time with his family.
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.
Lindsey hails from Spokane, WA. She is excited to be with SSCV again this season and ready to help her athletes achieve all of their goals and beyond.
She graduated Whitworth University in 2007 and earned a Masters in Teaching from Gonzaga University in 2012.
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.
Mike joins us again this season as an alpine coach. Originally from Boulder, CO Mike has spent a lot of time up here in the mountains. He has previously been affiliated with Eldora, Winter Park and the University of Colorado Ski Team.
Mike graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Business and Accounting. An avid an accomplished skier, Mike was an All American in ‘91 at CU and a member of the ‘91 NCAA Championship Team. With much coaching experience and a Level 100 USSA Coaching Certification there is no doubt he will bring a lot of knowledge to the club. Mike’s goal for his athletes is to make sure the love they have for the sport grows and lasts a lifetime.
When Mike isn’t on the mountain he is mountain and road biking, camping and enjoying the great outdoors!
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.
Jamie joined SSCV in 2012. He was previously a member of Winter Park Competition Center for 13 years. Jamie’s goals for his athletes are to help them learn to go fast and love the sport even more.
Jamie is attending Notre Dame and pursuing a degree in Management Entrepreneurship. When he isn’t coaching you can find him rock climbing, mountain biking and playing tennis and squash.
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.
Dave joined SSCV in 2012 and comes to us from Jay, NY. He has previously been affiliated with National Ski Academy and has been coaching for 40 years. He is a certified USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach, PSIA Eastern Examiner and a Certified PSIA Level 3 Coach.
He graduated SUNY Cortland in 1972 and was a Pro Motocross rider. When Dave isn’t coaching he enjoys motocross, wooden boat restoration and home construction.
Charlene Whitney joined VSSA in 2011 as the Director of College Counseling. She is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been in Eagle County since 2007. After graduating college, she took a job with Eckerd Youth Alternatives to work with youth at risk.
Out of the 19 wilderness programs throughout the East Coast, she went to work in a small town called Floral City, Florida.When she started her career in 1999, she had no idea that first position would have such a profound impact on her life. For her two year commitment as a Counselor/Teacher she lived with a group of 11 adolescent females in a campsite on 860 acres of land. They lived together in tent like structures built with their own hands. They slept under mosquito nets and cooked meals on open fires. When she completed her two-year commitment she stayed at the program to work in different positions. She gained experience as a supervisor, trainer, and a group treatment coordinator.
In 2005, she moved to Vermont and continued to work for the same company but gained experience working with adolescent males and their families as a Family Worker. In 2007, Charlene became aware of a career opportunity in Colorado as a Social Caseworker for Eagle County. While working for the county she was able to obtain a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver with hopes of becoming a School Counselor.
Charlene is thrilled to be a part of VSSA and is excited to jump into the world of college counseling while supporting the social and emotional needs of the students. While she loves to travel, she can not imagine living anywhere but Eagle County.
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.
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.
Mike arrived at SSCV in 2005. He previously coached at SSWSC for 19 years. His goal for the ability athletes he works with is to launch them to the US Ski Team.
When Mike isn’t coaching he loves playing golf.
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.
Anjie joined SSCV in 2012 and hails from Bozeman, MT. She is excited to work with her athletes and help them become the best skiers they can be.
Jake comes to us from Omaha, Nebraska where he studied at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a baseball scholarship and earned a degree in Exercise Science.
Having a wide variety of coaching experience Jake is sure to be an asset to us here at SSCV. He has varying degrees of coaching certifications and has coached nearly all age groups. 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 the outdoors. From skiing to mountain biking he does it all and above all loves being in the mountains.
Troy joined SSCV in 2009. A Vail native, Troy is excited to take over as the Carver Corps Head Coach and can’t wait to help his athletes achieve their goals.
A University of Colorado grad Troy holds a degree in Kinesiology.
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.”