Elana “E” Chase, is a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Development Team for inverted aerials and moguls. Elana has coached freeskiing and other sports for well over a decade. She began her career coaching skiing full time at Okemo Mountain School in Vermont for 4 years. She then made her way to Colorado where she coached the Aspen team for another 6 years. Elana is now starting her 6th season here at Vail. In the past few years at SSCV, we have seen tremendous positive changes in the freeski and big mountain programs.
“I can’t thank Aldo, SSCV and Vail enough for giving myself and the freeskiing community the opportunity to create something new and truly special here in Vail. I have had a great first few years and I am looking forward to many more.”
Chase has worked hard over the years and has created a strong reputation and loyal following. Elana has been fortunate to coach several top skiers, including: Jen Hudak, Torin Yater-Wallace, David Wise, Alex Ferreira, Aaron Blunck, Broby Leeds, Sammy Schuiling, Lennon Vaughan, Annalisa Drew, Anais Caradeux, Tucker Perkins, Anna Segal, Taylor Seaton, Adam Crook, Jess Cumming, Walter Wood, and more.
Chase was awarded at SIA, the Pioneering Women’s Award from the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition | CAMBER® for her work as a mentor and coach in 2011. In 2008, she was named Freestyle Domestic Coach of the Year by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA). It was the first time a park-and-pipe coach or a woman had earned that distinction. April 2012, Elana was named Vail Ski & Snowboard Club’s Coach of the year. Elana was featured this winter 2011 in the ESPN’s series “Behind the Curtain.”
Under Chase’s direction, the Vail Freeski Program was the USSA Freeski Club of the Year for 2014 and 2013. Vail Freeski is the only ski program in history to win this award from USSA back to back!
Chase has coached over a dozen freeskiing athletes at Winter X Games since 2004. She has helped both men and women achieve X Games medals every year since 2005 through 2016. Eighteen X Games Medals: 7 Gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze in both halfpipe and slopestyle. Elana also coached 14 of the freeski athletes who went on to attending the Sochi Olympics for its debut 2014. She also participated in Sochi as a coach of the French National Team. Elana has coached multiple athletes to achieve podiums and wins at every major, national, international and local freeski level of events. All three Gatorade Freeflow Champions in Halfpipe have come from her program. Two athlete have been invite to the prestigious Youth Olympic Games 2013 & 2016.
Elana Chase is a licensed USASA Coach and a USSA Coach -Level 4 Certified for aerials and new school acrobatic skiing.
“Although I have been very fortunate to work with amazing athletes, and I am currently working with a talented crew here in Vail, it isn’t all about the podiums. It is about helping kids learn to be good people, good student and good athletes. For me, the best part of coaching is helping someone dig deep down inside to achieve something they didn’t think possible for themselves. That could be something as simple as a 360 on a trampoline, to going off a jump for the first time, to sliding a rail or learning a double out of a halfpipe. It’s awesome to see someone put the effort in and come out learning a new skill!”