“I am excited to work with the coaches and athletes in all Freestyle disciplines,” Aldighieri said. “It’s important to build up the grass roots level, help build the sport, and maintain the professionalism of the SSWSC programs. This program has a history of excellence- my goal is to keep that excellence going at the highest levels from proper technical coaching for the youngest kids right up through our potential Olympians. I have enjoyed this sport for so long and really feel fortunate to have found a passion that I can pass on to others.”
Aldighieri has a long history of success as an athlete and a coach. He spent 7 years on the US Ski Team where he attained #5 ranking in the World Status. He won a World Cup Gold Medal in 1988 and was part of the 1991 World Championship Team, and then attended the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. After retiring from the US Ski Team, Aldighieri joined the Professional Ski Tour and became the first mogul skier in history to win a World Cup and a Professional Event. Post tour, Aldighieri worked for the SSWSC as head coach of the Mogul Program before coaching the Canadian National Ski Team/Olympic Team and then with the Canadian Sport Institute in Whistler, British Columbia, as their Moguls Talent Development Coach. SSWSC is thrilled to see the return of Aldighieri to a position of leadership where his successes can influence the club’s program.
Mike has been coaching for 8 years. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and spent his weekend skiing out of Holiday Valley in Ellicott, NY on their Freestyle Team.
"When I decided to stop competing, I looked back and thought about how much fun I had and the great people I met. My coaches taught me how to grow as a person and made me realize what I could accomplish in life. I would like to pass that down to a new generation of skiers." Mike Amato
Tony has been working in youth outdoor education since 1993. He started teaching skiing in 2000, and with the SSWSC in 2004. He grew up in western NY where he first stepped in a halfpipe in 1994, and slid his first rail in 1999. Since then he has also worked as a sailing, surfing, bodysurfing, sea kayaking and adventure learning instructor. Over the last few seasons Tony has been invited to join the US Freeskiing staff at the USSA gold camps. During the summers Tony works as the assistant director for the NYSSA summer camp for at risk youth.
“My goal is to create good people with a respect for the power of nature, and with a love of skiing. If an athlete has that, success will follow. I also believe that learning from all of the skiing and snowboarding disciplines gives us the creativity to be progressive freeskiing athletes.” - Tony Lodico
Andy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and has been skiing for 13 years. He has been in the park for as many years. Even though the skiing in the midwest is not the powder runs of Colorado, he had a passion for it. That passion brought him out to Steamboat in 2006 where he has been working as Steamboat Park Crew. Aside from skiing he also enjoys filming and making edits with his friends and has made edits to be put up on both Copper Mountains and Steamboats web page.
Bridget grew up in the western part of Massachusetts, where she began skiing at the age of 3. She comes to the sport of freestyle with a background in ski racing as well as gymnastics, a sport in which she competed up to a national level. Prior to joining the SSWSC, Bridget coached gymnastics at a club in Boulder, Colorado while she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in 2012, and moved up to Steamboat to be closer to her first love – skiing!
In her spare time you can find her upside down – (practicing her handstands), on her bike, telling her west highland terrier to stop barking, or in the yoga studio.