Jon is originally from the Washington DC area, moving to Steamboat in 1998 to chase the snow. He started working as a snowboard instructor for Steamboat Ski Area and quickly fell in love with teaching people the sport. In 1999, Jon started with the SSWSC as a volunteer coach. He moved into the position of Junior Head Coach in 2001 and was named Program Director in 2004. He has a strong sense for rider development and works hard to establish effective training programs while maintaining the core values of snowboard culture. Jon is also very active throughout the snowboard world. He is currently the Chairman of the USSA Snowboard Sport Committee, Vice President of the USASA Executive Board, a Freestyle Examiner for AASI and Chairman of the US Snowboard Coach Education Committee. Jon has also served as an SBX coach for the US Junior World Championship Team for the past 5 years, bringing home 8 medals for the US during that time.
2012 USSA Domestic Coach of the Year
Ashley was lucky enough to have grown up in Steamboat Springs and was a rider with the SSWSC Snowboard Team from its very beginnings. She is a solid rider comfortable anywhere on the mountain but truly enjoys pushing her skills in the halfpipe or on the rails. She spent several years competing at the regional and national level through both USASA and USSA. Ashley is a demanding coach who sets high expectations for herself as well as for the kids. She has a tremendous understanding of the necessary skills and attitude to be successful at every level of the sport. Since turning her attention to coaching, Ashley has been recognized as one of the top freestyle coaches in the US. She has been invited to coach at numerous USSA and USASA National Team Development Camps including Project Gold camps. Ash is always looking for new and innovative methods to help her riders progress to the top levels of snowboarding. In 2012, Ashley was not only honered as the USSA Domestic Snowboard Coach of the year, but was also named the overall USSA Domestic Coach of the Year. An honor that has only been given to two other snowboard coaches since it's inception.
2003 USSA Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year
Thedo enjoys bringing snowboard racing to a higher level in the US. He has put several riders on the US Team and coached riders at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Thedo mission is to provide a solid training base while working on the right mentality to excel in the sport. Thedo is a former Olympian and coached successfully on the World Cup before coming to Steamboat.
Colin has been riding for almost 20 years, the last 12 in Steamboat. He grew up riding the steep and deep of Nub’s Nob in Michigan and began competing in the USASA Middle Earth Series at the age of 13. At the 2002 USASA National Championships, Colin finished 4th in Overall Freestyle for the 18-22 Men’s Division. The next year, Colin picked up and moved to Steamboat and began work as snowboard instructor for the Steamboat Ski Area. Colin has been the SSWSC for the past 10 years and the last 4 as our Senior Team Head Coach. He has extensive competitive experience and a wide range of technical knowledge. Colin has a very friendly demeanor and makes learning a fun and positive experience. He is committed to challenging his athletes to go bigger, spin more and have more fun.
Tori Koski grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO. Starting as a member of SSWSCat age 12, Tori became a international snowboard athlete while competing in a variety of sports. She was invited to join the US snowboard team at the young age of 15 and traveled the globe competing. After high school, Tori pursued her international professional snowboard career. Faced with a series of obstacles and injuries she persevered thru every challenge presented to her. She is passionate, intelligent, athletic, kind and generous with everyone she comes in contact with. She shares her experiences, knowledge and passion for life with everyone- most importantly her family and friends.
Cody took his first ski turns at three, started snowboarding around eight, and competing in freestyle a few years later. He knew SBX was his calling after the first time he pulled out of a start gate. Cody began racing in Winter Park's SBX series around age fourteen, tried to keep up with the open class riders during the winter and learned what he could from Mark Schultz and Andy Finch during the summer. Over thirteen years of competing in USASA, USSA, FIS and independent events, Cody worked his way up the ranks to the World Cup level. At 24, he decided to take a break from racing and finish his degrees in international business and philosophy. His passion for snowboarding, love for the boat, and experience racing are what brought Cody back to SSWSC only this time as a coach rather than an athlete.
Senior and Junior Team Coach
Originally from Southern California, Steve lived in two other states before making his way to Colorado at the age of 13. Shortly after moving to CO, Steve got the opportunity to strap his feet onto a snowboard for the first time… and from that point on he was hooked. Steve learned about the SSWSC after moving to Craig, CO in High School. Making a deal with his mother and the school, Steve was able to be a part of the SSWSC Team by staying above a 3.5 grade average. Riding for them as an athlete his Junior and Senior years, Steve adapted quickly and progressed at an exceptional rate. Thanks to the coaching he received along with his dedication and passion, his love for snowboarding only grew. While a member, Steve competed in a number of local USASA and national USSA competitions, as well as spending a month in NZ. Steve started transitioning from athlete to coach by volunteering with SSWSC in 2009. Since then, his main goal is to share the passion of riding with his students while providing them with the fundamentals to progress and succeed farther in the sport and in life.
Tracy is bringing 15 years of snowboard teaching experience to the SSWSC Development program. She is a fully certified instructor who started teaching in her home state of Ohio before moving west to attend University of Denver. While in school, she taught at Eldora, Loveland and Keystone before moving to Steamboat 8 years ago. Once in Steamboat, she quickly established herself as a fun, dependable and creative instructor. She earned her AASI Level 3 certification 3 years ago and is one the highest regarded instructors at the Steamboat Snowboard School. She is part of the snowboard school training team working to train the instructor staff in the best teaching practices. Her background in gymnastics and trampolines serves as a compliment to her extensive experience as an instructor and trainer. Tracy is creative in her approach to coaching snowboarding and is looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm for snowboarding to the SSWSC.
Tom "TD" Davis
Ski Cross Coach
Tom's ski racing career began at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield Mass at the age of 12. While enrolled at Mount Snow Academy, he competed at the Eastern Cup, open FIS and Nor Am level as a J1 athlete. An aspiring cyclist, TD was also named to The United States Cycling Team as a junior in High School. After High School, Tom moved to Colorado in 1994 to train and race in both Alpine Ski racing and Road Cycling at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During this time, Tom won 12 National Championship medals in Individual and team cycling disciplines. His competitive cycling career spanned 11 years, 4 continents, and 12 countries. After college, Tom retired from competition and moved to Steamboat Springs to begin his coaching career as a J3 Alpine ski racing coach at the Winter Sports Club. By 2003, TD was named the Alpine Ability Head Coach at SSWSC and was recognized by USSA in 2004 as the "Alpine Coach of the Year." TD also served as Founder, Program Director and Head Coach of the SSWSC Cycling Program through the summer of 2007. TD left the Winter Sports Club in 2007 to pursue a Master's Degree in Architecture at the University of Colorado in Denver. After completing his Master's degree in the summer of 2010, Thomas now works at KSa Architecture firm here in Steamboat Springs as an architectural associate. TD is looking forward to putting on his "coach" hat once again at the Winter Sports Club working with regional Skier Cross racers. TD's competitive background brings a unique understanding of speed, head-to-head combat, and what it takes to reach the top step of the podium.