As former Alpine Program Director for the Burke Mountain Academy (Vermont), Snowsports Director at Waterville Valley (New Hampshire), and a four-year U.S. Ski Team coach, Chadbourne is well-prepared for his new role as Alpine Competitive Program Director. He was honored by both the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and the Vermont Alpine Racing Association as their Coach of the Year in 2010. In 2007, he led the Burke Mountain Academy alpine program to USSA Club of the Year honors. In his coaching roles, Adam has worked closely with multiple Olympic medalists, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht and Ted Ligety. While working in the Eastern Region of the USSA, Chadbourne was the chairman of the Eastern Development Committee, where he focused on enhancing training and competition opportunities for Eastern alpine ski racers.
Ryan grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota and skied for the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club. He spent his PG years with Guenther Birgmann before qualifying for the US Ski Team in 2009. Instead of accepting his nomination, Ryan chose to accept an athletic scholarship and race for the University of Utah where he was a 3 time NCAA first team All-American. Ryan studied Sports Management and business and graduated in fall of 2013.
Ryan, entering his second year of coaching with SSWSC, is motivated to continue growing as a coach in his new role as Head Coach of our revamped post-graduate program. In his time off snow, Ryan is an avid golfer and mountain/road cyclist.
Head Coach Ty Upson got his first taste of telemark skiing in New England as a child after watching some hippy rip down the VW Bug sized bumps on “Goat” at Stowe, Vermont in 1976. He has been a closet nordic skier ever since, recently moving to the telemark side from alpine. He attended the Whiteman School as their first ski racer. Ty started coaching at the University of Colorado in 1987 and then returned to the Winter Sports Club. He has been coaching at the FIS, Nor-Am and World Cup level and has worked with numerous NCAA champions, US Ski Teamers and Olympic racers. Along the way he has picked up full certification with the PSIA in both Alpine and Telemark and the same with the US Ski Coaches Association.
In his free time, Ty volunteers with Routt County Search and Rescue and the Clark Colorado Volunteer Fire Deptment The Marine Corps added some saltiness to his already intense personality and spending two years in Mesopotamia taking on bad guys did little to tone down his zest and enthusiasm for skiing. Ty is also the proud father of a Tele Devo daughter. He enjoys reading, empty spaces and sea glass collecting. The one thing he loves about telemark racing is the camaraderie, sportsmanship and multi-element and long distance nature of the events (as well as getting to go to Europe every year!)
Ben grew up racing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He continued his racing career at Western State Colorado University, competing Division 1 NCAA. After graduating college Ben continued racing full-time at the Continental Cup level in pursuit of his goals. He began ski coaching at Loveland Racing Club. After 3 years at Loveland, Ben coached 1 season for a private team, Iced-Out Racing, based out of Summit County. Most recently Ben spent 3 years coaching FIS athletes at the Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont. Ben was invited to coach in several Regional and NDS Camps, as a representative of the Eastern Region. Ben is excited to be back in Colorado coaching, and enjoying his favorite hobbies of bike racing and back-country skiing.
Thomas was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He started skiing at the age of three, chasing his older sister around the mountain. He skied and raced at Elk Mountain in Northeastern PA where he was ranked among the best skiers in the state. During High School he attended Mount Mansfield Winter Academy in Stowe, VT where he raced both USSA and FIS. Deciding to forego racing in college, Thomas started coaching at his home hill. After five years of coaching, he was put in charge of the U16 age group and the weekly night training. Thomas has a great passion for the sport and is committed to helping develop young athletes to the best of their abilities both on and off the hill. Thomas graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Political Science. When not on the hill, Thomas enjoys hunting, fishing, playing tennis and golfing. He is also a major fan of Notre Dame Football.
Matt Graves moved with his family to Steamboat from Denver in 1976 at the age of 5. With four winters of skiing under his belt he began with the SSWSC, he started in Training Squad, a multidisciplinary program in 1978. Since then he raced, jumped, and cross countried his way through to some national level performances. Matt has been coaching various snow sports since 1990 and in 1999 began coaching with SSWSC alpine age class with a hiatus(2007-13) continued until now. Having coached in 2104 as a U10 coach under Deb Armstrong , coached as a U14 coach for 2 years under Erik Gilbert, raising his own 8 and 11 year old children(SSWSC nordic Combined skiers), he feels at home being the Head u12 Alpine Coach. Matt lives with his wife Sandy and their sons Wyatt and Sawyer, he is a builder, wood sculptor, hunter, gardener and cook. Growing up in Steamboat as a Winter Sports Club athlete, coach and now parent he feels a strong connection to the tradition and legacy of what happens here at Howelsen Hill.
Mack grew up outside of Buffalo, New York. He spent his weekends skiing at Holimont in Ellicottville, New York with his family. He joined Holimont’s freestyle team as a J5. He decided to take up ski instruction during his high school years. After a brief hiatus nordic ski racing in college, Mack returned to ski instruction at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville New York. In 2011 Mack moved to Steamboat Springs to work at Steamboat Resort as a ski instructor. The following season he joined the U12 coaching staff at SSWSC and has been there ever since. This past season Mack headed the Tuning Program for SSWSC alpine athletes.
Chris was born in Boulder, CO, and raised in Crested Butte, CO. He attended Burke Mountain Academy and was a three time World Junior Team member placing 4th overall in 1988. He was on the US Ski Team from 1987-2001. His accomplishments include being a member of the 1992 US Olympic Team competing in Albertville, France, member of the 1993 and 1996 World Championship Team in GS and 4x US National Champion (3 Overall, 1 DH).
Chris joined the SSWSC Alpine staff as an Ability Coach in 2002 then became Alpine Director and Head Ability Coach in 2005. In 2007, Chris joined a financial services firm here in Steamboat Springs. He continues to coach at the U12 level. Chris and his wife Wendy have two sons, Cole and Cooper, in the Alpine programs at SSWSC. Chris joined the Foundation Board in 2011 to help the organization that he helped coach for five years and that his kids be a part of for many years to come.
Chad grew up skiing in Vail, CO and is a ten year veteran of the US Ski Team. He spent a post graduate year with the SSWSC which helped launch his remarkable career. Chad was a Member of Five World Championship Teams and Two Winter Olympic Teams, has two National Championship titles and earned the silver medal in the World Cup Finals in 1999. One of his most memorable performances came on home turf at the Beaver Creek World Championships in 1999 where he finished 6th. He calls Steamboat Springs home with wife Renee and has two boys who are aspiring ski racers age 8 and 10.
Melissa Jones (MJ) grew up in Holderness, NH and skied for Waterville Valley’s Black and Blue Trail Smashers in Waterville Valley, NH. Melissa graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry. During her time at Bates, she was a member of their NCAA Division 1 Alpine Team and served as Captain her senior year. After college, she relocated to Colorado, where she was an Age Class Coach and then Assistant U16 Coach at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail for 4 years.
In the fall of 2014, MJ relocated to Steamboat and started as an assistant U12 Coach at SSWSC as well as a Science Teacher at Steamboat Springs High School. Some of MJ’s favorite things include dorking out on chemistry, rock climbing, attempting to fly fish, cheering on the Red Sox and bacon.
Cassady grew up in Steamboat and was an athlete with the SSWSC for 10 years. After high school she went to Colby College where she spent 4 years on the Division I ski team. She was the captain for 3 years and qualified for the NCAA Championships twice. After graduating college, Cassady was a 2nd grade teacher in Denver. She recently moved back to the Yampa Valley and is continuing to teach elementary school at the Mountain Village Montessori School. She is so excited to be joining SSWSC again this season, now as a coach!