Tori Koski grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO. Starting as a member of SSWSC at 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 through 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. In addition to being the Snowboard Program Director, she is one of a select few to coach at US Snowboarding Project Gold camps.
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 athletes at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Thedo’s 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. In addition, Thedo coached at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Dave grew up in Southern California, and comes from a surfing background. A Steamboat Local for 40 years, Dave’s been snowboarding for over 25 years and on hard boots for 20 years. He brings a great amount of alpine equipment knowledge and passion to the program. Dave is very involved with the Alpine Snowboard community. He goes every year to Aspen for the annual Summit Expression Session.
He’s also a woodworker, and his creations can be seen on his website at http://www.davidwinterswoodworker.com Summer’s are spent backpacking in the high country with his family: wife Sue and sons Billy and Cody. Any spare time is spent tinkering with his classic car “Ernie”, a 1965 Morris Minor Traveller decked out as a surf woodie!
Erik has always felt at home on the snow and has over 20 years’ experience riding. He began coaching fall 2010 in the Upper Midwest Snow Series for the G-Team. His coaching background includes - dryland, trampoline, boardercross, slope style, coaches training, nationals, and three years’ experience as a head coach. Outside of coaching, he also has 6 years of experience serving as Team Director for The Kicker Project, a program that provides snowboard opportunities to underserved youth in Minneapolis, MN. Coaching and riding is something he looks forward to each winter and he is thrilled to bring his coaching to the Rockies. Year after year his riders go the extra mile to achieve their goals and this season there will be no exception. Erik leads all ages and abilities in the Boardercross program as well as assisting in freestyle.
Hello! My name is Maddy Schaffrick. I was born and raised in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado and grew up in the Winter Sports Club. My list of passions is substantial but snowboarding has always been at the top of it. I love all creatures but lions are my favorite. My favorite color is the Rainbow and my favorite thing to eat is ice cream. I’m allergic to all nuts, which is funny because my favorite people are nuts! Snowboarding is fun. Friends are family. Nature cures everything. Kindness makes a difference. Magic is Real. Love is All.
On top of Maddy’s contagious personality and smile she was on the U.S. halfpipe team for seven years. Her resume is packed with impressive results including X Games and Grand Prix events.
Trevor Mekelburg was born and raised in Fort Collins Colorado. He would visit Steamboat with family as a child and knew it was where he wanted to call home. After graduating high school Trevor moved to the Yampa valley and got involved with the community. He coaches skateboarding at the local elementary schools during their skateboard unit. He also skateboards with kids at the local Sk8 Church. Here is what he has to say.
“ I’m very excited to be part of SSWSC. To be part of a group that has so much history is really an honor. Skateboarding has provided a lot of joy to my life. The opportunity to share skateboarding with the winter sports club is truly awesome.”
Aaron Kawcak recently moved back to the area to help on the family’s ranch and coach for Steamboat Springs winter sports club. Aaron had been living in Park city Utah,where he became a certified snowboard instructor and then later pursued a career as a snowboard coach. He has experience coaching all ability levels and specializes coaching Park and big mountain. When he’s not snowboarding he enjoys camping,kite boarding, boating and taking advantage of this one time adventure called life.