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About SSWSC

Staff Directory

Leadership Team
Jim Boyne, Executive Director and Secretary

Jim Boyne, Executive Director and Secretary

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Jim has been the Director of the SSWSC since 2014, and joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in October 2013 as its Executive Director, serving as the chief executive officer of the club. Jim leads the club in managing all of its businesses and facilities, including its not-for-profit athletic and educational programs and foundation operations, as well as its for-profit businesses. Jim oversees the development and implementation of local, national and international athletic events hosted by the club, as well as community and public service events.  Jim also manages the club and foundation’s fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and public and community relations activities. Prior to joining the club, Jim spent more than 20 years in the investment management business, most recently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Calamos Asset Management, Inc. (CLMS), a publicly traded investment management firm based in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for executing Calamos’ business and strategic initiatives, overseeing its operational and administrative infrastructure, as well as supporting its distribution businesses and strategies. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for McDonnell Investment Management, where he was responsible for the company’s businesses and operations, including its legal and regulatory compliance programs. Jim also served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Van Kampen Investments and was formerly an attorney with the law firm of Jenner & Block. He earned a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Jim and his wife, Leagh, reside in Steamboat Springs and have four children, two who are SSWSC athletes.

Sarah Floyd, Associate Executive Director

Sarah Floyd, Associate Executive Director

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Sarah joined SSWSC in 1987 as a youth alpine coach and assisted the SSWSC youth alpine programs while also managing the Steamboat Ski Area’s Kids’ Vacation Center program for ten plus years. Sarah came to SSWSC full-time as the Director of Athletics in 1999. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont majoring in Child/Human Development. Sarah feels very strongly that all who enter the SSWSC whether as a coach, athlete, parent or administrative staff, all should leave with a greater knowledge of themselves and increased skills from their experiences at the Club.

Jon Nolting, Athletic Director

Jon Nolting, Athletic Director

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Jon joined the SSWSC in 2015 as its Athletic Director.  Jon brings 19 years of experience in club and athletic leadership, coaching and education, 9 years with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He has spearheaded national club and coach education and certification systems in the sports of Alpine, Cross Country and Freestyle skiing, Nordic Combined, and Snowboarding. He has also led significant efforts at the national level implementing best practices in athlete and coach development. Nolting holds a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, School of Engineering, and a minor in economics. Jon and his wife Darlene have two children who are athletes in the SSWSC.

Adam Chadbourne, Alpine Competitive Program Director

Adam Chadbourne, Alpine Competitive Program Director

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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.

Blair Seymour, Development Program Director & Cycling Program Director

Blair Seymour, Development Program Director & Cycling Program Director

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Blair grew up in Minnesota as a competitive figure skater and enjoyed skiing through her youth. Blair moved to Steamboat in 1992 and taught skiing with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp for 7 years. She started her career with SSWSC as a Buddy Werner League coach in 1992.  She is a PSIA Level 3 certified instructor and USSA Level 100 coach. She has had director experience in a variety of youth sports including cycling and soccer and has a passion for teaching kids and educating parents. In the summer she is the Cycling Director for SSWSC and started the Steamboat High School Mountain Bike Team in 2013. Blair and her husband John have three boys that are alpine ski racers and competitive mountain bikers. In her free time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, spending time with her boys.

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Program Director

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Program Director

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“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 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.

Tori Koski, Snowboard Program Director

Tori Koski, Snowboard Program Director

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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.

Brian Tate, Cross-Country Program Director

Brian Tate, Cross-Country Program Director

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Brian has coached for the SSWSC Nordic Program since 1998. The first three years were spent coaching with the Ability Nordic Combined Team. From 2001 until present, Brian has been coaching the Ability Cross-Country Team. In 2009 a new position was created and Brian was offer the Cross-Country Program Director position. Brian coaches the Ability Cross-Country (XC) Team along with Josh Smullin. He also oversees the five other XC programs at SSWSC. He presently holds a seat on the Rocky Mountain Nordic Executive Board, the regional XC governing body. Brian holds a USSA Level 100 Cross-Country Coaching Certification. His enthusiasm for sport and fitness is strong.

Todd Wilson, SJ/NC Program Director, Ski Jump Facility Manager & Head U10 Coach

Todd Wilson, SJ/NC Program Director, Ski Jump Facility Manager & Head U10 Coach

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Todd oversees a professional staff of sixteen coaches involved in the training of over 100 athletes. He started jumping with the Winter Park, Colorado Jumping Program at the age of five and took his first jumps at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs at age eight. In 1984 he was named to the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team and competed internationally for nine seasons, which included the Winter Olympic teams of 1988 and 1992 and the World Championship Teams in 1985 and 1987. Todd began coaching with SSWSC in 1993 while he attended college at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat. His first tour of duty with the SSWSC was as head coach for the Development Team and then he was named Nordic Combined Head Coach the following year. In 2000 he was promoted to Nordic Program Director to oversee all the club’s Nordic sports of ski jumping, cross-country, Nordic combined and biathlon. Due to growth in the Nordic sports, in 2010 Todd was named Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director to focus on the J/NC programs and also continues to play a role as an assistant coach to the U16/U18 programs. This is Todd’s 25 season with SSWSC. Todd is also currently the chairman for USSA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Coaches Subcommittee and was a finalist for the 2003, US Olympic Committee’s, Development Coach of the Year Award. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in downtown Steamboat Springs with their two daughters, Maggie and Ella.

David Zink, Director of Strength & Conditioning

David Zink, Director of Strength & Conditioning

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Dave began his coaching career as a high school cross country ski coach in Minnesota in 1986 and has been coaching kids and adults ever since. He and his family made their home in Winter Park, Colorado, for 22 years, moving to Steamboat in 2013. He has a background as an engineer, a high school physics teacher and has owned and operated a manufacturing business. He started and ran CrossFit Thin Air in Winter Park for five years, holds a CrossFit Level 3 certification (CCFT), USA Weightlifting Sports and Performance Coach and is also a USSA Level 100 XC Coach. He works with athletes and their coaches from all the SSWSC disciplines, year round, in the SSWSC DeHaven Strength Center, helping them meet their athletic goals. In his spare time, Dave enjoys cross country skiing, cycling, weightlifting and CrossFit competition as well as working on his vintage snowcat.

Amy Burkholder, Director of Finance

Amy Burkholder, Director of Finance

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A Colorado native and business graduate of Colorado State University, Amy moved to Steamboat in 1986 to work and play on Mt Werner.  She spent 13 years working for the Ski Area, with the majority of that time spent as the Accounting Manager.  In 1999 Amy joined the staff of the SSWSC and still loves spending her days at Howelsen Hill. Amy’s family members all participate in the SSWSC Cross Country program.  Her husband Greg has coached for over 20 years and her 2 daughters have both grown up training through the Nordic programs.

Ellen Campbell, Director of Development for SSWSC & SSWSC Foundation

Ellen Campbell, Director of Development for SSWSC & SSWSC Foundation

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Ellen Campbell is the Director of Development for the SSWSC Foundation and the SSWSC.  Before joining the SSWSC, Ellen spent three years with the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation as a Development Associate.  Ellen previously owned a successful business specializing in wholesale fine jewelry, estate sales, high end antiques and collectibles for 26 years.  She also served in management positions in sales, operations and public relations for various corporations in Silicon Valley.

Ellen has owned a home in Steamboat for more than 20 years and is an active member in the community.  She has served as an Advisory Board member for Catamount Ranch and Club since June 2012 and was Social Committee Chair at Catamount from 2008 through 2016. 

Rory Clow, Director of Marketing

Rory Clow, Director of Marketing

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Rory was born and raised in Steamboat Springs; a true Steamboat local! As a passionate outdoors enthusiast, Rory found her perfect fit in working with the SSWSC after 4 years as a Marketing Manager for a real estate agent. Rory has two degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder a BS in News Editorial and a BA in Photography. In her spare time, Rory can be found with a camera in hand backcountry skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, guiding whitewater, rescuing animals, and enjoying adventures with her dog Piper.

Quincee Cotton, Traveling Manager

Quincee Cotton, Traveling Manager

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Quincee Cotton will be the new SSWSC travel coordinator. She and her family moved to Steamboat a year ago from Boulder, Colorado where she was the board president for the Boulder Nordic Junior Racing Team. She and her husband Buz have two kids - Sadie and Sumner both of whom are SSWSC skiers in the cross country program. Quincee is also a USSA Level 2 Technical Delegate and serves on the Rocky Mountain Nordic Executive Board. She and her family are very excited to be in Steamboat and have the opportunity to explore the outdoors in a new area.

Eric Friese, Director of Operations

Eric Friese, Director of Operations

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Eric Friese was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and grew up skiing with his family on the icy Midwest slopes. He was the president of The Ohio University Snowcats Ski Club where he was able to travel to Steamboat and fall in love with the magic of the Yampa Valley. Upon graduation in 2004 Eric moved to Steamboat and worked within the resort community until 2010. Eric returns to Steamboat from Greenville, SC where he managed operations for a world class golf and lifestyle community. His time away from Steamboat allowed him to gain experience in management and operations outside the ski industry. Eric fully admits that he has the “Yampa Valley Curse” and his return was destined. He is extremely excited to be a part of such a wonderful historic community organization. Eric and his wife Julie live in Steamboat with their newly arrived daughter, Piper, and their dog Sunny.

Deanna Manthei, SSWSC Office Manager

Deanna Manthei, SSWSC Office Manager

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Deanna joined the SSWSC part-time in 2001 assisting with registration. In 2006 she joined the staff full time and has since gained the title of Director of Member Services and Travel. Before joining the SSWSC team, Deanna owned and operated a ski photography company in Northern New Mexico. Her love for the outdoors and her son’s passion for all snow sports brought her to Steamboat in 2001. Deanna’s son, David, participated in SSWSC competitive level programs, and Deanna continues to love watching children grow and learn on the snow. The athletes of the SSWSC reflect her sentiments towards them; Deanna’s office is filled with children’s toys, and the younger members of the SSWSC always stop by to say hello. Deanna is always the first to welcome any member of the SSWSC with a kind smile and works hard to help members with all of their registration or travel needs.

Board of Directors
Jim Boyne, Executive Director and Secretary

Jim Boyne, Executive Director and Secretary

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Jim has been the Director of the SSWSC since 2014, and joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in October 2013 as its Executive Director, serving as the chief executive officer of the club. Jim leads the club in managing all of its businesses and facilities, including its not-for-profit athletic and educational programs and foundation operations, as well as its for-profit businesses. Jim oversees the development and implementation of local, national and international athletic events hosted by the club, as well as community and public service events.  Jim also manages the club and foundation’s fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and public and community relations activities. Prior to joining the club, Jim spent more than 20 years in the investment management business, most recently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Calamos Asset Management, Inc. (CLMS), a publicly traded investment management firm based in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for executing Calamos’ business and strategic initiatives, overseeing its operational and administrative infrastructure, as well as supporting its distribution businesses and strategies. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for McDonnell Investment Management, where he was responsible for the company’s businesses and operations, including its legal and regulatory compliance programs. Jim also served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Van Kampen Investments and was formerly an attorney with the law firm of Jenner & Block. He earned a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Jim and his wife, Leagh, reside in Steamboat Springs and have four children, two who are SSWSC athletes.

Dan Dean

Dan Dean

Dan is the Chief Executive Officer of Resort Group, Steamboat’s largest locally owned property management company.  He has worked in the hospitality industry since moving to Steamboat Springs with his wife Tonya in the fall of 1986. Dan worked in various aspects of property management until 2005, when he was promoted to President of the organization and ultimately became Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Dan and Tonya have a son, Decker, who is an active member in both the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Combined program and the Steamboat Springs Soccer Club. Dan is also Chairman of Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined.  As an elected member of the SSWSC Board of Directors and the Emerald Mountain School Board of Directors, he has a proven record of accomplishment in our community, not only professionally, but also personally.

Chris Diamond

Chris Diamond

Chris has been a Director of the SSWSC since 2015.  Chris began his ski industry career in 1972, when he joined Sherburne Corporation (which later became S-K-I Ltd.) at Killington Vermont, serving as assistant to the president. In 1977, he was appointed general manager of the company’s Mount Snow Ski Resort and vice president of the Sherburne Corporation. In 1994, he returned to Killington to serve as S-K-I Ltd.‘s vice president of business development. In 1995, he was appointed vice president of Vermont operations for S-K-I Ltd., in which capacity he also served as president of the Killington and Mount Snow resorts. He returned to Mount Snow to serve as vice president and managing director in 1996, upon S-K-I Ltd.‘s acquisition by American Skiing Company (ASC). In 1999, he moved to the Steamboat where he served as president & COO of the resort until his retirement on June 30, 2015. Diamond is a past chairman of the National Ski Areas Association, Colorado Ski Country USA and past board member of the Vermont Ski Areas Association. He recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee, the Yampa Valley Airport Commission, the Board of Directors of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Government Affairs Committee of the National Ski Areas Association. He was a member of the 2008 University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on Constitutional Reform.  Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree from University of Massachusetts.

Ross Dyer, Vice President, Treasurer and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Ross has been a director of SSWSC since 2014. Ross has owned and operated a successful marketing services agency in Denver for the last 14 years focusing on creating, planning, executing and tracking consumer-focused, data-driven marketing campaigns. Prior to that, Ross worked in similar roles in different companies. Ross and his wife, Sally, live in Steamboat Springs and have three children. All three are or have been SSWSC athletes, participating in Alpine, Freestyle and Freeskiing. Ross’ oldest son is a member of the US Freestyle Ski Team. Ross graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1986 with a degree in Accounting and obtained his Master’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado in 1992.

Jeff Good, Vice President, Assistant Secretary and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Jeff Good, Vice President, Assistant Secretary and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Jeff Good is a director of the SSWSC and has served as a director since 2003.  Jeff is the President and Owner of Good Dynamics, a second-home care, property management and administrative services company based in Steamboat Springs.  Prior to founding Good Dynamics with his wife Nancy, he served for a short time as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the SSWSC.  Jeff was a freestyle moguls athlete in the SSWSC and went on to become the Head Mogul Coach for the U.S. Ski Team from 1991 to 1998, including the the 92’, 94’ and 98’ Olumpic Teams.

Jeff and Nancy have two children, Jasper and Sierra, who both were athletes in the SSWSC’s Nordic Combined and Alpine programs.  Jasper is currently a member of the U.S. Nordic Combined Team.  As a business owner, an elected member of the SSWSC Board of Directors, and as a former SSWSC athlete and U.S. Ski Team coach, Jeff believes he brings unique business and ski industry expertise to the SSWSC Board of Directors.

Chuck O’Connell

Chuck O’Connell

Chuck has been a director of SSWSC since 2006. Chuck currently works for SkyWest Airlines at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Previously, Chuck spent 29 years with Christy Sports in Steamboat Springs. Chuck was the former Chairman of Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined and is a SSWSC coach for our Cross-Country Cruisers and Summer Mountain Bike programs. Chuck has been a Steamboat Springs resident for 30 years and he and his wife, Trish, have four children (Mary, Meg, Finn and Kathleen) who are all current or former SSWSC athletes. Chuck enjoys anything outdoors with family including rafting, cycling and hiking day trips and overnight adventures.

Roger Perricone

Jim Schneider

Jim Schneider has been an SSWSC Board member since July 2010. He is VP Skier Services for Steamboat Springs Resort & Corporation since October 2002 and a 33 year industry veteran, where he is responsible for the SnowSports School, Competition Services, Kids’ Vacation Center, summer mountain activities, Guest Services, and the Ticket Sales Offices. Prior to 1999, Jim also worked summers since 1983 with Routt County Landscaping where he ultimately became managing partner. He is currently a member of the URAAC (Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee) to the City of Steamboat, and also serves as a member of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Marketing Committee since 2000, having twice served on its Special Event funding committee. Jim has served as chairman for the 2006 Olympic Trials, three Freestyle World Cups, several Bumps & Jumps and Mercury Tour events as well as has been involved in numerous industry associations including the Professional Ski Instructors of America, serving as its Rocky Mountain Division President 1991-1996, and remains active with his Trainers Accreditation Certification. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, and has called Steamboat Springs, Colorado, home for the past 33 years.

Steve Speer

Steve has been a director of the SSWSC since 2014. He graduated from Washington State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and moved to Colorado in 1982. He was employed with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. from 1982–2011, serving as Vice President and a member of their Board of Directors from 2003–2011. Steve ran the Mid-Atlantic Region in Washington D.C. for Hensel Phelps and oversaw the renovation of the Pentagon after 9/11. During his years at Hensel Phelps, he and his family always maintained a residence in Colorado and skied in Steamboat. Steve retired from Hensel Phelps in 2011 and he and his wife, Karen, moved full-time to Steamboat Springs with their 2 daughters, who are currently attending Steamboat Springs High School and his youngest daughter is an SSWSC athlete. Steve is very active and enjoys snow skiing, waterskiing, bicycling and is also a private pilot.

Matt Tredway, President and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Matt Tredway, President and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Matt has been a director of the SSWSC since 2006.  He currently leads a construction company, and is a partner in a real estate development company.  Matt has been very involved in the community for 27 years.  He instructed Math and Science in the public schools, coached, and also taught alpine skiing for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.  Matt is a board member for Western State Colorado University, and has served on several other local boards, including Old Town Hot springs, Habitat for Humanity, Parks and Rec.  Matt became an instructor for The National Outdoor Leadership School based in Lander Wyoming in the 1980s (NOLS). Later he founded and was the director of Everything Outdoor Steamboat.  EOS is designed to give students a chance to experience rock and ice climbing, backpacking, winter mountaineering,  14ers, kayaking, and horse packing.  Matt is an avid climber, and he has been on expeditions around the world, including many of Canada’s high peaks, Denali in Alaska, several peaks in Peru, Kilimanjaro, Cho Oyu in Tibet, many of the European classics, and a 2006 Everest bid.  Matt and his wife Dana are both long time Steamboat residents, and have two grown daughters that now reside in Nashville, TN.

SSWSC Foundation Board of Directors

John Adams

John Adams has over 30 years experience in the mining business. He is the son of Robert W Adams, one of the founders of the US uranium industry. John has been active in real estate development, banking, and cattle production. He formerly owned 40% of the Denver Broncos National Football League Franchise. He resides on his families’ cattle ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

David Baldinger, Jr., Member of Development Committee

David Baldinger, Jr., Member of Development Committee

Raised in Steamboat, David is a graduate of Dartmouth College with degrees in English and Environmental Studies. He is a Real Estate Broker and Co-Owner of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.  As a Million Dollar Guild Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, he has been a top performer in the sales of major developments, including residential, condominium and commercial ventures for over 20 years. He also holds a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. David’s many successes include being instrumental in the sell-out of the exclusive Catamount Ranch and Club. As a former alpine ski racer and coach of future Olympic stars, David is a passionate supporter of all disciplines and has been a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for over 40 years. Since 2005, Dave has been a Founding Board Member and is current Co-Chair of the Ski Base Area Urban Renewal Authority (URAAC). He served on the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board, is a past President and Board Member of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, served eight years on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, and is a Board Member on the Yampa Valley Construction Trades Association. David is proud to have been honored with the Navigator Award as Steamboat’s 2007 Business Leader of the Year.

Paul M Berge, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Investment Committee, Member of Development Committee

Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He was associated with the M&I Bank of Madison and Southern Wisconsin for 42 years, becoming President in 1976 and retiring as Chairman & CEO in 2003. Paul has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations as an officer and board member, including being the past President of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation. Paul is also a former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador and a past Certified Official for the United States Ski Association. Paul is a resident of Madison, Wisconsin and has a daughter Maren who resides in Steamboat Springs, and a son Robert who resides in New Hampshire.

Stacy J. Childs, M. D., F.A.C.S., Member of Development Committee

Stacy J. Childs, M. D., F.A.C.S., Member of Development Committee

Dr. Childs grew up in Abilene, Texas, went to college at Tulane University and medical school at L.S.U., both in New Orleans. He did his internship and residencies in Birmingham, Alabama, and practiced urology there for seventeen years. He and his wife moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1995, where he practiced urology for nine years. His love of the mountains and skiing brought him to Steamboat Springs in May of 2004.

Dr. Childs was active in clinical research for twenty-eight years and started three research companies, one of which went public. His early interests in infection and inflammation of the urinary tract led him to the faculty of The University of Colorado in Denver where he was appointed Clinical Professor of Surgery in the division of Urology in 1999—a position which he currently holds.

He is a consulting editor to the journal Urology, and is former editor-in-chief of Issues in Urology and the urology section of Medscape, among others. He has authored three medical texts, six chapters in medical books, and published over seventy-five articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Childs began writing fiction in 2006. He has two published medical thrillers, Block 10 and The Boys of the Dixie Pig, both published by Crossroad Press.

Dr. Childs has been listed in Americas Top Doctors since the fifth edition of the organization and has been listed in Best Doctors in America every year since 2007.

In addition to practicing urology for nearly four decades, Dr. Childs enjoys ski racing, road biking, hiking, fly fishing, and rifle and hand gun target shooting. He was a torch carrier for the Salt Lake City Olympics, after which he ran two marathons in four weeks, the last one in New York. He is a prostate cancer survivor.

Scott Engelman

Scott Engelman is the Principal of SEAdvisors LLC, a hospitality advisement company specializing in operational and strategic consulting for hotel and restaurant entities. Additionally, the company provides business development strategy for companies wishing to penetrate or fortify their positions in the hospitality industry. Scott Engelman received his Executive MBA (2011) and BSBA(1991) in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver. He also studied Tourism Management at The University of Hawaii. Scott moved to Steamboat in June of 2010 and lives in the South Valley with his wife, Liz, Barret and Owen. He is an avid “Alpine” skier, golfer and trailblazer.

Julie Green, Member of Development Committee

Julie Green, Member of Development Committee

John Hayden, Chairman, President and Chairman of Development Committee, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Development Committee

John Hayden retired from the Midland Company (NASDAQ “MLAN”) in October, 2010 after nearly 30 years of service, the last 13 as the company’s President & CEO.  He held the same positions in the Company’s wholly-owned specialty property/casualty insurance company, American Modern Insurance Group. Midland achieved unprecedented success under Mr. Hayden’s leadership. The company’s market capitalization grew from $180 million to $1.35 billion, a compound annual rate of 22%. The company’s revenues expanded from $375 million to $1.2 billion, its assets grew from $760 million to $1.7 billion and its pretax profits grew from $35 million to $120 million.

He and his wife of 31 years, Carrie, have three adult children, John, Kate and Abbey, a daughter-in-law, Becky, and a granddaughter, Annabelle.

John Hillenbrand

John served as President, CEO and later Chairman of Nambé, based in Santa Fe. Ten years ago, in search of the best place in the Rockies to raise children, John and his wife Amy chose Steamboat Springs. He is currently General Manager of Marabou, a 1,717 acre shared ranch community on the Elk River, 5 miles from downtown Steamboat. John and Amy’s four daughters have all benefited as members of the SSWSC.

Judy Hoch, Member of Development Committee

Judy Hoch, Member of Development Committee

Judy grew up near Lyman, Nebraska - Scotts Bluff County, on a sugar beet farm where she learned her work ethic from two very hard working parents.  Judy’s summers as a child revolved around 4-H activities.  Judy married her husband, Marty, in 1979 and lived in Grand Island, Nebraska for 17 years and then moved to Hastings, Nebraska where they have lived since 1995.  Judy and Marty have been homeowners in Steamboat Springs since 2006 and love spending time here in every season.  Judy and her husband were owners of H & H Distributing in central Nebraska, an Anheuser-Busch Beer Distributorship.  The distributorship was sold in 2015 and Judy is now retired.  Judy has two children.  Her daughter, Lindsey Reznicek, is a PR Specialist at the UC Health / Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, and has two daughters, Allie and Claire, who both are members of the Steamboat Winter Sports Club.  Judy’s son Jeff is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Omaha and is employed by Groundscapes, Inc in Omaha, Nebraska.

Judy has been involved in non-profit and fundraising since she was 25 years old.  She has raised money in every community that she has lived, and has planned fundraising events for over 20 years for various non-profits.  Judy has served in leadership roles in numerous non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Hastings Family YMCA, and has served on the Boards of Directors of Red Cross – Central Plains Chapter, Friends of the Lied Center, Heartland Pet Connection, Heartland United Way, Child Development Council, St. Francis Medical Auxiliary, Nebraska Federation of Catholic School Parents, United Way of South Central Nebraska.  Judy has been the recipient of many awards for community involvement, including the 2016 Volunteer of the Year for the South Central United Way, 2015 Leadership Hastings Outstanding Alumni Award, 2014 Inez C. Peterson Citizenship Award from the United Way of South Central Nebraska, Red Cross Rookie of the Year Award.

Judy received her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing in May 1978.  Her other interests include snow skiing, gardening, entertaining, her cats and a love of animals.

Dan Huber, Member of Executive Committee

Dan Huber is the retired President of Cargill Asia Pacific, Ltd., where he served as such from August 1995 to August 1999. Dan’s career with Cargill spanned 41 years in various management positions including president of Cargill’s Agricultural Sector and North Asia region, president of Cargill International S.A. in Geneva and president of its Commodity Marketing Division. Dan and his wife Pat have three children, and spend their time in Steamboat Springs and in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Ed MacArthur, Vice President and Treasurer, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Investment Committee

Ed graduated from CSU in 1979 and came to Steamboat Springs with his wife June. Since those early years, Native Excavating has grown into one of the biggest construction companies in Steamboat. Native Excavating, has donated equipment, time and money to projects like the Alpine slide, the Winter Sports Club’s weight room, the water ramps east of Steamboat and the new Nordic jump facility at Howelsen Hill.

Brian Olson, Vice President and Member of Executive Committee

Raised in Wisconsin, Brian Olson is a former ski racer who followed his ski dreams and a ski scholarship to Steamboat. He believes in the values of training, challenge and competition at an early age and lists “working as a team and coping with disappointments and enjoying triumphs” as what he most appreciated about his own experience as a competitor. He and his wife Lisa are strong supporters of SSWSC and dedicate a portion of Olson Development earnings and Lisa’s broker commissions to the club.

Chris Puckett, Vice President, Member of Executive Committee and Development Comittee, Chairman of Investment Committee, & U16 Assistant Coach

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.

Melinda Sherman, Member of Executive Committee

Melinda Sherman received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1992, was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992 and the Colorado bar in 1993. Melinda has practiced law in Steamboat Springs for almost 20 years, focusing in the areas of real property, business, banking, special district, zoning, municipal, home owner associations, estate planning, and water law.  She currently serves as a board member on the Board of Directors of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Routt County Humane Society, Impact 100 Steering Committee, and The Foundation, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.  Melinda is married to general contractor and carpenter, Jon Sherman, who coaches both skiing and mountain biking for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.  She has two children, both of whom participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Ron Simon, Member of Development Committee

Ron Simon, Member of Development Committee

Ron is a nationally renowned trial lawyer who has prosecuted thousands of food poisoning cases for victims across the United States.  His work has resulted in numerous upgrades to food safety procedures in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous food-borne pathogens. 

Ron and his clients have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media.  He regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation which are read by viewers in over 180 countries.  Through litigation, media commentary, and his food poisoning publications, Ron relentlessly challenges food companies to do a better job in making our food safe.

Ron was raised in Baytown, Texas.  He attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his bachelor’s degree in the Civil Engineering Honors Program in 1990, and his law degree in 1993.  He has been married to his college sweetheart, Sarah, for 23 years.  They have three children – Jessica, Ashley, and Jordan. 

The Simons moved to Steamboat Springs from Houston, Texas in 2012, and now enjoy fly fishing, snow skiing, horseback riding, golf, and mountain biking as a regular part of their daily routine.  Jordan is also in the alpine program in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Jeff Temple, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Development Committee

Jeff is a director of the SSWSC Foundation. Jeff is also a principal at Momentum Development, LLC, which develops multi-family housing projects in the front range of Colorado. As Managing Partner for Elk River Partners, Jeff planned and built Marabou in Steamboat. Jeff’s father founded the Steamboat Ski Area in 1959. Jeff co-founded Spyder Skiwear in 1977 and ran the company from 1977 -1993. Jeff started skiing in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, was a four time member of the NCAA Championship C.U. Ski Team, and was named All American in 1976. Jeff lives with his wife Kim, and has two sons, Parker and Brandon.

Pam Vanatta, Member of Executive Committee

In January of 2000, Pam purchased Prudential Trimontane Real Estate with another top agent, Cameron Boyd, to create the now formidable real estate firm of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty. The company has grown tremendously since 2000, and is home to 60 full-time agents and is the number one real estate office in North West Colorado. In 2010, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty (formerly Prudential Steamboat Realty) was chosen by Steamboat locals as the “Best Real Estate Agency” in the Best of the Boat poll.  For the past 15 years, Pam has been in the top 1% of Prudential agents nationwide.

For Pam, living in Steamboat is sheer heaven. She acknowledges every day how lucky she and her associates are to be able to enjoy such beauty in such a close-knit community. Pam married Steamboat native Lonny Vanatta in 1996, a former U.S. Ski Team member and world champion ski racer. Pam’s work might be focused on premier real estate, but her involvement in the Steamboat community is exemplary.

Winter Coaches

Youth Development
Blair Seymour, Development Program Director & Cycling Program Director

Blair Seymour, Development Program Director & Cycling Program Director

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Blair grew up in Minnesota as a competitive figure skater and enjoyed skiing through her youth. Blair moved to Steamboat in 1992 and taught skiing with the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp for 7 years. She started her career with SSWSC as a Buddy Werner League coach in 1992.  She is a PSIA Level 3 certified instructor and USSA Level 100 coach. She has had director experience in a variety of youth sports including cycling and soccer and has a passion for teaching kids and educating parents. In the summer she is the Cycling Director for SSWSC and started the Steamboat High School Mountain Bike Team in 2013. Blair and her husband John have three boys that are alpine ski racers and competitive mountain bikers. In her free time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, spending time with her boys.

Deb Armstrong, Head U10 Coach

Deb Armstrong, Head U10 Coach

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Deb was employed by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation in the Ski and Snowboard School during the past winter season. She is a two time Olympian, 1984 and 1988 and won a Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo in Giant Slalom. Over the past 20 years Deb has remained relevant and influential in the ski industry. Deb’s involvement has bridged the best of what the racing and instructional worlds bring to the slopes. In the racing world Deb has been a guest coach for a number of the USSA National Development System Camps (NDS) and was the Assistant Coach for the University of New Mexico Ski Team. She also has been a part of the USSA Coaching Certification program conducting Certification exams for USSA and its coaches. From the ski instruction standpoint she is a PSIA examiner, a member of the PSIA Alpine Team (Demonstration Team), one of 13 members nationally and most recently has been the Technical Director for the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School. Prior to that she was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1981 to 1988. Deb grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she was an avid racer, skiing to a US Junior Olympic Championship GS Title, National Champion GS Title, and is an inductee in the National Ski Hall of Fame.

 

Andrew Beckler, Head U8+ Coach

Linda Curzon, Head U8 Coach

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Growing up in Bucks County, PA, Linda spent her youth skiing in the Catskills of New York. She started teaching skiing in high school then ski raced in college. After graduating from Amherst College, she moved to Steamboat Springs in 1990 and taught skiing full time for 10 seasons at Steamboat and Telluride including 3 in New Zealand (Treble Cone, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak). Linda started her career with SSWSC as a Buddy Werner League coach in 1997. As a PSIA Level 3 certified instructor, Linda is passionate about her Head Coach/Trainer role creating a great experience for our U8 athletes, their families, and our coaches. Linda and her husband Michael have 2 children who have spent many seasons racing alpine and XC and also junior coaching with the alpine youth programs and mountain biking programs. In her life off the mountain she is a professional people manager in the outdoor industry.

Sherry Aitken, Head U6 & Little Toots Coach

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Born and raised in Alaska, at the ripe old-age of 10 years Sherry learned to ski in typical Southeast’s rainy, icy conditions at just above the beach Eaglecrest in Juneau, AK.  After thru-hiking 2100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2000, Sherry and her husband moved to Steamboat Springs looking for powder and a “real” ski town as their winter residence.  Starting as a SSWSC Little Toots coach, Sherry now guides the fun for super young and sometimes new to skiing Steamboat area kids as the U6 & Little Toots Head Coach.  Never tempted to move up age levels, Sherry feels lucky to be coaching at the very start of hopefully life-long lives of skiing and maintains she gets way more back then she gives.  Sherry, her husband Greg and son Gabriel (a tele-devo athlete) still spend their summer months back in Sitka, Alaska where she wrangles tourists for a living. 

Deb Rose, U12/U10 Head Coach

Deb Rose, U12/U10 Head Coach

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Deb was born in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to Bemidji, MN at an early age. She began her athletic competitions in the pool and moved to winter sports. Deb competed in the 100km Minnesota Finlandia which led to numerous cross country ski competitions and triathlons in Colorado. Deb has been coaching the Nordic Development Team at the Winter Sports Club for many years and takes pride in the accomplishments of her athletes. She loves working with all abilities and seeing them acquire skills for a life-long sport.

Chuck O’Connell

Chuck O’Connell

Chuck has been a director of SSWSC since 2006. Chuck currently works for SkyWest Airlines at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Previously, Chuck spent 29 years with Christy Sports in Steamboat Springs. Chuck was the former Chairman of Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined and is a SSWSC coach for our Cross-Country Cruisers and Summer Mountain Bike programs. Chuck has been a Steamboat Springs resident for 30 years and he and his wife, Trish, have four children (Mary, Meg, Finn and Kathleen) who are all current or former SSWSC athletes. Chuck enjoys anything outdoors with family including rafting, cycling and hiking day trips and overnight adventures.

Tracey Riser, Snowboard Development Head Coach

Tracey Riser, Snowboard Development Head Coach

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Tracy grew up in North Eastern Ohio and comes from a trampoline background. She worked her way up as an athlete competing at a National level, which has greatly helped her transition on to snow. She first discovered snowboarding at a local hill when she was in high school. She knew she was hooked when her snowboarding ability had quickly surpassed her skiing ability. She started teaching part time after school at Boston Mills and Brandywine ski areas in 1997 and realized she had found her niche. She followed her passion to Colorado where she received her BA in Environmental Science and Studio Art from the University of Denver. She taught at Keystone, Loveland, and Eldora before settling down in Steamboat. Tracy has worked for Steamboat Resort Corporation for the past 10 years as an instructor and past 5 years as a trainer. She has achieved her AASI level 3 Certification and holds her Children’s and Freestyle accreditations. This will be Tracy’s third year with the club. Her goal is to instill a lifelong love for the sport through self-expression and positive camaraderie among peers.

Blair Davidson, Junior Ability Head Coach

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Originally from New Zealand, Blair first arrived in Steamboat Springs in 2001 to work as a Snowboard Instructor between semesters at University.  Since then the Yampa valley curse has kept Blair coming back time and again for the incredible people, beauty, and lifestyle that Steamboat offers.
 
With a passion for snowboarding and sharing the sport with others, Blair has over 15 seasons experience (both in New Zealand and Colorado) working across multiple roles as an Instructor, Trainer, Coach, and Ski School Supervisor.
 
Coming up through the SBINZ (Snowboard Instructors New Zealand) system Blair has achieved Level 3 certification as well as his freestyle and children’s teaching accreditations. 

Starting with the SSWSC in 2014 / 2015 as a volunteer coach Blair looks forward to being more heavily involved with the Snowboard program on the Junior Ability Team.  “My goal for the Junior Ability Squad is FUN and ALL ROUND RIDER PROGRESSION through encouraging a solid FOUNDATION of snowboard skills and the VALUES of the SSWSC.”

Ted Morton, SJ/NC Co-Head Coach of Little Vikings

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Charlie Dresen, Tele Devo and Tele Race Fridays Coach

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Charlie grew up racing alpine for several years until graduating from Whitman College 1992. Charlie began telemark skiing in 1994 while coaching the Seattle University Ski Team. Charlie then started racing telemark and become a member of the U.S Telemark Ski Team from 1999- 2002 racing in several World Cup events in Europe and North America. After taking several years off, Charlie rejoined the U.S. Telemark Team from 2009 through 2014. Charlie earned several top 15 results in his World Cup career and was the National Champion in 2012. Charlie has worked with the telemark program for the SSWSC for 8 years now.

Alpine
Adam Chadbourne, Alpine Competitive Program Director

Adam Chadbourne, Alpine Competitive Program Director

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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 Wilson, Head FIS Coach

Ryan Wilson, Head FIS Coach

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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.

Mike Bansmer, Head Men's FIS Coach

Mike Bansmer, Head Men's FIS Coach

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Ty Upson, Assistant U19/U21 Coach

Ty Upson, Assistant U19/U21 Coach

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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 Brown, U16 Head Coach

Ben Brown, U16 Head Coach

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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.

Scott Tanner, Assistant U16 Coach

Scott Tanner, Assistant U16 Coach

Matthew Chester, Assistant U16 Coach

Matthew Chester, Assistant U16 Coach

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Thomas Karam, Assistant U16 Coach

Thomas Karam, Assistant U16 Coach

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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.

Chris Puckett, Vice President, Member of Executive Committee and Development Comittee, Chairman of Investment Committee, & U16 Assistant Coach

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.

Michael Britton, Head U14 Coach

Michael Britton, Head U14 Coach

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Michael was born and raised in Mequon, Wisconsin. He raced for Ausblick race team & Heiliger Huegel as a youth racer.  He skied USSA and FIS during high school and continued to race in college at the University of Minnesota. Michael followed his passion for sports, earning a degree in sports management. After graduating, Michael moved back to Milwaukee and started his coaching career with Heiliger Huegel.  Michael spent 6 years coaching U14s and also served as the assistant program director before taking the position with SSWSC.  Michael has a passion for working with youth athletes and is looking forward to spending time in the mountains.  When not on the hill, Michael enjoys traveling, listening to music and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Gavin Okoniewski, Assistant U14+ Coach

Gavin Okoniewski, Assistant U14+ Coach

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Matthew “Mack” Doro, Assistant U14+ Coach

Matthew “Mack” Doro, Assistant U14+ Coach

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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.

Erika Hill, Assistant U14 Coach

Erika Hill, Assistant U14 Coach

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Erika Hill grew up skiing for the Winter Sports Club. She raced alpine for SSWSC before telemark skiing for the United States Telemark Team on the World Cup circuit.  She began assistant coaching the Buddy Werner Program with SSWSC while still competing. Erika began formally coaching with Loveland Ski Club in 2011, where she coached alpine racing and all mountain skiing. Erika is an environmental and geotechnical engineer, and loves sharing her passion for skiing and the outdoors with young athletes.

Chad Fleischer, Assistant U14 Coach

Chad Fleischer, Assistant U14 Coach

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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.

Matt Graves, U12 Head Coach

Matt Graves, U12 Head Coach

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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.

Chantal Knapp, Alpine U12 Assistant

Chantal Knapp, Alpine U12 Assistant

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Chantal is a native Vermonter who learned to ski in her back yard at the Underhill Ski Bowl where skiing every free moment fueled a passion for skiing. Chantal found her drive for competing at Smuggler’s Notch Ski Club, when she began racing at age nine. During her high school years at Burke Mountain Academy, Chantal competed in her first World Cup at the young age of 15 which landed her a spot on the US Team at 16. For nearly a decade, Chantal represented the US Team with her most promising results on the World Cup DH and SG circuit.  Following her ski racing career, Chantal began her studies at CU-Boulder where she studied Journalism while also competing as a professional triathlete and mountain bike racer. In 1996 Chantal landed a position with a professional mountain bike team and simultaneously competed in Nordic cross country skiing. Chantal debuted in coaching as a guest coach for many summers at Mt. Hood. With now over two decades of coaching, Chantal enjoys coaching the U12 age group where she can inspire and share her passion for skiing. This is Chantal’s second year living in Steamboat, and this season she looks forward to embracing her career on snow as a multi discipline skier by coaching each U12 alpine and U14 Nordic cross country ski racing.

Cassady Roberts, Assistant U12 Coach

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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!

Wes Barken, Assistant U12+ Coach

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Melissa Jones, U12 Assistant Coach

Melissa Jones, U12 Assistant Coach

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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.

Cedar Beauregard, Assistant U12+ Coach

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Cross-Country
Brian Tate, Cross-Country Program Director

Brian Tate, Cross-Country Program Director

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Brian has coached for the SSWSC Nordic Program since 1998. The first three years were spent coaching with the Ability Nordic Combined Team. From 2001 until present, Brian has been coaching the Ability Cross-Country Team. In 2009 a new position was created and Brian was offer the Cross-Country Program Director position. Brian coaches the Ability Cross-Country (XC) Team along with Josh Smullin. He also oversees the five other XC programs at SSWSC. He presently holds a seat on the Rocky Mountain Nordic Executive Board, the regional XC governing body. Brian holds a USSA Level 100 Cross-Country Coaching Certification. His enthusiasm for sport and fitness is strong.

Josh Smullin, U20/U18/U16 Head Coach

Josh Smullin, U20/U18/U16 Head Coach

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Josh started his life in Fairbanks, Alaska. His family moved to Minnesota when he was five years old, and from there to Bend, Oregon when he was ten. He spent the next eight years competing for the MBSEF- placing in the top five at JNs numerous times. Josh spent his junior year of high school in Sweden at the Mora Ski Gymnasium. Josh walked on the Colorado University Ski Team as a freshman and earned a athletic scholarship. He was a four year NCAA qualifier and the captain of the CU Ski Team his senior year. Josh graduated from CU with degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology. He continued his education at the University of Utah, where he earned a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. He also was an Assistant Nordic Coach for the Utes. From 2005 and presently, Josh raced for Team Rossignol, capturing several podium finishes in major marathon races across the U.S. and one Super Tour victory. Josh holds a USSA Level 100 XC Coaching Certification. In the three seasons Josh has spent with the SSWSC, the XC Program has enjoyed historical success. The SSWSC is excited to have a coach of Josh’s caliber part of the XC Program.

Ben Barbier, U14 Head Coach

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Ben grew up in Steamboat Springs. A cyclist first, Ben realized that his true love was gliding down tracks on Nordic skis. He joined the club and skied for SSWSC between 1986 and 1990. Ben first coached for SSWSC in the 1994 – 1996 seasons as an Age Class U14 coach. He decided to enter graduate school to become a teacher and 5 years later rejoined the club to take charge of the U14 group over the last 13 seasons. Ben also teaches math and science at the Steamboat Springs Middle school. He has two kids in the younger programs at the club and enjoys watching them move through the Nordic pipeline at SSWSC. Ben believes in leading by example and he can often be found showing his athletes how to push through pain by entering the local Nordic race series and marathon distance ski events.

Greta Anderson, Cross Country U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach

Greta Anderson, Cross Country U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach

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Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Greta started skiing shortly after learning to walk. As a junior Greta raced for Alaska Winter Stars under the guidance of Jan Buron before earning a slot on the Alaska Pacific University Elite Team coached by Erik Flora. While there, Greta balanced her race schedule with her education- specializing in Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Marriage Counseling. Following an injury, Greta dove head-first into coaching and spent three years as the Head Coach and Program Director of the Development “Devo” Junior and Master’s programs at Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center.  Greta moved to Colorado in the fall of 2015 to begin her role as U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach alongside Brian Tate and Josh Smullin. Greta holds a Level 200 USSA XC Certification. When she’s not on skis Greta can be found in the gym, designing lifting and nutrition plans for her body building clients or studying.

Sandi Gibson, U14 Coach

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Deb Rose, U12/U10 Head Coach

Deb Rose, U12/U10 Head Coach

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Deb was born in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to Bemidji, MN at an early age. She began her athletic competitions in the pool and moved to winter sports. Deb competed in the 100km Minnesota Finlandia which led to numerous cross country ski competitions and triathlons in Colorado. Deb has been coaching the Nordic Development Team at the Winter Sports Club for many years and takes pride in the accomplishments of her athletes. She loves working with all abilities and seeing them acquire skills for a life-long sport.

Bill Philip, U12/U10 Coach

Bill Philip, U12/U10 Coach

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Bill Phillip has been a mainstay on the SSWSC XC coaching staff since 2000. He has been an U12 Assistant Coach, supporting Head Coach, Deb Rose. Coach Phillip’s coaching philosophy is centered around building quality technique with an underlying theme of fun and enjoyment: “Relays instead of intervals, no way to sugar coat distance training, promote togetherness- team, not exclusion, treat each other with respect, not every kid will be a champion skier but I think all the kids end up quite athletic through participation in our program- this is an element that will be important throughout life-certainly health wise but also important socially, an area that Deb and I work on is to be positive with the kids; encouragement, correction in a positive manner.”

Chris Sias, XC Cruiser Head Coach

Chris Sias, XC Cruiser Head Coach

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Chris started Nordic skiing in Sun Valley in 1983 and continued to seek out snow despite living in Southern California for over twenty years. A full-time resident of Steamboat Springs for four years, Chris leads the SSMS Nordic Club and is thrilled to coach XC Cruisers for SSWSC, where all four of his kids are enthusiastic Nordic skiers.

Greg Burkholder, XC Cruiser Assistant Coach

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Chuck O’Connell

Chuck O’Connell

Chuck has been a director of SSWSC since 2006. Chuck currently works for SkyWest Airlines at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Previously, Chuck spent 29 years with Christy Sports in Steamboat Springs. Chuck was the former Chairman of Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined and is a SSWSC coach for our Cross-Country Cruisers and Summer Mountain Bike programs. Chuck has been a Steamboat Springs resident for 30 years and he and his wife, Trish, have four children (Mary, Meg, Finn and Kathleen) who are all current or former SSWSC athletes. Chuck enjoys anything outdoors with family including rafting, cycling and hiking day trips and overnight adventures.

Freeskiing
Tony Lodico, Freeskiing Head Coach

Tony Lodico, Freeskiing Head Coach

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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 New York 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.”

Andy Michnay, Freeskiing Slopestyle Coach

Andy Michnay, Freeskiing Slopestyle Coach

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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.

Jon Dean, Freesking Big Mountain

Jon Dean, Freesking Big Mountain

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Originally from Vermont, Jon started coaching at Bromley Mountain when he was 14, teaching 6 to 9 year old racers. Throughout high school, Jon moved into the freestyle scene coaching and competing in moguls and slope style. Jon moved to Steamboat in ‘05 for school at CMC. While attending school, Jon was an Adult Instructor for Ski Corp, which he then moved away from to start competing on the Freeride World Qualifier Tour. Jon has been skiing for Fat-ypus Skis, a local Colorado ski company out of Breckenridge, for 5 years and has helped in design and testing their product. Jon is also a Lightpole ambassador and one of the original Lightpole team members. Lightpole is a local media company started in the CMC dorms in 05’ and is now huge throughout the Colorado and Utah Freeski scene. Jon is very excited to get back into coaching and build a fun and successful program in the Big Mountain Scene.

Logan McKee, Lead Jr. Freeskiing Coach

Logan McKee, Lead Jr. Freeskiing Coach

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Logan grew up in Pittsburgh PA, skiing at the near by Seven Springs Resort.  His background stems from ski racing,  moguls, and slopestyle.  Having attended The University of Vermont, Logan was an active member of the Freeskiing team and enthusiastic about peer outdoor education.  After graduating with a degree in art education, Logan ran multiple youth programs, camps and coached the Sugarbush “Diamond Dogs” Freesking team. 
After a long summer road trip touring the most popular ski towns in the USA, Logan chose to reside here in Steamboat Springs.

“It is my second year here and I couldn’t be more excited about helping kids grow as athletes and being a part of the SSWSC community.”

Moguls
Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Program Director

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Program Director

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“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 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.

Ann Battelle, Junior Freestyle Coach

Ann Battelle, Junior Freestyle Coach

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Ann Battelle is relieved to finally be back in the Yampa Valley. Having moved away for 12 years, she returns with her family and a renewed excitement for mogul skiing. A long time mogul competitor for SSWSC, Ann is Steamboat’s first 4-Time Olympian, a World Champion and 6-Time National Champion.

Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the U12 skiers. Ann spent most of her summers while on the US Ski Team coaching competitive mogul skiers. Upon retiring, she changed her focus to off snow training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, helping aspiring skiers be properly prepared for the ski season. As well, she coached women’s clinics at Eldora and Steamboat.

With a new appreciation for using flat skiing to improve mogul skiing, Ann is is excited to bring her perspective and skills to the SSWSC athletes.

Kate Blamey, Head Coach High Performance Group

Kate Blamey, Head Coach High Performance Group

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Kate comes from Melbourne, Australia and grew up skiing in at Mt. Buller from the age of two!  Throughout her childhood she competed in a variety of winter sports including alpine racing, cross country skiing and snowboarding; she began to focus on freestyle mogul skiing at the age of 15. The following year Kate qualified for the Australian Mogul Development Team where she remained a scholarship holder for three years until she injured herself in 2008 and decided to concentrate on her academic pursuits.

Over the following six years Kate obtained a variety of qualifications, including:

- Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
- Master of Human Nutrition (2016)
- FIS Freestyle Judge –A/B License
- Level 3 APSI Ski Instructor Certificate
- Level 2 Freestyle Skiing Coach Certificate
- Level 1 Trampoline Certificate
- Australian First Aid Certificate

Prior to joining the SSWSC team Kate was coaching on the Nor-Am tour since 2012 and has assisted athletes to achieve impressive results in large part due to her attention to detail and her commitment to quality.

“I’m really excited to make the move from Australia to the U.S. to work with the Steamboat Springs high performance mogul athletes. There are several rising stars in the team and I am confident that with hard work and dedication there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.”

 

Lars Johnson, Jr. Ability Head Coach

Lars Johnson, Jr. Ability Head Coach

Lindsey Eckhoff, U13 and U10 Moguls Coach

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Growing up as a competitive mogul skier, Lindsey has spent a lifetime on the slopes. She was born and raised in Breckenridge CO, and spent some time competing for Team Vail. Lindsey began skiing at the age of two, and when she was old enough, knew that she had a true passion for the bumps, and started competing at the age of 10. Lindsey attended Summit High School, and was on the elite athlete program. She competed at Nor-Ams, Nationals, and was the 2016 Rocky Mountain Divisional champion.

After her adventure in mogul skiing, she decided to move to Steamboat Springs, and begin a new adventure consisting of school at Colorado Mountain College, and becoming a part of SSWSC; and also discovered country swing dancing! “Steamboat truly is the best place on Earth and I couldn’t possibly be happier to live here, as well as coach for such a strong team!” says Lindsey. During the summer, she is either crashing through the waves in her kayak, or rock climbing.

NC/Jumping
Todd Wilson, SJ/NC Program Director, Ski Jump Facility Manager & Head U10 Coach

Todd Wilson, SJ/NC Program Director, Ski Jump Facility Manager & Head U10 Coach

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Todd oversees a professional staff of sixteen coaches involved in the training of over 100 athletes. He started jumping with the Winter Park, Colorado Jumping Program at the age of five and took his first jumps at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs at age eight. In 1984 he was named to the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team and competed internationally for nine seasons, which included the Winter Olympic teams of 1988 and 1992 and the World Championship Teams in 1985 and 1987. Todd began coaching with SSWSC in 1993 while he attended college at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat. His first tour of duty with the SSWSC was as head coach for the Development Team and then he was named Nordic Combined Head Coach the following year. In 2000 he was promoted to Nordic Program Director to oversee all the club’s Nordic sports of ski jumping, cross-country, Nordic combined and biathlon. Due to growth in the Nordic sports, in 2010 Todd was named Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director to focus on the J/NC programs and also continues to play a role as an assistant coach to the U16/U18 programs. This is Todd’s 25 season with SSWSC. Todd is also currently the chairman for USSA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Coaches Subcommittee and was a finalist for the 2003, US Olympic Committee’s, Development Coach of the Year Award. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in downtown Steamboat Springs with their two daughters, Maggie and Ella.

Karl Denney, SJ/NC U16/U18 Head Coach

Karl Denney, SJ/NC U16/U18 Head Coach

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Karl grew up skiing in the north woods of Minnesota at his home hill of Coleraine. He is a part of the flying Denney family who began their legacy in Duluth, MN where Karl’s father and uncles trained to become U.S. Ski Team members some 30 years ago. The skiing tradition was quickly passed down to all of their children, including Karl. He developed into a nationally ranked junior Nordic Combined athlete and competed all over North America throughout his career. He went on to achieve his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Psychology at the University of Minnesota - Duluth in Spring of 2013. He spent one year coaching the junior jumpers and Nordic Combiners at the Park City Nordic Ski Club and is now the head coach of the U16/U18 team here in Steamboat. He also has experience as a Physical Therapy intern, lifeguard, and Behavioral Specialist. When he’s not coaching Nordic skiers, you’ll find Karl mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, or kicking back with an acoustic guitar.

Garrett Fisk, SJ/NC U12 & U14 Head Coach

Garrett Fisk, SJ/NC U12 & U14 Head Coach

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Garrett started jumping at the age of 8 at the Minneapolis Ski Club. At age 10 Garrett moved to Illinois and jumped with the Norge Ski Club. He was a Junior Olympian and a member of the Central Devo Team. In 2003 Garrett was ranked as the number one junior jumper nationally for the summer season. He has also jumped at the National and Continental Cup levels.  He also holds the title for having the longest jump on the 60M jump in Madison, Wisconsin. In his position as the SSWSC U14 head coach, Garrett has taken athletes to Germany for training and competition.

Growing up in Illinois and Minnesota Garrett has been involved with 4-H for many years. In 4-H he has gone to State in woodworking and rockets. He has been a summer exchange student in Japan and also hosted an exchange student at his home high school. Garrett moved to Steamboat Springs in 2007. Grooming Mount Werner was one of Garrett’s first jobs in Steamboat. Besides skiing Garrett enjoys cooking, mountain biking and any other outdoor activity. Garrett also has a love for dogs, his favorite dogs are Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Huskies.

Scott Larson, SJ/NC U12/U14 Assistant Coach/Jump

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Ted Morton, SJ/NC Co-Head Coach of Little Vikings

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Connie Blair, Little Vikings Head Coach - Planning and Communication

Connie Blair, Little Vikings Head Coach - Planning and Communication

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Connie and her husband took over Little Vikings 6 years ago. A true Steamboat local, Connie started in the SSWSC when she was 7 years old as an athlete and has been involved with the club ever since. Coaching Little Vikings is a passion for Connie, who loves to see the kids learn and enjoy their sports of cross country skiing and jumping.

 

Scott Blair, Little Vikings Assistant Coach

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Scott Clayton, NC/SJ Assistant U10 Coach

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Peter Daley, Assistant U12 & U14 Nordic Combined Coach

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Peter Daley was born and raised here in Steamboat Springs, where he began alpine skiing when he was very young. Peter first began competing in cross country from 2005-2007 with the Steamboat Springs High School and then joined programs with the SSWSC from 2007-2009 under the coaching of Brian Tate. Peter went on to ski one year at Montana State University on the Cross Country Team. In 2013, Peter and his dad purchased the company “Northland Skis” and now build the skis locally here in Steamboat Springs. This year will be his second year assistant coaching the U14 Nordic Combined team. Peter is known for his upbeat personality and ability to joke with athletes and added that the Safeway Poppy Seed Muffin is his favorite.

Dan Miller, NC/SJ Assistant U10 Coach

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Scott Wither, NC/SJ Assistant U10 Coach

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Snowboard
Tori Koski, Snowboard Program Director

Tori Koski, Snowboard Program Director

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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.

Dave Winters, Snowboard Assistant Race Coach

Dave Winters, Snowboard Assistant Race Coach

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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!

Tracey Riser, Snowboard Development Head Coach

Tracey Riser, Snowboard Development Head Coach

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Tracy grew up in North Eastern Ohio and comes from a trampoline background. She worked her way up as an athlete competing at a National level, which has greatly helped her transition on to snow. She first discovered snowboarding at a local hill when she was in high school. She knew she was hooked when her snowboarding ability had quickly surpassed her skiing ability. She started teaching part time after school at Boston Mills and Brandywine ski areas in 1997 and realized she had found her niche. She followed her passion to Colorado where she received her BA in Environmental Science and Studio Art from the University of Denver. She taught at Keystone, Loveland, and Eldora before settling down in Steamboat. Tracy has worked for Steamboat Resort Corporation for the past 10 years as an instructor and past 5 years as a trainer. She has achieved her AASI level 3 Certification and holds her Children’s and Freestyle accreditations. This will be Tracy’s third year with the club. Her goal is to instill a lifelong love for the sport through self-expression and positive camaraderie among peers.

Blair Davidson, Junior Ability Head Coach

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Originally from New Zealand, Blair first arrived in Steamboat Springs in 2001 to work as a Snowboard Instructor between semesters at University.  Since then the Yampa valley curse has kept Blair coming back time and again for the incredible people, beauty, and lifestyle that Steamboat offers.
 
With a passion for snowboarding and sharing the sport with others, Blair has over 15 seasons experience (both in New Zealand and Colorado) working across multiple roles as an Instructor, Trainer, Coach, and Ski School Supervisor.
 
Coming up through the SBINZ (Snowboard Instructors New Zealand) system Blair has achieved Level 3 certification as well as his freestyle and children’s teaching accreditations. 

Starting with the SSWSC in 2014 / 2015 as a volunteer coach Blair looks forward to being more heavily involved with the Snowboard program on the Junior Ability Team.  “My goal for the Junior Ability Squad is FUN and ALL ROUND RIDER PROGRESSION through encouraging a solid FOUNDATION of snowboard skills and the VALUES of the SSWSC.”

Erik Gunderson, Snowboardcross Head Coach

Erik Gunderson, Snowboardcross Head Coach

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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.

Maddy Schaffrick, Snowboard Freestyle Head Coach

Maddy Schaffrick, Snowboard Freestyle Head Coach

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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.

Telemark

Charlie Dresen, Tele Devo and Tele Race Fridays Coach

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Charlie grew up racing alpine for several years until graduating from Whitman College 1992. Charlie began telemark skiing in 1994 while coaching the Seattle University Ski Team. Charlie then started racing telemark and become a member of the U.S Telemark Ski Team from 1999- 2002 racing in several World Cup events in Europe and North America. After taking several years off, Charlie rejoined the U.S. Telemark Team from 2009 through 2014. Charlie earned several top 15 results in his World Cup career and was the National Champion in 2012. Charlie has worked with the telemark program for the SSWSC for 8 years now.

Summer Coaches

Cross-Country
Greta Anderson, Cross Country U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach

Greta Anderson, Cross Country U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach

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Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Greta started skiing shortly after learning to walk. As a junior Greta raced for Alaska Winter Stars under the guidance of Jan Buron before earning a slot on the Alaska Pacific University Elite Team coached by Erik Flora. While there, Greta balanced her race schedule with her education- specializing in Sport Psychology, Nutrition and Marriage Counseling. Following an injury, Greta dove head-first into coaching and spent three years as the Head Coach and Program Director of the Development “Devo” Junior and Master’s programs at Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center.  Greta moved to Colorado in the fall of 2015 to begin her role as U16/U18/U20 Assistant Coach alongside Brian Tate and Josh Smullin. Greta holds a Level 200 USSA XC Certification. When she’s not on skis Greta can be found in the gym, designing lifting and nutrition plans for her body building clients or studying.

Snowboard & Skateboard
Rob Lewis, Skateboard Head Coach

Rob Lewis, Skateboard Head Coach

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Rob learned to snowboard 2001 at the age of ten. Born in eastern Pennsylvania, he enjoyed frequenting Blue Mountain Ski Area whenever possible. After discovering a tremendous love for the sport, he began volunteering at the Blue Mountain ski school at the age of fourteen. When he was sixteen, attended a school that allowed him to take his summer break over the winter months. Attending said school, he was able to begin teaching at Blue Mountain, which has since turned into an eight year journey. He moved to Steamboat Springs in 2010 where he attended Colorado Mountain College to study ski and snowboard business. His last three seasons have been spent working full time as a snowboard instructor at Steamboat Springs Resort with his AASI level II Certification. The last two seasons he has been a volunteer for the SSWSC snowboard program. He enjoys developing riders through creative progressions, with emphasis on making the sport fun and focusing on building strong basic skills. He is also head coach of the SSWSC skateboard program, which he has been involved with for three years.

Cycling

Jon Freckleton, Technical Director

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Kelly Boniface, Girls Coach

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Mindy Mullikan, Devo & High School Coach

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Mike Pinsker, High School Coach

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Scott Myller, Elite Team Coach

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Dan Vargas, Devo Coach

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