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About SSWSC

Staff Directory

Leadership Team
Sarah Floyd, Executive Director

Sarah Floyd, Executive Director

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Sarah Floyd has served the SSWSC in various capacities over the last 30 years, most recently as Associate Executive Director before taking on the role of Executive Director, and has been instrumental in the continued success and sustainability of the club during her career.  Sarah 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. Sarah oversees the development and implementation of local, national and international athletic events hosted by the club, as well as community and public service events.  Sarah also manages the club and foundation’s fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and public and community relations activities. 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, Associate Executive Director

Jon Nolting, Associate Executive Director

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Jon joined the SSWSC in 2015 as its Athletic Director and took on the position of Associate Executive Director in conjunction with Athletic Director in 2018.  Jon brings 23 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.

David Stewart, Athletic Director

David Stewart, Athletic Director

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Stewart was the nordic skiing head coach for 12 years at the University of Denver.  In that time he led his teams to six NCAA titles, two individual titles, and he coached 21 NCAA All-Americans. Stewart was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Nordic Coach of the Year six times. He raced cross country through college and later as a pro athlete. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Tyler Shepherd, Alpine Competitive Program Director

Tyler Shepherd, Alpine Competitive Program Director

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Shepherd comes to the SSWSC from his most recent position as the Associate Head Alpine Coach at the University of Denver, where he worked with over thirty NCAA All-Americans, led his teams three NCAA titles and was most recently named RMISA Coach of the Year in 2018. As an athlete, Shepherd raced on the U.S. Ski Team for three years and was an NCAA All-American skier at the University of Colorado. Later he worked for the U.S. Ski Team as its Head Skicross Coach, leading the team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to his work at DU, Shepherd was the Head Coach for the University of New Mexico Ski Team, and he has served as the president of RMISA (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association) since 2012. Shepherd will be moving to Steamboat with his wife, Amanda, and their three children Soren (9), Ramey (7), and Hansen (4).

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.

Ann Battelle, Interim Freestyle Director

Ann Battelle, Interim Freestyle Director

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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.

Kevin Sankey, Facilities and Events Manager

Kevin Sankey, Facilities and Events Manager

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Kevin was born and raised in Denver, CO but started making his first visits to Steamboat when he was 8 years old, sleeping on a cot in Hazie Werner’s garage and awaking to explore the mountains.  For college he traveled east to attend Dartmouth College, the school that has produced more Olympians than any other in the country (sound familiar?).  It was there that he met his future wife Laura, and would subsequently send all three of his kids to college.
After a graduate MBA from Northwestern, he returned to Colorado and the corporate world with Samsonite, Coors Ceramics and Coors Brewing.  Finally succumbing to the Yampa Valley Curse the family moved to Steamboat in 2010 and immediately enrolled all 3 kids at the Winter Sports Club.  Two years ago, Kevin joined the Winter Sports Club to oversee club events and competitions across all disciplines.  Throughout his time in Steamboat, he has been involved in many youth sport programs (baseball, football, lacrosse) and is currently a HS lacrosse coach at SSHS. 

Maddy Schaffrick, Snowboard Director, Snowboard Freestyle Head Coach

Maddy Schaffrick, Snowboard Director, 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.

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, Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director

Todd Wilson, Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director

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Todd oversees a professional staff of twenty-five coaches involved in the training of over 150 athletes. He started jumping with the Winter Park jumping program at the age of five and took his first jumps at Howelsen Hill 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. His first tour of duty with the SSWSC was as head coach for the U10 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. With growth in the club’s nordic sports, in 2010 Todd was named Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director. This is Todd’s 29th season with SSWSC. Todd served as chairman for the USSA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Coaches Subcommittee for 12 years and was a finalist for the 2003, US Olympic Committee’s Development Coach of the Year Award. The SSWSC SJ/NC program has won the US Ski & Snowboard’s SJ/NC Club of the Year Award the last four years. Todd and his wife, Stephanie, live in downtown Steamboat Springs with their two daughters, Maggie and Ella.

Sady Tobin, Director of Strength and Conditioning

Sady Tobin, Director of Strength and Conditioning

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Prior to coming to the SSWSC as the Director of Strength and Conditioning, Sady spent three years as the Strength and Performance Coordinator at the prestigious Kent Denver School, where she created training programs for the high school teams in and out of season, tailoring workouts to the needs of the sport. She is also currently working as a strength and conditioning coach for the Paralympic ski and snowboard teams and will have some travel with those teams through the year. She enjoys snowboarding, cross country skiing and mountain biking. Sady has a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Maine and has her CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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 Steamboat Ski Resort, 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 participated in the SSWSC cross country program.  Her husband Greg has coached for over 20 years and their two daughters have both grown up training through the nordic programs.

Ellen Campbell, Director of Development,SSWSC & the Foundation, SSWSC

Ellen Campbell, Director of Development,SSWSC & the Foundation, SSWSC

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Ellen joined the SSWSC in 2017 as the Director of Development for the SSWSC and SSWSC Foundation.  Campbell was the Development Associate for the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation for three years responsible for the solicitation of major donors and corporate relationships, marketing, publications and organizing fundraising events. As a former Bay Area resident, she has held a number of management positions in sales, business operations and public relations for various corporations in Silicon Valley. Campbell has an established background in project management, fundraising, event planning and cultivation of donor relationships. 

Campbell has owned a home in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years and is an active member of the community.  She served on the Advisory Board of Catamount Ranch and Club and was the Social Committee Chair for eight years.  She enjoys photography, golfing, concerts, traveling and spending time with her son Spencer and family.  Campbell states, “It is a privilege working for an organization that has a rich history in our community.    As the Director of Development for the SSWSC, I have the pleasure of working with generous people and local businesses who provide financial support to the club along with their time and talent.  Together, we are partnering to ensure the SSWSC legacy continues into the next century.”

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 four 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.

Gretchen Burkholder, Office Manager

Gretchen Burkholder, Office Manager

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Gretchen was born and raised in Steamboat Springs and grew up nordic skiing with the SSWSC. She moved up to Bozeman for college where she graduated with a degree in Physical Geography. While she was in Bozeman she skied for the Montana State Bobcats, coached both nordic and biathlon and did plenty of exploring! But she couldn’t stay away from Steamboat for long; she moved back with her boyfriend and her dog this spring and began working for SSWSC this fall!

Tony Urbick, Travel Program Manager

Tony Urbick, Travel Program Manager

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Tony Urbick is thrilled to be serving the coaches and families as travel program manager for SSWSC this Winter.  In his 22 years in Steamboat Springs, he’s gone from ski bum to proud dad of 7-year-old Valentino and has taken his love of teaching biking and Nordic skiing with his boy to the next level by learning volunteer coaching this past summer and this coming season. 

With 21 years in lodging world, Tony is well familiar with the ways travel can frustrate and distract from the purpose at hand, be it vacation or the serious business of sporting competitions and will work to make travel as smooth as possible so coaches, teams, and athletes can focus on what matters in their sports travel. 

Tony can be found making art and teaching art classes at Steamboat Creates when not at the office, and/or hauling his fortysomething dad frame up and down our local hills as a late-onset trail runner.

Al Dietrich, Facilities Specialist

Al Dietrich, Facilities Specialist

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Al originally comes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currently, he is working on day 4,000 skiing at Steamboat!

SSWSC Board of Directors
Jim Boyne, President, Member of Executive Committee of the Board, and Assistant Secretary

Jim Boyne, President, Member of Executive Committee of the Board, and Assistant Secretary

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Jim was the Executive Director of the SSWSC from 2013 until 2018, and has now moved to the SSWSC Board of Directors as the President, Member of Executive Committee of the Board, and Assistant Secretary. 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. 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.  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 in Chicago, IL. Since 2017, Jim is an independent director and member of the compensation, nominating & governance committee of Kennedy Capital Management, Inc., an investment management firm based in St. Louis, MO, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Finance Committee of Steamboat Mountain School in Steamboat Springs, CO.  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.

Amy Cook Olson, Esq., Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Amy Cook Olson, Esq., Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Amy has been a director of the SSWSC since October 2017.  Amy is a trial lawyer with offices in Steamboat Springs and Denver who focuses her practice on the defense of physicians and healthcare corporations along with the representation of national corporations in complex and class action litigation concerning health care and business disputes.  She has tried over 50 cases to verdict in her career and has an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  She has been recognized on three occasions as a Top 50 Women Lawyer in Colorado. Amy is a managing member of Cooper Rice & Olson, LLC and is admitted to practice in both Colorado and Illinois.  She is admitted before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Amy is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. Amy and her husband Jeffrey Olson, MD have longstanding ties to the Yampa Valley and were married in Steamboat Springs in 1999.  Their three children are all SSWSC athletes who started out on the Nordic jumps at a very young age and are now competitive alpine ski racers. The kids enjoy their summers biking with the SSWSC Mountain Bike Program and their oldest son earned his first paycheck working at the SSWSC Alpine Slide.

Chris Diamond, Vice President and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

Chris Diamond, Vice President and Member of Executive Committee of the Board

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

Ross has been a director of SSWSC since 2014. For 14 years, Ross owned and operated a successful marketing services agency in Denver.  The business provided a variety of marketing services but focused primarily 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, Ryan, was formerly on the US Freestyle Ski Team and his daughter works in the ski industry for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. 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.

Todd Givnish

Todd Givnish

Todd joined the SSWSC Board of Directors in October 2019.  Todd has worked for Smartwool since 2012, where he started out managing sales of distressed goods, online policy, and inter-corporate sales.  Quickly, he progressed into roles in Sales Management and won the Pinnacle Award.  Today, he is the Regional Sales Manager covering 4 territories including the Rockies and the East Coast from Maine to Florida.  He has worked in the Ski and Outdoor industries since 1997, for retailers and brands including Ski Haus (Steamboat Springs), Buckman’s Ski Shops (Philadelphia), Boeri Helmets, and Swix.  Todd graduated from Colorado Mountain College with an associate degree in Ski Business and Drexel University with a B.A. in Marketing.

Todd and his wife Alison, are proud to be raising their son, Theo in Ski Town USA.  Alison coaches the SSWSC U-10 Alpine program and teaches skiing at Steamboat Resort.  Theo is a SSWSC athlete, exploring multiple disciplines at a young age.  Todd enjoys being outside with his family snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, hiking, rafting, sailing, and being a part of the Steamboat Springs community.

Artemis Hamrick Loomis

Artemis Hamrick Loomis

My name is Artemis. I am a mother, an outdoor enthusiast and a licensed counselor. I have three children, ages 10, 8 and 5, all of whom are current SSWSC athletes.  I feel grateful everyday to live in Steamboat and enjoy hiking, trail running, biking, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. I am a licensed counselor of nine years and have a history of working for non-profit organizations in the community mental health field.

The SSWSC is a one of a kind gem. Ever since moving to Steamboat, I have recognized its remarkable presence in our community. I love seeing our youth proudly donning their club jackets around town and the vibrant buzz of activity at Howelsen Hill after school.  There are so many people involved and responsible for this vibrancy and I would be honored to count myself among them.  I am honored to be in service on the Board of Directors and assisting to uphold and further enhance the culture of SSWSC.

Travis Mayer

Travis has been married to his wife Lis for three years and they have an eighteen month daughter, Sage.  Mayer moved to Steamboat in 1997 to attend the Steamboat Mountain School and to train with the SSWSC mogul team.  He later had an eight year career on the US Ski Team and represented the USA at two Olympic Games.  His athletic career culminated with a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.  While an athlete, Travis also served as the FIS Freestyle athlete representative.

After retiring from competitive sport, Mayer held a variety of positions at Intrawest, the then parent company of Steamboat Ski Resort.  He started his business career as a financial analyst and ascended to eventually serve as the Chief Financial Officer of the company.  He recently moved back to Steamboat full-time and hopes Sage will be participating in the SSWSC in the near future.

Mayer holds a B.S. in Applied Economics from Cornell University, summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“I am excited to be joining the board. The SSWSC is an immensely important institution for the community—not only to help our kids learn how to ski and compete, but also to continue Steamboat’s Olympic heritage of raising some of the best skiers in the world. We wouldn’t be Ski Town USA without the club.”

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

Roger Perricone

Jim Schneider

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, Member of Executive Committee of the Board

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.  Steve’s youngest daughter was active in the SSWSC for 5 years.  Steve is very active and enjoys snow skiing, waterskiing, bicycling, golf and is also a private pilot.

Matt Tredway

Matt Tredway

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.

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.

Linda Curzon, U8 Head Coach and Junior Coach Program Leader

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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.

Sascha Ayad, Head All Mountain Program Coach

Sascha Ayad, Head All Mountain Program Coach

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Lori Keefe, U6 and Little Toots Coach

Lori Keefe, U6 and Little Toots Coach

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Alpine
Tyler Shepherd, Alpine Competitive Program Director

Tyler Shepherd, Alpine Competitive Program Director

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Shepherd comes to the SSWSC from his most recent position as the Associate Head Alpine Coach at the University of Denver, where he worked with over thirty NCAA All-Americans, led his teams three NCAA titles and was most recently named RMISA Coach of the Year in 2018. As an athlete, Shepherd raced on the U.S. Ski Team for three years and was an NCAA All-American skier at the University of Colorado. Later he worked for the U.S. Ski Team as its Head Skicross Coach, leading the team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to his work at DU, Shepherd was the Head Coach for the University of New Mexico Ski Team, and he has served as the president of RMISA (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association) since 2012. Shepherd will be moving to Steamboat with his wife, Amanda, and their three children Soren (9), Ramey (7), and Hansen (4).

Ben Brown, Alpine Technical Director, U16 Head Coach

Ben Brown, Alpine Technical Director, U16 Head Coach

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Ben has been coaching at the SSWSC since 2013, and was named U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Alpine Coach of the Year in 2020. 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 coached at Green Mountain Valley School and at Loveland prior to coming to Steamboat. Ben currently is the chair of the Rocky/Central Region and Rocky Mountain Division Alpine Competition Committees that govern ski racing in the region. He has been part of the coaching staff overseas at international children’s championship events several times. He is a Level 300 certified coach by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. When he’s not coaching, you’ll find Ben spending time with his wife Rita and enjoying his favorite hobbies of bike racing and back-country skiing.

Michael Britton, Associate Alpine Director, Head U14 Coach

Michael Britton, Associate Alpine Director, Head U14 Coach

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Michael was born and raised in Mequon, Wisconsin.  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 six years coaching and also served as the assistant program director before taking the position with SSWSC. Michael is a Level 300 certified coach by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and was named the “Best of the Boat” Youth Sports Coach in 2019. Michael has a passion for working with youth athletes!  When not on the hill, Michael enjoys traveling, hiking and listening to music.

Robert Baker, Alpine Lead Women's FIS Coach

Robert Baker, Alpine Lead Women's FIS Coach

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Robert has spent many years as a FIS women’s coach with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl prior to coming to the SSWSC a few years ago. He was the head coach and program director for the Mt. Shasta Ski Team in California for five years. He has guest coached with the U.S. Ski Team World Cup group for both speed and tech event projects over the past few years. He is a Level 400 certified coach with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. He is also a fully certified ski instructor with PSIA and has Canadian coach certification as well. Robert really enjoys working with the women’s program, helping them achieve their goals and continuing to build Team Viper’s culture on the women’s side.

Noah Freed, Assistant Men’s FIS Coach

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Nick Veth, Assistant Women’s FIS Coach

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Nick returns to the SSWSC after a year as the Head FIS Coach with the Alpental Snoqualmie Ski Team in the Pacific Northwest. Nick is fairly fresh off the racing circuit where he raced as a member of the University of New Mexico Ski Team from 2015-19 after skiing in the SSWSC PG program.

Joe Gilbertson, Assistant U16 Coach

Joe Gilbertson, Assistant U16 Coach

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SSWSC alum Joe Gilbertson has returned to the club in a coaching role to share his passion for alpine ski racing. The former Dartmouth College racer still has a racer’s mentality, and puts himself in his athletes’ shoes to give them great technical advice and perspective in sport. Having spent over a decade as a water biologist in the Pacific Northwest, Joe’s return to coaching was for all the right reasons - a desire to help kids become great ski racers while learning all the life lessons that go along with a pursuit of personal excellence.

Matthew Chester, Assistant U16 Coach

Matthew Chester, Assistant U16 Coach

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Matt and his family came to Steamboat from New England where Matt was the FIS coach at Waterville Valley, NH. A skiing family, Matt’s wife coaches for the SSWSC youth program and his sons are both ski athletes. Matt is known as a compassionate and caring coach with an unflappable positive attitude. He’s a Level 200 certified coach with U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Melissa “MJ” Jones, Assistant U14 Coach

Melissa “MJ” Jones, Assistant U14 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 coached at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail for four years before moving to Steamboat in 2014 where she has been coaching since and teaching science at the 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.

Scott Schaffer, Assistant U14 Coach

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Scott has been an Alpine coach with the SSWSC since 2000.  He has coached athletes from Buddy Werner to FIS, with the majority of that time with the age class groups- his favorite.  Scott took a brief hiatus for a few years before departing from his regular job, returning to coach U14s last season.  Scott has also worked with the Masters program and Ski Corps’ Race Crew.

Brian Olson, U14 Alpine Coach & Foundation Board Member

Brian Olson, U14 Alpine Coach & Foundation Board Member

Brian grew up in La Crosse, WI as an Alpine racer. He continued his ski racing career at Colorado mtn college and the University of Nevada Reno. He moved to Steamboat in 1990 where he began coaching for the Billy Kidd center for performance skiing and the SSWSC. He enjoys working with young athletes and takes pride in their accomplishments. He and Lisa have two Daughters Taylor and Abby, both being former and current members of the SSWSC Alpine program. Brian also serves as vice president of the SSWSC Foundation board, and is currently a U14 Alpine Coach.

Chantal Knapp, Head U12 Coach/Assistant Women’s FIS Coach

Chantal Knapp, Head U12 Coach/Assistant Women’s FIS Coach

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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 U.S. Ski Team. There she spent nearly a decade with her most promising results on the World Cup DH and SG circuit.  Following her ski racing career, Chantal began 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 cross country skiing. Now with over two decades of coaching, Chantal enjoys coaching where she can inspire and share her passion for skiing.

John Walters, U12 Alpine Assistant Coach

John Walters, U12 Alpine Assistant Coach

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John has been a full time and part time alpine coach since 1989 at Loveland and SSWSC. He has a Pharmacy degree from CU 1998 and has been the Pharmacy Manager at Walmart in Steamboat, for 15 years. John also renovates houses and works construction jobs.

Scott Wither, Assistant U12 Coach

Scott Wither, Assistant U12 Coach

John Lawrence, Assistant U12 Coach

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 is a coach whose passion for training, outdoor adventure, and competing extends far beyond his coaching responsibilities. He believes in leading by example; teaching his athletes to become “complete” endurance athletes that can participate and be competitive in a multitude of sports is a priority. 
“What really got me hooked on coaching was the breakthrough moments I was seeing from athletes I coached.  These moments are achieved when an athlete has prepared well, and then shows up to a time trial, or race and puts forth a performance beyond what they ever thought was possible.  I love to watch the athletes in those moments, and then guide them as they consider what might be possible next.”

Josh began his role as head coach at the club in 2008. During his tenure, the program has produced 1 US Ski Team member, 29 NCAA skiers, 6 Junior National Champions, 8 World Junior Championship Athletes and 3 NCAA All Americans. Josh, himself, was a 4 year NCAA Qualifier and team captain at the University of Colorado, an Assistant Coach for the University of Utah, and raced professionally for Team Rossignol and XC Oregon.

Josh holds Level 200 U.S. Ski and Snowboard coaching certification and graduated from the University of Colorado B.A Kinesiology + Psychology and the University of Utah M.S. Sport Psychology. He has been a National ski team tech and coach at 3 World Junior/Under 23 Championships

The XC Program has enjoyed historical success during Josh’s tenure. The SSWSC is excited to have a coach of Josh’s caliber as part of the XC Program. Josh and his wife, Nikki, feel fortunate to raise their son, Simi, in Ski Town USA!

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.

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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Tim Cunningham, XC Cruiser Assistant Coach

Tasha Thrasher, U14 Assistant Coach

Tasha Thrasher, U14 Assistant Coach

Tasha grew up in Stowe, Vermont as an Alpine racer.  She continued her racing career at Bates College competing Division I NCAA.  She moved to Steamboat in 1996 and began coaching for SSWSC in Alpine.  She is excited to return to coaching as a Nordic coach.  She has been Nordic skiing for over ten years now and competes in the local races as well as traveling to Wisconsin each year to participate in the American Birkebeiner.  She enjoys working with the young athletes and takes pride in their accomplishments.  She and TJ have a son, Tristan who is currently working his way up the ladder in the SSWSC Nordic program.  She enjoys competing in running races and triathlons along with TJ and Tristan.

Nicole Olexa, Mini Cruiser Head Coach

Natalie Sattler, Mini Cruisers Coach

Natalie Sattler, Mini Cruisers Coach

T.J. Thrasher, U14 Assistant Coach

T.J. Thrasher, U14 Assistant Coach

T.J. was born and raised in Steamboat Springs where he spent much of his early youth in various SSWSC programs.  He fully embraced Nordic skiing at the Masters level where he quickly advanced to compete at an elite level in both Nordic and Triathlon.  He found his passion for sharing the gift of endurance sport through volunteer coaching, and has now joined as a U14 Nordic assistant coach.

Freeskiing
Tony Lodico, Freeskiing Head Coach, Head Devo Free coach

Tony Lodico, Freeskiing Head Coach, Head Devo Free 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.

Moguls
Ann Battelle, Interim Freestyle Director

Ann Battelle, Interim Freestyle Director

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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.

Tony Lodico, Freeskiing Head Coach, Head Devo Free coach

Tony Lodico, Freeskiing Head Coach, Head Devo Free 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.”

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Technical Consultant

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Technical Consultant

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Bobby 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.

Sam Tarrant, Head High Performance Coach, U17/U19 Coach

Sam Tarrant, Head High Performance Coach, U17/U19 Coach

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Sam is from the East Coast originally and has coached for Stratton Mountain School for the past number of years. Before his time at Stratton, Sam was with Killington Mountain School both programs based respectively in Vermont. Sam went to Whiteman, (Now Steamboat Mountain School), and skied with the SSWSC programs!  He has his US Ski and Snowboard Level 2 coaches certification in both moguls and aerials, is ambitious and a great communicator. Sam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing as well as his Master’s in Business Administration.

Kirra Dyer, Devo Free Coach, Assistant U17/U19 Moguls

Kirra Dyer, Devo Free Coach, Assistant U17/U19 Moguls

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Kirra is a former athlete with SSWSC Freestyle since 1995. She finished a Ba. Education and moved to Steamboat from Australia in 1999. She began coaching Bumps and Jumps and then in subsequent seasons moved on to be a Junior Devo coach before becoming Junior Devo Head Coach in 2003/04. In seasons 04/05 & 05/06 she was Junior Devo Head Coach for Vail Ski & Snowboard Club. At the end of 2006 she moved back to Australia where she taught in Primary and Secondary schools for 13 years and gained two Postgraduate diplomas, in Education Leadership, and qualifications as a Professional Life Coach, and Growth Coach. Kirra succumbed to the Yampa Valley Curse in 2020 and moved back to Steamboat. This year she is working part time for Partners in Routt County where she can put her love of working with youth into practice along with coaching the Devo Freestyle/Freeski athletes. She is also starting her own small Growth Coaching business. Kirra is super excited to be back in the SSWSC community that contributed so much positivity and friendship to her life.

Rick Hodges, Assistant U15 Moguls Coach

Kenzie Radway, Devo Free U13 Coach, U15 Coach

Kenzie Radway, Devo Free U13 Coach, U15 Coach

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Kenzie was born and raised in Steamboat and first joined SSWSC at 2 years old. She then progressed through the different programs, ending up in the Bumps and Jumps program where she started her competitive freestyle career. She then won the Nor-Am tour and made the US Ski Team. After tearing her ACL, Kenzie has decided to spend her time coaching instead of competing.

Kenzie loves skiing and hopes to help her athletes to learn and retain the same enthusiasm. She is very excited to remain in the sport and hopes to bring her knowledge to help each athlete to grow and improve their skills!

NC/Jumping
Todd Wilson, Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director

Todd Wilson, Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director

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Todd oversees a professional staff of twenty-five coaches involved in the training of over 150 athletes. He started jumping with the Winter Park jumping program at the age of five and took his first jumps at Howelsen Hill 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. His first tour of duty with the SSWSC was as head coach for the U10 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. With growth in the club’s nordic sports, in 2010 Todd was named Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Program Director. This is Todd’s 29th season with SSWSC. Todd served as chairman for the USSA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Coaches Subcommittee for 12 years and was a finalist for the 2003, US Olympic Committee’s Development Coach of the Year Award. The SSWSC SJ/NC program has won the US Ski & Snowboard’s SJ/NC Club of the Year Award the last four years. Todd 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. In 2019, Karl was named U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Coach of the Year! 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 U14 Head Coach

Garrett Fisk, SJ/NC 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. In 2019, Garrett was named USA Nordic Sports Club Coach of the Year!

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

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

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Josh Hanson, SJ/NC U12 Head Coach

Josh Hanson, SJ/NC U12 Head Coach

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Josh Hanson was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, UT.  He started jumping at the Park City Nordic Ski Club in 1995 at the age of 7.  Josh has enjoyed a long career of jumping that carried him around the world for FIS Cup and Continental Cup events.  Now 28, Josh is pumped to use his energy and experience in his first coaching position at SSWSC! He’s an avid skier, both at resorts and in the backcountry.  He also plays guitar and works on his jeep with the help his dog Iggy.

Adam Maines, SJ/NC Co-Head Coach of Little Vikings

Adam Maines, SJ/NC Co-Head Coach of Little Vikings

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Scott Clayton, NC/SJ Assistant U10 Coach

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Sam House, Fitness and Equipment Specialist

Sam House, Fitness and Equipment Specialist

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Sam comes to the team after over a decade working in the outdoor industry. Practicing as a retail bootfitter he gained the knowledge and experience to help athletes get the most out of their equipment. Working as a certified personal trainer Sam has sought to help clients move more effectively, prevent injuries and recover faster when they happen. By bringing these skills together with his love of the outdoors and passion for coaching, he hopes to help all athletes get the most out of whatever activity they are pursuing.

When not sliding on snow, you will find Sam enthusiastically pursuing many activities, but you will rarely find him sitting still. Whether racing sailboats on the Great Lakes, going for a town run on his SUP in the spring runoff, or trying to beat his friends’ Strava times on Emerald, Sam is typically staying active. If he’s not moving, he’s probably working on one of his two other favorite activities, either cooking or eating. Athletes or parents with questions on bootfitting, human movement/mobility or just a recipe to share should feel free to reach out to Sam.

Dan Miller, NC/SJ Assistant U10 Coach

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Snowboard
Maddy Schaffrick, Snowboard Director, Snowboard Freestyle Head Coach

Maddy Schaffrick, Snowboard Director, 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.

Erik Gunderson, Snowboardcross Head Coach

Erik Gunderson, Snowboardcross Head Coach

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Erik is a passionate coach with 8 years of experience coaching athletes competing in snowboarding. Originally from the Midwest, he relocated last year and began his career with the SSWSC Snowboard Team. His focus is coaching athletes competing in SBX and he also assists with riders competing in Slopestyle. His passion runs deep in helping youth and young adults and his college background is in Human Services (psychology and youth). In addition to leading the Snowboardcross Team at SSWSC he also specializes in coaching athletes on trampolines and in the gym. In his free-time he loves spending time with puppy, riding motorcycle and camping.

Trevor Mekelburg, Boardriderz & Skateboard Head Coach

Trevor Mekelburg, Boardriderz & Skateboard Head Coach

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Trevor Mekelburg was born and raised in Fort Collins Colorado. He would visit Steamboat with family as a child and knew it was where he wanted to call home. After graduating high school Trevor moved to the Yampa valley and got involved with the community. He coaches skateboarding at the local elementary schools during their skateboard unit. He also skateboards with kids at the local Sk8 Church. Here is what he has to say.

“ I’m very excited to be part of SSWSC. To be part of a group that has so much history is really an honor. Skateboarding has provided a lot of joy to my life. The opportunity to share skateboarding with the winter sports club is truly awesome.”

Danielle Adams, Snowboarding Junior Team Head Coach

Danielle Adams, Snowboarding Junior Team Head Coach

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Danielle is a Colorado native, growing up in the foothills of Evergreen, CO. She most recently was living in the Vail Valley working as a Physical Therapist, and moved to Steamboat in August 2021 to follow the unique opportunity to concurrently work for SSWSC as the Snowboarding Junior Team Head Coach, and to advance her physical therapy practice in the Yampa Valley, a community she has grown very fond of over the years.

Her interests and pursuits include: snowboarding, hiking, music, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking, and following her graduation from physical therapy school in May 2020, she took some time to re-explore her back yard and discovered a passion for backpacking by thru-hiking the entirety of The Colorado Trail (491 miles in 35 days).


Her background in snowboarding began when she was about 10 years old, learning from her 2 brothers riding around Steamboat and Winter Park Resorts. She first started competing in the SBX discipline when she was 13 in USASA events, then slowly moved into competing in Halfpipe and Slopestyle in the following years. Danielle’s love for the sport of snowboarding and competing led her to the World Cup circuit in all 3 disciplines, which she pursued for around 5 years. Leading up to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, she became injured which ultimately led her to a career in Physical Therapy.

Although she has spent time at many other resorts in Colorado and around the world, Steamboat holds a special place in her heart for multiple reasons, including these fun facts:

    Coach Sasha “Sausage” Nations (Head SSWSC Development Snowboard Coach) was my first competitive snowboard coach at age 16, and remained my coach and life mentor as I entered international competition and beyond.
    Maddy Schaffrick (Snowboard Program Director) and I spent many years together traveling, training, competing, and fostering a close friendship based on our shared love of snowboarding.
    I also work at Four Points Physical Therapy in town! I genuinely hope I never have to see any of you there, but will always be available to you, should the need ever arise.
Sasha Nations, Snowboard Ability Head Coach

Sasha Nations, Snowboard Ability Head Coach

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Never one to come up short on wisdom, Sasha has managed countless athletes, athletic programs, and coaches in all facets of the sport.  Many of her athletes have gone on to professional careers, while others have become outstanding individuals taking on other challenges.  She is a coaches coach, holding down a level 300 USSA certification and educating coaches for the USSA/USASA.  Sasha has a business mind that has helped athletes land global contracts as well as their first shop sponsor.  She is dedicated to helping the athlete bring out the best in themselves through demanding accountability.  She has a long history producing top notch training programs and camps with Team Summit.

Sasha graduated from the University of Denver with a background in Marketing, Finance, and Real Estate.

Telemark
Charlie Dresen, Tele Devo and Tele Race Fridays Coach

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.