As former Alpine Program Director for the Burke Mountain Academy (Vermont), Snowsports Director at Waterville Valley (New Hampshire), and a four-year U.S. Ski Team coach, Chadbourne is well-prepared for his new role as Alpine Competitive Program Director. He was honored by both the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and the Vermont Alpine Racing Association as their Coach of the Year in 2010. In 2007, he led the Burke Mountain Academy alpine program to USSA Club of the Year honors. In his coaching roles, Adam has worked closely with multiple Olympic medalists, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht and Ted Ligety. While working in the Eastern Region of the USSA, Chadbourne was the chairman of the Eastern Development Committee, where he focused on enhancing training and competition opportunities for Eastern alpine ski racers.
Ryan grew up in Red Wing, Minnesota and skied for the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club. He spent his PG years with Guenther Birgmann before qualifying for the US Ski Team in 2009. Instead of accepting his nomination, Ryan chose to accept an athletic scholarship and race for the University of Utah where he was a 3 time NCAA first team All-American. Ryan studied Sports Management and business and graduated in fall of 2013.
Ryan made an immediate impact in the coaching realm, now leading the SSWSC FIS program which has more than doubled in size and placed skiers onto the US Ski Team each of the last two seasons. In his time off snow, Ryan is an avid golfer and mountain/road cyclist.
Amber McHugh joins the SSWSC from her long-standing position at Burke Mountain Academy; coaching both men and women at the FIS level since 2007. Amber brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a number of areas. First and foremost she is a highly intelligent and knowledgeable ski racing coach, leader, and mentor. During recent years Amber worked extensively with the strength and conditioning program at Burke and has earned her strength and conditioning certifications from the NSCA and USA Weightlifting as she worked toward completing a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning.
Jake Benda comes to the SSWSC from his most recent coaching position as a FIS coach for the Snowbird Sports Education Foundation. Jake brings with him tremendous work ethic and skiing ability. Jake is an accomplished racer in his own right who has now turned his attention to the coaching world. His own philosophy on athletics aligns wonderfully with ours at SSWSC. There is little doubt that Jake brings much to this vibrant community. Jake will be the SSWSC lead men’s coach for athletes born in 2002 and 2001, while Mike Bansmer joins the leadership team as lead coach of the men’s 2000 and older group.
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. He is starting his third season with the SSWSC. 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.
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. He enjoys reading, empty spaces and sea glass collecting.
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.
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 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.
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 here ever since. This past season Mack coached for Colorado Mountain College as well as working with the SSWSC U14’s.
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 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 their two aspiring ski racers, Jonah and Talon.
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 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 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!
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.