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Coaches

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.

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.”

Ann Battelle, Head U17/U19 Mogul Coach

Ann Battelle, Head U17/U19 Mogul 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.

Lars Johnson, Head Coach High Performance Group

Lars Johnson, Head Coach High Performance Group

Lars Johnson grew up in Lake Placid, NY and moved to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2008. Lars joined the SSWSC as a junior in high school with anticipation to further his skiing career, but ended up pursing college baseball. Lars graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Spring of 2015.

“As a former mogul skier for the SSWSC, I am honored to coach the same group that had such a positive influence on my life. Mogul skiing has given me all the appropriate tools to navigate through life and I plan to give these kids everything this amazing sport has given me.”

Lars has spent a lot of time with the SSWSC as an athlete and more recently as a coach. Over the past several years Lars has moved up from the U15 group to leading a strong U17/19 team to two junior national titles and now leads the High Performance Team. He brings great energy to each day of training while leading his team based on a solid, year-round training program.

Cooper Taymore, Head Coach U17/19 Mogul Group

Cooper Taymore, Head Coach U17/19 Mogul Group

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Cooper spent his childhood skiing in the freestyle program in Killington Vermont. I have known a number of his childhood coaches for many, many years! After his time in Killington Cooper went to Gould Academy in Bethel Maine skiing out of Sunday River Ski Area.

Cooper went to Colorado College in Colorado Springs earning a degree in psychology and specializing in adolescence and sociology of the family. 

He has been a full time mogul coach for the past 4 years and also has a fair amount of experience as a ski instructor through the Professional Ski Instructors of America, (PSIA) ranks. He currently holds certifications with PSIA with level 1 as a child specialist and alpine technical skiing. Cooper also holds with levels 100 for mogul skiing and aerials through US Ski and Snowboard. On top of this formal training Cooper brings a lot of practical experience as a former competitor to the table.

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

Rick Hodges, Assistant U15 Moguls Coach

Courtney Browne, Head Coach U13 Moguls

Courtney Browne, Head Coach U13 Moguls

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