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 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 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.
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.
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.