Tori Koski grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO. Starting as a member of SSWSC at age 12, Tori became a international snowboard athlete while competing in a variety of sports. She was invited to join the US Snowboard Team at the young age of 15 and traveled the globe competing. After high school, Tori pursued her international professional snowboard career. Faced with a series of obstacles and injuries she persevered through every challenge presented to her. She is passionate, intelligent, athletic, kind and generous with everyone she comes in contact with. She shares her experiences, knowledge and passion for life with everyone, most importantly her family and friends. In addition to being the Snowboard Program Director, she is one of a select few to coach at US Snowboarding Project Gold camps.
2003 USSA Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year
Thedo enjoys bringing snowboard racing to a higher level in the US. He has put several riders on the US Team and coached athletes at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Thedo’s mission is to provide a solid training base, while working on the right mentality to excel in the sport. Thedo is a former Olympian and coached successfully on the World Cup before coming to Steamboat. In addition, Thedo coached at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Dave grew up in Southern California, and comes from a surfing background. A Steamboat Local for 40 years, Dave’s been snowboarding for over 25 years and on hard boots for 20 years. He brings a great amount of alpine equipment knowledge and passion to the program. Dave is very involved with the Alpine Snowboard community. He goes every year to Aspen for the annual Summit Expression Session.
He’s also a woodworker, and his creations can be seen on his website at http://www.davidwinterswoodworker.com Summer’s are spent backpacking in the high country with his family: wife Sue and sons Billy and Cody. Any spare time is spent tinkering with his classic car “Ernie”, a 1965 Morris Minor Traveller decked out as a surf woodie!
Tracy grew up in North Eastern Ohio and comes from a trampoline background. She worked her way up as an athlete competing at a National level, which has greatly helped her transition on to snow. She first discovered snowboarding at a local hill when she was in high school. She knew she was hooked when her snowboarding ability had quickly surpassed her skiing ability. She started teaching part time after school at Boston Mills and Brandywine ski areas in 1997 and realized she had found her niche. She followed her passion to Colorado where she received her BA in Environmental Science and Studio Art from the University of Denver. She taught at Keystone, Loveland, and Eldora before settling down in Steamboat. Tracy has worked for Steamboat Resort Corporation for the past 10 years as an instructor and past 5 years as a trainer. She has achieved her AASI level 3 Certification and holds her Children’s and Freestyle accreditations. This will be Tracy’s third year with the club. Her goal is to instill a lifelong love for the sport through self-expression and positive camaraderie among peers.
Originally from New Zealand, Blair first arrived in Steamboat Springs in 2001 to work as a Snowboard Instructor between semesters at University. Since then the Yampa valley curse has kept Blair coming back time and again for the incredible people, beauty, and lifestyle that Steamboat offers.
With a passion for snowboarding and sharing the sport with others, Blair has over 15 seasons experience (both in New Zealand and Colorado) working across multiple roles as an Instructor, Trainer, Coach, and Ski School Supervisor.
Coming up through the SBINZ (Snowboard Instructors New Zealand) system Blair has achieved Level 3 certification as well as his freestyle and children’s teaching accreditations.
Starting with the SSWSC in 2014 / 2015 as a volunteer coach Blair looks forward to being more heavily involved with the Snowboard program on the Junior Ability Team. “My goal for the Junior Ability Squad is FUN and ALL ROUND RIDER PROGRESSION through encouraging a solid FOUNDATION of snowboard skills and the VALUES of the SSWSC.”
Erik has always felt at home on the snow and has over 20 years’ experience riding. He began coaching fall 2010 in the Upper Midwest Snow Series for the G-Team. His coaching background includes - dryland, trampoline, boardercross, slope style, coaches training, nationals, and three years’ experience as a head coach. Outside of coaching, he also has 6 years of experience serving as Team Director for The Kicker Project, a program that provides snowboard opportunities to underserved youth in Minneapolis, MN. Coaching and riding is something he looks forward to each winter and he is thrilled to bring his coaching to the Rockies. Year after year his riders go the extra mile to achieve their goals and this season there will be no exception. Erik leads all ages and abilities in the Boardercross program as well as assisting in freestyle.
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.