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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.

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.