Dan has a business management and marketing degree and operates a successful local construction business. He spent his youth ski racing, which eventually led to national and international freeskiing competitions in alpine and telemark skiing. Dan was featured in numerous Warren Miller movies and other ski films, working as an athlete and guide. He loves to ski and has a long history of promoting Steamboat skiing. Dan volunteers with Routt County Search and Rescue to pay it forward, share his skills and help others. He has extensive experience in avalanche education, ropes, and backcountry skiing. Dan has worked as a ski race official for several years and is a regular volunteer on course crews at races. He intends to help the club meet the needs of top-tier and all levels of athletes and continue teaching the love of the sport. He will also work to ensure gender equality in opportunities, coaching, and events. Dan has two girls with SSWSC since they were first on skis.
Jim is a member of the SSWSC Board of Directors and of the SSWSC Foundation Board of Directors. Since 2018 Jim has been the President and Treasurer of Weitz Investment Management, Inc. and Vice President of the Weitz Funds based in Omaha, Nebraska. Before Weitz Investments, Jim was the Executive Director of the SSWSC from 2013 until 2018. Prior to joining the SSWSC, Jim spent more than 20 years in the investment management industry, serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Calamos Asset Management, Inc., an investment management firm based in Naperville, Illinois. He also previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for McDonnell Investment Management, where he was responsible for the company’s businesses and operations, and also was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Van Kampen Investments. Jim began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago, IL. Since 2017, Jim is an independent director of Kennedy Capital Management, Inc., an investment management firm based in St. Louis, MO. He earned a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Jim and his wife, Leagh, have four children and split their time between Steamboat Springs and Omaha, NE.
Travis moved to Steamboat in 1997 to attend the Lowell Whiteman School (now Steamboat Mountain School) and to train with the SSWSC mogul team. He later had an eight year career on the US Ski Team and represented the USA at two Olympic Games. His athletic career culminated with a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. While an athlete, Travis also served as the FIS Freestyle athlete representative.
After retiring from competitive sport, Mayer finished school then held a variety of positions at Intrawest, the then parent company of Steamboat Ski Resort. He started his business career as a financial analyst and eventually ascended to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for his last three years at the company. After leading the company’s I.P.O. and subsequent sale to KSL Capital, he moved back to Steamboat with his family. Travis and his wife Lis have two young children, Sage and Johnny, who both enjoy winter sports.
Mayer holds a B.S. in Applied Economics from Cornell University, summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Travis was appointed President and Chairman of the Board in October 2021.
“I am excited to be involved with the club again,” Travis says. “The SSWSC is an immensely important institution for the community—not only to help our kids learn how to ski and compete, but also to continue Steamboat’s Olympic heritage of raising some of the best skiers in the world. We wouldn’t be Ski Town USA without the club.”
Brian Krill has three daughters, two grandchildren, and his wife is a professor with a Ph.D. in Theatre. He has been a professional educator and nonprofit professional for almost thirty years working in competitive mountain athletics and the nonprofit sector since he graduated from The Colorado College in 1994. He has a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, where he was recognized with the “Karen A. Patterson Award for Community and Organizational Change,” and was owner and lead consultant of Peak Nonprofit Consulting, LLC. Mr. Krill was an administrator, teacher, and coach in independent schools and ski clubs for a decade and has extensive sales experience serving as a sales manager in western CO for seven years. Mr. Krill was also a professor at Western State Colorado University from 2010-2013, where he taught advocacy, academic writing, public speaking, and philosophy courses. Mr. Krill acted as the Interim Director of the Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation in 2012 and 2013.
In 2013, he brought this broad background and resources related to education, competitive snowsports, business, nonprofit leadership and management, and fundraising to U.S. Ski and Snowboard as the Club Development Manager and to further launch the new Club Development Program. In 2015, he was promoted to Director of Sport Education, tasked with providing education, certification, and recognition to all U.S. ski and snowboard clubs and coaches nationwide. In August 2016, Brian transitioned to Jackson, WY, to assume the role of Executive Director for the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club. Beginning in July 2020, Mr. Krill took the position of Executive Director & Head of School at Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academy. In his tenure there, he successfully led the organization, an accredited boarding and day high school, and a full-scale ski team through the many challenges of COVID, as well as managing a successful re-accreditation process for the school.
Brian returned to Colorado in July 2023 to assume his new role as Executive Director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Jon joined the SSWSC in 2015 as its Athletic Director and took on the position of Associate Executive Director in conjunction with Athletic Director in 2018. Jon brings over 25 years of experience in club and athletic leadership, coaching and education, including nine years in director roles with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He has spearheaded national club and coach education and certification systems in the sports of Alpine, Cross Country and Freestyle skiing, Nordic Combined, and Snowboarding. He has also led significant efforts at the national level implementing best practices in athlete and coach development. Nolting holds a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado, School of Engineering, and a minor in economics. Jon and his wife Darlene have two children who are athletes in the SSWSC.
Prior to starting with the SSWSC in 2019, Stewart was the nordic skiing head coach for 12 years at the University of Denver. In that time he led his teams to six NCAA titles, two individual titles, and he coached 21 NCAA All-Americans. Stewart was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association’s Nordic Coach of the Year six times. He raced cross country through college and later as a pro athlete with a couple of World Cup starts. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He and his wife, a former world-class biathlon skier, have two young children who you’ll find active outdoors throughout the year.
Blair grew up in Minnesota as a competitive figure skater and enjoyed skiing through her youth. Blair moved to Steamboat in 1992 and taught skiing at Steamboat Ski Resort for seven years. She started her career with SSWSC as a Buddy Werner League coach in 1992. She is a PSIA Level 3 certified instructor and US Ski & Snowboard Level 100 coach. She has had director experience in a variety of youth sports including cycling and soccer and has a passion for teaching kids and educating parents. She was the SSWSC Youth Programs and Cycling Programs Director for nearly a decade, and started the Steamboat High School Mountain Bike Team in 2013. Blair and her husband John have three boys that are alpine ski racers. In her free time she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, spending time with her boys.
A Colorado native and business graduate of Colorado State University, Amy moved to Steamboat in 1986 to work and play on Mt Werner. She spent 13 years working for Steamboat Ski Resort, with the majority of that time spent as the Accounting Manager. In 1999 Amy joined the staff of the SSWSC and still loves spending her days at Howelsen Hill. Amy’s family members all participated in the SSWSC cross country program. Her husband Greg has coached for over 20 years and their two daughters have both grown up training through the nordic programs.
Jeanne Mackowski joined SSWSC in September 2023. She brings over 20 years of marketing and communications experience to the club, including 13 years at Aspen Skiing Company. As Vice President of Marketing for Aspen Skiing Company, Jeanne managed and oversaw global brand positioning, advertising and promotions, film and photography, website development, social media, direct marketing and database management, loyalty retention, and customer segmentation strategies. During her tenure, her team received four National Ski Industry marketing awards and repositioned the Aspen brand to include Snowmass and highlight the four mountains. She has served on the Colorado Tourism Board and Colorado Ski Country USA Marketing Committee. In addition, she has provided communications consulting to both Roaring Fork School District and Steamboat Springs School District, served for three years on the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board, and worked on multiple campaigns to increase school funding. Jeanne and her husband, Len Zanni, have two children, both athletes, cross country and alpine.
Ellen joined the SSWSC in 2017 as the Director of Development for the SSWSC and SSWSC Foundation. Campbell was the Development Associate for the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation for three years responsible for the solicitation of major donors and corporate relationships, marketing, publications and organizing fundraising events. As a former Bay Area resident, she has held a number of management positions in sales, business operations and public relations for various corporations in Silicon Valley. Campbell has an established background in project management, fundraising, event planning and cultivation of donor relationships.
Campbell has owned a home in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years and is an active member of the community. She served on the Advisory Board of Catamount Ranch and Club and was the Social Committee Chair for eight years. She enjoys photography, golfing, concerts, traveling and spending time with her son Spencer and family. Campbell states, “It is a privilege working for an organization that has a rich history in our community. As the Director of Development for the SSWSC, I have the pleasure of working with generous people and local businesses who provide financial support to the club along with their time and talent. Together, we are partnering to ensure the SSWSC legacy continues into the next century.”
Tyler joined the SSWSC in 2020 with a diverse athletic and coaching background in ski racing. He led the program to the honor of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Alpine Club of the Year in 2023. Prior to arriving in Steamboat, he was the Associate Head Alpine Coach at the University of Denver, where he worked with over thirty NCAA All-Americans, led his teams three NCAA titles and was most recently named RMISA Coach of the Year in 2018. As an athlete, Shepherd raced on the U.S. Ski Team for three years and was an NCAA All-American skier at the University of Colorado. Later he worked for the U.S. Ski Team as its Head Skicross Coach, leading the team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to his work at DU, Shepherd was the Head Coach for the University of New Mexico Ski Team, and he has served as the president of RMISA (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association) since 2012. Shepherd lives in Steamboat with his wife, Amanda, and their three children who are all SSWSC athletes.
Ben has been coaching at the SSWSC since 2013, and was named U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Alpine Coach of the Year in 2020. 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 coached at Green Mountain Valley School and at Loveland prior to coming to Steamboat. Ben currently is the chair of the Rocky/Central Region and Rocky Mountain Division Alpine Competition Committees that govern ski racing in the region. He has been part of the coaching staff overseas at international children’s championship events several times. He is a Level 300 certified coach by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. When he’s not coaching, you’ll find Ben spending time with his wife Rita and enjoying his favorite hobbies of bike racing and back-country skiing.
Michael was born and raised in Mequon, Wisconsin. 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 six years coaching and also served as the assistant program director before taking the position with SSWSC. Michael is a Level 300 certified coach by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and was named the “Best of the Boat” Youth Sports Coach in 2019. Michael has a passion for working with youth athletes! When not on the hill, Michael enjoys traveling, hiking and listening to music.
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.
Robert has spent many years as a FIS women’s coach with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl prior to coming to the SSWSC a few years ago. He was the head coach and program director for the Mt. Shasta Ski Team in California for five years. He has guest coached with the U.S. Ski Team World Cup group for both speed and tech event projects over the past few years. He is a Level 400 certified coach with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. He is also a fully certified ski instructor with PSIA and has Canadian coach certification as well. Robert really enjoys working with the women’s program, helping them achieve their goals and continuing to build Team Viper’s culture on the women’s side.
Nick returns to the SSWSC after a year as the Head FIS Coach with the Alpental Snoqualmie Ski Team in the Pacific Northwest. Nick is fairly fresh off the racing circuit where he raced as a member of the University of New Mexico Ski Team from 2015-19 after skiing in the SSWSC PG program.
SSWSC alum Joe Gilbertson returned to the club in 2018 in a coaching role to share his passion for alpine ski racing. The former Dartmouth College racer still has a racer’s mentality, and puts himself in his athletes’ shoes to give them great technical advice and perspective in sport. Having spent over a decade as a water biologist in the Pacific Northwest, Joe’s return to coaching was for all the right reasons - a desire to help kids become great ski racers while learning all the life lessons that go along with a pursuit of personal excellence. Joe is a Level 300 certified coach with US Ski & Snowboard.
Joe’s love for skiing began at the age of three, being picked up from school every Tuesday to go skiing at Welch Village in Minnesota, where his parents were volunteer ski patrollers. Ski racing was a natural way to foster his passion for the sport. Racing through his collegiate years, that passion was redirected into a desire to become a coach. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with minors in Athletic Coaching and Outdoor Education, Joe began his coaching career for Team Afton in Minnesota, where he coached for nine years. He attended the National Coaches Academy in 2012 and obtained his Level 300 Coaches Certification, finishing top three in that year’s graduating class.
In 2015, Joe was hired by Team Gilboa as their Head FIS coach, and two years later became a co-director of the club while still leading the FIS program. During his tenure with Team Gilboa, Joe qualified athletes to U18 Nationals in four out of six years, highlighted in 2022 by Team Gilboa sending six athletes to the event, the third most of any program from Rocky/Central, behind SSWSC and SSCV. As a program director, Joe was integral in Team Gilboa, being recognized as a Gold Certified Club and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Center. Joe has served on the Rocky/Central Regional Committee for the past 13 years, including representing R/C on the Alpine Sport Committee from 2014-2021. Outside of ski racing, Joe is a diehard baseball enthusiast looking forward to the Rockies becoming his second favorite team to the Minnesota Twins.
Scott has been an Alpine coach with the SSWSC since 2000. He has coached athletes from Buddy Werner to FIS, with the majority of that time with the age class groups- his favorite. Scott took a brief hiatus for a few years before departing from his regular job, returning to coach U14s last season. Scott has also worked with the Masters program and Ski Corps’ Race Crew.
Ann was born and raised in the Swiss Alps, where her passion for skiing grew and her desire to speed down the hill increased each year as she explored her home resort, Les Portes du Soleil. To get the best of both education and skiing, she enrolled at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont in 2002, where she found her talent for Downhill racing. Upon graduating, she joined the SSWSC to get more speed training. As she improved and got closer to her goal, she decided to move to Austria to live with the British National Team and get a new perspective and opinion of her skiing from her Austrian coaches. With them, she found the missing link that brought it all together, and reached the highlights of her career. She would have continued pursuing her goals to make the U.S. Ski Team and the Olympics, however her education was just as important to secure her future. With that in mind, she enrolled in and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. There, she became a two-sport athlete and participated in both skiing and crew (rowing). Through the years, her varied teams and sports, she learned the values of team work, and respect for her teammates, coaches, and teachers. Her joy and passion for skiing has yet to be quenched however, and she immediately contacted the club seeking employment as a coach. Recently, she spent a few years coaching in Switzerland, returning to the SSWSC U16 program to coach in 2021.
Brian grew up in La Crosse, WI as an Alpine racer. He continued his ski racing career at Colorado mtn college and the University of Nevada Reno. He moved to Steamboat in 1990 where he began coaching for the Billy Kidd center for performance skiing and the SSWSC. He enjoys working with young athletes and takes pride in their accomplishments. He and Lisa have two Daughters Taylor and Abby, both being former and current members of the SSWSC Alpine program. Brian also serves as vice president of the SSWSC Foundation board, and is currently a U14 Alpine Coach.
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 U.S. Ski Team. There she spent nearly a decade with her most promising results on the World Cup DH and SG circuit. Following her ski racing career, Chantal began 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 cross country skiing. Now with over two decades of coaching, Chantal enjoys coaching where she can inspire and share her passion for skiing.
John has been a full time and part time alpine coach since 1989 at Loveland and SSWSC. He has a Pharmacy degree from CU 1998 and has been the Pharmacy Manager at Walmart in Steamboat, for 15 years. John also renovates houses and works construction jobs.
John Adams has over 30 years experience in the mining business. He is the son of Robert W Adams, one of the founders of the US uranium industry. John has been active in real estate development, banking, and cattle production. He formerly owned 40% of the Denver Broncos National Football League Franchise. He resides on his families’ cattle ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Raised in Steamboat, David is a graduate of Dartmouth College with degrees in English and Environmental Studies. He is a Real Estate Broker and Co-Owner of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty. As a Million Dollar Guild Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, he has been a top performer in the sales of major developments, including residential, condominium and commercial ventures for over 20 years. He also holds a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. David’s many successes include being instrumental in the sell-out of the exclusive Catamount Ranch and Club. As a former alpine ski racer and coach of future Olympic stars, David is a passionate supporter of all disciplines and has been a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for over 40 years. Since 2005, Dave has been a Founding Board Member and is current Co-Chair of the Ski Base Area Urban Renewal Authority (URAAC). He served on the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board, is a past President and Board Member of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, served eight years on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, and is a Board Member on the Yampa Valley Construction Trades Association. David is proud to have been honored with the Navigator Award as Steamboat’s 2007 Business Leader of the Year.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He was associated with the M&I Bank of Madison and Southern Wisconsin for 42 years, becoming President in 1976 and retiring as Chairman & CEO in 2003. Paul has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations as an officer and board member, including being the past President of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation. Paul is also a former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation Ambassador and a past Certified Official for the United States Ski Association. Paul is a resident of Madison, Wisconsin and has a daughter Maren who resides in Steamboat Springs, and a son Robert who resides in New Hampshire.
Scott Engelman is the President of SEAdvisors LLC, a hospitality advisory company specializing in operational and strategic consulting for hotel and restaurant entities. SEAdvisors also provides business development strategy for companies wishing to penetrate or fortify their exposure and positioning in the hospitality industry. SEAdvisors holds an equity position in two restaurant entities in Steamboat Springs, Colorado…Truffle Pig and Carl’s Tavern.
Scott Engelman received his Executive MBA (2011) and BSBA(1991) in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver. He also studied Tourism Management at The University of Hawaii. Scott moved to Steamboat in June of 2010 and lives in the South Valley with his wife, Liz and sons Barret, Owen and Elshu. He is an avid “Alpine” skier, golfer and trailblazer.
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 freestyle program. Ann spent most of her summers while on the U.S. 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. A high-level soccer player, Ann coached for many years with the Steamboat Soccer Club. She has now been coaching at the SSWSC for nearly a decade, providing a fun and focused training environment for the mogul program.
Growing up in Bucks County, PA, Linda spent her youth skiing in the Catskills of New York. She started teaching skiing in high school then ski raced in college. After graduating from Amherst College, she moved to Steamboat Springs in 1990 and taught skiing full time for 10 seasons at Steamboat and Telluride including 3 in New Zealand (Treble Cone, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak). Linda started her career with SSWSC as a Buddy Werner League coach in 1997. As a PSIA Level 3 certified instructor, Linda is passionate about her Head Coach/Trainer role creating a great experience for our U8 athletes, their families, and our coaches. Linda and her husband Michael have 2 children who have spent many seasons racing alpine and XC and also junior coaching with the alpine youth programs and mountain biking programs. In her life off the mountain she is a professional people manager in the outdoor industry.
John Hayden retired from the Midland Company (NASDAQ “MLAN”) in October, 2010 after nearly 30 years of service, the last 13 as the company’s President & CEO. He held the same positions in the Company’s wholly-owned specialty property/casualty insurance company, American Modern Insurance Group. Midland achieved unprecedented success under Mr. Hayden’s leadership. The company’s market capitalization grew from $180 million to $1.35 billion, a compound annual rate of 22%. The company’s revenues expanded from $375 million to $1.2 billion, its assets grew from $760 million to $1.7 billion and its pretax profits grew from $35 million to $120 million. Mr. Hayden serves five for-profit corporate boards and is active in the pursuit of cancer cures nationwide.
The Hayden’s have three married children and six grandchildren.
Ryan grew up skiing and was the 2002 Central Division GS Champion. He competed in NorAm and US Nationals. At 17, he started PV Alpine Ski Racing Camps and still operates those today. He has a marketing degree from Northern Michigan University and was a non-profit ski club executive director for 12 years. Ryan was the 2009 Pacific Northwest Coach of the Year, the 2011 Wenatchee World 30 Under 35 Award Winner, and the 2014 Norrie Lamson Award Winner for outstanding service to juniors and junior race programs for several years. In addition, Ryan coached alpine ski racing at the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
In 2019 Ryan purchased his first moving company, Conroy Moving and Storage in Steamboat Springs, and has since bought two more. He is a third-generation Yampa Valley resident. Ryan’s great-grandparents moved to Steamboat Springs in 1910, and his grandfather Carl Shorter was born in Steamboat in 1913. Ryan’s great-grandfather Irving Shorter was in charge of logging what is now the Sarvis Wilderness. Ryan has been married since 2007. His wife, Alex, is a ski coach, and he has two children, Carl and Lucille.
A long-time coach at SSWSC, we are thrilled to see Mike back working with the U17/U19 group. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and spent his weekends skiing out of Holiday Valley in Ellicott, NY on their Freestyle Team. “When I decided to stop competing, I looked back and thought about how much fun I had and the great people I met. My coaches taught me how to grow as a person and made me realize what I could accomplish in life. I would like to pass that down to a new generation of skiers.”
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.
Blaise was President of Vail Resorts from September 2008 until August 1, 2015 with oversight of all of the company’s mountain resort operations, mountain resort capital projects, budgeting and strategic planning. Blaise helped orchestrate and implement the company’s mountain resort acquisition strategy whereby the company grew from five resorts to twelve from 2010 to 2015. Upon his retirement in August 2015, Blaise took on the role of Senior Advisor and worked primarily on resort acquisitions, new resort integration, capital planning and management, leadership mentoring and oversight of the company’s lift maintenance program. During that period the company acquired an additional five resorts.
Blaise was Vail Resorts Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Heavenly Mountain Resort until January 2008 and prior to that had served as Senior Vice President since 2002. From 1997-2002, he was the President and Managing Director for The Canyons in Park City, Utah. Prior to 1997, Blaise served as the Managing Director of the Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont where he had been since 1976 in a variety of positions from Ski Patrol to President.
Blaise most recently served as chairman of the National Ski Areas Association. In the past he has served as chairman of Vermont Ski Areas Association, Ski Utah, and the California Ski Area Association. He has also served on the boards of the National Forest Foundation, the Mad River Chamber of Commerce, the Park City Chamber of Commerce, the Tahoe - Baikal Institute, the Nevada Commission on Tourism, and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. He was a founding member of Conserve Our Open Lands, now known as the Summit Land Conservancy.
In May 2019 Blaise was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Ski Areas Association.
Ed graduated from CSU in 1979 and came to Steamboat Springs with his wife June. Since those early years, Native Excavating has grown into one of the biggest construction companies in Steamboat. Native Excavating, has donated equipment, time and money to projects like the Alpine slide, the Winter Sports Club’s weight room, the water ramps east of Steamboat and the new Nordic jump facility at Howelsen Hill.
Brian has coached for the SSWSC Nordic Program since 1998. The first three years were spent coaching with the Ability Nordic Combined Team. From 2001 until present, Brian has been coaching the Ability Cross-Country Team. In 2009 a new position was created and Brian was offer the Cross-Country Program Director position. Brian coaches the Ability Cross-Country (XC) Team along with Josh Smullin. He also oversees the five other XC programs at SSWSC. He presently holds a seat on the Rocky Mountain Nordic Executive Board, the regional XC governing body. Brian holds a USSA Level 100 Cross-Country Coaching Certification. His enthusiasm for sport and fitness is strong.
Josh is a coach whose passion for training, outdoor adventure, and competing extends far beyond his coaching responsibilities. He believes in leading by example; teaching his athletes to become “complete” endurance athletes that can participate and be competitive in a multitude of sports is a priority.
“What really got me hooked on coaching was the breakthrough moments I was seeing from athletes I coached. These moments are achieved when an athlete has prepared well, and then shows up to a time trial, or race and puts forth a performance beyond what they ever thought was possible. I love to watch the athletes in those moments, and then guide them as they consider what might be possible next.”
Josh began his role as head coach at the club in 2008. During his tenure, the program has produced 1 US Ski Team member, 29 NCAA skiers, 6 Junior National Champions, 8 World Junior Championship Athletes and 3 NCAA All Americans. Josh, himself, was a 4 year NCAA Qualifier and team captain at the University of Colorado, an Assistant Coach for the University of Utah, and raced professionally for Team Rossignol and XC Oregon.
Josh holds Level 200 U.S. Ski and Snowboard coaching certification and graduated from the University of Colorado B.A Kinesiology + Psychology and the University of Utah M.S. Sport Psychology. He has been a National ski team tech and coach at 3 World Junior/Under 23 Championships
The XC Program has enjoyed historical success during Josh’s tenure. The SSWSC is excited to have a coach of Josh’s caliber as part of the XC Program. Josh and his wife, Nikki, feel fortunate to raise their son, Simi, in Ski Town USA!
David joined SSWSC as an assistant cross country ski coach in September 2022. He was the 2019 U.S. Cross Country National Champion, a three-time mountain marathon winner (2016, 2018, and 2021), and was named to the 2023 U.S. World Cross Country Ski Championship Team, his third time on the team. David also has a BA in accounting from Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Business. He is excited to bring his passion for skiing to the next generation of skiers.
Ben grew up in Steamboat Springs. A cyclist first, Ben realized that his true love was gliding down tracks on Nordic skis. He joined the club and skied for SSWSC between 1986 and 1990. Ben first coached for SSWSC in the 1994 – 1996 seasons as an Age Class U14 coach. He decided to enter graduate school to become a teacher and 5 years later rejoined the club to take charge of the U14 group over the last 13 seasons. Ben also teaches math and science at the Steamboat Springs Middle school. He has two kids in the younger programs at the club and enjoys watching them move through the Nordic pipeline at SSWSC. Ben believes in leading by example and he can often be found showing his athletes how to push through pain by entering the local Nordic race series and marathon distance ski events.
Deb was born in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to Bemidji, MN at an early age. She began her athletic competitions in the pool and moved to winter sports. Deb competed in the 100km Minnesota Finlandia which led to numerous cross country ski competitions and triathlons in Colorado. Deb has been coaching the Nordic Development Team at the Winter Sports Club for many years and takes pride in the accomplishments of her athletes. She loves working with all abilities and seeing them acquire skills for a life-long sport.
Bill Phillip has been a mainstay on the SSWSC XC coaching staff since 2000. He has been an U12 Assistant Coach, supporting Head Coach, Deb Rose. Coach Phillip’s coaching philosophy is centered around building quality technique with an underlying theme of fun and enjoyment: “Relays instead of intervals, no way to sugar coat distance training, promote togetherness- team, not exclusion, treat each other with respect, not every kid will be a champion skier but I think all the kids end up quite athletic through participation in our program- this is an element that will be important throughout life-certainly health wise but also important socially, an area that Deb and I work on is to be positive with the kids; encouragement, correction in a positive manner.”
Chris started Nordic skiing in Sun Valley in 1983 and continued to seek out snow despite living in Southern California for over twenty years. A full-time resident of Steamboat Springs for four years, Chris leads the SSMS Nordic Club and is thrilled to coach XC Cruisers for SSWSC, where all four of his kids are enthusiastic Nordic skiers.
Todd oversees the largest ski jumping and nordic combined program in the world at SSWSC and has been coaching for over 30 years at the club. 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. 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 many times during his tenure. 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.
Roger Perricone is a lifelong Colorado skier. His passion for the sport is derived from his parents, both skiers, and began at an early age with weekend jaunts to the Colorado ski country from his home in the Denver area. Since then, he has been attentive to skiing as both a passion and as a livelihood, working for the Steamboat Ski Area in various positions since graduating from Colorado State University. As a ski patroller he provided his safety and medical services at many World Cup events in Colorado and through this experience migrated into the event production aspect of the sport as the event director at Steamboat. Perricone has been heavily involved with snow events including Alpine, Freestyle, and Nordic Combined World Cup events, several NCAA Skiing Championships, and as a four-time host of the NASTAR National Championships.
Perricone has served a multitude of organizations affiliated with skiing. He served as the president of the Steamboat Winter Sports Club and remains as a director. He has held the chair of the Alpine Competition Committee for the Rocky Mountain Division and has been a member (including the chair) of the Rocky/Central Alpine Competition Committee and Chair of the Collegiate Working Group for US Ski & Snowboard. Perricone’s involvement in the sport includes serving as a Board member to the Rocky Mountain Ski Race Officials Organization prior to moving onto the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mt. Division and is currently a tenured Alpine official for the International Federation of Skiing (FIS). As a FIS official he serves as the Rocky Mt. Division coordinator for both Technical Delegates and Alpine Course Homologations.
After a short run as a Director to the Rocky Mountain Division BOD, following his resignation as the chair of the Alpine Competition Committee, Perricone accepted the trust of the RMD Board of Directors to serve as president of the organization in 2005 and has served in this position since.
His belief that all the athletes competing in their respective disciplines deserve the best opportunity for success possible. This remains Perricone’s moniker and drives his efforts as a Director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Prior to coming to the SSWSC as the Director of Strength and Conditioning, Sady spent three years as the Strength and Performance Coordinator at the prestigious Kent Denver School, where she created training programs for the high school teams in and out of season, tailoring workouts to the needs of the sport. She is also currently working as a strength and conditioning coach for the Paralympic ski and snowboard teams and will have some travel with those teams through the year. She enjoys snowboarding, cross country skiing and mountain biking. Sady has a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Maine and has her CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Jim Schneider has been an SSWSC Board member since July 2010. As a 40 year ski industry veteran, he has been a Vice President for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation (SSRC) since October 2002, currently as VP Planning & Development bringing SSRC Full Steam Ahead through its transformational base area and on mountain improvements . Prior to 1999, Jim also worked summers since 1983 with Routt County Landscaping where he ultimately became managing partner. He is currently a member of the URAAC (Urban Renewal Authority Advisory Committee) to the City of Steamboat, and has served on many other boards, including the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Marketing Committee, including its Special Event funding committee, chairman for the 2006 Olympic Trials, three Freestyle World Cups, several Bumps & Jumps and Mercury Tour events as well as has been involved in numerous industry associations including the Professional Ski Instructors of America, serving as its Rocky Mountain Division President 1991-1996, and remains active with his Trainers Accreditation Certification. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, and has called Steamboat Springs, Colorado, home for the past 40 years.
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.
Melinda Sherman received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1992, was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1992 and the Colorado bar in 1993. Melinda has practiced law in Steamboat Springs for almost 20 years, focusing in the areas of real property, business, banking, special district, zoning, municipal, home owner associations, estate planning, and water law. She currently serves as a board member on the Board of Directors of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, the Routt County Humane Society, Impact 100 Steering Committee, and The Foundation, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Melinda is married to general contractor and carpenter, Jon Sherman, who coaches both skiing and mountain biking for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. She has two children, both of whom participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Steve has been a director of the SSWSC since 2014. He graduated from Washington State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and moved to Colorado in 1982. He was employed with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. from 1982–2011, serving as Vice President and a member of their Board of Directors from 2003–2011. Steve ran the Mid-Atlantic Region in Washington D.C. for Hensel Phelps and oversaw the renovation of the Pentagon after 9/11. During his years at Hensel Phelps, he and his family always maintained a residence in Colorado and skied in Steamboat. Steve retired from Hensel Phelps in 2011 and he and his wife, Karen, moved full-time to Steamboat Springs with their two daughters. Steve’s youngest daughter was active in the SSWSC for five years. Steve is very active and enjoys snow skiing, waterskiing, bicycling, golf and is also a private pilot.
Ron is a nationally renowned trial lawyer who has prosecuted thousands of food poisoning cases for victims across the United States. His work has resulted in numerous upgrades to food safety procedures in Fortune 500 companies and in legislation designed to protect consumers from dangerous food-borne pathogens.
Ron and his clients have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media. He regularly publishes articles about food safety and litigation which are read by viewers in over 180 countries. Through litigation, media commentary, and his food poisoning publications, Ron relentlessly challenges food companies to do a better job in making our food safe.
Ron was raised in Baytown, Texas. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his bachelor’s degree in the Civil Engineering Honors Program in 1990, and his law degree in 1993. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Sarah, for 29 years. They have three children – Jessica, Ashley, and Jordan.
The Simons moved to Steamboat Springs from Houston, Texas in 2012, and now enjoy fly fishing, snow skiing, horseback riding, golf, and mountain biking as a regular part of their daily routine. Jordan is an alumni of the SSWSC alpine program and now skies for Dartmouth.
Jeff is a director of the SSWSC Foundation. Jeff is also a principal at Momentum Development, LLC, which develops multi-family housing and self storage projects in the front range of Colorado. As President of Storm Mountain Ranch, Jeff along with his brother Jamie, developed Storm Mountain Ranch in 2000 in Steamboat. Storm Mountain won the Smart Growth award from the Governor of Colorado. As Managing Partner for Elk River Partners, Jeff planned and built Marabou in 2005 in Steamboat. Jeff’s father founded the Steamboat Ski Area in 1959. Jeff co-founded Spyder Skiwear in 1977 and ran the company from 1977 -1993. Jeff started skiing in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, was a four time member of the NCAA Championship C.U. Ski Team, and was named All American in 1976. Jeff turned pro after his college racing career and won the Sierra Blanca Pro Cup and Coors Light Cup in Steamboat, both in 1977. Jeff lives with his wife Kim, and has two sons, Parker and Brandon, who both skied in the SSWSC.
In January of 2000, Pam purchased Prudential Trimontane Real Estate with another top agent, Cameron Boyd, to create the now formidable real estate firm of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty. The company has grown tremendously since 2000, and is home to 60 full-time agents and is the number one real estate office in North West Colorado. In 2010, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty (formerly Prudential Steamboat Realty) was chosen by Steamboat locals as the “Best Real Estate Agency” in the Best of the Boat poll. For the past 15 years, Pam has been in the top 1% of Prudential agents nationwide.
For Pam, living in Steamboat is sheer heaven. She acknowledges every day how lucky she and her associates are to be able to enjoy such beauty in such a close-knit community. Pam married Steamboat native Lonny Vanatta in 1996, a former U.S. Ski Team member and world champion ski racer. Pam’s work might be focused on premier real estate, but her involvement in the Steamboat community is exemplary.
Andy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and has been skiing for 13 years. He has been in the park for as many years. Even though the skiing in the midwest is not the powder runs of Colorado, he had a passion for it. That passion brought him out to Steamboat in 2006 where he has been working as Steamboat Park Crew. Aside from skiing he also enjoys filming and making edits with his friends and has made edits to be put up on both Copper Mountains and Steamboats web page.
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.
Born and raised in New England, Alex found his passion for snowboarding at an early age in the mountains of Vermont. He competed professionally in every discipline of the sport before narrowing his focus on snowboardcross. He was named to the U.S. Snowboard Team in 2004. During Alex’s 19-year tenure on the team, he stood on numerous World Cup podiums, captured multiple national titles, and won a bronze medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. As an avid outdoorsman, he loves cycling, golfing, and flyfishing and has worked with Protect Our Winters for over a decade to protect the places and experiences he loves.
Amy has been a director of the SSWSC since October 2017. Amy is a trial lawyer with offices in Steamboat Springs and Denver who focuses her practice on the defense of physicians and healthcare corporations along with the representation of national corporations in complex and class action litigation concerning health care and business disputes. She has tried over 50 cases to verdict in her career and has an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. She has been recognized on three occasions as a Top 50 Women Lawyer in Colorado. Amy is a managing member of Cooper Rice & Olson, LLC and is admitted to practice in both Colorado and Illinois. She is admitted before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Amy is a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. Amy and her husband Jeffrey Olson, MD have longstanding ties to the Yampa Valley and were married in Steamboat Springs in 1999. Their three children are all SSWSC athletes who started out on the Nordic jumps at a very young age and are now competitive alpine ski racers. The kids enjoy their summers biking with the SSWSC Mountain Bike Program and their oldest son earned his first paycheck working at the SSWSC Alpine Slide.
Cedar grew up in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and now his own three boys are following in his footsteps as he leads the U10 skiing programs. Cedar has many years of coaching under his belt, and understands very well the amazing opportunities that the SSWSC has to develop the U10 skiers taking full advantage of every bit of terrain at Howelsen Hill and Steamboat Ski Resort. Cedar is an innovative U10 leader, and did the legwork to fundraise for and set up the self-timer course that the U10 kids are able to use in Bashor Bowl during the season.
As a resident of Steamboat Springs for nearly 50 years, Lara is grateful for the unique opportunities and support she has experienced in this amazing community. As a parent, an educator, and an ardent advocate for kids, Lara is dedicated to giving back to her hometown by supporting excellence in education, in the arts, and in sports programs that also encourage and sustain kids’ healthy lifestyle choices. She has a deep interest in the culture and the history of Steamboat Springs and has supported the organizations that promote a sense of place and encourage the emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of children throughout the community. Serving on the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, the Youth Advocacy Project, and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, she has a pulse on the wider community. She currently serves as Board Chair of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education.
Retiring from teaching in 2019 with 25 years of teaching experience at Steamboat Springs Middle School, her passion for kids continues. Lara and her husband Brad raised their children in Steamboat Springs, but their kids grew up at the Winter Sports Club. As a parent of two former SSWSC athletes (Jack – Freestyle; Emily – Alpine), she and her husband have supported the club’s vision for the last 20+ years. Although both of her children have graduated from high school and are finding their way at college and in the world, Lara cannot imagine a time in their lives when they weren’t volunteering at Howelsen Hill, traveling the distances for a ski race or competition, and cheering for our athletes on the side of a ski slope. If it takes a village to raise a child, then the Winter Sports Club was integral to her children’s upbringing. Now that both children are off creating their own journeys, she devotes her time and expertise to the growth of current and future students and SSWSC athletes on and off the slopes.
Thedo loves speed, snowboarding and the Colorado sunshine. Technical development is very important to him as well as the connections with athletes and their parents. He’s all about a productive and positive learning environment and a balanced lifestyle. Thedo was a successful professional snowboard racer and competed in the Nagano Olympics in 1998. After his career, he coached on the World Cup circuit for many years. After his time traveling on the World Cup circuit, he wanted to have a solid training base and place to live, so he came to Steamboat in 2002. Since then, he has coached club athletes at three Olympic Winter Games: Torino in 2006, Sochi in 2014, and Beijing in 2022. Every athlete is important to him at all levels.
Gretchen was born and raised in Steamboat Springs and grew up nordic skiing with the SSWSC. She moved up to Bozeman for college where she graduated with a degree in Physical Geography. While she was in Bozeman she skied for the Montana State Bobcats, coached both nordic and biathlon and did plenty of exploring! But she couldn’t stay away from Steamboat for long; she moved back with her boyfriend and her dog this spring and began working for SSWSC this fall!
Kevin was born and raised in Denver, CO but started making his first visits to Steamboat when he was 8 years old, sleeping on a cot in Hazie Werner’s garage and awaking to explore the mountains. For college he traveled east to attend Dartmouth College, the school that has produced more Olympians than any other in the country (sound familiar?). It was there that he met his future wife Laura, and would subsequently send all three of his kids to college.
After a graduate MBA from Northwestern, he returned to Colorado and the corporate world with Samsonite, Coors Ceramics and Coors Brewing. Finally succumbing to the Yampa Valley Curse the family moved to Steamboat in 2010 and immediately enrolled all 3 kids at the Winter Sports Club. Two years ago, Kevin joined the Winter Sports Club to oversee club events and competitions across all disciplines. Throughout his time in Steamboat, he has been involved in many youth sport programs (baseball, football, lacrosse) and is currently a HS lacrosse coach at SSHS.
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.
Tony Urbick is thrilled to be serving the coaches and families as travel program manager for SSWSC this Winter. In his 22 years in Steamboat Springs, he’s gone from ski bum to proud dad of 7-year-old Valentino and has taken his love of teaching biking and Nordic skiing with his boy to the next level by learning volunteer coaching this past summer and this coming season.
With 21 years in lodging world, Tony is well familiar with the ways travel can frustrate and distract from the purpose at hand, be it vacation or the serious business of sporting competitions and will work to make travel as smooth as possible so coaches, teams, and athletes can focus on what matters in their sports travel.
Tony can be found making art and teaching art classes at Steamboat Creates when not at the office, and/or hauling his fortysomething dad frame up and down our local hills as a late-onset trail runner.
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.
Hans has lived in Steamboat Springs for 33 years. Originally from Chicago, he is grateful to have raised his family in an amazing mountain community like Steamboat Springs. He and his wife Heidi have two grown children; Ben and Sabina. Heidi is a Family Counselor in town. Ben is partnered with Cam Boyd, on the Boyd Team at Sotheby’s Realty in Steamboat Springs. Sabina graduated from CU Boulder Environmental Design School, and is now engaged in product design for Restoration Hardware at their Corporate Headquarters in the Bay Area.
Berend holds a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts, Colorado College and is the owner and CEO of Gerber Berend Design Build. He has been a board member for USA Nordic for 5 years and also ran Wednesday Night Jump for three years with his wife, Heidi.
“Every time I go down to Howelsen, I get pangs of joy, just remembering the days and nights spent down at the venue with Heidi and our kids. Watching young families with the kids on tiny skis….navigating the slopes…..it just makes me feel alive. I really see this Club and this Town as a driving force in my life.”
Debbie Dacus and her husband, David, have made Steamboat their “second home,” having lived in Houston, Texas for over 50 years.
An avid golfer, skier, traveler, and dog lover, Dacus has supported her passions as a leader, participant, and donor throughout the years. She has served on the Catamount Ranch and Club Advisory Board of Governs for a number of years and is the former chair of the Social Committee. Along with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Debbie also supports Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation, Boys and Girls Club, Strings Music Festival, and Young Life.
Dacus has been married to David for 34 years, they have three grown boys and five grandchildren. She shares her love of Steamboat regularly with her family and numerous great friends.
Dacus believes that, “Young athletes who participate in the SSWSC training programs are provided a healthy environment to learn and grow. With coach mentoring, the athletes are engaged in their personal performance and focus on their individual goals. Athletes have a purpose and with that comes discipline, motivation and confidence. These are skills that they will take them into college and beyond.”
Todd joined the SSWSC Board of Directors in October 2019. Todd has worked for Smartwool since 2012, where he started out managing sales of distressed goods, online policy, and inter-corporate sales. Quickly, he progressed into roles in Sales Management and won the Pinnacle Award. Today, he is the Regional Sales Manager covering 4 territories including the Rockies, Great Lakes, and the East Coast from Maine to Florida. He has worked in the Ski and Outdoor industries since 1997, for retailers and brands including Ski Haus (Steamboat Springs), Buckman’s Ski Shops (Philadelphia), Boeri Helmets, and Swix. Todd graduated from Colorado Mountain College with an associate degree in Ski Business and Drexel University with a B.A. in Marketing.
Todd and his wife Alison, are proud to be raising their son, Theo in Ski Town USA. Alison works at SSWSC, as an admin and coach with the Youth Development program. Theo is a SSWSC athlete, exploring multiple disciplines at a young age. Todd enjoys being outside with his family snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, hiking, rafting, sailing, and being a part of the Steamboat Springs community.
Tasha grew up in Stowe, Vermont as an Alpine racer. She continued her racing career at Bates College competing Division I NCAA. She moved to Steamboat in 1996 and began coaching for SSWSC in Alpine. She is excited to return to coaching as a Nordic coach. She has been Nordic skiing for over ten years now and competes in the local races as well as traveling to Wisconsin each year to participate in the American Birkebeiner. She enjoys working with the young athletes and takes pride in their accomplishments. She and TJ have a son, Tristan who is currently working his way up the ladder in the SSWSC Nordic program. She enjoys competing in running races and triathlons along with TJ and Tristan.
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.
Charlie MacArthur has been the President of Native Excavating since 2018. As a Steamboat native, MacArthur has built solid relationships and connections within our community. He has been married to his wife Rebecca for 13 years, raising three young children in the Yampa Valley. For seven years, MacArthur was a Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete and was also a coach for two years of the Freeskiing team.
MacArthur graduated from CU in 2007 with a Business Management degree. He served on the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission for five years and was on the Steamboat Institute Board of Directors for four years.
MacArthur says, “I credit the SSWSC for providing me with many of the life skills I rely on today. The SSWSC shaped who I am and provided the confidence for me to tackle bigger challenges beyond the world of snow sports.”
Aaron Roth is the founding equity partner of Shorewood Development Group, LLC, a commercial development firm out of Buffalo Grove, IL which specializes in tenant driven retail developments since 2008. Before Aaron’s involvement with Shorewood, he spent 10 years trading futures electronically for Geneva Trading and on his own.
Aaron and his wife Nikki are both originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN where they met in high school then followed each other to the University of Kansas before getting married and moving to Chicago, IL. 20 years and 5 kids (2 dogs) later they decided to move the family to Steamboat Springs in the summer of 2020. Finally following Warren Miller’s advice …… “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”
The Roth’s have been enjoying all the activities Steamboat has to offer and their 5 kids (ages 5-17) utilize many of the amazing SSWSC programs while attending the public schools. They are a very active family enjoying ski racing, soccer, wake surfing, mountain biking, hiking, etc……and always looking for the next adventure.
“We feel very blessed to be a part of the community here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and finally found a place we can call home.”
Amy has worked in Sales for the past 20 years. Majority of her sales career was spent with NIKE. She sold NIKE Apparel from small to large accounts across the US. She called on over 300 small accounts across Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri and moved her way up the ladder to selling NIKE Team Apparel at Penn State, Michigan and Syracuse. After earning Regional Apparel Sales Rep of the Year at NIKE she was promote to work with Strategic accounts like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s and JCPenney’s. Her final position was in Portland as Business Development Manager where she worked on strategic project alongside North American Apparel Sales Director. This final position earned Amy the “Just Do it” award prior to leaving NIKE. Amy and her family moved to Steamboat for a job for her late husband Mark Satkiewicz. Mark was the VP of Sales and promoted to President of Smartwool.
The Satkiewicz family embrace the Steamboat community and lifestyle. Amy took a job with Honey Stinger in Sales and within 3 years was leading the Honey Stinger Sales team as their National Sales Manager. The family spent 10 years in Steamboat and headed off to LA for 2 years where Mark lead Tom’s Shoes and Amy jumped back in with NIKE as their Strategic Sales Director for NA equipment for 3 years. Their love for Steamboat brought them back in 2018. Olivia their oldest daughter finished her Senior year at Steamboat Mountain School, Mia jumped back into SSWSC mogul program and Mark started SBT GRVL race.
Amy and Mark have 2 daughters, Olivia and Mia Satkiewicz, and both were part of the SSWSC. Mia is currently U17 Mogul skier with SSWSC and Olivia is in College at TCU. They lost Mark on August 1, 2020 and honor him in Routt County through a Legacy Fund called Dirt to Snow at YVCF. Dirt to Snow provides funding to support bike and snow sport programs and equipment for Routt County youth. The fund will continue Mark’s quest for inclusivity by removing barriers and making these sports accessible to all kids.
Bryan and his wife Melanie and have lived full time in Steamboat for nearly 11 years. They have four children ages 15-25. Their son Will is a junior at Steamboat Mountain School.
Scheer holds an undergraduate degrees in Biology and General Science from Dana College, MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Internship/Residency from the University of Oklahoma.
He practiced Orthopedic Surgery full time for 16 years and served as Ortho director at YVMC prior to focusing on corporate operations at RPM in 2018. Scheer is the CEO of Rural Partners in Medicine (RPM) which is a medical services company that has relationships with over 30 hospitals in 9 states. He is also co-owner of Mountain Aviation (MA) based in Broomfield, CO. MA is an aircraft management/services and charter company.
Scheer is on the board of both RPM and MA as well as the Mid-Central States Orthopedic Society. He served on the board of a non-profit mission organization focused on Christian work in Haiti, County medical Society in Nebraska, a Private Hospital in Wyoming and several small companies.
Scheer is an outdoor enthusiast with main interest in mountain climbing and snowboarding. He enjoys participating and offering service to community organizations. In addition to learning more about the organization and sharing with other foundation members he provides a unique perspective, not only in business/service but also medicine and athletics, will be of benefit.
“Through my childhood and education I have had the opportunity to live in many communities around the country. While there were some great things about all of them I have never seen a club or community organization as relevant and comprehensive as SSWSC. The local support, community involvement, quality of teaching/coaching, and local pride is unmatched. We love showing friends, family and people new to town, Howelsen Hill and watching kids train while sharing some of the history behind it all. It is an honor to help the SSWSC Foundation in supporting, improving and growing the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.”
Paul Slivon is a Senior Managing Director at TWP Private Wealth Management, the Private Wealth Division of Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc., a full-service investment advisory, bank and wealth management firm. Slivon earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.
Prior to joining TWP, Slivon was a Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Robertson Stephens & Company Group LLC, an investment banking and financial services firm, and Senior Vice President of Kemper Securities. Prior to Stifel’s acquisition of the company, Slivon was a founding partner and head of institutional sales at TWP.
Slivon has been married to Noreen for 30 years and they have three grown children whom they raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Slivon’s purchased property at Steamboat Lake in 1990 and built their home in 2008. Slivon splits his time between Denver and Steamboat. He recently joined the North Routt Fire Department board of directors. When Slivon is in town, he enjoys skiing, biking, hunting and fishing.
“The SSWSC athletes and coaches are terrific!” Slivon explains. “The training programs are wonderful and provide the athletes with direction and skills they need as they mature into adulthoods. I also enjoy the events the SSWSC Foundation puts on; they are unique and unlike others in Steamboat.”
T.J. was born and raised in Steamboat Springs where he spent much of his early youth in various SSWSC programs. He fully embraced Nordic skiing at the Masters level where he quickly advanced to compete at an elite level in both Nordic and Triathlon. He found his passion for sharing the gift of endurance sport through volunteer coaching, and has now joined as a U14 Nordic assistant coach.
Eric and his wife Robin Schepper and moved their family to Steamboat Springs ten years ago to take advantage of the SSWSC and its programs so that their boys; Marat, 20 and Shokhan, 16, could learn skiing and pursue their dreams of racing, especially Marat who is a Division 1 collegiate ski racer at Bates College. Washburn lived outside Phippsburg and attended SOROCO in the late 1970s, and moved his family to Steamboat from Washington DC in the summer of 2012.
Washburn is the sole proprietor of Windward Strategies, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm. For the past few years he has raised money for USA Nordic and worked pro-bono as a lobbyist to promote enactment of federal legislation to reform Olympic sport governance to prevent sexual abuse of athletes and to raise funds for amateur sport athletes, coaches, clubs and National Governing Bodies.
Prior to becoming a consultant, he co-founded the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a coalition of over 50 national hunting and fishing and land conservation organizations working together to promote natural resource conservation policy.
For ten years, Washburn worked in various policymaking and management capacities in the United States Senate. He was a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle, where he oversaw the development and U.S. Senate passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2002. Prior to that, he worked for Senator Harry Reid as the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Before joining the EPW Committee, he was the Legislative Director for U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Thomas A. Daschle for four years. Washburn’s initial service in Congress was as Legislative Assistant to Senator Daschle, where he led the development of Senate Democratic Caucus strategy on a range of environment and energy issues, including federal lands management, clean air and water, endangered species protection, and global climate change.
Washburn has been a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University Forest, and holds an MFS from Yale University, and an AB from Bowdoin College. He sit on the Boards of the Boulder Open Space Conservancy.
“I have been helping to raise money for Nordic Combined and working in Congress to raise money for Olympic athletes generally, and look forward to connect those efforts of the SSWSC. We recognize how impressive the club’s legacy is for ski racing – both Nordic and Alpine – and want to do what we can to support it and ensure that it has a strong future.”