Adrian Bergere, Freeride Big Mountain

Adrian grew up in upstate New York skiing the mountains of Massachusetts and Vermont. He had a “twilight” season pass at Jiminy Peak where he spent nights skiing boiler plate ice and getting blasted by snow guns. In high school Adrian started skiing at Mount Snow and Jay Peak. Adrian attended college at SUNY Geneseo, outside of Rochester, where he was the president of the ski and snowboard club. After graduating with a degree in geosciences in 2016, Adrian moved to Telluride, where he lived the ski bum dream guiding fly fishing in the summers and bartending and coaching freeride skiing in the winters. Now Adrian directs the San Miguel Watershed Coalition, working with local stakeholders to improve the environment and sustainability of the San Miguel River and its tributaries. Adrian still coaches freeride at TSSC on a part time basis.

Ailish McDonald, Nordic

Ailish hails from Boulder, Colorado. She has been coaching Boulder and Durango Nordic for the past six years. She moved to Telluride to teach and coach.

Alma Johnson, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Alma is a mountain goat born from her folks’ grit and grace at home in Ridgway, Colorado. Grown under the sun and snow at the gateway to the San Juan’s, Alma stepped into her first pair of skis at 3. Since then, any day with skis on her feet is the best day ever. Alma was an instructor for itty-bitties at Telluride Ski School throughout high school and for a couple seasons over breaks from university. She graduated from WSCU in Gunnison in 2017 with a BA in Recreational Outdoor Education and Leadership. Alma rode for Western’s Freeride team in 2016-17 and it felt so GOOD. Alma fell fast for the competition scene but had already started guiding ice on glaciers in Alaska, and after 5 years of working with kiddos in various contexts in the outdoors, Alma switched to working with adults in the backcountry. The next five years she spent summers and winters working and playing on ice and snow. Alma trained through the American Mountain Guide Association in rock, alpine and ski disciplines, and continue avalanche education through AAIRE (highest certification is Avy Pro 1). Alma learned the most on personal trips with mentors on big mountains in the Alaska range and right here in our San Juans.

Alma’s favorite contract to date has been working a few seasons for the Alaska Mountaineering School guiding on Denail, because it was an absolute delight to expand with clients and the environment over long expeditions. Day trips were great, but traveling on snow over weeks with the same group of individuals enabled Alma to nurture deeper relationships and instruct, as well as guide. She was lucky enough to hone individuals’ technical skills as well as love for the craft. Snack breaks at the summit were a bonus- she was in it for the joyride: hoots-and-hollers, heartache and high-fives.

Alma’s experience as both teacher and guide has created a potent opportunity for her to explore a new role as a coach. She is in a transformative season of her soul and is ready to get back to her roots: catching flying chairs and riding ‘round with rippers. Alma is ready to work with kids again because she has a deep capacity to nurture young athletes’ magic, meet them where they are, and empower their individual growth.

Skiing is Alma’s heart art and she will gladly spend her whole life as a student. There is nothing that makes us feel more competent and humble, capable and human, than to create connections and collective masterpieces with happy humans on skis. Having a role in training our next generation of Big Mountain competitors is a dream.

Alysha Daniel, Figure Skating

Alysha is originally from Fort Collins, CO. She started skating when at 4 years old and played hockey and figure skating her first few years, until she chose to focus on Figure Skating full time. Alysha competed at the Senior level for 3 years until she decided to retire at age 18. She then began coaching throughout college and loved it! Alysha has now been coaching with Telluride Figure Skating Club since 2011. She enjoys working with all levels and ages of kids and seeing how they learn and progress so quickly! It’s so fun to teach something and have them work hard and then finally land that jump or complete that skill. Alysha has been a certified “learn-to-skate” instructor since 2007 and has her highest level of single figure skating test at the Senior Gold Moves in the Field and Freeskate.

Andrew Goss, Freeride Big Mountain

Andrew grew up in Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs, and has loved skiing since before he could remember. For Andrew, coaching is all about legacy. One of his most effective role models growing up was one of his ski coaches. So for Andrew, coaching provides an opportunity to continue that legacy for future generations, while at the same time feeding the stoke of winter for the entire community.

Andrew McMann, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Andrew has coached for 15 years at Sugarbush Resort (Vermont). He moved to Telluride in 2020, and then coached for TSSC in the 21/22 season.

Anna Smith, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Anna grew up competing in moguls and loves spending time with the kids on the mountain while passing down the love for skiing to the younger generation.

Bertrand Marchal, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Bertrand has been skiing for 55 years and coaching in Telluride on and off for 10 years.

Bobbi Lynn Smith, Figure Skating

Bobbi Lynn Smith grew up figure skating in exhibitions and competitively from 2nd grade through high school in Denver, CO. After graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, she moved to Telluride to ski in the mid 80’s. Figure skating skills and skiing complement each other.  It’s all about edges and balance.  Bobbi Lynn has enjoyed coaching the Telluride community since the early 90’s outside on the oval rink. Now she is delighted to help Telluride’s youth learn their jumps and spins on the beautiful indoor ice at the Hanley Rink. Figure skating takes hard work and determination and Bobbi Lynn loves coaching this passionate group of kids and revel in their successes.

Brent Englund, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Brent’s bio here.

Colby Adams, Freeride Big Mountain

Growing up in a professional ski-bum household in Stowe, Vermont meant that skiing started shortly after walking did. What has followed has been an enduring and evolving life of skiing: beginning with the technical foundations of alpine racing, infused with a later focus of competitive slopestyle and halfpipe, and finally expressing through the raw elements of Big Mountain Freeride skiing. Contest history highlights include podium successes in the Junior and Adult Subaru Freeride Series as well as international contest skiing. The past decade of this ski career has been dedicated to the youth of the sport, as an International Free Skiers and Snowboarders Association Judge and Coach, working with Freeride Big Mountain athletes who compete internationally.

Dustin Hinde, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Dustin Hinde is a ski coach for the 1st and 2nd grade Gravity Program. He was born in Salt Lake City and moved to Telluride when he was 9 years old. Dustin first skied when he was 5 years old, and at the age of 12 he transitioned to snowboarding. At that stage of Dustin’s life, snowboarding resonated with him more than skiing. He started off spending a lot of time in the park, then big mountain and eventually spent his time snowboarding in the slackcountry, sidecountry, and backcountry. Dustin had a couple years of dabbling in the thigh burn of telemark skiing in that mix. In 2008, he returned to alpine skiing.

Currently, Dustin loves sharing his time on the mountain – skiing, snowboarding and backcountry splitboarding. Then last year, Dustin coached a great group of 1st grade rippers, including his own son Thatcher. He’s very grateful to have this opportunity to explore this amazing mountain, while fine tuning kids’ skills and having a blast doing so.

Eliza Brown, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Eliza’s bio here.

Elly Offutt, Freeride Big Mountain

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Elly was fortunate to be able to grow up skiing all over the Western US. Strong mentors and coaches supported her athletic pursuits in team and individual sports around the world. Sports have given her opportunities that otherwise would not have existed and she hopes to pay it forward to others.

Elly started coaching with TSSC as a way to get involved locally when COVID halted her ski guiding venture in Japan. She lives outside of Ridgway with her partner, their dog, and a couple of horses.

Emma Christensen, Freeride Big Mountain

Emma is from Rangeley, Maine and has been coaching for about a decade now! She loves ripping around the mountain with the free ride kids and seeing them gain confidence and skills to live a long life skiing in the mountains.

Erika Despres, Figure Skating

Erika’s bio here.

Gary Hastings, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Gary grew up on the New Hampshire coast. When he was 3 he ditched his first ski school class at Mount Sunapee and headed straight to the old chairlift whereupon he was met at the top by a ski patroller. Refusing to download or take a ride in the sled, Gary received some brief stern instructions from the annoyed patroller and down the mountain they skied. Many decades later here Gary is here in beautiful Telluride sharing some of the things he learned with the next generations of little rippers.

George McQuinn, Freestyle Moguls

George hails from Durango, CO and started with the Purgatory Ski Team at age 7. Ever since he can remember, he always loved skiing and just a couple years into competing was hooked. Over the next several years George spent 4 years competing in regional events with TSSC, a few more with Winter Park on the Nor-Am tour and 2+ seasons on the World Cup mogul tour. George has coached four on-snow summer camps in Mount Hood and Beartooth Basin and thoroughly enjoy sharing his knowledge with younger generations. George looks forward to coaching for TSSC and teaching dedicated athletes to improve their skiing and competition skills.

Jacey Depriest, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Jacey is a Colorado native and has been skiing or snowboarding since she was a child. Jacey has lived in the Telluride area since 2002. She loves teaching children art and Spanish and looks forward to sharing her passion for skiing as well. Jacey’s twin boys are super excited to be third grade TSSC athletes.

Jackson Schneider, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Jackson is thrilled for his first season as a ski coach! He fell in love with skiing when he moved to Telluride and is excited to share that enthusiasm with the younger generation. When Jackson is not on the mountain, he works for the Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library as the Teen Librarian.  You also can find me at home playing banjo.

Jadin Scott, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Jadin grew up in Telluride and has been a part of the TSSC program since third grade. She competed on the Freeride Big Mountain Team throughout high school and is now coming back from Dartmouth to work as a coach during her winter break. Jadin is super excited to have this full-circle experience and get to work with young athletes similar to herself all those years ago.

James Parmer, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

From Ruidoso, NM, James started competing USSA Alpine when he was 12 years old. He switched to USSA Freestyle Moguls and Aerials at 16. Unfortunately a serious knee injury ended his career when he was 18 while wake boarding. After rehabilitation, James immediately switched to coaching USSA freestyle. He has coached at Durango Mountain Resort “Purgatory” while attending Fort Lewis College and was the head Park and Pipe coach. After graduation James accepted a job at TSSC in 2006/2007 and was the assistant coach for the Park. He has coached Hoot Brown, Hanna Smith, Lane Smith, Cody Ward and Gus Kenworthy. Afterwards, James spent the next couple years at Woodward at Copper Mountain under Feebe Mills and continued coaching the competition team which included Gus Kenworthy. James coached competitive teams in Mammoth Mountain Unbound for 2 seasons, Mt. Hood Meadows Park Team for a season and Team Monarch’s IFSA teams with Tiania Adams for last 3 seasons. His passion is to mentor junior athletes with focus on fun and safe progression, on the mountain and in the park! James recently received certification as PSIA Children’s Specialist Level 1 and PSIA level 1 instructor to add to his 22 years of professional freestyle coaching experience which includes USSA, USASA, and IFSA.

Jorn Reimann, Snowboard

Jorn has been living and riding in Telluride for 27 years. This will be his 4th year coaching with TSSC. Jorn has worked in the snow sports industry for 20 years. He finished his career with Burton Snowboards and Vail Resorts in 2021 to focus on his real estate management company.

Kylie Mosher, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Kylie’s bio here.

Leta McNatt, Alpine

Leta grew up in Ridgway and skiied with TSSC for a few years as a child. She recently retired from racing ski cross for the US where she had the opportunity to travel and compete internationally. Leta is looking forward to sharing her love of skiing and racing with the next generation of skiers!

Liza Cooney, Nordic

Liza grew up in Maine and moved to Telluride in 2018 after graduating college.  She absolutely loves getting to explore these mountains in all the various seasons. Liza started Nordic specifically when she was a freshman in high school. She raced on the high school team all four years, and Nordic has been special to her ever since. Liza is excited about the passion and fun that so many Telluride kids bring to Nordic at such a young age and hopes to foster their skill development in a way that centers their playfulness and enthusiasm!

Logan Shreck, Freeski Park

Logan grew up in Golden, CO where he learned to ski at Winter Park. He then moved to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College where he began to ski more and more. This passion led him to gain extensive skills in freestyle and big mountain skiing. Logan first started coaching younger kids at the local Chapman Ski Hill. From there his skills progressed and he began to coach higher caliber athletes for both skiing and biking. Since then Logan has found his calling with giving back to young adults and the community through ski coaching. Logan loves being able to teach kids lessons through skiing that translate throughout the rest of their life. The ability to have mental strength and perseverance to learn a new trick or get better at a skill will benefit them far beyond his involvement.

London Albrecht, Snowboard

London likes making turns! London has been snowboarding and competing for 10+ years and is thrilled to shift into coaching. London is the 2020 Usasa Slopestyle National Champion.

Max Cooper, Nordic

Max bio here.

Meghan Coy, Alpine

Meghan Coy is from Doylestown, PA and grew up alpine ski racing for the Elk Mountain Ski Club. Continuing her racing career, she raced for the Syracuse Club Race Team for the past four years. Recently, she graduated from Syracuse University and moved to Telluride. Coaching for the TSSC has been a wonderful experience in getting to see young athletes grow not only in their skiing ability but also their level of confidence as racers.

Mel Ott, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Mel Ott aka “Melmeister” was born in Munich, Germany, skiing mostly St. Anton, St. Moritz, Kitzbühel, and Zermatt.

For Mel, it is the true passion of being out there that inspires him to coach. It’s not about competition or performance, it’s about the vibe.  Mel’s dad was a long-time Telluride resident, and both parents grew up training with the German ski team and were close friends with Willy Bogner, Toni Sailer, Pepi Gramshammer and the Stein Eriksen family. His middle name comes from Stein’s brother, Marius. Mel has always leaned toward moguls, steeps & short turns, but also loves digging trenches on the groomers. The hardest thing for him is a medium radius turn at medium speed (aka ski school turns).  Mel previously coached for Wasatch Freestyle and is blessed to be back in Colorado.

Mel has an extensive background as instructor, coach & boot fitter.  He previously worked ski school at A-Basin, Telluride, Winter Park, Squaw Valley, Snowbasin, Deer Valley, with his favorite spot being Aspen Highlands. 

Nicholas Kenworthy, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Nicholas grew up in Telluride skiing in the Bump Club and competing in Mogul Skiing and Freeride until his late teen years. Spreading his love for skiing to the next generation is one of his greatest joys. He looks forward to helping young skiers make progress and gain confidence in both skiing and their lives in general.

Orion Willits, Freeride Big Mountain

Orion grew up skiing in the Telluride Ski and Snowboard club, starting with moguls and switching over to Big Mountain when his coach Chason Russell started the team. He started the Freeride team at Montana State University where he studied photography and skied at Bridger Bowl. He moved back to Telluride in 2018 and has been coaching the team since. He has been super blessed in having some amazing mentors in his past coaches and strives to be a positive influence and help shape the next generation of freeride skiers coming out of our amazing community!

Peter Lundeen, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

Peter’s bio here.

Ruthie Boyd, Nordic

Ruthie grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado, where she developed a lifelong love of Nordic skiing with her club Summit Nordic Ski Club. She attended college at Carleton College in Minnesota, where she ran cross country and continued to find joy in the sense of community that arises from being part of a sports team. Ruthie joined TSSC for the winter 2020-21 season in order to share the passion she has for Nordic skiing with youth in Telluride. Some of her favorite parts of coaching Nordic skiing at TSSC are playing games with the kids, going on long skis on perfectly groomed trails, and enjoying the Valley Floor in all of its winter glory.

Ryan Hoglund, Snowboard

Ryan has always enjoyed competing. He was coached by his own father in most of his sports as a youth. Ryan learned best coaching practices from him: listening, encouraging, paying attention to details and the value of just competing. Ryan has been the head coach for 5 years now and greatly enjoys it. He looks forward to another fun year!

Spencer Keating, Nordic

Having grown up in Telluride, Spencer is a fan of all mountain sports. As a kid Spencer began in Gravity, progressed to the Alpine team, and switched to the big mountain team. Finally, in high school, Spencer skied nordic with coach Max Cooper. He began to appreciate tranquil skis on the valley floor and improving his endurance. Spencer loves all things skiing and hopes to foster this same well-rounded love of skiing as a nordic coach.

Tate Young, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Tate is from Telluride and is currently a college student at CU Boulder. He grew up skiing in Telluride. His college buddies pulled him into coaching as a substitute and he loves it! Coaching reminds him of all the great fun of his childhood. Tate is also an experienced coach for the Telluride Hockey program!

Thomas Mackowiak, Freeride Big Mountain

Thomas is from Cazenovia, NY. He got into skiing with an afterschool program.

Tiania Adams, Alpine

Tiania grew up in Colorado Springs racing at Ski Broadmoor. She was able to travel and compete all over the world. Tiania feels it is the best way to grow up, especially living in a ski town. She hopes to help young Telluride athletes enjoy the sport as much as she did at their ages. Tiania is a certified race coach as well as freeride. She believes that TSSC has excellent programs for all the kids in the community.

Cedar Palmer, Team All Mountain (Recreational)

Cedar is from Telluride and grew up on the Telluride Ski Club teams, starting in moguls, then park, and finishing in big mountain. It is cool to coach kids who were in the same place she once was herself.

Vesta (Vivi) Tutt, Team Gravity (Devo Team)

This ski season is Vivi’s 9th year coaching for Gravity, TSSC. She loves it because the young athletes are so enthusiastic and ready to learn new skills. Vivi works from the season’s start with her team by establishing each child’s dream goal, what they want to learn in skiing this season, and what skills they want to master and much more!