Alpine Program Director
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Anywhere in the trees
Ski background: Will raced with the Spokane Ski Racing Association, and later at Schweitzer Mountain. He was named to the U.S. development team in May 2006. Will finished second in the giant slalom at Alyeska at the U.S. Alpine Championships in 2007, was a member of the 2010 Olympic Team with a best place finish of 10th in the super combined, and was part of the U.S. Team for the 2011 World Championships. His best World Cup finish was sixth place in a slalom at Kranjska Gora in March 2012, and he won the combined at the 2013 U.S. Alpine Championships.
Why you coach: I love the sport of ski racing and the growth that it provides the individual.
Hobbies/other interests: Anything to do with lakes, golfing, mountain biking
Certifications: PSIA L3
Alpine Program Coordinator
Years with SVSEF: 2
Hometown: Stowe, VT
College: Colorado College
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Exhibition & Warm Springs
Ski background: Josie started out ripping East Street on Spruce in Stowe, kept with it through high school, went to college out west, started skiing for fun, and finally bought some fat skis!
Why you coach: I attribute my independence and love of the mountains to ski racing. I want the kids I coach to make lifelong friends, appreciate this amazing place and learn to love skiing – just like I did when I was growing up!
Hobbies/other interests: skiing, hiking, baking, my dog Birdie
Certifications: AV1, WFR, CPR
Alpine PG and FIS Head Coach435-640-1049
Hometown: Grew up in East Aurora, NY
College: Lees-McRae College
Ski background: I spent four years ski racing on the USCSA college circuit along with playing Division Two soccer, before moving out west to Park City. I joined the Park City Masters’ Team, and spent the next four seasons training with the Masters while competing on the FIS circuit. When my ski racing career ran its course, I took a job in Sun Valley as a coach for the Hailey Ski Team. I spent two years coaching for the Hailey Ski Team before taking the Head FIS Coach position with SVSEF in the 2007-08 season.
Hobbies/other interests: Hanging out with wife Sarah and son Evan, golf, mountain biking, camping, watching America’s team the Buffalo Bills
Certifications: USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach
Alpine USSA Head Coach208-630-3699
Hometown: Portland, OR
College: Eastern Oregon University
Ski background: Coached from 1994-1999 at Burke Mtn Academy with Men’s FIS and 1999-2002 at Ski Club Vail with Men/Women’s FIS. From 2002-2014, was the Team Program Director for FIS/U16 at McCall Ski Racing, and from 2014-2016 was Jackson Hole Ski Club Head U16 Coach.
Certifications: Level 400 USSA, Level 3 Referee
Alpine Intermountain Division (IMD) Head Coach208-721-8672
Hometown: Manchester, NH
College: University of New Hampshire
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Rotarun
Ski background: Grew up ski racing in New Hampshire until I was 21. I fell into coaching though I think I always knew that’s where I was headed. After college I decided to move out west to make less turns and meet a cowgirl.
Why you coach: I have deep, passionate and intimate love for the sport of ski racing and believe I have spent enough time with it to offer valuable perspective.
Hobbies/other interests: JamesTautkusMusic.com, host of Piste OFF: the Official Podcast of Fantasy Ski Racer
Certifications: USSA Level 300 Coach, USSA member for 27 years
Alpine North Series Head Coach208-720-3455
Alpine Mini World Cup (MWC) Head Coach208-721-3084
Alpine LASAR, Rota-Rippers and SVSEF Devo Head Coach208-720-0128
Hometown: Medford, Oregon
Ski background: In high school I was reintroduced to skiing and it changed where I am today; I moved to Ketchum in 1982.
Hobbies/other interests: Surfing, cycling
Certifications: USSA Coaching Level 100, CPR and First Aid Certified, Concussion Cert and Experienced in Concussions
IFSA Big Mtn. Travel Head Coach
Cross Country Program Director, Comp Team Coach
Years with SVSEF: 31
Hometown: Hailey, ID
College: Michigan Technological University
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Any place that includes a desperate thrash while short of food and water with darkness looming
Ski background: Raced at Michigan Tech then coaching took me to Washington and Alaska before coming to Sun Valley. Its pretty sweet getting to go skiing every day with such a great group of athletes and coaches
Hobbies/other interests: Fly fishing, exploring and camping with my wife Bridget
USSA Level 300 Cross Country Ski Coach
Wilderness First Responder
Cross Country Asst Program Director, Prep Head Coach208-720-8998
Years with SVSEF: 13
Hometown: Ketchum, Idaho
College: Bates College
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: Coaches’ Climb
Ski background: Grew up skiing with SVSEF before skiing one year in college at Bates.
Hobbies/other interests: Hockey, rafting, Calvin the dog
Certifications: USSA L200
Cross Country Gold Team Head Coach603-498-1398
Cross Country Post Grad Head Coach315-480-6104
Cross Country Comp Team Head Coach208-720-2558
Cross Country Striders Head Coach208-481-2332
Hometown: Hailey, ID
College: Tufts University
Favorite run/trail/backcountry lap: So hard to choose!… Winter: Rip & Tear, Prairie Creek Loop, Torin’s Tucker. Summer: Alice-Toxaway Loop, and exploring new peaks in our backyard!
Ski background: Started out chasing Laurie Leman, begging for SPK’s (Sour Patch Kids) around the Lake Creek trails, and was hooked. Moved on to Prep Team with Kelley Sinnott, then to Comp to ski with Ashley McQueen (Knox), Rick Kapala, and Chris Mallory. Thanks to all their great coaching in life and on skis, I qualified for Junior Nationals four times. I stopped competing after high school, but skiing will always be one of the most important parts of my life.
Why you coach: I coach because I want to share the love I have both for the sport and for spending time outside with kids at a young age. The best part of coaching is watching as skiers progress; whether that’s putting their skis on by themselves or making it up and down the steepest, longest hill on the trail system without falling.
Hobbies/other interests: Environmental protection, conservation and sustainability initiatives, trail running, back country skiing
Certifications: Level 1
Freeski Travel Head Coach
Ski background: Tyler started competing in slopestyle, big air and rail jam events in 1999. Competing led to coaching and ski instructing at Mount Snow Ski Resort in 2002. Specializing in park and pipe, Tyler moved to Summit County, Colorado, in 2006 to work for Keystone. Two years later, he took the opportunity to be the head coach for Tahoe Freeride. In the spring of 2009, he was drawn back to Summit County, Colorado, to work for Hawks Freeride/Team Breckenridge as head coach, and also to work at Woodward at Copper from 2009-2016.
Certifications: USASA 100,200, First Aid+CPR, Woodward Trampoline level 400
Freestyle Travel Head Coach
Hometown: Portland, ME
College: Maine College of Art (MECA)
Ski background: I hail from in Portland, Maine where I started my coaching career at the age of 17 for the Freestyle Development program at Gould Academy/Sunday River. During college, I continued coaching weekends at CVA/Sugarloaf, where I later coached full-time for Carabassett Valley Academy.
For 6 years prior to joining SVSEF, I was the Director of Freestyle Development at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, where I helped grow and develop one of the top freestyle programs in the country.
Hobbies/other interests: Fly fishing, bow hunting
Certifications: Level 3 USSA Freestyle