Program Director/Head Coach
Chris has coached all levels and all ages of skiers from U8 to Masters. Chris has worked with athletes that have gone on to the US Ski Team, Olympic Games, and US Nationals. His passion for skiing is equal to his passion for sailboat racing. If you can’t find him on the hill he is probably racing his Thistle on Lake Washington. Go Fast Have Fun!
Van is a Washington State native and has over 35 years of experience. He has worked at White Pass, Telluride and Mt Hood. Working with all levels of racers from youth to World Cup athletes, Van has honed and perfected his coaching skills over the years and now brings them to TAS.
U12 Head Coach
One look at Denny and you can tell he was a competitive athlete growing up. Denny was a nordic combined athlete and got his first ski instructing job when he was 16. He’s been active in the industry ever since. Denny studied physical education and biomechanics in college. He has been a TAS coach for the past 12 years, and has spent some of that time attending ski camps with the US Ski Team to assist TAS athlete Anna Mounsey.
Off the mountain Denny kiteboards, waterskis, bikes and sails.
U-12 Intro Head Coach
Lisa discovered her love of skiing while learning to ski at our very own Summit at Snoqualmie. She began racing for Team Alpental/TAS and finished racing full-time for CMAC. She has been teaching skiing for over 20 yrs. and is a PSIA level 3 Instructor with a Children’s Specialist certification. She is also a USSA level 100 coach.
Lisa is inspired by young athletes who appreciate the mountain environment and the excitement they experience from a good day of skiing. Be careful kids, this could happen to you: Lisa met her husband Peter on a chairlift ride while both were living in Sun Valley.
In addition to spending time in the mountains, Lisa enjoys running, cooking and yoga.
Kenny aka Bear is a solid member of the team bringing the fun back into fundamentals. He can rip with the best, just not Sundays, Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays in December. Go Hawks!
Dana former TAS athlete and current outrigger canoe racer. Don’t let her size fool you, she is quick, on skis or the dance floor she can bust a move. With her years of experience as a racer and coach; makes her a TAS MVP.
Naomi grew up racing for the now-defunct Blackcomb Ski Club before switching to TAS in high school. She then skied for Dartmouth College on the carnival circuit before coming back to coach at TAS again. She has been coaching ski racers (including one Olympic gold medalist) for 13 years, a full decade of that at TAS. Off the hill, she’s a food writer–you can ask her for restaurant recommendations.
Taylor grew up ski racing in Vermont. He then coached for Mount Snow Academy, Amherst Collage, Crystal Freeride and Summit Masters. He is not afraid to jump in the course. If he is not sending it in the BC, he is floating down a river.
Colin grew up in Black Diamond WA., and learned to ski at Hyak where his dad ran an independent ski school. When Collins skiing outgrew the family ski school he moved over to Team Alpental Snoqualmie. During that time he was a competitor at multiple Junior Olympics and Western Region FIS events. Colin’s top finish as a junior racer was a 3rd place at the Western Region Junior Championships in Slalom. In total he raced for roughly 20 years and attended Rocky Mountain College as a varsity scholarship athlete in ski racing. While at Rocky Colin competed at 3 USCSA national championship events.
After Colin finished racing he spent one year as a FIS coach for TAS before he moved to Colorado. While in Colorado Colin coached for Crested Butte Academy while working towards his degree in Education. During this time he competed in what was then called extreme skiing competitions, now known as the IFSA freeride tour, concentrating my efforts in the Rocky Mountain Region. Later.
Next I moved to Idaho where I taught for 4 years, and also coached for SARS part time. From there I spent time as the Head Coach/Director for Bogus Basin, followed by a year as director at 49 Degrees North. Five years ago I moved back to Washington and took a position teaching secondary science for the Tahoma School District in Maple Valley. During this five year period I also coached for Crystal Mountain’s Freeride club.
I still love to ski both in the race arena and free skiing in the nastiest terrain I can find. I look forward to some good times this winter both in the race arena and out exploring local terrain.
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
PSIA certified level 3 instructor
Level 1 certified USSA coach
Daren grew up skiing at Snoqualmie Summit and raced recreationally through high school. At the University of Washington he started training with the Husky Ski Team, and after 3 years of catching up, and hundreds of crashes, he finally made the traveling team. He went on to coach the UW Ski Team for 7 years where they qualified for USCSA regionals six times and nationals twice. Additionally, Daren was a Racemeisters coach for 5 years and has been competitive on the Master’s circuit and CityLeague for around 20 years. He married a former TAS snowboard racer, converted her to skiing, and now they have two kids and ski, wakeboard, and backpack together. He loves spending time in the mountains and the excitement of helping athletes progress.
Ally is a spunky young woman that grew up racing for TAS and spent a joyous and wonderful 11 years in the program. She is now a senior at Western Washington University and will graduate with a degree in outdoor recreation. Since she graduated high school in 2013, Ally has been coaching with TAS when her school schedule allows. Skiing is, of course, her favorite of many activities including mountain biking, rock climbing, slack lining, waterskiing and many other outdoor activities.
“Nolan, a former TAS racer, is excited to finally get onto the coaching side and give back to the sport. In the off season he’s probably fly fishing for steelhead or sailing.”
Spencer grew up skiing at Alpental and raced with Team Alpental Snoqualmie in his high school years. After studying Exercise and Health Sciences at University California Santa Barbara, he coached on the Sun Valley Freeride Team. Since then Spencer has developed and managed travel programs all over the world. He has also attained an MBA recently. Spencer has a lot of experience working with many people to create and manage programs.