Program Director/Head Alpine 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!
Director of Youth Skiing
Dana is a former TAS athlete and current outrigger canoe racer. Don’t let her size fool you; she is quick on skis and on the dance floor. Dana has over 20 years of coaching experience and is a level 300 USSA alpine coach.
Head U16/FIS Coach
Taylor joins TAS fulltime for the 2018-19 season after realizing his passion for ski racing can only be truly realized by working with junior ski racers.
- J1/J2 (U19&U16) Assistant FIS Coach Mount Snow Academy (2004-07)
- Amherst College Winter Camps (2005-07)
- Crystal Mountain Freeride Program (2008-09)
- Alpental Master’s Program (2009-13)
- FIS Eastern Cup / NorAM competitor
- VT Cup Overall Champion 1999
- Eastern J1/J2 Overall DH Champion 1999
- 5x Junior Olympian
Attended: Mount Snow Academy / VT Academy / Colby Sawyer College
Head U14 Coach
McB is a legend, and he has the pedigree to back it up. He has worked in the ski industry his whole life, and whether he was hand calculating results for the Middlebury Carnival or running the Alpental Buddy Warner Program, he did it well. McB is the proud father of two former TAS athletes and knows the program inside and out. If McB is not ripping turns with his family in Sun Valley, he will be at Alpental. When Scott is not on the slopes he likes to ride his bike and fly his drone.
Head U12 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. Off the mountain Denny kiteboards, waterskis, bikes and sails.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.