DL  Dave Lyon 
see Program Director page for his full bio.


nils-erik 1 Nils-Erik Riise
The 2014-15 ski season marks 30 years of working in the ski industry. Nils’ passion for skiing and coaching/teaching began at a very early age. He grew up skiing in Olympic Ski School at Stevens Pass and got his start in ski racing at age five. He then gradually transitioned into ski teaching at the age of thirteen. His passion for skiing and ski racing continued throughout his teens, which lead him into coaching for the Mission Ridge Buddy Werner Program and teaching for Mission Ridge Ski School. Those early years at Mission Ridge laid the foundation for a full time career in ski teaching and coaching.

In the 1990’s, Nils added Telemark skiing into his repertoire, and quickly found himself drawn back into competing. He raced in the Northwest Telemark Series for many years and also competed on the National Telemark Circuit and Telemark World Cup. His time in the race course was balanced with a full time ski teaching career, as well. This naturally led him into working for PSIA-NW as a Divisional Clinic Leader in Telemark and Alpine skiing and also the Northwest Technical Team from 2010-2013. The last 20 years of his career have mostly been spent at Stevens Pass Ski School, with a year spent as Ski School Manager at Crystal Mountain. In 2005, he landed a job as Training Director at Stevens Pass Ski School. This job paved the way for combining his TD responsibilities along with the responsibilities of working as “On-Snow Supervisor” for the ski school. The winters of 2008-2012 were spent managing and training the Stevens Pass staff of over 160 instructors, as well as being involved with the instructor training and educational programs for PSIA-NW.

• PSIA Level III – Alpine
• PSIA Level III – Telemark
• AASI Level One – Snowboard
• Divisional Clinic Leader – Alpine and Telemark
• Former NW Technical Team Member 2010-2013
• PSIA ACE Level One Children’s Certification
• USSA Level 100
• USSA Level 200
• USSA Level 300 – Completion planned for May 2015

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paulburke Paul Burke
Coaching Experience:
Before becoming the Head Masters Coach Paul worked with the Stevens Pass Alpine Club for 10 years working primarily as a J4/3 coach. Prior to SPAC he worked with CMAC for 3 years as a J3 coach, Team Alpental/Snoqualmie as a J2/3 coach for 5 years. At the Stratford Mountain Club, New Zealand as their Program Director, Sandie Peaks Ski Team, Albuquerque, New Mexico as their head coach, and the University of New Mexico as their head B Team coach. Paul is currently a Level 2 coach, having attended the National Alpine Coaches School in 1983, and a Level 2 TD. He is an avid Masters racer. Prior to ski coaching, he spent 8 years as a ski instructor at Alpine Meadows in California, Mission Ridge in Washington, and Park City in Utah.
He was a Level 3 instructor. Paul looks forward to the opportunity to meet, ski and compete with a group of extraordinary individuals from all walks of life. Comaraderie, a love of competion at events where three generations compete is what makes masters racing so fun.
Read more about the Masters Program.

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Erik Bracht Erik Bracht
2014/15 will be my 3rd year coaching for SPAC. I love watching the progression of all the racers and am thankful that they have helped me to improve as a coach. I raced on SPAC for 15 years, was a part of the Pacific Northwest Alpine Team in 2010 and qualified for the Junior Olympics, now known as the Junior Championships, 6 years in a row. I know what it takes to be a racer and I know what I like in a coach. I believe that racers of all abilities deserve the same individualized attention so my goal is reach out equally to each of the racers I coach. My parents, Bob and Dana Bracht, Uncle Klev Schoening and Grandparents Carm and Bill Schoening, all dedicated countless hours to SPAC’s racing program as coaches and volunteers; my mom and uncle even raced for the team so you can see that SPAC runs in my family blood! Here’s to getting after it this season!

larry calvin Larry Calvin
I began skiing at the age of 14 when I was invited to tag along with my older sister and one of her friends on a day trip to Snoqualmie Pass. I was hooked! The next year I convinced my parents to enroll me in ski lessons at Ski Acres and my passion for skiing was born. I skied recreationally through my freshman year at the University of Washington, before beginning my teaching career in 1979 for the Stevens Pass Ski School. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach skiing at Stevens Pass, Ski Acres, and Deer Valley Resort as well as coach for TEAM Lyon Alpine Race Team. During my career I have been an instructor, manager, program supervisor, trainer, training director, coach and race referee. Along the way I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my love and passion for the mountains with hundreds of people and look forward to doing so this winter.

When not skiing, I enjoy road biking, playing golf, wine tasting and hanging-out with my wife of 30 years, Carrie.

Apple Cup 2014 022 Andrew Calvin
Racing/Coaching experience:
• 10 years Team Lyon racer
• 2 year coaching experience
Certification: PSIA Alpine Level 2
Goal: To positively impact athletes skiing, since I am close in age to many of the athletes be a good role model, and to have fun.

 Linda Cowan
Coaching goals: To provide every athlete the opportunity to grow technically and tactically, but most importantly, racing teaches so many intangibles: responsibility, respect, teamwork, patience and perseverance and our job as coaches is to help guide athletes along this journey, both as athletes and young citizens developing lifelong skills.
Coaching/Teaching Experience:
• PSIA-NW Technical Team Member
• Divisional Clinic Leader
• Alpine Examiner
• Alpine Level III Certification
• Started teaching skiing 1989 for Bellevue Ski School
• Started coaching for Team Lyon in 2002
• Taught 5th grade in the Northshore School District from 1989-2013
• Currently a District Induction Coach for first year elementary teachers in the Northshore School District

Tom Duffy1 Tom Duffy
Coaching/Teaching Experience:
• 2003-Present: SPAC Coach – Mitey Mites and Juniors
• 1982 – Olympic Ski School
• 1982 – Lyons Ski School
Racing experience:
• 1 year TRAC (Tonga Ridge Alpine Club)
• 3 years SPAC
• 3 years WSU Ski Team
• USSA Level 2 Coach

lexie drechsel Lexie Drechsel
I grew up skiing at Titcomb Mountain (300′) in Farmington, Maine. Upon discovering my love for ski racing in the local Buddy Werner program, I began traveling to the bigger mountains of Maine – Saddleback and Sugarloaf – for some real vertical. I spent my summers at Mt. Hood and a season in Sandpoint, Idaho skiing and competing throughout the west before attending Whitman College. After receiving my B.A. in 2012, I moved to Jackson Hole and coached for the Jackson Hole Ski Club. I am currently attending PT school at the University of Washington to pursue my passion for movement, body mechanics, and anatomy. In my free time I enjoy backcountry skiing, rock climbing, road biking, hiking, water-skiing, and yoga. I am very excited to be coaching for SPAC and hope to instill a lifelong love for the sport of skiing in all my athletes.

MikeGrimm Mike Grimm
Coaching goal: To help young racers ski fast, smart and to have fun doing it.
Coaching/Teaching Experience:
• Coaching career spans 1981 to 2001
• Head Coach for Mission Ridge Ski Academy
• Head Jr Coach for SPAC
• Represented PNSA as Head Coach for Western Regional and J1/J2 Olympic events
• Participated on the PNSCA board and held the president position for 2 years
Racing experience:
• 10 years SPAC racer
• USSA Level 2 Coach & PSIA Cert

holly2 Holly Holton
Born into a ski family of parents who were former race coaches and ski patrol at Mission Ridge and instructors at Park City, Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass; she grew up  pretending to coach both her older and younger sister into perfect form, skiing around the back yard up Olalla Canyon, then tagging along clinic groups through grade school, racing for TAS (Team Alpental Snoqualmie) for a short stint and began teaching at Stevens Pass in 1986. Holly offers a wholistic approach to coaching that aims to develop passion for striving toward excellence in skiing and in life, as well as fostering a love of skiing and community.

• PSIA Level 3 Alpine
• PSIA Level  2 Snowboard
• PSIA Level  1 Telemark
• PSIA Freestyle Level 1
• PSIA Children’s Specialist
• Everett Ski School/Sno-Tec Ski School 1986-1989
• Shoreline Ski School 1989-1992 1993-1995
• Bob Hall Ski School 1993-1997
• Stevens Pass Ski School 1995- Present
• Full Time 1991-2000
• Team Lyon 2006-2010
• Private Coach 2010-2012 – Hiatus from ski racing to coach Ama Hartman, who left Team Lyon to pursue freeride competition. At 15, in a 15-18 year age bracket, she placed 2nd in her first event followed by, 1st in 4 events, 2nd overall at the Triple Crown, 1st overall at the Cowboy up and 9th at the North American Championships.
• SPAC 2012-Present

brehuston   Bre Huston
I grew up skiing at Steven’s pass probably before I knew how to walk (family joke). After tearing up the mountain as a free skier I begged my parents to race, thus starting a lifelong love for not only skiing, but racing. I raced for Team Lyon through High School, and after graduating I spent a year racing for the Montana State University Ski Team. I then decided to start teaching. I spent 4 years teaching for the Big Sky Snowsports School gaining great teaching experiences and developing a passion for guiding others to discover their own passion for the sport.

Coaching Goal: To have a positive impact on individuals and the team as a whole to help athletes move closer to their goals and have a great time out on the hill doing so.

Personal Goal: To continue my education as an instructor and as a coach by working towards certifications and to continue exploring skiing.
• PSIA Level III – Alpine
• PSIA Children’s Specialist II

Christine1   Christine Kjenner
Teaching, coaching, and learning are my passions. This is my second year of coaching for SPAC. I’m a PSIA level 3 Alpine certified instructor, past Divisional Clinic Leader for PSIA-NW, past Training Director for Olympic and Bob Hall ski schools, National Board Certified Teacher, high school Cross Country Coach and a green belt Nia instructor.

Coaching goal: I want my students/athletes to experience the “JOY” of skiing and racing.

Apple Cup 2014 208 Sara Larson
I grew up racing for Mount Hood Race Team and Bogus Basin Ski Racing Alliance. I raced in the Junior Olympics, U.S. Nationals, Nor-Ams, College Nationals, and a U.S Women’s Pro race. After racing sixteen years in PNSA, I continued racing on Scholarship for four years at Montana State University. While racing in College I raced NCAA my first two years and NCSA my last two years. The highlight of my College racing was being crowned the NCSA National Slalom Champion in 1987. I was also an All-American for 2 years, and team captain my senior year.

I have fourteen years experience as a ski coach including coaching for: Bridger Bowl Ski Education Foundation, (Montana), Snow Summit Race Team (Big Bear Lake,
California), White Pass Alpine Club, and Stevens Pass Alpine Club. My main goal in ski coaching is to make sure the kids are “having fun” and to coach them to be better
life long skiers. I enjoy seeing smiles on the kid’s faces after they have accomplished a run they have never attempted/skied down before. I love to give back to the sport of ski racing what I got “out of it” and more.

I am in my 14th year as the Certified Athletic Trainer at Snohomish High School. In my spare time I love to ski with the family, hike, backpack, camp, bike, play soccer, and watch our kids in their sporting events.

• Level 1 Ski coach
• Certified Athletic Trainer
• Licensed Athletic Trainer

dave lucas spac Dave Lucas
My parents met through skiing while riding the train to the old Milwaukee Ski Bowl. They taught skiing for many years and later owned and ran a ski school at Snoqualmie Summit, where I grew up on skis from the time I could walk. I raced up through high school and then started teaching skiing. I worked in ski retail for many years working for the Boot Barn, Fiorini Sports and Flamingo Sports. When I went back to college at the UW, I trained with the ski team and even made the cut for the traveling team, although at the time I was working full time for Ski Lifts Inc. at Snoqualmie Summit as Skier Services Manager and chose not to travel. I have worked at many areas, Snoqualmie Summit, Alpental, Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass, as an instructor, supervisor, trainer, NASTAR Pacesetter, and coach. In the ski instruction world, I am a Level III alpine instructor, a national examiner, a divisional clinic leader, a PSIA-NW Technical Team Member, and past president of PSIA-NW. In the ski racing world I have completed my USSA Coaches Level 200 certification.

tami Tami Lyon
Coaching Goals: It’s my goal to positively impact the lives of the youth I coach by advocating for their unique talents, capabilities, wants, dreams and goals. I like kids…in all their forms and work hard to earn their respect and gain their trust. It’s important to me that the athletes I work with feel appreciated and taken care of while understanding that my expectation is that they give themselves the gift of their best effort…always.
Coaching Experience:
• PSIA Alpine Level 3 certified instructor
• AASI Snowboard Level 1 instructor
• Advanced Children’s Endorsement (ACE)
• Children’s Specialist
• Co-Owner/Co-Director: Lyon Ski School, Inc. (20+ years) and Dave Lyon Summer Race Camps
• Past Co-Program Director: Team LYON Alpine Race Club

When I am not skiing or planning for skiing I love to learn, workout, read and give back to my community through volunteering.

Dave Rowe Dave Rowe
Dave learned to ski at an early age spending most of his time chasing his father at Anthony Lakes, White Pass and Sun Valley. After years of moving back and forth between the Tri-Cities and the Seattle area, Dave refined his skiing by advancing through the Bellevue Ski School ranks at Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass and Crystal Mountain. During his college years, Dave was a USSA freestyle and NASTAR competitor medaling in both Alpine and Telemark disciplines. Dave started his teaching career in 1991 by coaching a small racing program for Bellevue Ski School at Stevens Pass. Since that time, Dave has served as a training director/staff clinician for Bellevue Ski School, Clancy’s Ski School, Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass.

Dave’s Coaching Goal: “Above all else, I want my athletes to have fun, ski safely, do their best and encourage their peers to do the same. While ski racing is an individual sport, we train and compete as a unified SPAC team.”
Certifications & Experience:
• PSIA Level III Certified – Alpine & Telemark
• PSIA Level I Examiner – Alpine & Telemark
• PSIA-NW Divisional Clinic Leader since 2006
• PSIA Accredited Children’s Specialist since 2000
• PSIA Member since 1992
• PSIA-NW Senior Specialist Clinician
• USSA Level 100
• USSA Level 200 – Completion planned for January 2014

Outside Activities: During the week, Dave works as a registered investment advisor building a community of organizations and individuals that strive to experience more financial security in their lives. Dave enjoys cycling, fly fishing, climbing, ski mountaineering, kayaking, cooking and time with the family.

aaron Aaron Sharp
I have enjoyed teaching skiing for 18 years starting in 1984 with North South Ski Bowl where I helped with the small but energetic race team. I have taught skiing for Blue Wood, Alpental, Mini Mountain, and Lyons ski schools. I currently have my PSIA level one Alpine certificate .
Through the years I have encouraged my kids Chandler and Karey to learn to ski well. While Chandler’s ski career is purely recreational, Karey is motivated and excited to improve her skiing in the SPAC junior program. One of my favorite things to witness is helping skiers skill set move from wedge to rail.

IMG_9686  Heidi Tichy
Heidi grew up racing under role model coaches Scott Winquist and Scott Meyer in Central USSA Michigan (both USSA level 300) and pioneers of the ski racing industry. Heidi passion for ski coaching reemerged after college by coaching summer ski camps with WinAlpine in 2003-2005 and a combination of summer and winter coaching with Tichy Racing 2004-2006 and graduating to SPAC in the fall of 2006. She coached at SPAC for 5 season from 2006-2012 and held the position of Junior Head Coach for most of those years. After a two year stay with new SST, Heidi returns to SPAC as the U14 Head Coach and is eager to return to grass roots alpine ski racing and pass her knowledge and experience to younger racers.

Heidi has completed her USSA Level 200 this summer and is certified for USSA and FIS race referee positions along with years of experience driving the SPAC team van.

Heidi works full time in Bothell as an oral surgery technical / oral surgery office manager and commits her free time to her friends and family. Parker, her son, is joining SPAC as a U8 for the coming season and enjoys skiing, friends and 2nd grade.

Hanna Vanucie Hanna Vanucie
Former SPAC racer, Hanna has coached for SPAC since 2012.

brad Brad Walsh

Brad Walsh is a lifelong skier who started taking lessons in a well-known Snoqualmie concession ski school. Offered a position as a Junior Instructor at 14, he joined the ski school as a ski instructor in training. Teaching through high-school, Brad caught the coaching bug and continued his coaching experience volunteering for EagleMount in Bozeman Montana while at Montana State (EagleMount is an organization similar to our Outdoors For All, sharing the mountain experience with the developmentally disabled). After completing college and moving back to Seattle, Brad took up ski instruction in Seattle returning to his childhood ski school. He worked with children and then adults as an  instructor, and then finished his last 4 of 24 years with the school as a Training Director. In 2007 Brad undertook all levels of PSIA certification, reaching level 3 in 2009, becoming a Staff Trainer for PSIA-NW in 2012. Brad continues to work within PSIA and looks forward to achieving level 200 USSA certification by 2015 and bringing his passion for skiing fun and mechanics to the SPAC program. Brad’s full time work is in Construction Management, overseeing the field personnel working in Virtual Design and Construction, consisting of 3D modeling and Building Information Management. He works for Sellen Construction in Seattle.