2019-20 Alpine & Nordic Coaching Staff
U16/19 Alpine Assistant Coach
Chris grew up ski racing with the Mt. Southington Race Team and Wilton High School in Connecticut. After concentrating on NCAA lacrosse at Gettysburg College, he returned to skiing, first working in ski shops and then working in Promotions & Marketing for Völkl skis & Marker bindings for over 20 years. In addition to freelance marketing consulting, Chris is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH. He has coached at Ski Runners since 2012, and also has previous coaching experience in lacrosse. Chris is the President of the Ski Runners Board and also serves on the Board of the Lebanon Opera House. His daughter Cassidy is a U16.
Team Lollipop Nordic Coach
It is a great honor to start my 14th year with WSR! Since joining WSR in 2004, our nordic program has strived to provide children an opportunity to develop skills and introduce them to Nordic racing. I began my life long love for this sport starting at the age of 10. It continued through competition at many different levels. After racing for the University of New Hampshire and for the Rossignol Regional Team, I found a natural connection to ski coaching in this community. I continue to reflect on the amazing opportunities that skiing has given to me, lifelong friendships, a healthy lifestyle, patience, and a way to enjoy the winter months. My goal is to find ways to teach our young skiers what skiing can offer them as they progress through the program and beyond.
Team Norway Nordic Coach
Wife, mother of 4, mountain biker, snowboarder, former elementary school teacher. Skier in various forms since childhood. Joined WSR family because enjoy working and encouraging kids especially in outdoor adventures.
U10 Alpine Assistant Coach
Ben Halley has had a passion for skiing since a young age. Growing up in the Burlington area, he was the first in his family to really take off with the sport. As a child he spent weekends at local ski hills free skiing to his heart’s content through powder, ice, rain, sun and wind. He learned to ski at Cochran’s Ski Area and then moved on to Smuggler’s Notch as a teenager. Ben graduated from UVM with two degrees in Animal Science. Now living just south of Woodstock with three kids, he has been helping with the U10 program and also coaches youth soccer. Ben owns and manages a residential contracting business, H&H Custom Builders, as well as, Second Wind Farm, a small farm that produces grass fed beef, lamb and poultry. Ben looks forward to promoting the sport of ski racing in young children and keeping the spirit of skiing at family ski hills alive.
Alpine & Nordic Program Director & U14 Alpine Head Coach
Justin grew up ski racing at Cardigan Mountain School and Kimball Union Academy. He later attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a with Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He is an elite cyclist and has competed at the national and international level. Prior to joining Ski Runners, he coached at Ford Sayre in Hanover, NH for 5 years. He’s been coaching Ski Runners for 5 years and was named Alpine Program Director in 2016. He & his family live on and farm Lillie Brook Farm in Rockingham, Vermont.
U14 Alpine Assistant Coach
Skip made his first turns at Pinnacle Ski-Ways in Randolph, VT in the 70’s. Being a (Connecticut) flatlander, he relied on a family full of Vermonters for ski housing and access to quality turns. From Pinnacle, Skip moved over to the Mad River Valley until kids came along and Suicide 6 has been our home ever since. Skip, his wife Meg and their girls, Ella and Maggie, live in Westwood, MA and ski at S6 every season. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Woodstock Ski Runners, Dedham Country Day School and Horizons at DCD. Skip races GS in the Masters Program at Nashoba Valley all winter long.
Head of Race Crew & All-Mountain Coach
Jason grew up ski racing with the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Club and Essex Junction High School. He would go on to race at Champlain College, where he served as Captain. A two-sport athlete, Jason was also a Captain of the lacrosse team at Essex Junction. He and his family have been members of Ski Runners for 10 years. His son Jake is an alum of the Ski Runners All-Mountain program. When not skiing, you can find Jason on his bike or at the Worthy Kitchen.
Alpine Devo & All-Mountain Head Coach
Originally from Connecticut, Rob is PSIA certified and a USSA licensed coach. He’s instructed at Killington, Pico, Okemo and S6. Now in his 10th year coaching with WSR, Rob has coached in the Racing programs, the All-Mountain Programs and is now the Head Coach of the Alpine Development Program. Off the mountain, Rob is the Director of Racquet Sports for the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, RI and as the Platform Tennis Professional at the Quechee Club and Norwich Racquet Club. In addition, you may catch Rob playing guitar in one of the VT, NH or RI nightclubs with his acoustic duo group, Ruby Street.
Team Noway Nordic Coach
I was inspired to join the nordic volunteer staff because of my children's' involvement in the program. I grew up in the local community and appreciate being active/a long time runner and the benefits it has on keeping me healthy as well as showing my children the importance of that. I am looking forward to helping the children of our program learn basic nordic ski skills that will help them build a lifelong love for the sport!
U16/19 Alpine Head Coach
Scott grew up ski racing at Killington, and was named to the U.S. Ski Team ‘D’ Team in 1979. In 1980, he finished 12th in the US National Championship Slalom. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1984, where he raced on the ski team and earned a Degree in Recreation Management. He would later add an MBA in Finance from the University of New Hampshire. He coached at Ski Runners from 2002-2010, then moved to U18’s at Killington Mountain School in 2011 and then to U16’s at Stratton Mountain School in 2012. He’s since returned to Ski Runners and has been the Head U16/19 coach for the the past three years. Scott was named VARA’s Development Coach of the Year in 2016.
U10 Alpine Head Coach
At age 3, Dave made his first turns at Round Top in Plymouth, VT, where his parents worked weekends to support their ski habit. Dave says that to grow up in the Steele Family meant that you skied - a lot. Dave is an alum of both the WSR Friday and Race Programs. Dave graduated from Castleton State College where he raced for a season before switching to competitive mogul skiing. Now, he relishes his opportunity to give back to the program that gave so much to him. Dave is a former President of the Ski Runners Board, and has coached in the Alpine Devo, All-Mountain and Racing Programs. His wife Joanie is an S6 Ski Patroller, his daughter Anna is a U16 and son Andrew is a U12. Dave encourages everyone to have fun skiing the whole mountain!
Biria St. John
U16/19 Alpine Assistant Coach
Biria grew up skiing at Suicide Six starting 1976 when he moved from Connecticut. He went to the one-room school house at the edge of the S6 parking lot and walked over after school to train and race. Biria eventually went away to school and raced for Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy in Deerfield Massachusetts, but came home to race for S6 on the weekends. Biria went on to the University of Vermont, where he raced for the UVM team for three years, two of which UVM captured the National Championship. Biria now resides in Boxford Massachusetts with his wife Elaina and three kids, William (U19), Nolan (U16) & Caroline (U14). He maintains a second home in Pomfret and coaches on the weekends and over holidays.
Team Norway Nordic Coach
Tessa grew up cross-country skiing in the hills of South Pomfret, Vermont. Skiing on the weekends with her family, and participating in the Friday Ski Runners program, gave her the basics required of the sport, and by age ten she was racing for the local Bill Koch Ski League. With success at a young age she was compelled to continue a competitive career in ski racing, and decided to attend Stratton Mountain School. She became a Junior National Champion, as well as a member of the World Junior Team. After graduating from SMS in 1995, Tessa trained and raced for two years before starting her collegiate racing years at the University of Vermont. From 1997-1999 she dominated the carnival circuit and became a NCAA All-American. She also qualified to race for the US Ski Team at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001. By 2002, Tessa qualified and was a member of the US Olympic Team where she competed in the skating sprint in Salt Lake City, Utah. After the Games, Tessa decided to retire from her own racing career and began coaching elite level cross-country skiers in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 2011 Tessa and her family returned to Vermont and have settled in Pomfret. She has been coaching with Ski Runners since her return. Skiing continues to be Tessa’s passion and she has found coaching to be a way she can share her passion with others.
U12 Alpine Head Coach
Cheyenne began his coaching career at Mt. Ascutney in the 1990’s. After two seasons there, he moved West for the full ski bum experience. Upon returning to Vermont, he began coaching the Hartford High School Ski Team. He would later coach Soccer - his other love - at Woodstock Union High School. He has been coaching soccer in the area since 1997.
He returned to ski coaching in 2009 and has been an important part of the Ski Runners staff ever since. Chey considers himself lucky that he gets to coach his kids and their friends have fun and grow their confidence with every turn. His daughter Amber is a U16 and son Bode is a U14.
Nordic Lollipops Coach
Growing up in Woodstock, WSR was a part of my childhood that introduced me to Alpine skiing at Mt.Tom and Suicide Six. Nordic skiing was something I learned while on the H.S. ski team. I remember that it was challenging at first, but Nordic skiing soon became my choice for backwoods and trail skiing for fun with family and friends. I have been an alpine ski instructor at S6 for over twenty years and have helped as a volunteer coach with the nordic program, first in the Friday program for a few years, and as a volunteer Lollipop Coach for the past two years. My children and grandchildren are avid skiers. It is natural for me to want to encourage young children as a teacher and coach to have fun learning ski sports. Volunteering as a Nordic Lollipop teacher and coach has been fun and inspiring. The joy of coaching is witnessing the growth and improvement of the young skiers throughout the season. The smiles on their faces show us that we’re sharing skills that they will enjoy throughout their lives. Thank you Woodstock Nordic Runners!
Nordic Coach at large
Chris is a dedicated parent who has worked with children for the better part of 15 years. She is an avid skier both Nordic and Alpine and comes with the passion to pass on the love of skiing to the next generations. In her professional life, she is an artist. She specializes in organizing programming, both at a grassroots community level and through large-scale institutional programming.