Hana Saydek

Assistant U14 Coach and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Hana is an OMS and GMVS alum. She continued on to Northeastern University and graduated this past May with a B.S. in Health Sciences on a pre-med track. During Hana’s freshman year she helped the University’s ski team qualify for USCSA Nationals; the first time a team from their division had qualified in over thirty years. She left the series with both academic and athletic all-American honors.

A knee injury her sophomore year inspired her to pursue an internship in athletic training and physical therapy at Deep 2 Peak, an athletic training center on Maui. While there she became certified as a NASM personal trainer, ran individual and group workouts, supervised rehab classes and created workouts for athletes recovering from injury, assisted the physical therapist, and volunteered as an on-site medic for windsurfing competitions. For her second internship, she piloted a research project for an institute in Okinawa, Japan. During Hana’s senior year, she was off the bench and back on the ski team, ending her collegiate racing career with one more trip to Nationals. Hana is also certified as an EMT.

-Northeastern University: B.S. in Health Sciences

Contact Hana
hsaydek@okemomountainschool.org

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Roger Kimball

Head FIS Men Alpine Coach

US Ski and Snowboard Alpine Level 400 Certified Coach

Roger got his first taste of ski racing in the Connecticut Youth Ski League. He raced in Tristate through high school, qualifying for Junior Olympics as a J3, J2, and J1. He continued competition through his college years at the University of New Hampshire.

Before joining OMS Roger was U16 and U19 Coach at Berkshire School, prior to that Race Program Director at Berkshire East, and prior to that Head Coach at Mohawk Mountain. He has worked with athletes ages U10 through U19+ and has coached kids at US Ski & Snowboard programs as well as for Forman School and Phillips Academy. Additionally Roger has organized and operated summer ski racing camps in Switzerland since 2014 in collaboration with former World Cup athletes.

He is a certified Alpine Official and Homologation Inspector. He has served as chair of Tristate’s U16 Committee as well as on the Eastern Children’s Committee and the Eastern Development Committee. He is a US Ski & Snowboard Coach Education Clinic Leader.

Roger’s off snow interests include biking, hiking, running, swimming, paddling … anything outdoors.

- University of New Hampshire: BS Chemistry, French minor
- Columbia Business School: MBA

Contact Roger
rkimball@okemomountainschool.org
917.803.8139

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Chris Hurka

Alpine Program Director

USSA Alpine Level 100 Certified Coach

Chris Hurka raced USSA out of Wilmot Ski resort before racing for Castleton State College. He coached for 3 years at Killington Mountain School under Stever Bartlett, US women’s team coach. He was then the head U19 coach for the Pico Ski Club and the Rutland High School team for seven years before coming to Okemo and coaching what was J4s and 5s (U14) for several years.

He lives in Clarendon, Vermont with his wife and 3 boys. He is a carpenter in the summer and specializes in building professional skate parks. Aside from skiing, he enjoys snowmobiling, bike riding, kayaking, and tennis.

- Castleton State College: BS Exercise Physiology

Contact Chris
churka@okemomountainschool.org
802.558.7205

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Peter Cornish

Okemo Mountain Competitions Director

USSA Alpine Level 200 Certified Coach

Peter began skiing at age 7 at Birch Hill ski area in Patterson, New York.  Entering Norwich University in 1972 as a freshman, Peter earned a starting spot on the ski team in both alpine and cross country; the team was Division 1 champs in 1975. Peter coached at Birch Hill and Mt. Southington before beginning to coach at Okemo Mountain and Okemo Mountain School in 2000. He is currently a full certified member of the Professional Ski Instructor of America as well as a certified ski coach and Alpine Official with the US Ski Association. He is on the board of directors for the Vermont Alpine Racing Association.

- Norwich University

Contact Pete
pcornish@okemo.com
802.228.1480

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Charles (Jet) Robbins

Alpine Racing Coach, Head U14
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

USSA Alpine Level 200 Certified Coach

Jet grew up racing in Vermont at Killington and Pico. He graduated from Castleton State College; Jet had the privilege of competing in USCSA Nationals the last three years of college. Jet served as a U18 and a U16 Coach at Stratton Mountain School. He currently lives in Tinmouth, Vermont with his wife, Shelby, and two children. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family and participating in outdoor activities, especially water skiing.

- Castleton State College: B.S. Business Administration

Contact Jet
jrobbins@okemomountainschool.org
802.353.8691

 

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Bobby Jones

U19 Women’s FIS Coach

USSA Alpine Level 200 Certified Coach

Bobby grew up skiing in Western Massachusetts and racing out of the Tri-State division of USSA as well as racing FIS all over New England. He raced all four years at Castleton and competed each year at USCSA Nationals. He was team co-captain his senior year and the USCSA Thompson Division Skier of the Year in 2010. Bobby enjoys fishing, hiking and golf in the off season.

- Castleton University: BS Communications

Contact Bobby
bjones@okemomountainschool.org
413.281.2043

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Cody Larson

Alpine Ski Racing, Head U16/19 USSA Coach

USSA Alpine Level 200 Certified Coach

Cody grew up in Vermont and has been involved in skiing since he could walk. He began ski racing at Pico and eventually attended KMS. He was a member of the VARA team and a Whistler Cup participant as an athlete. Cody was the Head U16/19 coach at Pico for the last 6 years, but is looking forward to joining the Okemo family. During the summers, Cody is the superintendent at the Bomoseen Golf Club.  Cody lives in Castleton with his wife Heidi and son Levi.

- University of Rhode Island: BS in Entrepreneurship Management

Contact Cody
clarson@okemomountainschool.org

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Marc Stuart

Alpine Racing Coach, U16

USSA Alpine Level 100 Certified Coach

Marc competed on the US Ski Team from 1979-1981 and was a past competitor in the Europa Cup. He then went on to a professional alpine ski racing coaching career for over 30 years. In 2008 he was named Ski Coach of the Year. Marc coaches the U16 athletes at OMS and lives in Ludlow with his family.

- University of Vermont
- University of Connecticut
- Boston Architectural Center: BA Architectural Drawing

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George Abraham

Alpine Racing Coach, U14

USSA Alpine Level 100 Certified Coach

George has been at OMS since 2008 and spent the previous 7 years coaching at Okemo Mountain. George coaches OMS U14 athletes. He has over 35 years of coaching experience and is a USSA Certified Alpine Coach and a USSA Certified Alpine Racing Official.  He is also a former PSIA Certified Ski Instructor and Ski School Director. George and his wife, Julie, live in Ludlow in the winter and spend the summer in Connecticut. George has two daughters, Casey and Jamie, who are both former OMS students.

- Central Connecticut University: MS Business

Contact George
gabraham@okemomountainschool.org

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Mike Cronin

Alpine Racing Coach, Head U12

USSA Alpine Level 200 Certified Coach

Mike grew up skiing Mount Ascutney almost every day after elementary school. While attending Saint Michael’s College in Colchester VT, Mike spent as much time on snow as possible while earning a degree in Business Management. Mike promotes a strong fundamental foundation, good technical mechanics, and an overall love of skiing in his athletes.

- Saint Michael’s College: BA Business Management

Contact Mike
mcronin@okemomountainschool.org

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Mike Bruno

OMS Freeski Program Director/Head Coach

USSA Freestyle Level 200 Aerial Certified Coach

Mike is the head Freeski coach at OMS. Mike grew up skiing at Okemo and was one of the original members of the Okemo freestyle program. He has over 15 years of coaching experience and is a level 200 USSA and USASA coach as well as a level 100 IFSA coach. Mike enjoys backcountry skiing and mountain biking in his spare time.

University of Connecticut, B.A. Economics

Contact Mike
mbruno@okemomountainschool.org

 

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Lenny Ancuta

Assistant Freestyle Coach

USSA Freestyle Level 100 Aerial Certified Coach

Lenny has been coaching freestyle skiing at Okemo since 2007, he has been running the weekend freestyle program at Okemo since 2012 and served as an assistant OMS coach since 2014. Lenny is a graduate of Okemo Mountain School in 2006, prior to OMS Lenny attend Killington Mountain School for two years. Lenny grew up skiing out of the Killington Ski Club, where he competed in Mogul, Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Skiercross events. Lenny is a USASA skiercross national champion and has competed in freestyle events all over the US. In the offseason Lenny races in enduro and downhill mountain bike events and enjoys golf and hiking. 

- B.S. Geology - Union College
- P.h.D. Earth and Environmental Sciences - Lehigh University

Contact Lenny
lancuta@okemomountainschool.org

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Luke Bonang

Freestyle Sports Program Director/ Head Snowboard Coach

USSA Snowboard Level 200 Certified Coach

Luke is a Vermont native who graduated from UVM in 2003. After college, he spent the majority of his winters out west, where he spent a five years in both Colorado and Mammoth Lakes. He was a rider with Rossignol Snowboards during college on a regional level in California. He was also involved with several Rossignol promotional and business projects, including event promotion, product evaluations, team focus groups and being an RS Coach in France.

During the off-season, Luke works as a dry stone mason. Outside of coaching, Luke enjoys the outdoors, sports-related activities, fishing, music, traveling, and spending time with his wife, Michelle, his three children, Henry, Luke, and Livvy, and his dog, Trooper. Luke lives in Weston, VT.

- University of Vermont: BA History

Contact Luke
lbonang@okemomountainschool.org

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Matt Fortuna

Assistant Snowboard Coach

USSA Snowboard Level 200 Certified Coach

Matt (also known as Tuna) is an assistant snowboard coach and is a level 200 certified USASA coach. Matt has been with OMS and OMST since 2010. Matt started competing in middle school in USSA and USASA contests and then moved up to the Open and Grand Prix Tour for 4 years. He was then invited to train with the US team for 2 years and also participated in a 1/4 Pipe Exhibition in the Salt Lake Olympic Games.

Matt is a proud father to his daughter, Maple Ann, and his two beloved dogs.

Contact Matt
mfortuna@okemomountainschool.org

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Eddie Johnson

Assistant Snowboard Coach

USSA Snowboard Level 200 Certified Coach

Eddie is an assistant snowboard coach at OMS and is a GS/BX coach level 100 certified USASA coach. Eddie grew up in Florida in and around the skate and surf scene competing in ESASA in the bodyboarding class. After a trip to Colorado in 1995, he fell in love with snowboarding and for the next couple of years he snowboarded as much as possible. He moved to VT in 1997 and taught snowboarding at Okemo. Having great success as an instructor, he wanted to take things to a higher level. Along with Gordon Robbins and Rob Bevier, he helped start The Program (now known as Amplitude). After 2 years coaching The Program, he was offered the job as head coach at OMS. During his time at OMS, he traveled extensively with the athletes to competitions all over the US and New Zealand, where he also held summer camps for the OMS athletes.

We are pleased to have Eddie back at OMS working with our athletes in BX and Race training.

Contact Eddie
ejohnson@okemomountainschool.org

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