Posts tagged Alpine
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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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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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 300 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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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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Mike Cronin

Alpine Racing Coach, Head U12

USSA Alpine Level 300 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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