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“With topics ranging anywhere from Advanced Coaching Concepts, Safety Protocols, Learning and Coaching Theory and CPR/AED, to Customer Experience Strategies, this program
is designed to provide comprehensive and stimulating in-house continuing education to the
professional coaching staff,” said Cole.
Rounding out the staff sessions are three complimentary parent symposiums. The first of
these symposiums, open to the public, was led by the Sports Legacy Institute’s Executive
Director Chris Nowinski, who was intimately involved in the research and fact-finding surrounding the NFL concussion crisis, including a recent appearance on Frontline’s “League
Nowinksi’s talk focused on how to appropriately identify, respond to and address concussion
injuries in athletes.
“Accolades go out to our partners in performance — USSA, USOC, Sports Legacy Institute,
Vail Resorts Ski School and Risk Management and Starting Hearts,” said Cole, “for collaborating with us to make this industry leading educational series possible.”
Dyksterhouse joins SSCV in newly created position of Athletic Director
Brandon Dyksterhouse has joined Ski & Snowboard Club Vail as Athletic Director, a new
position. Dyksterhouse was most recently the chief operating officer of the Front Range Ski
Club at Echo Mountain, after previously working as head coach of BC Alpine from 2010 to
earlier this year. He was also head coach at the Green Mountain Valley School for five years
and a coach for the University of New Mexico from 2003 to 2005.
Working together with the team of Program Directors including Karen Ghent (alpine), Ben
Boyd (snowboard), John Dowling (freestyle), Elana Chase (freeskiing) and Dan Weiland
(nordic) and more than 100 coaches, Dyksterhouse will guide SSCV’s athletic programs.
He joins General Manager Mike Trueblood, a former Comcast executive and University of
Colorado ski racing All-American; and 12-year Executive Director Aldo Radamus as a member of the SSCV Leadership Team.
“Brandon brings a great track record of athletic excellence, a history of innovation, tremen-
dous knowledge and varied experiences to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and our five snow
sports programs,” said Radamus. “The explosive growth at SSCV resulting from the intro-
duction of Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy — the first public snow sports academy in the
United States — together with Vail’s world-class November training venue and other facilities
initiatives has created an opportunity to further enhance the support provided to our athletes
with the addition of exceptional people like Brandon.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked for and been mentored by some of the greats in ski
racing — Dave Gavett at GMVS, Chip Lacasse at UVM, George Brooks at UNM and Bruce
Goldsmid at BC Alpine,” said Dysterhouse. “Nora Pykkonen at FRSC broadened my educa-
tion in many new areas. These great experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work
for one of the leading snow sports organizations in the world. I look forward to contributing
to an already incredible staff and building on the momentum created in Vail by Aldo over the
Mission Ridge Ski Team Continues “Earn Your Turns” Volunteer Program
In return for committing helping out on a minimum of 10 on-hill race days Mission Ridge Ski
Team (MRST) in Wenatchee, Wash., provides volunteers with a Mission Ridge season pass.
Interested parties must be able to safely negotiate the Skookum, Tumwater and Tillikum race
venues in a variety of snow and weather conditions.
Those interested in being a gate keeper must have the ability to stay in a single location on
the hill during the actual running of the race. Those interested in course crew must be comfortable skiing the race venues at higher speeds without poles and must have the ability to
carry loads of up to 50 pounds. Previous experience is not required, as MRST will provide
Those interested should contact Jeff Sanborn, email@example.com; or Barry Wise, bmw@
eigenvector.com, for more information and registration forms.
Northwood School Announces Scholarships
Northwood School at Lake Placid, N.Y. has announced two alpine ski racing scholarships of
$20,000 each for a male and female boarding student. Applicants should contact Director
of Admissions and Financial Aid Tim Weaver at Weavert@northwoodschool.com, or call the
admissions office at 518-523-3382.