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2016 Staff

 

 

Mike Annett, Camp Director
Mike brought a dozen racers from the east coast to Mt Hood in the fall of 1978 for some early season training on the newly built Palmer chairlift.  He quickly discovered the incredible opportunity the area offered for summer training, and the rest is history.   When Mike isn't busy running the camp, he enjoys tennis, windsurfing, and playing bridge. 
Lynne Annett, Co-Director
Lynne has been there every step of the way alongside Mike running this camp since 1979, while raising 2 daughters.  She attended Suny Cortland where she majored in Elementary Education.  Lynne retired from teaching elementary school in the Hood River school district.  She also was the Mighty-Mite Director at Squaw Valley. Lynne enjoys tennis, gardening, family and traveling and her favorite website is Websudoku.com. 

 

ALPINE RACE COACHES

Mike Syrovatka Mike Syrovatka
Currently coaching at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mike also coached Gould Academy as well as the Canadian National team (NorAm, Europa Cup, World Cup levels), 1995-2002. He also was head coach at Bromont Ski Academy in Quebec. Mike brings with him 30 years of experience and success at every level.  He's  been with MHSSC since 2002.

Jacquelyn Reis
Jacquelyn, from Falmouth, ME, has a degree in Secondary Special Education from the University Of Maine at Farmington. She is a U12 coach for Park City Ski Team and is also a boot technician for Park City Ski Boot. Her favorite website is Pinterest.com and favorite food are brownies. Jacquelyn is a second generation MHSSC employee, as her dad Joe, coached here for many years. Jacquelyn has been working at camp since 2009.

Mike Bansmer
Mike is a ski racer from Ashland, Oregon.  He races for University of New Mexico. His favorite food is Thai and he roots for the Seattle Seahawks.  When he's not skiing, Mike also enjoys mountain biking.  He's been working at MHSSC since 2012.
Bob Robicsek
Bob lives in Atkinson, NH. He is the head U16 coach for Crotched Mt in New Hampshire.   He enjoys sushi and bbq anything.  He roots for the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and the Red Sox. . Bob enjoys surfing and road cycling.   He's been with MHSSC since 2001. 
Roger Bay
Roger, from Bozeman, Montana coaches at Bridger Ski Foundation.  He has also coached the Park City ski team, Gilboa, and the U.S. ski team.  This past year he was assistant coach for Kristina Koznick.   Roger attended Montana State University.  He enjoys surfing, mountain biking, windsurfing, hunting and hockey.  Roger has been at MHSSC since 2006.
Mike "Axel" Foley
Mike is a level 3 certified ski instructor, currently teaching at Winter Park Resort. He was former Director of the Mountain Sports Center at Snowy Range in Centennial, Wyoming.  Mike enjoys cajun food, pasta and a good steak.  He roots for the Boston Bruins and he enjoys to golf.  Mike has been working at camp since 2010.
Nicole Cordingley
Nicole is a ski racer from Litchfield, NH, racing for Saint Michael's College, where she is majoring in business and accounting. She has also worked at Race Stock in Waterbury, VT. Expedia.com is her favorite website and favorite food is ice cream. She also enjoys hiking and biking. Nicole has been working at camp since 2014.
Jake Benda
Jake is a college student from Sandy, UT. His favorite website is skracing.com and favorite food is tacos. Jake also enjoys waterskiing, fishing and roote for the Detroit Lions. Jake has been with MHSSC since 2015.
Devan LaMere
Devan is a ski racer from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She is majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Spanish at the University of Wyoming. Her favorite website is outdoorgearlab.com and favorite foods include prime rib and Philly cheesesteaks. Devan enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing and water sports. Devan started working at camp in 2016.
OJ Ojala Dave "OJ" Ojala
Dave is long-time ski race coach, currently living near Hood River, Oregon.   
Mike Boardman
Simon Marsh
Simon us a U10/U12 Alpine coach at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. He was also coach at Vail High School and coach/instructor at Perisher Australia and University La Catola, Chile. His favorite website is Sprongo.com and favorite food is Mexican. Simon also enjoys biking, tennis, and surfing and he roots for the Boston Red Sox. Simon starting coaching at MHSSC in 2015. .
Karl Robicsek
Karl is a ski racer from Atkinson, NH. He is a History and Sports Science major at Castleton University. He is a coach at Green Mountain Valley School. Karl enjoys surfing, biking and rock climbing. He's been working at camp since 2012.
Erick Robicsek
Erick is a ski racer from Atkinson, NH. He attends Castleton University. His favorite website is reddit and favorite food is pancakes. Erick enjoys biking and surfing and he roots for the Chicago Blackhawks. He wants to become an Engineer when he grows up. Erick has been working at MHSSC since 2014.
Brad Saxe
Brad, from Hood River, Oregon, is the program director for the Mt Hood Meadows race team. He has also coached Jackson Hole ski club, snowbird ski team, Squaw Valley ski team and the US ski team. His favorite website is ikitesurf.com and favorite food is BBQ. He enjoys kiting and being a dad, and he roots for the Boston Red Sox. Brad started working at MHSSC in 2016.
Matteo Bassi
Matteo is from Sestriere, Italy. He attends University Di Torino, Law School. He's currently coaching U18 FIS/USSA at Holderness in New Hampshire. His favorite website is youtube and favorite food is Italian meat. He enjoys music, hiking and being with his dog. He roots for Milan A.C. and when he grows up, he wants to be Peter Pan. Matteo started working at MHSSC in 2016.
camera shy Harlen O'Brien
camera shy Louise


MOGUL COACH

Darren Owen, Head Mogul Coach
Darren, from Salt Lake City, UT is our head mogul coach.  He has a BS in Social Science.  When he's not skiing powder, Darren enjoys riding his bike.  He roots for the Utah Jazz and when he grows up, he wants to be a film director. Darren also designs the camp t-shirt each year.  He's been with MHSSC since 1997.

 

FREESKI COACHES

Shea Flynn
Shea, from Auburn, Maine is a Literature major at the University of Colorado/Boulder.  His favorite website is Sheaflynn.com and favorite foods are fruits.  Shea roots for the Boston Celtics and he wants to be the President when he grows up.  Shea has been coaching at camp since 2011.
Jonah Elston
Jonah lives in Bend, Oregon. His favorite website is youtube and favorite food is cereal. Jonah wants to be a pilot when he grows up. He's been working at camp since 2015.


SNOWBOARD COACHES

Rick Millett
Rick, our head snowboard coach/terrainpark manager from North Augusta, Maine, is currently the head snowboard coach @ Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. He has also coached at Northstar, Big Sky, BreckenRidge, Sunday River and Timberline Lodge.   Rick enjoys flying off big jumps and his favorite foods includes sushi, mac & cheese w/Kilbasa and chicken salad. He roots for the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins and his favorite websites are mthood.com and craigslist. Rick is a pisces and is single. Rick has been working at camp since 2005.
Ben Beavon
Ben is a AASI Level 3 freestyle certified instructor, originally from Bozeman, Montana.  He has coached at Timberline, Riverdale High School snowboard team, and has been on the park crew at Mt Hood Ski Bowl.  His favorite website is stillnotsponsored.com and his favorite food is anything from a taco wagon.  Ben also enjoys dirt jump bikes and taking road trips anywhere.  He's been working at camp since 2011.
Michael Jennings
Michael studied Political Science/Economics at Columbia University.  He's an AASI Level III and USASA Level II certifiedHe's been head coach/terrain park manager at Camelback.  Michael's favorite food is authentic Mexican and his favorite website is Timberline Web Cam Page.  Michael has been working at MHSSC since. 2011.
 
DIGGERS They keep our terrain park in awesome condition!
Thomas Graham III
Thomas is a snowboarder from Maggie Valley, NC.  He graduated from Western Carolina University with a Parks & Recreation Management Degree. and is a terrainpark supervisor at Beech Mountain Resort in NC. . His favorite website is vimeo and favorite food is sushi.  He enjoys skateboarding and disc golf.   Thomas has been working at MHSSC since 2010.
Jack Reid
Jack is a snowboarder from Morganton, NC. He likes to eat tacos. When he grows us, he wants to be an "expert", and he is a world renowned ladiesman. Jack has been working at camp since 2011.
Matthew Froberg
Matt is a freeskier from Acton, MA. He's been a ski instructor and his favorite website is newschoolers.com. He enjoys eating pizza and for fun he skateboards and roots for the Boston Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox. Matt started working at camp in 2016.

 

COUNSELOR STAFF

Becky Aurora Thompson 2014 Becky Aurora Thompson
Becky is a snowboard racer from Parker, South Dakota. She majored in Ski Area Operations at Colorado Mountain College and works on the race crew at Vail. Her favorite website is facebook, favorite food Sugar Snap Peas, and she enjoys photography and trail running. Becky was a camper for 8 years and has worked at camp on and off since 2005.
Patrick Foster
Patrick is a freeskier from Seattle, Washington.  He's majoring in Meteorology at the University of Washington. His favorite website is newschoolers.com and his favorite food is burritos.  He roots for the Seattle Seahawks and he also enjoys mountain biking and climbing.   Patrick has been working at camp since 2011. 
Erica Carras
Erica is a freeskier from Port Washington, NY.  She attends Rhode Island school of design.  He favorite food is sushi and she enjoys surfing and drawing.  She roots for the NY Mets and when she grows up, Erica wants to be a ski designer & ski graphic designer.  Erica has been working at camp since 2011.
Leo Povolotskiy
Leo is a ski racer from West Chester, PA.  His favorite food is Chinese Food and favorite website is youtube.com. Leo roots for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Leo has been working at camp since 2013.
Makai Bradley
Makai coaches high school ski racers from Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon. His favorite website is Facebook and loves both preparing and eating sushi. He is studying Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State, where he roots for the Beavers and is also pursuing a certificate in Adventure Leadership. He hopes to grow up one day, and maybe even become a doctor. Makai has been working at MHSSC since 2011.
Sasha Karapetrova
Sasha is a skier from Chicago, Illinois.  She is attending Pomona College. Her favorite website is brobomb.com and her favorite food is Gino's Chinese Chicken. She also enjoys soccer and she roots for the Chicago Bulls and Chelsea Football Club.   Sasha has been with MHSSC since 2010.
Nigel Stein
Nigel is a mogul skier from Marshfield, MA. He attends Westminster College. His favorite website is Reddit and favorite food is Mexican. Nigel enjoys rockclimbing and hiking and he roots for all the Boston teams He wants to be a Senator when he grows up. Nigel starting working at camp in 2014.
Emily Ballon
Emily is a snowboarder from Toronto, Canada. Her favorite website is netflix and favorite food is Korean food. She enjoys biking and she wants to be an Engineer when she grows up. Emily starting working at camp in 2015.
Matthew Kolbl
Matthew is a ski racer from Cameron Park, CA. He attends Ponderosa High School and his favorite website is datpiff.com. He likes donuts and he roots for the Dallas Cowboys. Matthew has been working at camp since 2015.
Paul Gatti
Paul is a ski racer from New York. He's attending Binghamton University, where he is studying Engineering, Systems Science. His favorite food are eggs and for fun he enjoys skiing and cycling. Paul roots for the New York Mets and his favorite website is SlalomTokyoDrift.com. He's been working at camp since 2014.

 

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CIT's)

James Hayman
James is a ski racer from New York City. His favorite website is "Jerry of the day" and favorite foods are Filet mignon and pizza. James enjoys eating, skiing, and reading and he roots for the NY Yankees and NY Rangers. James starting working at camp in 2015.
Braden Brothers
Braden is a ski racer from Natick. His favorite website is Artech.com and favorite food is pizza. Braden enjoys skiing and hanging with friends and he roots for the Boston Red Sox. Braden starting working at camp in 2015.
Unie Gu
Unie is a ski racer from Novi, Michigan. She will be attending and ski racing for Michigan State University. Her favorite website is netflix, her favorite foods are sushi and Thai food and she enjoys hiking and baking. When she grows up, she wants to be in the medical field. Unit has been working at camp since 2015.
Hannah Penkala
Hannah is a ski racer from Regina, Saskatchewan. Her favorite website is slalomtokyodrift.com and her favorite food is soup. She enjoys waterskiing and playing rugby and she roots for the Montreal Canadians. Hannah started working at camp in 2015.
Mackenzie Heidel
Mackenzie is a ski racer from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She enjoys playing the piano and playing rugby. She roots for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders (CFL) and she speaks French. Mackenzie has been working at camp since 2015.
Lily Rezai
Lily is a ski racer from Somers, NY. She enjoys running and she roots for the Arsenal football club. She wants to be an engineer when she grows up. Lily has been working at camp since 2016. .
Emma Shapera
Emma is a snowboarder from Sleepy Hollow, NY. Her favorite website is netflix and she enjoys playing ice hockey, reading and photography. She roots for the Pittsburgh Penguins and she speaks Spanish. Emma starting working at camp in 2016.
Connor Kravatz
Connor is a park skier from Montvale, New Jersey. His favorite food is letuce and he roots for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He enjoys competitive agriculture. Connor started working at camp in 2016.
Kai Schussler
Kai is a freeskier from San Rafael, CA. His favorite website is reddit.com and favorite food is Orgain & smoothies. He enjoys rockclimbing and hiking and he roots for the San Francisco Giants. Kai has been working at camp since 2016.
Jordan Misaros
Jordan is a ski racer from Milford, Michigan. Her favorite website is buzzfeed.com and favorite food is yogurt. Jordan has been working at camp since 2015.
Sam Burgess
Sam is a freeskier from Barrington, Rhode Island. His favorite website is newschoolers and favorite food is Mac & Cheese. He enjoys the outdoors and he roots for the Boston Bruins. Sam started working at camp in 2016.

 

VIDEOGRAPHERS

Robin Cressy
Robin, from Portland, OR, is our head Videographer.  His favorite website is youtube and he roots for the Portland Trail Blazers.   He enjoys playing basketball, and juicing.  Robin was a camper at MHSSC in 1982 and has been working with us since 1986. 
Peter Cimmino
Peter, from Middlebury, CT, is studying business at the University of Utah. His favorite website is vimeo.co/segcos and he also enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and photography. He roots for the New York Giants. Peter starting working at camp in 2015.

 

KITCHEN STAFF

Prescott Prescott McLaughlin
Prescott is a ski racer from Millbrook, New York.  He will attend Dartmouth.  He roots for the NY Yankees, enjoys "cobra dogs", and his favorite website is ESPN.com.  Prescott has been working at camp since 2009.
Reid Lambres
Reid is a ski racer from Rescue, CA. He attends University of Nevada Reno studying Engineering.Reid had worked as a boot fitter and sales associate at Parallel Mountain Sports.   His favorite website is reddit.com and favorite food is French Toast. Reid enjoys rockclimbing and biking and he roots for the SF Giants.  He's been working at camp since 2010.
Taber Engelken
Taber is a ski racer from Shelburne, VermontHis favorite websites are mylifeisbro.com and boston.barstoolsports.com and favorite foods include Lobster and Sushi.  When he grows up, he wants to be an astronaut. Taber has been working at MHSSC since 2011.
 
Quinn Bestwick Quinn Bestwick
Quinn is a freeskier from Reading, PA. His favorite website is newschoolers.com and favorite food is sushi. Quinn enjoys skateboarding and he roots for the Philadelphia Phillies. Quinn has been working at camp since 2014.
Alex Harrington
Alex is a freeskier from Lansboro, MA. He attends the University of Vermont and he used to teach ski lessons. His favorite website is newschoolers.com and favorite food is bacon, egg and cheese. Alex is a karate master. He's been working at camp since 2013.
Zach Harrington
Zach is a freeskier from Lanesboro, MA. He is a high school student and was a ski instructor. His favorite website is myspace.com. Zach also enjoys playing Lacrosse and he roots for the New England teams. Zach has been working at camp since 2013.

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Bill Toney Bill Toney
Bill is a ski racer from Reno, Nevada.  He studied Architecture at University of Utah.  His favorite website is ExpeditionPortal.com and  he enjoys eating Mexican food.  Bill also enjoys road-biking and waterpolo.  He's also a wildland firefighter.  Bill has been working at camp since 2007.


LODGE EMPLOYEE

Robert Johnson 2014 Robert Johnson
Robert is our camp handyman/maintenance man/artist.  He studied graphic arts/drafting at Mid Valley Vocational and Piles Peak Community College. His favorite website is Amazon.com and when he's not working, he enjoys doing art projects, fishing and panning for gold. He roots for the Chicago Bears/Cubs/White Sox/Bulls/Blackhawks.  Robert has been working at MHSSC since 2006. 


In Memory of

Mark Stegall  1963-2011
Mark, originally from Dallas, Texas, is the Snowboard Program Director/Head Coach, Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club.   He is the current and 5-time USASA Legends Overall National Champion and Slopestyle Champion. Mark is a national level certified coach with USASA.  He is a former Pro Jet Ski Racer, Motocross racer, expert surfer, wakeboarder, BMX racer, and he can ski too.   Mark has been with MHSSC since 1998.
Spencer Nelson   1990-2010
Spencer is racing for the University of Colorado ski team, where he is majoring in Finance and Marketing.  He has also interned for Atomic Skis.  Spencer's favorite website is CUBuffs.com and he roots for the Colorado Rockies.  He also enjoys mountain biking, rockclimbing and weightlifting.  Spencer started working at camp in 2010.
Jeff Tait  1980-2013
Timmy Johnson 1992-2015 

 

 

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