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2017 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.   
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.
Sean Mailey
Sean is vice principal at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon.  Sean is married to Amanda Mailey and they 2 kids.  Sean has been part of MHSSC since 2005.
Harlen F. O'Brien
Harlen is from North Sutton, New Hampshire He coaches at Ragged Mt Resort. His favorite food is Steamers Lobers and he enjoys fishing, gelogy, paneontology, hiking, wilderness survivial and 4-wheeling. His favorite website is youtube. Harlen has been coaching at MHSSC since 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.
Ben Nilsson
Ben is from Boulder, Colorado. He majored BA at the University of Colorado. He has been a ski instructor at Loveland ski area, Alpine ski coach (U-10 age) and Development Team Supervisor. He also instructed at Winter Park and coached U-10/U-12 there as well. He also taught skiing at A Basin. Favirote website is any ski area he's skiing that day. Favorite foods include Salmon, steak, BBQ Pork and Alaskan King Crag. Ben also enjoys Fly fishing and attending Rockies games with his wife. He started working at camp in 2017.


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.
Garth Hager

 

FREESKI COACHES

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.
Oscar Weary
Oscar started working at camp in 2017.
Nathan Goddard
Nathan is from Ridgefield, Washington. He has an AA in Business from Clark College. His favorite website is Newschoolers.com, and favorite food is Pizza. For fun Nathan likes to make hip hop beats, brew beer, listen to music, soccer, hiking, running, saxaphone, bbq'ing, sudoko, ukeleke, photography, film editing and of course loves to ski. He roots for Vancouver Victory FC, Fulham FC, Sounders FC, Borussia Dortmund, US Men's National Team, US Women's National team, A.S. Roma, Seahawks, Mariners, WSU Cougs, Gonzaga Zags and the Seattle Sonics. Nathan started working at camp in 2016.


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 and USASA 200 certified coach. Originally from Bozeman, Montana, he currently spends his winters on Mt. Hood working as head coach for the Sandy Snowboard Team, training USASA riders, and working for Timberline Ski Resort. His favorite foods are Thai food and anything from a taco wagon. Ben also enjoys jumping bikes, Youtube-ing videos on how to fix cars, and taking road trips anywhere. He's been working at camp since 2010.
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!
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.
John Garoutte
John is a snowboarder from Charlestown, New Hampshire. He's worked at Darkside Snowboards for 3 years. His favorite food is blueberry pancakes and he enjoys painting, skating and reading books. He roots for Shawn White. John started working at camp in 2017.

 

COUNSELOR STAFF

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. 
Andrea Dahl
Andrea is a skier from Hibbing, Minnesota. She's attending University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Kinesiology. She as worked as a boot fitter at Hi Tempo, is a cert 2 PSIA instructor having worked at Hyland Hills, Afton Alps and Breckenridge. Her favorite website is apartmenttherapy.com. Andrea enjoys Minnesota lake life on the boat/jet skis and Exploring MSP by skateboard. She roots for the Minneota Wild. Andrea has been working at camp since 2014.
Paul Gatti
Paul is a ski racer from Bayville, New York. He's attending Binghamton University, majoring in Industrial Systems Engineering. His favorite website is mthood.com and favorite food are eggs. For fun, Paul enjoys cycling. Paul roots for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. He's been working at camp since 2016.
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.
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.
Nolan Trouv'e
Nolan is a snowboarder from Washington DC.  He's studying Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Maryland. His favorite website is mthood.com and favorite food is sushi. He roots for the Maryland Terps.  Nolan has been working at camp since 2013.

 

COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CIT's)

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.
Sam Burgess
Sam is a freeskier from Barrington, Rhode Island. He will be majoring in Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina. His favorite website is Amazon.com and favorite foods include ribs and brownies. He roots for the New England Patriots. Sam started working at camp in 2015.
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.

Merumo Ishimaru
Merumo is a ski racer from Ketchum Idaho. Her favorite website is youtube and favorite food is Sushi. She loves to ski and workout. She has a Japanese accent. Merumo has been working at camp since 2016.

Lukas Kolbl
Lukas is a ski racer from Cameron Park, California. His favorite website is youtube and favorite food is pizza. He enjoys playing soccer and he roots for the Balitmore Ravens. He hopes to be an engineer when he grows up. Lukas has been working at camp since 2017.
Ben Glasser
Ben is a freeskier from Baltimore, Maryland. His favorite website is newschoolers and favorite food is pizza. He enjoys making music and he roots for the Baltimore Ravens. Ben started working at camp in 2016
Will Coulson
Will is a freeskier from Baltimore, Maryland. His favorite website is soundcloud.com, and favorite food is Flank Steak. He likes walks in the woods and he roots for the Baltimore Orioles. Will started working at camp in 2017. .
Julia Rumely
Julia is a ski racer from Commerce, Michigan. She's currently a high school student. Her favorite website is theonion.com and favorite food is Spongebob shaped kraft macaroni. She enjoys hanging out at the lake with friends. She roots for the Detroit Lions. Julia has been working at camp since 2016.
Anya Firisen
Anya is a ski racer from Troy, New York. Her favorite website is Buzzfeed and favorite food is pizza. She enjoys sleeping. Anya started working at camp in 2017.
  AJ Shattles
AJ is a freeskier from St. James, New York. His favorite website is newschoolers and favorite food Sushi. He enjoys mountain biking, enjoys the outdoors, and he roots for the NY Giants. AJ has been working at camp since 2017.

Steve Shea
Steve is a ski racer from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Favorite food is anything Italian. Steve enjoys rockclimbing , fishing and playing tennis. He roots for the Boston Red Sox. Steve has been working at camp since 2015.
Aidan Coffey
Aidan is a freeskier from New Canaan, Connecticut. His favorite website is Newschoolers and favorite food is burritos. Aidan enjoys surfing and rooting for the New England Patriots. Aidan started working at camp in 2017.
Peter Burgess
Peter is a freeskier from Barrington, Rhode Island. His favorite website is Slvsh.com and favorite food is pizza. He enjoys playing lacrosse and hanging out with friends. He roots for the New England Patriots and his favorite movie is 'Cool Runnings'. Peter started working at camp in 2016.
Isaac Foster
Isaac is a ski racer from Northampton, Massachusetts. He currently attends Northfield Mount Hermon. His favorite website is youtube and favorite food is ramen. Isaac enjoys surfing, fishing, mountain biking and trampolining. He roots for all the New England sports teams. Isaac 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 "Danger" Cimmino
Peter is a snowboarder from Middlebury, C. He's now living in Salt Lake City, UT, having graduated from the University of Utah where he studied Parks Recreation /Tourism and Commercial Recreation. He has worked with the Terrain park staff at Brighton Ski Resort, Dinosaurs Will Die Snowboards Tech Rep, and has been a Transworld Snowboard Magazine gear tester and reviewer. . His favorite website is vimeo.com/Segcos, favorite food Bacon jalapeno Mac and Cheese, and he also enjoys filming, photography, swimming, camping, anything outdoors. He roots for the New York Giants, Toledo Mud Hens, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the Vancouver Canucks. Peter starting working at camp in 2015.

 

KITCHEN STAFF

Prescott Prescott McLaughlin
Prescott is a ski racer from Millbrook, New York.  He races for Dartmouth College.  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 Environmental Science. .Reid has worked as a boot fitter.   His favorite website is Pinkbike and favorite food is French Toast. Reid enjoys rockclimbing and mountain-biking and he roots for the SF Giants.  He's been working at camp since 2010.
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.
Will Barlow
Will is a ski racer from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He'll be attending University of British Columbia this fall. His favorite website is mthood.com and favorite foods include donuts and chicken friend steak. Will enjoys hiking, building cars, painting, writing, and hunting. He roots for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks and he can do 100 pushups in a row. Will started working at camp in 2017.

 

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 Pikes 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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