KSC/KMS Administrators

Chuck Hughes

KSC/KMS Development Program and KMS Event Director

​Chuck started coaching ski racing in 1975 for the Pico Ski Club, since then he has taught and coached ski racing for Burke Mountain Academy, Killington Resort, Winter Park, and Killington Mountain School. Chuck took the first group of Killington Mountain School athletes to train in Europe in the early 80’s and continued to organize and manage European training camps for over 15 years. Chuck was the Promotions and Competitions Director for UVEX Sports North America 1985-1992. Working very closely with world class athletes in ski racing, ski jumping, snowboarding, luge, bobsled, and biking, Chuck managed product testing, team product distribution in North America and managed racing service representative teams. He coordinated all marketing, equipment and logistic activities at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games, 1989 Vail World Championships and all North American World Cups for UVEX Sports.

 

​Chuck is an International Technical Delegate representing the Federation of International Skiing (FIS), and is a Nationally ranked Certified USSS Alpine Official, with endorsements of Chief of Race and Chief of Course as well as Referee, Course Official, Start and Finish Referee. Chuck is a USSS Alpine Level 300 certified coach and a member of the Class of 1980 USSS Coaches Academy, in Squaw Valley. As a FIS Technical Delegate for Alpine (Speed certified and Speed examiner, as well as World Cup Certified), he has been a TD at the Lake Louise World Cups, and officiated at the Beaver Creek World Cup races, Canadian National’s, NorAm Cups, FIS UNI’s Races, EISA Championships, NCAA Championships, South American Cup, USCSA Regional Championships, and at all levels of FIS and USSS alpine ski races.

 

​Chuck has served as a member of many boards including former President and board member of Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA), former Chairman of the Eastern Alpine Officials Committee, a past member of the Eastern ACC Committee, a past board member of the KSC, former chairman of the VARA Alpine Officials, and the USSS Alpine Sport Committee, Chuck is currently Chair of the USSS TD Working Group, as well as being a member of the USSS Rules and Tech Committee, and US FIS TD Working Group.

 

​Chuck served as Chief of Course for the 2016 Killington AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP, and was appointed to Chief of Race for the 2017 Killington AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP and 2018 and 2019 Killington AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP.

 

Chuck was the recipient of the Burckett/Dodge Award for Outstanding Officiating in the Eastern Region and the VARA Volunteer of the Year Award. Chuck received the West Family Award at the 2015 USSS Congress in Park City:

 

Presented in recognition of service as a USSS Alpine Official by Tom Kelly VP Communications

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“Chuck Hughes has been a coach, parent, FIS Technical Delegate, Eastern AO Chairman, Program Director at Killington Mountain School, Vermont Officials Chair and a VARA Board Member. He has dedicated much time to the betterment of alpine skiing. He handles himself with grace and has earned the respect of the national and international community of ski racing”

 

​Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, with a concentration in Ski Area Management from Lyndon State College, 1983. Chuck is a Justice of the Peace for the Town of Killington.

​Chuck’s wife, Betty, was the Director of Academics and Headmaster at Killington Mountain School for 17 years, and has been a coach in the Killington Ski Club/Killington Mountain School program for over 20 years. Betty is presently a High School Counselor for the Rutland Public School’s. 

 

​Chuck’s children (Tyler Hughes, Megan Trayner & Stefan Hughes) all grew up in Killington and skied for the KSC and attended KMS. They all competed in alpine racing and skied internationally in Europe and South America. Some of the many accomplishments are; MID VT Champions, Vermont State Champions, VARA TEAM, Junior Olympic Champions, Whistler Cup, USSA EASTERN Ski Team Members, JR World Championship Team Members, NCAA Champions, NCAA All-Americans, World University Games Participants, and US Ski Team Members and graduates of the University of Vermont, Middlebury College and the University of Colorado. They all continue to coach ski racing today and are certified coaches and officials and have a lifelong love of the sport of skiing.

 

​Currently Tyler coaches in the KSC/KMS Devo Program, Megan is currently private coaching in Park City, Utah, and modeling for various ski companies, and Stefan coaches for the University of Colorado.

 

Chuck and Betty, have a few grandchildren; Aurora Trayner, Carter Hughes, Tessa Trayner, Asher Hughes and Cairn Trayner, Spencer Hughes, Gioia Hughes, and Oliver Hughes who looks down from heaven daily.

Alexis Voutas

KSC/KMS Development Program and KMS Event Coordinator

Alexis grew up locally in Chittenden, VT. and has been skiing Killington and Pico from a young age. While attending Northfield Mount Hermon in Northfield, MA. for high school, she was on the ski team for four years and captained the team for multiple years.  

Alexis graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. She has been working for KMS for multiple years and is currently a USSS Level 1 Competition Official, Jury Advisor, and Race Administrator.

After working with KMS for multiple years, Alexis has also served as the On Hill Volunteer Coordinator for the 2016-2019 Killington AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP working closely alongside the Chief of Race and Chief of Course. 

Tyer Smith

KMS Event Crew Chief

Tyler grew up ski racing at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. Graduate of Wallkill Valley High School before attending Castleton University in the fall of 2012. Four year member of Castletons Alpine Ski Team. Helped the Spartans to three podium finishes at USCSA Nationals and captured a Regional Championship in 2016. Graduate of Castleton University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in adventure recreation. Tyler has also been a part of Spartan race since 2013 traveling the country setting up their various lengths of obstacle course races. Tyler has been with KSC/KMS since 2016 as the events crew chief. Tyler is also involved with the Killington Audi FIS ski world cup serving as the assistant chief of course for the races. Tyler currently resides in Killington with his girlfriend Lauren and their dogs.

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Alpine Coaches

Joe Bovaconti

Alpine U19/16

USSS Level 200 Alpine

Joe joined KSC/KMS after coaching with the Eastern Mass Buddy Warner League and Tri-State. He comes to us with a life long history of skiing. Formerly he was a member of the Gore Mountain Alpine Race Team for six years. During that time, he attended a small ski academy within the NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority for four years. Every year during that time, he represented New York State at the Junior Olympics, racing in the speed events. 


      After Joe stopped racing competitively, he continued with the sport he loved. He has over a million vertical feet logged in British Columbia with Canadian Mountain Holiday(CMH). In 2003 the was inducted into the Million Foot Club by Hans Gmoser, founder of CMH.


      He is currently a USSA Level 200 coach and alpine official. This year will be the 7th consecutive year coaching the U16/U19 group with KSC/KMS.

   After leaving New York, Joe attended Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. He graduated in 1993 with a BA in Business Management. Joe is a thriving small business owner and is now in his 33rd year of operations. He currently resides in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, with his wife  Laura and children Mary and PJ. Mary is a current coach with KSC/KMS Future Stars and is on the Alpine ski team at Castleton University. PJ is a freshman at Plymouth State University, where he will be racing Division I Alpine. 
 

     As a family, they enjoy skiing, traveling, and music. Joe is an avid cyclist when he is not working or skiing

Sean Graves

Alpine Coach

He has been working in the ski industry for the last twenty six years.  He starting out teaching at a little ski area called Crotched Mt in NH in 1986. When they went bankrupt he moved over to Magic Mt in Londonderry VT and was there for two years until they closed their doors. Okemo was his next stop, spending about seven years as an instructor there. As his tenure at Okemo ended, he graduated college and working full time in the industry ended. As the full time industry job ended, the real world job of a high school teacher started. This led him across Route 131 to Ascutney Mountain Resort where he spent the next twelve years. While there, he was the Director of the Children’s program called Young Olympians. Both of his children learned to ski there and it was pretty much home for his family. He also re-started my “racing career” at Ascutney.

Paul Zackin

Alpine Coach

Paul grew up skiing and racing at the Killington Ski Club and Killington Mountain School.  He raced NCAA D2 through college and captained the MIT Ski Team. Over the past 6 years, Paul has coached at the U14, U12, and U10 levels here at KSC/KMS and at KMS camps at Mt. Hood.  Paul and his wife, Emiko, have 3 sons: Sammy, Alec, and Matt who are either currently in or have gone through the KSC/KMS programs.

Helen Bruno

Alpine Coach

 

Helen has been coaching with KSC and KSC/KMS programs for more than 20 years and is a USSA Level 200 coach and alpine official.

She also holds the honorary title of “Lady Jelly Bean,” and when she’s not on the mountain, she’s a software developer.

Jim McClellan IV

Alpine Coach

 

Jimmy's home mountain is Killington, his favorite trail being Big Dipper as it was in 1978.  He has been skiing for 41 years and coaching for 10 years at all ages.  His favorite skier is Harkin Banks. 


His is also the number two ranked racer in the world on K2 and Technica (there were only two of them).

Ted Panasci

Alpine Coach

Derek McClellen

Alpine Coach

Derek has skied in Killington Programs since 1979.  He graduated from Killington Mountain School in 1992 and from University of Vermont in 1998. Derek has worked as a World Cup service technician from 1999 to 2006 and in the field of Ski Industry Product Management with Marker/Volkl for over 10 years.  Derek coaches KMS FIS Men from 1998-1999 and has returned to coaching with KSC/KMS while his two sons progress through the Alpine Race program. 

Jeff Lombardi

Alpine Coach

Jeff returns to Killington after spending nearly 30 years working on Wall Street. He grew up skiing mainly in the Berkshire’s participating in a couple of the Junior programs. Jeff spent a number of years at Killington teaching all levels prior to heading to The University of Loyola Maryland were he graduated with a BA degree. He is currently enjoying his first year back coaching U10s. 

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Freestyle Coaches

Kris Pepe

Freestyle Mogul Program Director 

USSS Level 2 Mogul and Level 3 Aerial

From 2008-2014, Kris was the head mogul FIS/Nor-Am coach at Telluride, and served most recently as the head freestyle coach at Aspen.

 

Kris began his freestyle career as a competitive athlete out of Hunter Mountain, NY. From there he traveled to Park City to compete nationally, attaining strong results. Kris got his start in coaching at Park City, before moving on to Telluride where he was instrumental in developing one of the most highly successful FIS programs in the country.

 

Most recently, at Aspen, Kris has been tasked with building a grassroots freestyle mogul program. He has been developing training plans, athlete development models, and appropriate coaching plans from the ground up, focusing on what athletes need at each stage of development from U8′s through U21′s.

Nori Pepe

Freestyle Development Coordinator

USSS Level 1 Mogul and Level 2 Aerial

Nori was a US Ski Team member from 1997-2001, and three-time Junior National Champion in Freestyle Aerials and combined. Her career stats include: two time National Champion; two time NorAm Grand Prix Champion; Jr. World Championship Bronze Medalist; the Ski Magazine Cup Award 1996; and the recipient of the Hart Cup Award 1996.

Nori was the Junior Mogul Team Coordinator and head coach at Telluride from 2008-2014, and most recently was the Freestyle Devo 2 Coordinator and head coach at Aspen. Before moving West in 2008, Nori was the Development Program Director and head development Freestyle coach at Waterville Valley.​

Mike Beauregard

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 1 Mogul and Level 2 Aerial

Mike "The Bridgewater Missile" Beauregard was on the US Freestyle Ski Team from 1989 to 1993.  He had four World Cup starts, was 1991 Nor Am Champion, 2007 BMMC Champion, and 2010 BMMC Champion.  He has been involved with the KMS/KSC programs for 27 years.

Peter Damore

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 2 Mogul and Level 2 Aerial

Pete is a freestyle mogul coach who has been with the KSC/KMS program since 2015. In addition to coaching, Pete is also a USSS official and has acted as Chief of Competition for many mogul, slopestyle and aerial events and the 2016-2019 Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge.  Pete has two boys, Tyler and Trae, who both compete for the KMS Freestyle Mogul Team. While not on the slopes, Pete is a real estate attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Frank Marinella

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 1 Mogul and Level 2 Aerial

Inventor of the Iron Lotus, a trick now banned in International Competition. 

Guy Keefe

Freestyle Mogul Coach

Guy is in his third year coaching Freestyle with the KSC/KMS program.  He attended Castleton State College and currently works as a Division Manager at Maine Drilling and Blasting. 

 

He has been skiing for 40 years, 25 of which have been at Killington.  He has competed in the infamous Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge 16 times. 

His two children are currently in the KSC/KMS program and he is passionate about skiing and loves teaching the sport of mogul skiing. 

 

Dave Frendel

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 1 Mogul

1987 US Nor-am mogul team; World and Bud Pro Mogul tour competitor 1989 to 1998 on the Killington Pro-Mogul team. Most recently 3rd Place Sundown Pro Mogul contest in 2013 sharing the podium with Myles Frendel (1st ever and only Father/son Pro-Mogul podium). He has coached Mogul skiing since 1992 and is passionate about the sport.

Mike Altobell

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 1 Mogul

Mike started skiing at Killington in 1966 and attended Rutland High School.  He was adopted by a ski house in 1979 where he earned the nickname "Rutland Mike".  He competed in USSA mogul competitions from  1986 to 1989, but most importantly he earned three 3rd places in the first few Bear Mountain mogul challenges.

Young Namkung

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 1 Mogul and USSS Level 2 Aerials

Young has been skiing Killington since 1996.  He began coaching for the KSC/KMS Development Program in the 2016/17 season.  

Young lives in Killington full time.  You can find him on the slopes almost everyday. 

Chris Walkiewicz

Freestyle Mogul Coach

 

Chrissy Sweeney

Freestyle Mogul Coach

 

Brad Bruno

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 2 Mogul and Level 2 Aerial

Mike Spoth

Freestyle Mogul Coach

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Kevin Osinski

Freestyle Mogul Coach

USSS Level 2 Mogul and Level 2 Aerial

Kevin has been a moguls and bumps and jumps coach for the KMS Freestyle Development team since 2015 and involved as KMS/KSC volunteer since 2009. He has level 200 Mogul and Aerials certification from USSA, he is a certified air bag operator and has Safesport, CPR/first aid and concussion protocol training. Prior to joining KMS, Kevin was a coach for his daughter's premier soccer travel team and also coached a few years of both boys and girls soccer teams in the town league. Kevin is an avid skier who has attended multiple summer mogul training camps and worked as a ski reporter during and after college. He has been skiing Killington since 1983. Kevin has a daughter that competes on a national and international level in Freeski and a son who also enjoys skiing. In his spare time during the week, he works as a Pension Actuary/Benefits Consultant and in the summer months he and his family like to mountain bike at Killington. Kevin and his family are from Fairfield, CT.

Bob Fischer

Freestyle Mogul Coach

 

Bob has a rich history in the sport of freestyle and alpine skiing, and has been a KSC coach since the 2000 season. However, prior to arriving at the Big K, he was a longtime backcountry skier in the Lake Tahoe area and was a USSA Far West freestyle competitor from 1989-92. He also competed in Alpine events during the 1970's and 80's at Holiday Valley, Kissing Bridge and Red Jacket, New York.

A 1987 SUNY College of Buffalo graduate, off the slopes Water Quality Superintendent for the City of South Burlington, Vermont.

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Freeski

Peter DuBois

Freeski Program Director and Head Coach

USSS Level 2 Mogul, Level 2 Aerial and USASA Level 100

Peter has been skiing since he was two years old, and loves every minute of it.  He grew up in Pennsylvania skiing at Camelback and Big Boulder. He was a ski instructor at Camelback from ages 14-18.  After that he started coaching the freeski team at Camelback until he and a few other coaches decided to start their own ski/snowboard team at Big Boulder.  Peter has since moved up to Vermont and is coaching full time at KMS. Outside of skiing; he loves being outdoors with his wife Megan, daughter Molly (with another daughter on the way), and dog Frankenstein.

Brandon Westburg

Freeski Coach

Jared Seaver

Bumps and Jumps Freeski Coach

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Big Mountain

Tucker Lange

Big Mountain Head Coach

Wally Campbell

Big Mountain Coach

Merissa Sherman

Big Mountain Coach

Jennifer Masztal

Big Mountain Coach

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Future Stars

Tyler Hughes

Future Stars Program Director

An avid skier for over +35 years, raised in Killington, Tyler started his ski career with KMS/KSC at the energetic age of 5.  Tyler grew through the program to be a top athlete, competing at all levels of USSA and FIS, where he attended KMS then went on to BMA.  A stint with the US development traveling team attending camps and races then went on to University of Vermont where he was a member of the Division I Alpine Ski Team.  After college, Tyler ran the U14 program at Pico, as well as, an assistant coach at GMVS, where he developed multiple athletes into top eastern region level contenders and state champions.  Tyler then joined KSC/KMS weekend program coaching U19, U16 and U14 athletes.  He currently live in Ridgefield, CT with his wife, Hilary, and (3) boys Carter, Asher & Spencer where he works for Diageo leading North American eCommerce Partnership and Strategy.

Steve Finneron

Future Stars Coach

Heidi McClellan

Future Star Coach

Heidi McClellan has enjoyed coaching at KMS/KSC for the past 7 years at the Future Star and the U10 Alpine level.  Heidi graduated from Stratton Mountain School and the University of Vermont where she was All American and Captain of the alpine ski team. She and her husband Derek have 2 boys Max a U12, and Luke, a Future Star. Heidi is certified in CPR, First Aid, Safe Sport and Heads Up Concussion. 

Peter See

Future Stars Coach

Pete grew up in Connecticut but, like several of the programs current families, had a second home in Vermont where he would spend most of his summers and ski time.  His first time skiing wa at Killington in 1966.  He moved to Killington full-time in the early 1980's and taught history at Killington Mountain School untill 2001.  He later started coaching for Killington Ski Club in the 1990's.  His sons grew up skiing in Killington with him and his wife, Kate.  All three of his sons are alumni of the KMS alpine program.  He now teaches History and Government as well as coach the varsity alpine race team at Mill River High School near Rutland.

Partrick See

Future Stars Coach

Patrick grew up in Rutland and now lives in Middlebury with his wife and pets. Killington is his home mountain. This will be his third year coaching with the future stars program, and he enjoys it immensely.

"Skiing is not fun. It is life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality."--Dolores LaChapelle
 

Mary Bovaconti

Future Stars Coach

Shannon Mclaughlin

Future Stars Coach

Justin Happel

Future Stars Coach

Dr. Justin W. Happel was born and raised in Livingston NJ. He began skiing at the age of 2 and  ½ and was Co-President of his high school ski club. He started his alpine racing career at Camelback MT in PA; and shortly after changed his home base to Killington. Justin went through the KSC Alpine Racing Program from 2004-2007. He attended and raced for Green Mtn College in 2008 and Castleton State College 2009-2012; where he received his B.S. in biology. Justin later joined the KSC/KMS coaching staff in 2012 working with the J1-2 girls under head coach Doug Tucker. The next year he coached with the FutureStars program until 2016. From 2016-2019 Justin attended Ross University of Veterinary Medicine where he received his D.V.M. He has since returned to his coaching position with FutureStars. Justin is a Level 100 USSS Alpine coach, Safe Sport, CPR, AED, and basic life support certified (for people). Dr. Justin works at a veterinary clinic in Rutland VT and loves talking about and seeing pictures of your pets. He is the proud father to an orange and white cat and has twin brother that works at a local ski shop.

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Snowboard Coaches

Ryan Sihler

USASA Level 100

Ryan grew up in Pittsfield, VT and Killington has been his home mountain since he started riding.  Ryan was an athlete in the Development program from 2010-2016 and started competing at local competitions such as K-Town Showdowns, Stash Gathering, and Mtn Dew slalom races during this time. Later he began competing in USASA events such as slopestyle, rail jams, and boardercross

He graduated Rutland High School in 2017 before attending College at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for Architecture for a year. Ryan is currently in a gap year coaching as the Lead Development Coach for KMS.

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