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.