Coaches will provide proper technique and procedure needed to improve freestyle, big mountain, and Skier/Boarder-cross skills. Whether the athlete is entering their first competition or wanting to learn more competition skills, this program is designed with the riders’ needs and interests in mind. Our coaches carry various freestyle accreditations and certifications throughout the industry, are very enthusiastic, and committed to the advancement of free riding at Steven’s Pass.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: FRANK MARTIN
Raised in the foothills of the White Mountains in Maine, Frank has spent most of his life outdoors and when snowboarding first hit the scene, he had his heart set riding. Influenced by a small group of snowboarders at both Black Mountain and Sunday River resorts, Frank furthered his development attending training at Carrabassett Valley Academy at Sugarloaf, Maine where he was inspired by riders/coaches like Eric Webster, Jeremy Jones, Ross Powers, and Seth Wescott. Over the years, Frank has competed as a Snowboard Cross (SBX) athlete in multiple tours including the US Grand Prix, Hole Shot, Revolution, Jeep King of the Mountain, Swatch, and several other World Cup/Olympic Qualifiers. In addition to snowboarding, Frank is an avid mountaineer and climber with summits all over the US, Europe, and Africa and lives in Skykomish, WA.
AASI Level 1, AIARE Level 1 (Avalanche), USSA Freestyle Accreditation
PROGRAM CO-FOUNDER: MARNI YAMADA
Marni has over 25 years of skiing and snowboarding experience on the slopes of Stevens Pass. Born with a passion for winter sports, Marni began ski racing with SPAC, TAS and Mt. Hood Academy. She quickly converted to snowboarding after winning the US Nationals in 2000. She has recently retired from competing around the globe as a member of the US Snowboard Team. Her experience and ability has led her to top finishes in the X games, Vans Triple Crown, US Extreme Championships, and World Cup. Marni is a world class athlete and coaches with passion while building the future of the sport.
PROGRAM CO-FOUNDER: KYLE ENTROP
Kyle has 30+ years of skiing and snowboarding experience at Stevens Pass. Over the years Kyle has earned his PSIA Level 3 Certification and has continued to coach both skiers and snowboarders for 9 years at LCE and Olympic Ski School. Kyle began his competitive career racing with SPAC and Lyons and continued his passion for competition in Big Air, Slope-Style, Half-Pipe (Both Skiing and Snowboarding!!) and Skier and Boardercross. While coaching, he brings his enthusiasm of both sports.
PSIA Level 1, Freestyle Skiing Level 3, Freestyle Snowboard Level 1
HEAD SB COACH: GUY FIRTH
Bred to shred, Guy has been a fixture at Stevens Pass for over 10 years. He has worked in multiple capacities at the Pass having coached people of all ages as a certified ski and snowboard instructor. Additionally, Guy spent 2 years as the terrain park night time supervisor and 3 years as the terrain park manager. So when it comes to slaying Stevens whether the park is your thing or finding an untracked powder stash, there’s no better guide. We couldn’t be more excited to add Guy to our squad this year!
In his own words: “After the last 10 years at Stevens there is still no better feeling than getting first chair on a pow day. If you’re not FIRTH you’re last!”
SKI COACH: SIMON KNIGHT
Growing up east of the Cascades, Simon has been lucky enough to have two resorts to choose from: to the east Mission Ridge, to the West Stevens Pass. He was raised skiing both of these mountains and spent countless hours exploring zones within and around each of them. A former Stevens Pass Freeride Team alumni, Simon joined the team when he was in 8th grade. After one season he realized he wanted to ski much more frequently. Ever since then Simon has continued riding at Stevens, spent a season traveling around Utah and Colorado, and more recently a summer at Mt. Hood. In his own words: “I enjoy deep snow, jump lines, and long walks through the “park.””