COACHES

SPFT coaches provide the right balance of proper technique, confidence and progression required to level up athlete’s freestyle, freeride and all mountain skills. Whether an athlete is wanting to build a strong foundation, compete, or just flow our program is designed with the riders’ goals and interests in mind. Our coaches carry various freestyle accreditations and certifications throughout the industry, are enthusiastic, and ready to assist in advancing a rider’s skills on the mountain.

Frank Martin – Program Director

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.

Marni Yamada – Co-founder

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.

Kyle Entrop – Co-founder

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.

Guy Firth

Bred to shred, Guy has been a fixture at Stevens Pass for more than a decade. 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 have Guy back with the 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!”

Matt Wainhouse

I have chosen to live a different lifestyle than others that I grew up with but wouldn’t change it for anything. I fell in love with snowboarding just as high school ended and I was very lucky to have had spent lots of time on the mountain during my 20’s. This was partly due to the love from my family and also working tough jobs to save up money during the off season. Now some things have changed, but I continue to spend as much time on my board as possible as well as attempting to leave my own little mark on snowboarding. I still work full time during the spring, summer and fall in order to support my winter adventures. Progressing and creating videos and images are still in the forefront of my mind when it comes to snowboarding. Seeing new places is up there too. I think just about anyone can make themselves a career or lifestyle out of skiing or snowboarding if they’re willing to give up a little bit of a normal path. It can be due to finding that obsession and never being fully satisfied with where you are at! – Matt

Zach Falen

Zach grew up under the big skies of western Montana, and clipped into his first set of bindings at two years old. A passionate adrenaline fiend from day one, he spent his youth chasing the Rocky Mountain white room and looking at the world from upside down. Zach spent his early college days balancing classwork with classic lines at Alta, Snowbird and Park City on Utah’s Wasatch front – and joins the team for his first year in Washington after finishing an undergraduate degree at University of Montana. An avid outdoorsman, Zach fills his time outside the winter months with fly fishing, backpacking, climbing, bowhunting and whitewater kayaking; and spends his weekdays writing magic spells for the internet as a web developer for Deloitte Consulting in Seattle.

Simon Knight

Growing up East of the Cascades, Simon has been lucky enough to have two resorts on either side: Mission to the east and Stevens to the West.  He grew up skiing both of these mountains and spent countless hours exploring what these mountains have to offer. An alumni of SPFT, Simon joined when he was in 7th grade. After one season he realized he wanted to ski, and wanted to ski a lot! Since then he has spent many more seasons riding at Stevens, a traveling around Utah and Colorado, and more recently summering on Mt. Hood. Simon enjoys deep snow, jump lines, and long walks through the “park.”

Matt Semrau

His name is Matt ‘The Man Child’ Semrau, hailing from Mount Vernon, WA.  Matt’s passion is freeride and big mountain and in his own words: “…ever since I could remember and to this day there isn’t anything I enjoy more than time in the mountains.” His stoke is infectious and will be his fifth year with SPFT and his third year coaching. That’s right – Matt is an alum of the program. We love having him back year and after year as he get’s fired up on what the season holds for SPFT athletes and can’t wait to see what goes down.  Matt is super down to Earth and keeps it real, however he never forgets to send it!

Chandler Henderson

Chandler has been slaying the Pacific Northwest from a ripe age of  2 years old. As a young grom, his eyes were always turning his gaze to bigger lines and took it to the main stage competing on the IFSA regional series. Based out of Mt. Baker, Chandler started out on the mountain Race Team. He quickly realized that freestyle skiing was more his thing and stomped his first 720 at 11 years old. Over the years Chandler skied for Northwest Freeride Programs while traveling the west coast with his buds during competitions. He comes to the team with the a passion for inspiring others on the hill and to teach the stoke behind being in the snow. Chandler is a driving force and will be actively working with SPFT athletes to build on their existing skillset while developing new maneuvers with the end game to help kids crush their seasonal goals.

Guest Coaches

From time to time, we have friends of the team that have taken the sport to the professional level come back and impart some of their wisdom to our athletes

Clayton Millar

Clayton up in Central Washington, and started snowboarding at Mission at a young age. Thanks to meeting friends who loved the mountain, it became an obsession to spend everyday possible on snow. As a former alumni, SPFT reinforced that passion in teen years and since then he’s spent seasons working in Utah and Washington building terrain parks, managing 100Laps (at Mission) for several seasons, and helping build events whenever possible. If it’s a powder day you’ll probably find Clayton behind a shovel.

Mike Carmazzi

Mike is 26 years old and originally from Illinois. He grew up skiing in the Midwest, and attended college in Salt Lake City. Upon graduating from Westminster in 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and remained in Utah until 2018 when he moved to Hood River, Oregon. Mike worked for Windells as a digger for 3 summers as well as coached adult ski camp. Mike recently moved to the PNW with Coach Simon Knight and is stoked to be spending it at Stevens and Mission for the season. In his own words: “I love skiing more than anything in the world and can’t wait for the snow to fall!”