Freeride Coaches

SB Freeride boasts some of the regions most experienced and successful coaches. All of our coaches have had integral roles in the skiing industry either as competitors, judges or instructors. Many of our coaches still compete at the highest level, adding validity to their coaching approach. It is SB Freeride’s belief that being able to relate to what an athlete is experiencing during training and competition is paramount to their success. Having “been there and done that” experience only further allows for our staff to ensure success from our athletes.

Trevor Tanhoff – Director of Freeride

I began skiing at the age of 8 and never looked back. Frustrated immediately by the fact that I wasn’t good enough to ride the “big” chair on the first day, I set out with determination to become the best skier on the hill. This competitive drive is now channeled through my coaching approach and techniques today. The Mount Ashland Race Association (MARA) was my foundation for skiing and racing.  MARA provided me with not only a structured learning environment but put me in contact with life long friends.  I raced through college with highlights including individual wins, a top 10 in State combined and qualifying for Nationals. I also began coaching at the young age of 19 in the very program I grew up in, MARA. I then switched to being the assistant head coach of the local high school teams and eventually coached both on hill and dry land portions of my college team at Southern Oregon University.  Two years before moving to Tahoe in 2003, I managed the Terrain Park @ Mt. Ashland and then the Sugarbowl Park for 2 years after moving to Tahoe. After my first full season of not working in the skiing industry, I couldn’t stay away any longer and filled the coaching vacancy created by Roy Tuscany’s departure from Sugar Bowl Freeride Team.  Combining coaching with competition for a couple of years on the Freeskiing World Tour has brought my experience level to a point necessary for a Head Coach position.  During my time on the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team I have become ever more passionate about passing on the experiences and values that skiing and competitive skiing can bring about in a person and team.

Michael Bochenek

Known as Mikey to his fans…Mikey grew up skiing at Squaw Valley, from eight to twelve years old he skied on the race team. At twelve he found his true passion for skiing was Freeride. He competed at Junior Nationals in Slopestyle, Half Pipe, Mogul’s, Ariel’s and Big Mountain. Mikey’s diverse background and natural talent for coaching makes him a great addition to the coaching staff. Mikey’s favorite aspect of coaching is to see the smile on the kids’ faces when they stomp a trick.

Paul Cotter

Paul Cotter grew up skiing in New Hampshire at Gunstock Mountain. After ski racing for ten years, he switched over to freestyle, competing in moguls, upright and inverted aerials for the next four years. In 1999, Paul transitioned to freeride and worked full-time as a professional athlete for more than a decade. He traveled extensively, filming and shooting for about a dozen ski movies by Poor Boyz, TGR, Warren Miller, and more. He has also been published in Powder, Skiing, and Freeskier magazines, as well as several international publications. In addition to taking the AMGA Ski Guides course, as well as AIARE Level III Avalanche Training, Paul has coached freeride skiing for CU Boulder, Waterville Valley, and Empire Freeride Ski Camps. Paul began coaching at Sugar Bowl during the 2013/14 season.

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