As a Big Sky, Montana native, Keely Kelleher, established her obsession for the outdoors and skiing early. She started ski racing at five years old. Kelleher ski raced for twenty-two years, eight of which were on the U.S. Ski Team. Kelleher raced competitively on the prestigious World Cup speed circuit for four of those years, scoring regularly and winning the 2010 National Super G title.
Post retirement from the U.S. Ski Team, Keely’s enthusiasm and passion for skiing are stronger than ever. She is a two-time Big Mountain Skier X winner of the Rahlves Banzai tour. In 2011 Kelleher founded the first ski racing camp for girls in North America, Keely’s Ski Camp for Girls, based around the mission to coach, inspire and empower young girls through ski racing and free skiing. Kelleher was a featured athlete in the 2012 Warren Miller film’s Flow State and the 2013 film Ticket to Ride.keels
She has been coaching skiing for 11 years.
Outside of skiing you can find Keely enjoying the outdoors with her friends and family in her kayak, on her mountain bike, and atop her favorite mountains in Montana.
- Wilderness First Responder
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR
- Whitewater Rescue Technician
- AAI Avalanche Level I & II
- Level 200 USSA Alpine Skiing Coach
I was born in Jackson Hole Wyoming in 1982, my parents had moved to Jackson to be ski bums in the 70’s and have resided there ever since. I remember skiing on wooden skis down my driveway when I was 2 years old. When I was five years old my family took a managing position at Big Sandy Ranch in Pinedale, WY right at the base of the Wind River Mountain range. Having the Wind River and Teton mountain ranges in my back yard has also opened me up to the world of rock climbing and mountain biking which I love almost as much as skiing.
I started ski racing with the Jackson Hole Ski Club when I was nine and worked my way up the ranks of ski racing. I became a member of the Western Region Elite Ski Team when I was 15 and later traveled with U.S. Ski Team through Europe and South America until I was 20 years old. In 2002 I was chosen to forerun the Women’s Olympic downhill in Snowbasin Utah and was the first person to ski the course.
After spending 9 years competing on the Freeskiing and Freeride World Tours I have now retired from following the tour. I won the Freeskiing World tour in 2009 and 2012 and was on the podium 22 times. I am still pushing myself in the skiing through skiing more in the mountains and doing a competition or two every season. I own my own gym Wright Training www.jhwrighttraining.com that works with bringing people back from injury and getting people to perform at their best in the mountains.
- 2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Champion
- 2009 Freeskiing World Tour Champion
Alice raced for various ski clubs in Colorado including Sunlight, Vail, Steamboat, Summit, Aspen and finally for Rowmark Ski Academy out of Salt Lake City, which propelled her onto the US Development Ski Team in the spring of 2008. Alice raced her final year as a junior winning both the Downhill and Super-G North American Cup titles as well as placing 4th place in the World Junior Championships Downhill, just hundredths from the podium.
Alice had a breakthrough season in her rookie year of racing World Cup in the season of 2009/2010. She placed 10th in her third ever World Cup start gaining the notice of her competitors and coaches alike. The rest of the season boded well for her and she qualified for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games in Downhill.
In the season of 2010/2011 Alice suffered a severe leg injury while training early January in Austria. She surpassed all doctors and coaches expectations and was back on snow that August, three months sooner than anticipated.
After minimal training before the 2011/2012 season Alice came back with a then career best result of 8th place in her first race post injury. Alice continued to have a strong season racking up World Cup points in six of eight Downhill races, three of which were top 10 results.
In the 2012/2013 season Alice experienced the highest point in her career and perhaps the lowest. In January Alice earned her first World Cup victory in St. Anton, Austria, known as one of the most difficult Downhill race venues in Women’s World Cup ski racing.
Two-time Olympian Leanne Smith followed her older sister Laurel into Leanne-Smith_1824289iskiing, latched onto racing and continues to shave microseconds from her time. A NorAm champion and topflight junior skier, she inked a spot on the World Cup elite after finishing 23rd in her career first World Cup start, which also happened to be the first downhill of the 2008 season. It was only five years before she was standing on the World Cup podium in Val d’Isere.
On skis at six, Smith skied at Cranmore, the heralded Mount Washington Valley ski area made famous when instructional legend Hannes Schneider arrived there from Austria in 1938. Smith skied for Cranmore’s race team until she entered Kennett H.S., where she continued racing. She spent a year at UNH and took leave for winter ’07, when she moved to the Mount Washington Valley Ski Team. She then erupted, having a breakout season as a double NorAm champion, which led her directly to the World Cup and the U.S. Ski Team.
OFF THE SNOW
Smith loves mountain biking, fly fishing, rock climbing–sometimes all in the same day, especially in the Mt. Washington Valley. When not stomping around the Granite State, check for her in Park City training at the Center of Excellence and taking in all that the Wasatch has to offer. Music wise, it’s across the board with Smith: The Roots, Tallest Man On Earth, Modest Mouse and every now again, she’ll throw some “trashy hip hop song” on the iPhone playlist.
Kristin grew up on the coast of Maine and would travel to Sugarloaf every weekend in the winter to ski with the family. Started racing as a J4 in the weekend program at Sugarloaf. Wanted to continue racing, so decided to attend Carrabassett Valley Academy for high school, where she also played soccer, golf and took part in several other activities. While at CVA, Kristin competed in J3 Olympics, J2 Nationals and US Nationals.
After high school she took her ski racing even further an raced Division 1 at Bates College. Kristin coached J5-J3’s for a year at Sugarloaf and this will be her second winter coaching in Jackson. She is extremely passionate about the sport and would like to impact the kids in a positive way and teach them the skills and lessons she has learned over the years. She looks forward to a great year of fun and fast skiing!
- USSA Level 200 Certified
– Coaching for 6 years
- AAI Avalanche Level I
- First Aid & CPR
Lindsay was born in Bedford, Massachusetts. She ski raced competitively all through high school, which gave her opportunities to race and train internationally, exposing her to mountains all over the world. Her passion IMG_0935for skiing took her to Dartmouth College where she helped her team to win an NCAA title in 2007, while pursing a B.A. in geology. Lindsay currently spends her winters in Jackson, WY coaching alpine ski racing, backcountry ski guiding, and teaching avalanche.
- 50+ ascents of Mount Rainier (14,410′)
- 3 expeditions of Mount McKinley (20,320′)
- Mount Shasta (14,179′) ski descent
- Grand Teton (13,775′)
- Mount Baker (10,781′)
- Mount Shuksan, WA (9,127’)
- Urus, Cordillera Blanca, Peru (18,030’, ski descent)
- Ishinca, Cordillera Blanca, Peru (18,143’, ski descent)
- Vallunaraju, Cordiller Blanca, Peru (18,654’, ski descent)
- Mount Washington, NH (ski descent)
- Wilderness First Responder
- AAI Avalanche Level III
- AAIRE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor
- AMGA Ski Guide Course
- Level 200 USSA Alpine Skiing Coach
Chelsea was a member of the US ski team for nine years. She is one of four kids in a family that has a deep-rooted history in skiing. Two of her older brothers were also members of the National team and her younger brother is still pursuing his passion for ski racing. Chelsea competed on the World cup level for several years, earning a couple top ten results in DH. She was a member of the 2010 Olympic Team, representing her country in the SG event in Whistler, BC.
After battling with injury the last three seasons, Chelsea looks forward to a different perspective of the sport. She hopes to share her passion of skiing and is excited to be coaching upcoming athletes. Chelsea enjoys, mountain/road biking, hiking, being outside and seeking new adventures. She also has a passion for baking. In fact, she started a company, called Sister Sweet Tooth with her friend, Megan, and makes catered baked goods for weddings and events.
Megan competed in giant slalom and slalom in the 2010 Olympics and represented the United States at the alpine World Championships in 2009 and 2011. Most recently she competed in the giant slalom in the Sochi Olympics, 2014. Megan has seven North American Cup titles to her name including the overall title during the 2012/13 ski season.
Megan is currently a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and is pursuing a degree in business. Megan believes that ski racing should be fun and looks forward to sharing her passion for the sport with young female athletes! During her off time she enjoys relaxing in the kitchen while baking and watching movies.
Jess was a member of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team for ten years. During that time she won three NorAm giant slalom titles, won a silver medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, competed in the 2007 World Championships in Are, Sweden and scored a handful of World cup points. Her best result was 17th place in World Cup GS in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Jessica comes from a family of ski racers from Vermont. She grew up skiing at Cochran’s Ski Area in Vermont, which was run by her Grandparents. Her mom was a member of the 1976 Olympic team and her two Aunts and Uncle were on the 1972 Olympic team with her Aunt Barbara winning the Gold Medal in Slalom.
Jessica is now in school at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and is studying to go into the sports medicine field. She continues to be involved in skiing as a coach with the Park City Ski team.
Growing up in Squaw Valley, California Katie Hitchcock is no stranger to big mountain terrain. She is as laid back as any Californian girl, until she clicks into her skis. Hitchcock soon rocketed to the top of the ski racing world making the U.S. Ski Team in 2003.
However, Katie’s Squaw free skiing roots never left her. As one of the most technically sound skiers in the world, Katie enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of skiing with others. When asked about coaching Katie says, “I like to see girls push themselves and I am passionate about helping them improve their confidence and technique.” She has been coaching for six years and is presently the assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire.
Career Highlights-2nd-place finish on the Europa Cup Circuit, two top-3 Europa Cup SG finishes, 3rd overall in 2010 SL Nor-Am. 4th place at 2009 U.S. Nationals Super G… 3rd place at 2007 U.S. Nationals Super G… competed in World Cup season 2006-07. She was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for four years.
I cofounded the Jackson Hole Babe Force www.jhbabeforce.com in 2012 which brings ladies together to share their passions in the mountains and push themselves out of their comfort zones. I am also starting to coach women’s camps in Jackson Hole and had my first annual women’s camp in Chamonix, France last year 2015!
Katie is now a mom to the beautiful future Keely’s Camper: Kiley Olsen Sheehan.
The 2013 ski season proved to be an un-retiring season for Miss Goodman. Anna won almost every college level slalom race she entered. She then went on to win the Noram slalom title securing a spot in all World Cup Slalom for the 2014 ski season. On top of this she decided to test out her world cup skills again as she flew to Germany and destroyed the field in the second run of slalom winning the run and placing 15th. Anna is a true testament that if you are having fun the results will come. If you would like to donate to Anna’s Olympic Adventure to Sochi 2014.
Slalom specialist Anna Goodman recently decided to hang up her skis after a brilliant career in which she helped lead a new generation of female technical skiers to the top and showed great courage to realize her dream of competing at the Winter Olympic Games by racing on an injured knee in 2010.The 26-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Quebec, goes out on a high, having made a successful comeback from two serious injuries and established several personal best results during the course of the 2011-12 World Cup season – including finishing second-fastest in the second run of the slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, and 11th place at the World Cup Slalom in Courchevel, France.
When she’s not skiing she’s either mountain/road biking, doing arts&crafts, taking pictures, baking, reading or playing outside! She’s addicted to the outdoors and adventures and shares her passions through her blog.
Grew up in Big Sky, MT. She started skiing as soon as she could walk and began racing at 5 years old. Developing her career as an outdoor mountain athlete, she continued as an NCAA ski racer for Montana State University and claimed the 2001 Junior World Championship as a freestyle kayaker. Brenna shares her love and knowledge for the outdoors in the Bozeman/Big Sky area; guiding horseback trips in Yellowstone Park and coaching freestyle kayaking.
Most recently, she traveled to Africa as an educator and mentor for high school girls in a semester abroad program; teaching math, travel journalism and outdoor physical education.Brenna is currently a ski instructor and guide at Big Sky Resort. In addition to her PSIA level III and Wilderness First Responder certifications, her avalanche education and mountain expertise has aided her in leading advanced women’s and youth specific clinics; training big mountain tactics, steep skiing technique, terrain management and use and understanding of avalanche rescue gear.
Hailey, slalom ace and a member of the U.S. Ski Team was born in Sun Valley, Idaho started skiing at age 2. Duke began racing at the age of 8 with the McCall Ski Racing Team. She climbed the junior ranks racing for Bogus Basin and eventually moved to Park City and raced for 4 years on the Park City Ski Team prior to making the U.S. Ski Team.
Grew up competing in Taekwondo and ski racing. At age 15/16 podiums at U.S. Nationals and U.S. Team Trials for Taekwondo in sparring. Hailey’s Mantra: “I do what I love and I love what I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way!” Hailey has been coaching during her off season for two summers in Mt. Hood, Oregon.
- 8th in World Cup Slalom 2008,
- Member of the 2009 World Championship Team,
- Member of the 2010 Olympic Team, solidified Slalom World Cup spot for 2012/2013 season.
I love to cook a balanced, colorful diet, that will promote energy and balance for young athletes, helping them train at the top of their potential!”
Keely’s mom knows how to cook healthy for hungry skiers as she raised three of them. Jennifer is an experienced chef and wonderful asset to the staff. Bring your appetites girls, there is going to be some good cookin’ at camp!