- 2012 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Champion
- 2009 Freeskiing World Tour Champion
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.
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.
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. A dream come true for the young racer and hopefully the start of many victories ahead.
Outside of ski racing Alice enjoys spending time in the outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, rafting, mountain biking and horseback riding in her summers. Alice also attends Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and is working towards getting her degree in Business Management. Alice splits her time in the summer between her hometown in Colorado and training at the US Ski Team’s Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.
Website – http://www.alicemckennis.com
Two-time Olympian Leanne Smith followed her older sister Laurel into skiing, 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.
Again plagued with injury in 2015, Smith was out much of the season after opting for surgery and is well on her way to recovery and being stronger than ever. When Smith is healthy and confident enough to put it all on the line, she’s a contender for the podium in every race she starts. Look out for her in 2016, when her Live Free or Die Granite State
mentality will be back in the start gate.
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. “I’ve been known to throw in a little Wu-Tang from time to time…and country music.”
Athlete Spotlight – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4pZsAkZLI8
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!
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 for 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 courses.
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.
Website – https://meganmcjames.wordpress.com
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.
Katie is now a mom to the beautiful future Keely’s Camper: Kiley Olsen Sheehan.
Update: 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 please visit her website:http://www.annagoody.ca/
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 th
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.
Best results: 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.
Fun fact: 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.
Originally from Lake Tahoe, Chelsea grew up skiing and ski racing at Squaw Valley USA. She had a successful junior racing career including a J1/J2 Junior Olympics win before eventually ending up in Bozeman, MT. She skied for four years in college on the NCAA Division I team for Montana State University while earning a BA degree in Graphic Design. After college, she moved back to Tahoe and coached the J3s on the Squaw Valley Ski Team for three years and coached ski camps in New Zealand and Whistler during the summers. She has been living and skiing in Jackson Hole for the last seven years and coaching J4/5 rippers the past 3 years while persuing a degree in Holistic Nutrition. Most importantly, she taught her brother, US Ski Teamer & Olympian, Marco Sullivan, everything he knows.
Originally from Montana, Tara’s love of skiing began the instant she stepped into her skis at age two. After some successful junior ski racing results, she was named as an invitee to the U.S. Development Team in 2011. Her love of free-skiing ended up influencing her decision to move on from ski racing, and she relocated to Salt Lake City where she is currently finishing up a mathematics degree at Westminster College.
Tara continues to compete in skiing, and recently won the Big Mountain Skier X Rahlves Banzai Tour. When she isn’t skiing at Snowbird, she loves to backcountry ski, mountain bike, and climb. Tara continues to share her passion for ski racing with younger athletes as a coach at Mt. Hood in the summer after she returns from commercial fishing in Bristol Bay Alaska. She is passionate about teaching others, whether it be introducing women to backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, and mountain biking, or tutoring young girls to be successful and confident in school.
Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Hadley grew up playing every sport she could. From skiing, to figure skating, to volleyball and soccer. Her early and varied exposure to sports created the foundation for an active life; however, her early efforts were all focused towards a career in the restaurant and hotel industry. After spending six years on the east coast for college and work, Hadley left her original career path and returned to skis and big mountain skiing. She spent last winter competing on the Freeride World Tour, finishing 6th overall.
“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!