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Seasonal Program Coaches

Thredbo’s Seasonal programs prides itself on hiring and scheduling the best coaches, both locally and from around the world. As you will see from each distinct coach’s profile, each and every individual has extensive experience and qualifications. Our aim is to match the right coach to the right group of athletes so that each and every athlete will have the opportunity to thrive and be the best Snow Sports enthusiast possible, while having a great time.

Development Squad's Coaches


Silvia Prieler

Nationality: Austria, Australian & US Resident
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Austrian Diplom Ski Instructor (Staatlicher), Austrian Trainer C (Alpin Race Coach)
Base Resorts: Thredbo & Vail – – also worked at Falls Creek AUS, Perisher AUS, Mt Buller AUS, Mayrhofen AUT, Obergurgl AUT, Kitzbuhel AUT, Squaw Valley USA, Wanaka & Queens town New Zealand (Heliskiing)
Seasons experience coaching: 50 plus

Your strengths/ passions as a coach: After finishing my Degree in Pysical Education / Sport science at the Sports University in Vienna, I knew that I wanted to pursue all my Austrian ski instructing and race coaching qualifications.

The pure joy of watching the development of skiing skills in everyone that I have skied with has made my career fulfilling.

– Coached at Club level and all the way up to Elite and World Cup Level with different countries.
– Went to the 2002 Salt Lake USA Olympic and Paralympic Games as a Tech Coach.
– Head Coach for 8 Topolino Teams/Camps and 1 Whistler Cup (Children Champs Races U12, U14, U16) and worked with NSWIS Junior Overseas Camps.
– Head coach of the AIS/AUS Paralympic Team
– Head coach of the Mt Buller Snow Squad Team

I still got great passion for skiing and enjoying my Winters between Thredbo and Vail CO.

Your own competing experience: I started ski racing when I was 5 years old. Went to the Ski Academy at Schladming, raced for the Stryia State Team and became a member of the Austrian Junior Team.


Nicoletta Moncher

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/ Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci (Italian)
Base Resorts:
Seasons Experience: 8

Your strengths/ passions as a coach: Race techniques (SL, GS, SG, DH), private lessons.

Your own competing experience: I started racing when I was 6 till 18.


Peter Fuchs

Nationality: Australian/Austrian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Austrian Staatlich Ski (Part 1/2), Austrian Landes Snowboard
Base Resorts: Kitzbühel & Stuben am Arlberg, Austria | Niseko, Japan | Thredbo, Australia
Seasons experience coaching: 11

Your strengths/ passions as a coach: It is a hugely rewarding feeling to witness the enjoyments and achievements of people of all ages in the snowsports world. I offer a structured program with set goals for each individual. Safety and fun are paramount, but few things in life are ever achieved without hard work!

Your own competing experience: Eurotest (GS), Instructor Exams & Races (GS), Thredbo Top2Bottom


Christopher Painter

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI level 3
Base Resorts: Thredbo, Niseko
Seasons experience coaching: 11
Your strengths/ passions as a coach: I enjoy introducing young kids to freeriding and early levels of competition skiing. Helping kids develop a love for skiing and the mountain
Your own competing experience: n/a


David Walker

Nationality: British
Coaching/instructing qualifications: BASI level 4 Tech and Teach, ISIA, UKCP1,

Base resorts: Val d’isere, France and Thredbo, Australia.
Seasons experience coaching: 8 seasons

Your Strengths/ passions as a coach: For me, ski instructing is the best job in the world. There is no greater reward than helping an athlete learn a new skill or master an existing one. The last few years coaching on the development squad program have taught me a great deal. I have improved my ability to offer a complete program, coaching in all disciplines with an equal emphasis on fun, enjoyment and hard work.

Your own competing experience: GS for instructor races and exams. Slalom for the British equivalent to inter schools.


Daniel Compagnoni

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci e allenatore di sci – Ski instructor and Ski coach
Base Resorts: Santa Caterina Valfurva
Seasons experience coaching: 6

Your strengths/ passions as a coach:

The reason why I love this work so much is that I can share my passion, my thoughts, my knowledge of the sport that I practice since I was a child. Skiing for me is an art of moving. One of the beauties of skiing is that there are no winners or losers, but just your own results. I have never stopped thinking that skiing, first of all, is a way to have fun and enjoy the mountain playground. This is the main “driving force”, and then your improvements will be faster than you think, with practice and hard work; always try to do your best!

Your own competing experience: My ski experience started when I was 4 years old. I grew up in the ski club of Santa Caterina Valfurva. I was an athlete until 20 years old. I did several FIS Races and National Races, and my best disciplines were Downhill and Super-G. After becoming a ski instructor, I have spent a lot of time doing freeride/cross country ski.


Milly Lazzeri

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci full certified
Base Resorts: Livigno
Seasons experience coaching: 12

Your strengths/ passions as a coach: For me the best thing about coaching skiing is
the opportunity to make people feel wonderful emotions! You can give them so much, both if they are kids or adults and you can help them to overcome their fears and go beyond their limits, meet new friends, discover new places. I believe for kids especially to share all of this with other kids help them to grow loving sport and with a sense of respect for the mountain and their friends. And it is absolutely amazing when you help them to overtake their limits and you see the satisfaction in their eyes! It is something they will keep in their memories!

Your own competing experience: I used to compete from the age of 5 to 18. First with the Valdidentro Ski Club and then during the high school with the Alta Valtellina Alpine Ski Club. I stopped racing to focus on my Maestro di Sci course and after that I worked in Valdidentro, Bormio and now Livigno.


Sebastian Freihofner

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/ Instructing qualifications: I have obtained my APSI level 4, Canadian Ski Coaches Federation level 2, CSIA Snowpark level 1, Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing level 1 and an Avalanche Skills Training level 1.

Seasons experience coaching: I have recently finished my tenth overall season.

Your strengths/ passion as a coach: I love helping the kids progress their skills to be able to tackle more and more challenging terrain such as the bumps and the race course as well as the steeps/ off piste!


Teresa Mahlknecht

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/ Instructing qualifications: ISIA ski instructor/ maestro di sci
Base resort: Selva Val Gardena

Seasons experience coaching: 4

Your strengths/ passion as a coach: The nicest thing to teach skiing is to pull out the best of each child, make it feel unique and create a positive and united group.


Jackson Holtham

Nationality: Australian

Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI Level 3, APSI Trainer Examiner.

Base Resorts: Thredbo, Silverthorn Colorado.

Seasons experience coaching: 3

Your strengths / passions as a coach: My passion as a coach is to provide a positive and fun environment for my athletes, focusing on the fundamentals to build a strong rider. My strengths are my communication skills; strong communication is critical to the coach-athlete relationship and is something I believe I excel in.

Your own competing experience: I started snowboarding when I was 17, I’ve coached lots of athletes at competitions.


Carole Thevenod

Nationality: French

Coaching/Instructing qualification: ski instructor

Base Resorts: Le Grand Bornand

Seasons experience coaching: 2

Your strengths / passions as a coach: skiing is my passion and I love to share this passion with child, motivated them, help them to give the best of themselves and to excel in joy and good mood.

Your own competing experience: alpine skiing in competition for 12 years (national and FIS races) ski cross for 2 years  ( Europa cup level )


Alberto Ghiotti

Nationality: Italian

Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci

Base Resorts: Bardonecchia, Italy | Val D’Isère, France

Seasons experience coaching: 3

Your Strengths/passion as a coach: I have loved skiing since I was a child, this passion was passed onto me by my parents, and now that’s what I love to do! So like my parents did for me, I would love to pass this passion onto others.

Your own competing experience: I used to compete in FIS races since the first year of high school, and I was an athlete until I was 19 years old with the Ski Club Melezet (before that I used to spend a lot of time doing freeride and jumps).


Joe Bird

Nationality: British

Coaching/Instructing qualification: BASI level 3, ISIA

Base Resorts: Zell Am See, Austria and Thredbo

Seasons experience coaching:  8

Your strengths / passions as a coach: As a coach I get all my enjoyment out of watching people progress and achieving any goals that they set or I have set. I am a very competitive person and this comes through when I am teaching in that I push people to do their best and strive for them to be the best.

Your own competing experience: Raced Slalom around the UK and trained GS but never competed.


Joanna Morello

Nationality: Australian

Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI Level 3 and SSA Level 1 Coach

Base Resorts: Thredbo – Australia, Niseko – Japan, Whistler – Canada

Seasons experience coaching: 12

Your strengths / passions as a coach: Skiing is my passion, my hobby, my job and my life. Having the opportunity to share this with youngsters and develop their skills over a period of time is very rewarding. I prefer coaching/working with kids because every day is a new adventure and revolves around fun new experiences. I grew up skiing Thredbo and am proud to now be working with the next generation of high level skiers!


Ettore Barbero

Nationality: Italian

Coaching and Instructing qualifications: Maestro di sci and Level 2 Italian ski coach

Base Resort: Three Valleys France (La Tania), Ala di Stura (Italy), Aosta and Susa Valleys (Italy)

Experience coaching and teaching: Three seasons coaching and eight seasons overall experience as a Ski instructor.

Your passions/strength as a coach: I think that my strength is the inner passion that I have for skiing and other sports and my unconditional will to try and pass it on to everyone.

As a skier but also as a person I believe experiencing the mountain as a whole is the key to get to improve alongside overcoming difficulties and, of course, having fun!

I believe in creativity and being able to develop one’s skills from improving the weaknesses and leveraging on one’s predispositions.

Your own competing experience: I started racing when I was around 6 and stopped aged 19.

I have raced in the FIS circuit from the FIS njr to some FIS Races.

I like all disciplines but I personally prefer Giant slalom and Downhill.

While I was getting my Maestro diploma I could use more of my time to improve Freeskiing and especially Park skiing but also Offpiste and both are still, for me, sources of major inspiration, challenge and freedom.


Adam Rigby

Nationality: Australian

Coaching/Instructing qualification: Level 4 APSI Snowboard, APSI Examiner and APSI Demo team member

Base Resorts: Thredbo AUS and GoSnow Japan

Seasons experience coaching: 8

Your strengths / passions as a coach: Continuing to grow the sport and see it evolve through the next generation.

Your own competing experience: Various races and slopestyle events in Canada and Japan


Cas Schoonen

Nationality: Dutch

Coaching/ Instructing qualification: Austrian level 4

Base Resorts: Thredbo and Niseko

Seasons experience coaching: This will be season number 15

Your strengths/ passions as a coach: My passion as a coach is to inspire young athletes to achieve their skiing goals. I love to watch the group dynamic grow throughout the season and see them grow not only as skiers but also develop as young individuals.

You own competing experience: In my early days as an instructor/ coach I used to compete in GS competitions. The Euro test was part of that. In Japan I have started competing in the Japanese technical competition.


Jamie Stevens

Nationality: British

Coaching /instructing qualification: APSI 3

Base Resorts: Austria – Zell am see / Australia – Thredbo

Seasons experience: 5

Your Strengths / Passion for coaching: I would say that my passion for coaching is about building a unique relationship with each athlete and forming a trusting bond. Whether that be an adult or a child. I believe that this allows me to open up their eyes to the beautiful art of skiing within a structured ,safe and fun environment. I also thoroughly enjoy pushing students to their limits and helping them to achieve and exceed their personal or set goals. Skiing is unique sport, it is a never-ending playground that can be enjoyed by anyone and I believe that my purpose as a coach is to install that in everyone’s mind.


Chiara Piccoli

Nationality: Italian

Coaching/Instructing qualification: “Maestro di sci”, ski instructor full certified

Base Resorts: Val Zoldana, Italy

Seasons experience coaching: 2

Your strengths/ passions as a coach: I’ve skied since I was a child with a great instructor and I fell in love with this sport thanks to him. As an instructor I don’t want just to teach how to ski but with my smile and positivity I want to teach kids how to love all about this sport environment and especially his values: dedication, confidence, how to be part of a group, how to win and how to lose.

Your own competing experience: I started racing when I was 7 years old and competing in Regionals and Nationals until I finished the course to become a ski instructor at 20 years old.

I’ve always been part of a ski club, Pelmo Ski Team.


Margherita Orio

Nationality: Italian

Coaching/instructing qualification: “Maestro di sci”, ski instructor full certified.

Base resorts: Val Zoldana, Italy
Seasons experience coaching: 4

Your strength/passion as a coach: Winter, snow, mountains are all my life but my true real passion it’s teaching people how to ski and especially sharing this world with them. I like to set goals and reach them with dedication, commitment but always with fun and a bit of madness! If only I could do it forever!
Your own competing experience: I used to compete in regionals and nationals since I was 7 years old until I became a ski instructor.


Edoardo Pezzoni

Nationality : Italy

Base resort : Vialattea (olimpic 2006)

Season coach : 2 years

Your strength and passion as a coach: hard to explain by email because you have to watch my eyes to understand how l love my job . Ski instructor and coach is not a job for me but is a mix of passion , adrenaline , control , technic , velocity and most important thing is ,  be careful , because this sport is not easy but dangerous if don’t have completely control of what u doing , thanks for that , my first priority is teaching how u can have control of your ski . This is one of the million reason why it has become my passion .

My own competing experience: l was a racer , l start skiing when l was 2,5 years old , really young . I won some races and l did some photos for JAAM ( brand ) and for my resort .


Luca Cristofoletto

Nationality: Italian and American

Coaching/Instructing qualification: Full certified maestro di sci

Base Resorts: Kronplatz/Plan de Corones (Südtirol)

Seasons: 2

Your strengths / passions as a coach: My biggest objective as a ski instructor and coach is to try and transmit my passion for this amazing sport to all of my kids.

I think that to become a good skier you need to be able to do everything and not be specialized only in certain aspects of skiing. So with my kids I tend to make them do anything from freeski and freestyle to skiing in a race track. So that they can turn into complete athletes and they can overcome every situation with the skills that they’ve achieved! Kids need to have fun!

Your own competing experience: I’ve started ski racing when I was 10 and continued till I turned 19. I’ve done FIS races and National races in Italy, Austria and Slovenia. I used to do SL and GS in particular but I’ve also raced in SG and DH races.


Daekeun Kwak

Nationality: Republic of Korea

Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI4, KSIA3

Base Resorts: Thredbo Australia, Niseko Japan,

Seasons experience coaching: 14

Your strengths / passions as a coach: I have been working hard to improve my skiing and to understand high performance skills so I can better coach athletes. My passion is for developing skiing skills to a high standard and helping athletes reach their goals all while having fun and loving the sport.

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