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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 Coaches

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Silvia Prieler, Head Coach Thredbo Development Squad

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 Physical 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.
  • Been 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 have 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.

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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: 13

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 snow sports 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

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Christopher Painter

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI level 3
Base Resorts: Thredbo, Niseko
Seasons experience coaching: 12
Your strengths/ passions as a coach: I enjoy introducing young kids to freeriding and early levels of competition skiing. I have a passion for helping kids develop a love for skiing and the mountain.

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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: 9

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.

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Joe Bird

Nationality: British
Coaching/Instructing qualification:BASI Level 3 ISIA, UK Race Coach Level 1
Base Resorts: Zell Am See, Austria and Thredbo
Seasons experience coaching: 10

Your strengths/passions as a coach: A huge passion for me as a coach would be supporting people’s progress, achieving their goals and pushing them to improve all aspects of their skiing. I see my personal competitiveness as strength as it helps me to push my groups to achieve everything they want from their skiing, as well as have fun!

Your own competing experience: Raced Slalom around the UK and trained GS.

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Jamie Stevens

Nationality: British
Coaching /instructing qualification: APSI 3
Base Resorts: Park City, USA | Thredbo, Australia
Seasons experience: 6

Your strengths/passions as a coaching: I would say that my passion for coaching is about building a unique relationship with each athlete either children or adults and forming a trusting bond. 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.

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Chiara Piccoli

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: “Maestro di sci”, ski instructor full certified
Base Resorts: Val Zoldana, Italy
Seasons experience coaching: 4

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I’ve skied since I was a child with a great instructor and 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 instil these 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.

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Daekeun Kwak

Nationality: Republic of Korea
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI4, KSIA3
Base Resorts: Thredbo Australia, Niseko Japan
Seasons experience coaching: 15

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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Jack Davies

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI, CSIA & KSIA
Base Resorts: Thredbo, Niseko, Whistler, PyeongChang
Seasons experience coaching: 8

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Skiing is a journey, not a destination and I love seeing the expectations of young athletes change as their skills develop and the satisfaction that comes with acquiring new skills. These new skills then allow the athlete to have fun new experiences on the mountain, ensuring athletes are motivated, engaged and having a fantastic time as they explore the multidimensional facets of skiing!

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Joshua Danet

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Level 3 APSI with Freestyle level 1, Race and Freestyle Coaching Level 1 SSA/NCAS, Beginner Gymnastics coach certificate
Base Resorts: Thredbo, Australia | Phoenix Park, Korea
Seasons experience coaching: 12

Your strengths/passions as a coach: My passion is strengthening all aspects of a kid’s riding (freeride, freestyle, race etc.) using a myriad of fun, creative learning experiences to build strong, versatile riders that enjoy every aspect of the sport.

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

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Aurora Soli

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci
Base Resorts: Monte Pora, Italy
Seasons experience coaching: 4

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I love teaching skiing and sharing my passion for this sport is my favourite ambition. I love seeing my pupils learn how to “fly” on the snow and enjoy themselves on the mountains. I am proud when they learn how to work in group, what is positive competitively and how to have fun thanks to an amazing sport as ski. Finally, of course, I want to see them improve and to get better confidence with the snow and the skis.

Your own competing experience: I started racing when I was 5 years old. I have done races on a national level since I was eighteen years old when I decided to experience a new adventure and become a ski instructor.

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Jeremie Palmieri

Nationality: French & Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: CASI Level 3, Park Instructor 1, Evaluator CASI 1 and Park
Base Resorts: Big White Canada, Turoa NZ
Seasons experience coaching: 11

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I love being able to transfer my knowledge and passion for the sport to the future generation, creating new feelings and sensation to help students to reach their goals. My favourite is freeriding but I have been helping kids with overall skills development like race, slopestyle, boarder.

Your own competing experience: I use to compete in my youth in boarderx mainly, I grew up skiing and I have always enjoyed the speed and thrill of a good race track

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Sebastian Freihofner

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI Alpine Level 4 & Level 2 Trainer/ Examiner, Canadian Race Coach Level 2, Canadian Freestyle Level 1
Base Resorts: Thredbo & Whistler Blackcomb
Seasons experience coaching: 15

Your strengths/passions as a coach:I love helping the kids progress their skills to be able to tackle a larger variety of terrain across the whole mountain and excel in competition.

Your own competing experience: Occasional recreational racing

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Valentina Corbella

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci Full Certified, Federal Race Coach
Base Resorts: Val d’Isere, France | Thredbo
Seasons experience coaching: 15

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Ski is my passion. I love to transmit that to all the people I met. I started skiing at the age of 2 and a half and competing at 6 years old. I love to work with who is committed 100% and happy to guide their talents! I love to train people who love the mountain at 360 degrees.

Your own competing experience: 15 years of experience in races and at present guiding people off piste in the French Alps.

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Chloe Merry

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI 3. SSA NCAS Ski Level 1 Coach USSA Level 100 Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Trainer
Base Resorts: Aspen, USA & Thredbo. Utah/Mt Buller/Nor Am tour 2016-18.
Seasons experience coaching: Program Manager & Ski Coach. Australian Aerial Ski Team & Development Team. 2016-18 NorAm Freestyle Tour. Inter schools, Aspen Team Diva Coach & international freestyle development camps.

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Over a decade in the industry instructing, managing and coaching, my passion for winter snow sports has not let up. I have had great opportunity and experience traveling and working all over the world in many roles and I am excited to be back where I started in Thredbo to share this with the next generation of talent.

My experience backing off my term coaching and managing with the Australian Aerial Team is to really focus on preparing holistically our next generation of talent looking to take the step into the elite athlete pathway. Research has shown work by athletes and coaches at this step is integral to setting a up a world class athlete for success. I am excited to work hard and have fun with the athletes of the future!

Your own competing experience: Powder 8’s. Aspen World Synchro Champs. Swiss Snow Happening. Thredbo Top to Bottom.

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Tjasa Martinsek (TJ)

Nationality: Slovenian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: CSIA Level 3, Canadian Alpine ski race coach, CADS Level 1
Base Resorts: Whistler Blackcomb & Thredbo
Seasons experience coaching: 13

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I started skiing and racing as a child and instantly fell in love with the sport. When coaching it’s important to me that everyone is having fun as well as learning something new. My goal is to develop kids into well rounded skiers and pass on my lifelong passion for skiing.

Your own competing experience: I competed as a kid (got my first trophy when I was just 4 years old).

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Milly Lazzeri

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci full certified-Telemark instructor
Base Resorts: Livigno, Val d’isère, Thredbo
Seasons experience coaching: 15

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 Race Club and then during the high school I did FIS races with Alta Valtellina Alpine Ski Club. I stopped racing to focus on my Maestro di Sci course and after that I worked in Valdidentro, Bormio,Livigno and Val d’Isère and Thredbo!

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Carla Scotto

Nationality: French
Coaching/Instructing qualification: French ski diploma in progress, Race coaching qualification
Base Resorts: Foux d’Allos, Val d’Isère
Seasons experience coaching: 1 in Australia in Development Squad, 3 in France

Your strengths/passions as a coach: My passion is watching kids improve their skills and increase their confidence. I have a huge passion in snowsports and love watching other kids gain this passion.

Your own competing experience: Eurotest, slalom ski test

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Dolores (Pipi) Nogaro

Nationality: Argentina
Coaching/Instructing qualification: PSIA Alpine Level 3, PSIA Children’s Specialist 2, NZSIA FreeStyle 1
Base Resorts: Aspen Snowmass & Thredbo
Seasons experience coaching: 6

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Providing a safe environment in order to have fun and to enhance the learning experience. Getting athletes motivated to progress in their own skills development.

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Will Horey

Nationality: English
Coaching/Instructing qualification: NZSIA Ski Level 3, NZSIA Children’s Certificate 2, NZSIA Race 1, NZSIA Freeski 1 Base
Base Resorts: Northstar California, USA & Coronet Peak, NZ Seasons
Seasons experience coaching: 11

Your strengths/passions as a coach: For me the best bit about coaching skiing is helping others reach their individual goals. Being able to do this year round in some of the most beautiful parts of the world makes this job better than any other!

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Giancarlo Modena

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestro di Sci, Federal Ski Coach STF II Level
Base Resorts: Limone Piemonte, Italy
Seasons experience coaching: 3

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Probably the best thing about coaching a group is seeing the growth of athletes over time, during the season, both technically and individually. For us coaches it’s important to convey the passion and values of this sport, letting the kids make their experience on the slopes. I love helping my kids to reach this with my experience and with my love for this sport and for the mountain.

Your own competing experience: I started skiing when I was 6 and I used to compete in FIS race until I was 19 with Sci Club Limone.

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Vincent Sapet

Nationality: French
Coaching/Instructing qualification: French full diploma
Base Resorts: Meribel, 3 Valleys, France | Yabuli, China
Seasons experience coaching: 6

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I like to link enjoyment and performance for my athletesʼ improvement. I see Skiing as a feeling sport, so I like when my athletes understand the main mechanisms and feeling what happening under their feet.

Your own competing experience: I competed in French Alps regional races, snowboard banked Slalom, skier cross, national instructor championship.

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Nikolai Nantschev

Nationality: Austrian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Staatlicher Skilehrer, C-Trainer Austria
Base Resorts: Spitzingsee/Tegernsee
Seasons experience coaching: 5

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I love technical skiing as well as using the whole mountain as a learning experience.

Your own competing experience: FIS Racing for two seasons

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Thomas Scheuerer

Nationality: Austrian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: State certified Austrian Trainer (Youth), State certified Austrian Ski instructor
Base Resorts: Schladming, Austria, now Thredbo, Australia
Seasons experience coaching: Ski teacher since 2002/2003 on club level, about 5 years instructing other instructors, 2 years coaching a club (kids), 2 full seasons in ski school

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Loves working with kids, patient and foreseeing, knows about the importance of individuality.

Your own competing experience: Started as a kid at about 7 till 18 (FIS races), quit professional racing but continued for ten additional years as a hobby-racer.

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Nicholas Bridgman

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Snowboard instructor 6° level, ex ITA national team member
Base Resorts: Kronplatz, Seiser Alm, L2A(Summer), M. di Campiglio and now Thredbo!
Seasons experience coaching: 9

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I’m pretty much an all mountain rider, I spent 3 years on gates for a ski college, thank to this, I have good skills on carving as on freestyle witch is my real passion, I’m specialized to let the guys ride everything they can!

Your own competing experience: LAAX open (Switzerland, Flims), Frostgun Invitational (Val d’Isere, France), Total Fight (Andorra, Spain), Spring Battle (Austria, Flachauwinkl) Various Europe Cup F.I.S.

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Matilda Coates

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI Level 2 and APSI/SSA Race Coach Level 1
Base Resorts: Thredbo & Niseko
Seasons experience coaching: 2

Your strengths/passions as a coach: Seeing the happiness and excitement that skiing. Brings all ages as well as having the opportunity to pass on my experiences and knowledge to the next generation is truly rewarding.

Your own competing experience: Was in the Australian National Team from the age of 15 and competed around the world in both Slalom and Giant Slalom.

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Issac ‘Dizzi’ Stern

Nationality: Australian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: APSI Level 3
Base Resorts: Thredbo
Seasons experience coaching: 6

Your strengths/passions as a coach: I have a strong base in race and technical skiing but my real passion is for skiing and teaching freestyle/park.

Your own competing experience: Previous Interschool’s competitor

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Alessia Prin

Nationality: Italian
Coaching/Instructing qualification: Maestra di Sci full certificate, Allenatrice 2^ livello STF
Base Resorts: Sestriere, Vialattea, Italy
Seasons experience coaching: 6

Your strengths/passions as a coach:Ski is my passion since I was 2 and a half when my dad (ski instructor) put me on skis.  I love spending time on the snow and in the mountains. I love to teach kids the experience that one could have on the snow.  I don’t teach them just the ski technique, I teach them to have fun, smile, be part of their group (almost like a second family), help each other. I love also explaining the environment they are in (the mountains), the racer attitude and the respect of the people and the ski equipment they should have. In one word I want to transmit to them my passion and my knowledge.

Your own competing experience: l have been racing since 7/8 and stopped at the age of 19 to become a ski instructor. I did many races around Italy, mainly Regional and National ski championships in Italy. My skills were slalom, giant slalom and SuperG. As an athlete I got 82 FIS points at the end of my racing athlete. I’ve always raced for Sci Club Sestriere and had the pleasure to have a lot of wise and experienced ski coaches.

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