All of our coaches are U.S. Ski and Snowboard certified, which means they’ve worked stepwise through an educational program that progressively builds the coach's knowledge and experience. As in developing skills in skiing, the process for becoming a better coach starts with foundational skills and moves forward into a deeper and broader understanding of all the aspects involved in alpine ski racing and coaching.
Gordon A. Perry, former Canadian Ski Team member and a multiple national champion in the sport of Alpine Ski Racing. Perry was an All-American NCAA skier at the University of Utah and head Alpine Ski Coach at Utah (1990-1994). Under his direction, he successfully coached; 1993 NCAA Champions, 5 Individual National Champions, and 24 All-Americans. Perry also lent his expertise in building Westminster College’s ski program in Salt Lake City. Gordon combines his business experience and knowledge of skiing to help lead Snowbasin Ski Team to new heights. Gordon is a USSA Level 300 Alpine Coach and USSA Technical Delegate.
A&B Team Head Coach
Brandon Koress is a USSA level 300 coach and coached in Central Division for fifteen years. He was the Head Age Class Coach for USSA athletes at Holy Hill Ski Team. In addition he served as a coach at numerous Rocky Mountain/Central development camps. A part-time resident of Utah, Brandon offers a great outside perspective and knowledge to our program.
Lester L. Keller, PhD
Athletic Director-Head Coach
Dr. Keller has been involved in competitive sports as an athlete, coach, sport club director, National Governing Body (NGB) official, and staff member for over four decades. Most notable in Lester’s resume was the 23-year long design, direction and management of the Western Region Alpine program. This program was an enjoyable and successful venture having, for example, won the Tom Garner Regions Cup at the US National Alpine Championships 16 consecutive years, and at one time accounting for 77% of the named members of the men’s national A team of the USST. Additionally, Lester directed the sports psychology program for the United States Ski Team Sports Science and High Performance department for 17 years. He is the past president of the national ski coaches association and has conducted scores of coaches’ clinics for hundreds of coaches at the 100, 200, 300, and USSA National Academy level. He is an International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Technical Delegate and is certified as an International, Level 5 Master Alpine Ski Coach by the U.S. Ski Coaches Association.
C Team Head Coach
Craig grew up in Ogden, Utah. He began ski racing at an early age and continued through college (National Collegiate Ski Association) and later excelled as a professional ski jumper (Gelande). Certifications include: USSA Alpine L300, PSIA Alpine Level 3, and Children’s Specialist 2. Craig holds university degrees in Art and Education with more than 20 years of coaching & teaching experience. In the "off season" he can be found working at Outback Pottery.
Big Mountain Head Coach
Grayson has worked as a intermountain coach for over 20 plus years. He is a USSA level 3 coach and a P.S.I.A. level 3 instructor. Works as Head Devo coach for Alta Race Team. Grayson has worked as a former head coach for Snowbasin Ski Team, Rowmark Ski Academy, and Pack City Ski Team running the U12 - U14 programs. He has been on staff for Snowbasin Ski Team for the last 8 years serving as a specialty coach. Grayson also works with numerous ski manufactures as a representative and product tester.
C Team Coach
Alison Putnam grew up in Vermont. During her high school years she attended The Green Mountain Valley School, a ski academy in VT. She was a top ranked junior racer, competing in the Junior Olympics, Nor-Ams, and U.S. Nationals. From there she went on to ski for the University of VT, a NCAA Division 1 School. After college, she competed on the Women’s Pro Ski Tour. Alison has coached for the past 28 years, and is a USSA level 300 Coach. She has coached athletes ranging in age from 6-15 years. Her coaching career started with the Green Mountain Valley School Junior Program, and from there she went on to run her own race program at Mad River Glen in VT. While living in Oregon, she coached for the MT Hood Race Team. She has coached for Snowbasin Ski Team (OVST) for the past 11 years, at varying levels. Alison and her husband, Gui, have 2 daughters, Abigail and Mikayla. Mikayla is a current member of the Snowbasin Ski Team. When Alison isn’t coaching, she is teaching 4th grade.
A & B Assistant Coach
My name is Anne-Solene and I am born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. After moving from Paris to Switzerland, my parents brought me to the mountains during the weekends and got me my first pair of skis as soon as I WAS able to walk. Finishing dead last in most of my U12 races was not so fun. However, I worked my way up and ended up top 30 in Europa Cup at the age of 18. In 2016, I was recruited by Westminster College to compete in NCAA. In May 2019 I obtained my degree in Psychology and Business and I am currently an analyst at Goldman Sachs. Now that I am a freshly retired ski racer, I look forward to bringing my experience to the Snowbasin Ski Team and give back some of the knowledge and insights I’ve acquired in Switzerland and in the US
Nicolò “Coco” Nogara
FIS Team Coach
A & B Team Coach
Ben grew up skiing and alpine racing at Big Bear, California. He raced with the Snow Summit Junior race team and was a NASTAR pacesetter for three years. He has coached for the past seventeen years and has been with the Snowbasin Ski Team for over 10 years.
C Team Coach
Born and raised in Ogden, UT, Scott was a member of the United States Ski Team. He was an All-American skier at Utah and helped the Utes win the NCAA team championship title in 1981. He later enjoyed a successful professional ski racing career on the U.S. Men's Pro Tour. He is now instructing/coaching at Snowbasin. He is a USSA level 300 Alpine Coach with several years of expert coaching experience.