COACHES

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.

Athletic Director-Head Coach

Brandon Koress

Brandon koress, “Brando” is level 300 alpine coach and official originally hailing from Chicago where he raced as a junior at Wilmot Mountain before starting his coaching career at Wilmot and Holy HIll ski teams.

After thirty plus years as a trader in Chicago’s trading pits at the CBOE and CBOT he decided to follow his passion for racing which brought him to Utah where he has been an age class coach for Snowbasin Ski Team for the past ten years.He ability to challenge each athlete to be the best they can is what fuels his passion. He is excited to take on the role as Athletic Director and looking forward to a great season with the coaching staff and athletes.

U14 - U16 Coach

Craig Hasser

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.

U12-U10 (C Team) coach

Scott Hoffman

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.

U12 - U10 (C Team) Coach

Alison Putnam

Alison grew up ski racing in Vermont. She was a top ranked junior racer, competing in Jr. Olympics, Nor-Ams, and U.S. Nationals, and went on to race for the University of Vermont NCAA Division 1 ski team/ After college, she raced on the Women’s Pro Ski Tour.

Alison has coached for the past 30 years, and is a USSA level 300 Alpine Coach. In Vermont she coached for the GMVS Junior Program, and then went on to run the race program at Mad River Glen for 3 years. Alison then spent 7 years coaching for the Mt. Hood Race Team in Oregon before landing in Utah. She has been a coach for the Snowbasin Ski Team for 12 years.

Both of Alison’s daughters are former members of the Snowbasin Ski Team. When Alison isn’t coaching you can find her teaching 4th grade.

Big Mountain - Head Coach

Parker Gray

Parker comes from a race background racing for Snowbasin Alpine Team as a youngster. Joining the program at age 5 he carried his career to the FIS level accomplishing multiple podiums. He is very passionate about all aspects of backcountry, off-piste, and touring. Parker has a love for sharing his passion with young athletes and helping them grow on and off the snow. In his free time, you can catch him spending time with his family or tinkering with electronics.

Big Mountain Coach

Wynter McBride

Wynter has been a passionate skier since being put on skis at the age of 3. She has competed in slopestyle and rail jams, taught ski clinics, and has always found a lot of joy in going skiing with friends. Off of the slopes she is an avid painter, practices yoga, and studies nutrition and health promotion. In the off season you can find her skating, rock climbing, learning how to mountain bike this year, and- like all of us ski bums- waiting for the next snow.