Coaching Staff

Dave Ziemer

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Program Director | U18/FIS Head Coach

Dave began his racing career here in the Midwest and worked his way up in the FIS ranks while racing for Burke Mountain Academy.  During that time Dave’s accomplishments include FIS victories in Divisions across the country, winning the Jr. National Slalom Championship, and competing at the highest level nationally and internationally, and was named to the U.S. Ski Team Development Team.  Dave attended the University of Utah and raced for the Utes helping them earn a NCAA National Championship.

Mark Halvorson


Associate Director | U14/U12 Coach

Mark’s passion for the sport started at the age of 12 growing up and skiing at Welch Village. Over the years, Mark’s efforts, training, and persistence allowed him to compete in the World Cup, as well as winning two NCAA titles and All-America status at the University of Utah. Over the past few years Mark has been involved with Buck Hill as a D-Team Coach and most recently as one of our USSS U12 coaches.

 Todd Nelson

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U19 / FIS Assistant Coach

Todd grew up training and racing with the Buck Hill Ski Team winning several races as a junior competitor, and continued his success racing for Buck in the FIS ranks.  Todd represented the Buck Hill team while competing for many years on several Jr. Olympics teams.  After his time with the team, Todd attended the University of Wyoming where he raced for the Division One Cowboys.

Teagan Olin

Teagan Olin

U16 Head Coach

Teagan is a recent member and Captain of the St. Olaf Ski Team where he excelled as an athlete and student.  Teagan led his team to four USCSA Nationals appearances earning All-American honors and podium in the slalom.  Teagan brings over 20 years of racing and coaching experience and has returned to the Midwest from Colorado where he was the U19 Head Coach at Eldora Mountain.  Teagan has the skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to lead, mentor, coach and prepare our U16s to compete at the highest level.

Brad Kastner


U14  HeadCoach

Brad was a former Buck Hill Ski Team member, and was the top ranked junior slalom racer in the country for several years.  Brad also won many USSA and FIS races throughout his career as a competitive racer.  Brad has developed and coached many of Buck Hill’s recent champions which include Lindsey Vonn and Kristina Koznick.

Tommy Anderson

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U16 Assistant Coach

Tommy was a long-time member of the Buck Hill Ski Team and most recently a member of the NCAA New Mexico Ski Team.  Over the last few seasons Tommy has been one of the top ranked slalom skiers in the country and has won FIS races throughout the country.  Tommy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff and we are excited to have him working with us this year.

Matt Hoffman

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U14 Assistant Coach | Performance Dryland Coach

Matt grew up racing in the Central Region and spent four years racing on the college circuit for St. Olaf College.  Matt is a certified personal trainer and has spent over 10 years training athletes to help them reach their athletic potential.

Sam Nelson

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U12 Head Coach

A former Buck Hill Ski Team member, Sam competed for several years in the Central Division in USSA and FIS races throughout his career.  Sam has been an integral part of helping our younger athletes build their fundamentals and get their start in ski racing.

Skye Sonnega


U12/U14 Coach


Martina Sailer

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Martina returns to the Buck Hill Team where her ski racing career began. She is a former US Ski Team member and a member of the NCAA National Champion Denver Pioneers.

Maria Schilling

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Dryland Coach

Maria is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received a teaching degree. Maria teaches physical education at Bloomington Jefferson High School, specializing in Exercise Science. Maria was a top-ranked skier in both the Central Division and Collegiate National levels.

Marshall Quist



Pat Abbe

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Pat is a former Buck Hill Ski team member and returning coach with the team. Pat is a former Captain of the team and was a regular Mid-Am skier and qualifier for the Junior Olympics.

John Peterson



John is also a former Buck Hill team member and a returning coach for this season.  He is mainly focussed on the U14 age group and helped coach the team at Jr. Championships in 2020.