Coaches

Chris “Hatch” Haslock – Head Coach

Modern freestyle skiing pioneer Chris “Hatch” Haslock has a deeply rooted background in skiing and snowboarding, ranging from Alpine ski racing to aerials; ski-film star to world-champion coach. A 1988 Olympian, he retired from his competitive career in 1989, ranked seventh in the world in aerials.After achieving certification in 1984 and working as a freestyle coach at every level, in 1990 he began coaching full time, including two Olympics and four World Championships. He founded FLY Freestyle in 2001, which, under his direction, was named the 2005 Freestyle club of the year. To continue giving back to the sport he loves, he recently launched AXIS Freeride, a club dedicated to helping young athletes pursue their own life dreams by combining the best of the ‘old school’ — going back to the roots of the sport — with cutting-edge ‘new school’ training techniques to create a lifelong love of skiing.  Hatch was named 2011 USSA Freestyle Coach of the Year.  For more information on Chris, take a moment to read his extended bio.

 

Dylan Akerley

Dylan has been skiing since he was 3 and competing (in Moguls and Aerials) since he was 7.  He specialized in Freeride two seasons ago and has started coaching and competing (in Halfpipe and Slopestyle).  He is sponsored by Fischer skis and DNA clothing and has competed in national freeride competitions where he has had several top 10 finishes.  Dylan has had prior coaching experience with other local ski clubs and loves working with youth.

 

Olivia Akerley

Olivia has been skiing since age 2, competing in freestyle since age 6. She is the 2006 Jr Dual Mogul National champion and the 2006 National Slopestyle champion. Olivia has been training at the water ramps since her family moved to UT. Last Febuary, Olivia had a ski injury from a cork 7 and tore multiple ligiments in her knee and fractured bones. Olivia doesn’t take skiing for granted anymore, and is always happy to be on snow.

 

Steve Benally

Steve is PSIA Certified Alpine level 3, PSIA Certified park and pipe level 3, Including level 2 USSA Aerial and slopestyle coach. Steve has 12 years of instructing experience and 4 years of park and pipe coaching. He is a regular at the water ramps during the summer and is a featured freerider in the Flying Ace All Stars Ski show. Steve loves to ski moguls, big mountain, race courses, half pipe, terrain park, and his primary focus is to teach safety, confidence and skills to anyone.

 

Mike Campbell

Mike started racing at a young age and developed those skills for four years training and competing.  He discovered Freeride at age 15 and has been training full time ever since.  He has competed in many events including the Breckenridge Freeski Tour and the Bear Mountain Freeski Tour and does the Beaver Mountain Big Air Comp every year.  He is especially strong at spinning in both directions and switch maneuvers.  He has decided now is a good time to give back to the sport and is enjoying working with and teaching the kids.

 

Will DeBlois

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Ryan Devine

Ryan started skiing when he was 5. At 8 he joined the freestyle team at his local resort in Boise, ID and by age 12 he started seriously competing in moguls. He competed for 7 years and became one of the top competitors in my division. He has competed in the Junior Olympics and at the US Nationals.  After graduating high school he retired from competing and moved to SLC to attend the University of Utah and to ski.  He still loves moguls, but also spends a lot of time pursuing Big Mountain skiing.

 

 

Dave Euler

Dave grew up in southern Maine as a multi-sport athlete.  He began skiing as a weekend warrior in middle school, and began competing in high school in slopestyle and rail jams.  Dave moved out to Utah when he was 18 to attend the University of Utah, and to ski as much as possible.  Dave filmed with 4bi9 media in his free time, and has been coaching with Axis for 2 seasons.  He is a level 1 usasa and ussa freestyle coach, and specializes in slopestyle skiing.

 

Zeb Evelhoch

Zeb is a featured freeride skier in the Flying Ace All Stars Ski Shows that happen all summer up at the Utah Olympic Park. He is a USSA level 1 freestyle coach with two years of coaching experience. He has skiied for Rossignol and Smith.  He competed in the U.S. Open and the American Freeski Tour and took 2nd in the Warren Miller Rail Jam.  Zeb enjoys teaching through example.

 

Rich Fahey

Rich started skiing when he was 11 at a small hill in Indiana.  At the end of that season he entered a big air competition and received 1st place. Now at the ripe age of 19, and nearly 50 competitions later, he finds himself in SLC attending the University of Utah and skiing the “Greatest snow on Earth.”  Rich has a solid competition background in Slopestyle, Big Air and Rail contests, and attends several of the bigger competitions each year including Aspen Open & Big Bear Open.  Also, he has coached at Pink Flamingo Ski Camp at Perfect North Slopes in Indiana each spring for the last 4 years.  Through competing and coaching Rich has learned what works and what doesn’t and enjoys passing his skills on to those willing to learn.

 

Davin Grapentine

Davin learned to ski on a “mountain” with 300’ of vertical in northern Wisconsin. Before moving to Utah he worked and skied at Timberline, Oregon and Vail, Colorado. He has coached/taught skiing since 2001. He is a PSIA level 3 certified ski instructor and is a PSIA accredited park and pipe instructor. He has previously competed in slopestyle and currently competes in big mountain skiing on the Freeskiing World Tour. In addition to skiing he enjoys rock climbing, sailing and mountain biking.

 

Nicky Keefer

Tricky Nicky started skiing at age 2.  He is from Huntsville, UT and grew up skiing back country at Pow Mow and Snowbasin.  In 2nd grade he started racing in Down Hill and Super G.  He switched to Freestyle after watching a few freestyle flicks and thought, “I can do that!”  He competes in Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Aerials.  He took 2nd in USASA Nationals in Slopestyle in 2008 and has competed in the US Freeskiing Open, North American Open and many USSA competitions.  He is currently one of the Flying Ace Allstars that perform at the Utah Olympic Park.  Goals for the future…X Games and to have his own production company.

 

Max Kuszaj

Max has been a professional Freeskier since 1999.  He has competed and coached for many years worldwide.  He has been featured in many publications including Skiing Magazine, Skier Magazine and Powder Magazine as well as being a featured skier in worldwide media such as Warren Miller movies and others.  Max is also very visible in the B.A.S.E. jumping world and is one of the top jumpers in the world.  Visit his website at www.skierinblack.com

 

John Kutcher

Kutcher started skiing at a very young age and has been learning ever since.  He had his first season pass to Park City Mountain Resort at 22 months old.  He loves ever aspect of skiing whether it is rippin’ in the park or shredding deep lines, it is his release.  Last year he logged 130 days.  He is an expert in terrain park and slopestyle and is excited to share his knowledge with kids with his same passion.  He is studying film at the U of U, which is his second love.

 

Tim Maney

Tim has been skiing his whole life.  He went to Okemo Mountain School for high school which was amazing and gave him hours of training as well as a school education.  He moved to Utah to shred powder and attend the University of Utah.  He has competed in Moguls, Slopestyle and Halfpipe for many years.

 

Tim McChesney

Tim grew up in Bozeman, MT, and has been skiing since he could walk.  Tim quickly fell in love with the sport at near by Bridger Bowl and Big Sky ski resorts.  He moved to Salt Lake after high school to attend the University of Utah, and pursue a skiing career.  He currently competes in high level competitions (Dew Tour, World Cups), and films with Level 1 Productions and 4bi9 Media.

 

Elli McMillan

Elli has skied since she was 10 years old. She moved to Utah in 2005 and started skiing competitively.  Elli has competed in 3 Freestyle disciplines: Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Aerials.  She took 7th at USSA Nationals in 2010 in Halfpipe among many other podium finishes.  Elli loves being able to share her love for skiing with others.

 

 

Luke Perin

Luke was born in Seattle and moved to MT when he was 5 and learned to ski at Bridger Bowl and Big Sky.  Not having a terrain park until I was 14 made me the skier I am today.  He graduated from high school a semester early and moved to Summit County, CO for the remainder of a season.  He decided that Salt lake would be a better choice and moved their for college and skiing.

 

Justin Schmaelzle

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Jason Stinsmen

Jason has an extensive background in inline skating as well as a ski background in Freestyle and Big Mountain.  His major inline skating acheivements include scoring top finishes in the X Games, Gravity Games and Australian Summer X Games and being the Top Professional Inline Skater on Action Sports Association World Tour.  Jason achieved the world record for inline skating in the Guinness World Records 2001.  He has spent 8 years training young athletes in summer programs in Pennsylvania and is excited to work with Axis athletes to improve theirskills.

 

LJ Strenio

LJ is from Vermont where he learned to love skiing.  Having been an avid rollerblader, he quickly became introduced to freestyle skiing.  He attended Waterville Valley Academy in New Hampshire where he began competing.  He graduated early and moved to Utah to ski for the winter and decided to come to the U of U the following year.  This past season alone, he skied more than 24 different resorts and competed in numerous major competitions.  He considers skiing the most important part of his live and is thankful that he is able to spend the time when he is not skiing on his own, helping introduce others to the sport.

 

Zach Thompson

Zach grew up in a small town in Wyoming where skiing was a family affair.  He started skiing at age 2 and spent his childhood at the local ski resort that his parents started in 1999.  Zach has competed in alpine racing, freestyle moguls, park and big air since 2001.  He has podiumed many times, competed in numerous Junior Olympics, U.S. Ski Team Selections and been invited to the U.S. Nationals before retiring to coach in 2009.  Zach is a graduate of the Winter Sports School in Park City and is now attending the U of Utah.  He is a Level II Mogul and Aerial certified coach as well.


Catherine Warchal

Catherine started out as a ski racer and is now focusing on Freestyle skiing.  She attended Waterville Valley Academy during high school to be able to focus on both skiing and studies.  She has competed all over the world in racing and freestyle competitions.

 

MC Waryas

MC has been participating in action sports since she could walk and has more energy than a Vermont Yankee. Having participated in the X Games and the World Cup Halfpipe circuit, MC is a Level 2 aerial and mogul coach who is excited to help skiing progress. When not on the hill, MC can be found cruising the skate park and testing the durability of the pavement.

 

Ryan Wyble

Ryan is born and raised in Park City, UT.  Ryan began skiing in Park City at the age of 2, and has been doing it ever since.  In middle school he began skiing in the terrain park; which quickly became his focus.  During the winter Ryan films with 4bi9 Media, and competes in various slopestyle events.  He began coaching for Axis in the summer of 2009.