Sean Ross, Head Coach
Sean grew up in Burlington and like many Vermonters he began walking and skiing at about the same time. Growing up he skied both alpine and nordic, focusing on alpine racing in high school and captaining that team his senior year. While attending UVM and for two years after college, Sean worked as a children’s ski instructor at Smugglers Notch, which for many years was considered the number one children’s program in the country. Alas after six seasons he mistakenly took a “real” job. Fortunately, he wised up in his later years and is now in his 9th year of coaching with Ford Sayre, most recently serving as Head Coach for the U8/DEVO program. This year he passes on his title of “Dr. DEVO” to take the reigns of the U10 team. Sean lives in Lyme with his wife, Laurel and their three kids, all of whom ski with Ford Sayre, and when not on the hill skiing he works for The Lyme Timber Company in Hanover.
Geoff Curtis grew up ski racing in New Hampshire and attended the ski academy at Waterville Valley. He raced as a member of the Middlebury College carnival team for 4 years, graduating in 1991. After a 2-year stint (yes, as a ski bum) in Vail, CO Geoff went to work for Tecnica/Völkl covering the Lake Tahoe area from 1994 to 1996. Having moved back to good ol’ New Hampshire in 1996 and continuing to work in the ski equipment world, he began coaching in the Ford Sayre Devo program. In his day job, Geoff directs marketing for Marker/Völkl. This is Geoff’s 8th year coaching for Ford Sayre. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob had a challenging start to his skiing career by breaking his leg his first day on skis at age 6. He started skiing in earnest at age 9 at the Springfield Ski Club in Blandford, MA. Within a couple of years he started entering club races there, and when he decided to get more serious about ski racing, he joined the eastern tri-state ski team at Mt. Southington, CT where he skied through high school. While in college, Bob was a 4-year member of the St. Michael’s College ski team, and captain his junior & senior years. In 1987 Bob started his coaching career while in grad school by coaching the Penn State travel team. During his second year there, Penn State qualified for the national championships in Lake Tahoe, and Bob earned Coach of the Year honors for the Allegheny Collegiate Ski Conference. After grad school Bob returned to CT and for the next 9-10 years he worked at Mt. Southington where he co-coached the Cheshire High School ski team and the Mt. Southington tri-state team. During this time Bob also competed in periodic masters races throughout New England.
Bob took a sabbatical from coaching until recently, during which time he focused more on backcountry and telemark skiing. Bob returned to coaching now that his two children have taken an interest in skiing. He began his affiliation with Ford Sayre during the 2012-13 ski season when he coached the Sunday All-Mountain program. Bob is excited to be back on the hill coaching and instilling a love for the sport of skiing in our young athletes. When not skiing, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, biking and boating