Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle director Erik Skinner, left, presents Michael DeGrandis with the Freestyle Coaches Cup award during Tuesday night’s awards banquet.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle director Erik Skinner, left, presents Michael DeGrandis with the Freestyle Coaches Cup award during Tuesday night’s awards banquet.

Winter Sports Club caps season with awards to coaches, athletes


Winter Sports Club award winners

The Bea Kirby Trophy: Dominique Katthain

Snowboarding Excellence Award: Martin Boyd

Cross-Country Outstanding Performance: Michaela Frias

Hobart Freestyle Award: George DeGrandis

Snowboarding Outstanding Performance: Natalie Geer

Telemark Reipelykkje Award: Tanner Visnick

Freestyle Coaches Cup: Michael DeGrandis

Erika Mueller Snowboard Spirit Award: Maggie Carrigan/Garrett Denney

Ned Grant Memorial Trophy: Maria Hillenbrand/Mary O’Connell

Ritter Memorial Courage Cup: Jake Sear

Stahly Award: Ryan Dyer

Wilbur Madsen Memorial Award: Grant Andrews

Barrett Burch Memorial Trophy: Soren Brockway/Elise Colby

Buddy Werner Bronze: Isabelle Boniface/Alden Wade

Charles Abernathy Memorial “True Grit” Award: Madison Keeffe

Mary C. Magill Memorial Ski Meister Award: Logan Sankey

Ashley Stamp Memorial Award: Serina Kidd

The Skeeter Award: Chandler Sedberry

John Fetcher Honorary Sustaining Member: Nick Rose

Tyler Gooding Award: Scott Ptach

The Henry Hall Cup: Chanon Pretorius

SSWSC Snowboard Coach of the Year: Melanie McDaniel

SSWSC Nordic Combined Coach of the Year: Scott Blair

SSWSC Cross Country Coach of the Year: Ben Barbier

SSWSC Alpine Coach of the Year: Mike Fairbrother

SSWSC Telemark Coach of the Year: Ty Upson

SSWSC Alpine Youth Coach of the Year: Christine Pietras

SSWSC Freestyle Coach of the Year: Mike Amato

— Tuesday evening in Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill wasn’t that much different than any of the past hundred days at the winter wonderland.

Out in force were Alpine skiers, telemark skiers, snowboarders, freestylers, Nordic combined athletes and cross-country skiers. But this gathering was to culminate the 2010-11 season. All gathered for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to recognize the accomplishments of its best coaches and athletes in an end-of-season tradition.

“It is a great wrap-up to our season,” said Rick DeVos, the Winter Sports Club’s executive director. “This is a chance to recognize our athletes and coaches and tie our history into our present. We want to recognize groups or individuals that really fit in with the club’s ideals.”

Many of the awards are named in memory of former coaches, athletes and supporters of the club and are some of the highest honors an athlete can receive in a season. The awards honor athletic achievements but also recognize the characteristics the club hopes to promote within its athletes and the community. The club honors traits such as hard work, dedication and success in the classroom, as well as the continued pursuit of goals on the slopes.

“It’s fun to recognize the people that impact these kids,” said Sarah Floyd, the Winter Sports Club’s athletic director. “I couldn’t be more proud to work with these guys.” 

For most, Tuesday’s awards banquet marked the conclusion of a busy and hectic season that DeVos called “the best yet.” 

“It was really nice,” said moguls skier Michael DeGrandis, who won the Freestyle Coaches Cup Award after registering nine podium finishes. “I was happy with the way the season went. It was nice to end it on a high note like this.”

Although the awards put a wrap on the 2010-11 season, there already was talk of summer training and trying to make next season even better. 

All the top results “were almost a little too much to put on paper,” DeVos told those in attendance. “No club in the country is doing what this one is doing.” 

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email


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