2019/20 Team Leadership
 

The team is lead by a group of core volunteers. These volunteers oversee all aspects and levels of team functions. They consist of current team-member student athletes as well as dedicated alumni coaches. 

 

 

Volunteer Coaches - 

UMD Alpine has had a tradition and fortune of dedicated Alumni that come back and volunteer their time & energy to coach such an amazing group of student athletes. They give back to an organization that helped create life long friends, skills and personal development.

 

Our primary coaches are USSA certified and continue to pursue additional education to continue professional growth in ski racing! Many go on to Officiate in the MCSA and USCSA. 

 

Head Coaches: Jason Grimm & Luke Dean

Freestyle Coach: Andrew Johnson

Asst. Coaches: Coyer Mackner & Kris Moen

STUDENT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Student Governing Board, Oversee team functions, annual planning, and student outreach. They dedicate a significant amount of personal time ensuring the team functions smoothly. 
 

Team President Ali Hofstad

My major is Integrated Elementary and Special

Education. I chose UMD because of the integrated

teaching program here and because I have always loved

Duluth! I started skiing when I was 3 and have been

racing for 13 years. My all time favorite race hill is Wild

at Wild Mountain. My favorite ski trip ever was at

Whistler Blackcomb in BC. I love skiing in the mountains

just as much as I love racing.

Vice President Grant Madison


I am a senior finance major. I have been skiing since I was 3

and racing since I was 8. I grew up skiing at Ski Gull in Brainerd.

I chose to go to school in Duluth because I wanted to keep skiing.

My favorite race is Giants and my favorite place to free ski is Big Sky. 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer Mark Iwen

I'm a biochem major and will be a senior

this year. I love science and biology, hence the major

chosen. I have ski raced since I was a kindergartner and

I’m probably way better than you (easy way to fit in on

the team is call someone out like so). My favorite place

to ski is in the Canadian Rockies. Can’t wait to see all

the new and returning faces for one more great season!

Secretary Sam Mckinney

My major is Biology and I am a senior this year. I started racing in

9th grade and hvae been doing it every winter since. I raced D-team,

high school, USSA, and FIS. I chose UMD because it lets me do all of

my hobbies while still going to school. My absolute favorite place to

ski is Bridger Bowl, MT. The ski team has been a huge influence on

my life in college and hopefully I'll get to share some of them with you as well. 

 

 

 

Fundraising/Social Media Coordinator Delaney Johnson

I am a junior double major in Marketing and

Communications. I chose UMD because of all the things

there is to do outside and the great education. I have been

skiing since I was 3 and racing since I was 6. My favorite

race is Marquette because I love Michigan and the town.

My favorite places to free ski is Red Lodge Mountain and

Bridger Bowl.

If you are interested in getting involved with fundraising

for our team or would like to donate to the team

email me at joh14126@d.umn.edu

 

Team Captains - Lead, develop, facilitate training, lead the team on and off the hill among just a few of their duties. 

 

Men's Captain Stephen O'Connor 

 

I am a senior accounting major. I started skiing when

I was 6. My favorite place to free ski is Steamboat.

My favorite race of the year is nationals. I hope to

bring more of the team out with me this coming season!

 

Men's Captain Ryan Weber  

My major is criminology and I picked UMD

because I had a sister going here and  I have always

enjoyed the north shore. I started skiing when I

was pretty young since my whole family would go

skiing together, but it was only when I was a

freshman in high school that I started racing. Out

of all the places I have skied at I would say Grand

Targhee is my favorite resort due to the snow

conditions they get and the style of the resort. 

 

Women's Captain Isabel Berg
 

I’m a senior with an international studies major and a

hispanic studies minor. I have been skiing since I was 2,

and I first learned when i was living in Colorado. I started

racing in 7th grade. My favorite race of the season is at Giants

Ridge, and my favorite place to ski is Breckenridge, Colorado!

 

 

 

Women's Captain Taylor Buckman

My major is Civil Engineering and I am a senior this year.

I’ve always loved Duluth and the outdoorsy feeling of it.

When I learned, at a young age, that there was a college

here, and I could continue to ski race,I knew I would go to

UMD. I started skiing when I was a year and a half old

and started ski racing when I was 5. My favorite place

that we race at is Lacrosse, WI, and my favorite place to

free ski is at Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. 

Snowboard Captain Ryan Kizewski

I am a junior double major in in environmental 

sustainability and GIS. I started snowboarding

competitively my freshamn year of college. The

team has been a great expereince for me to learn

and get to know new people. Furthermore. I like

to hunt, fish, and be social with people. 

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