Northstar California names new ski, snowboard teams director
October 7, 2014
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Aaron Atkins has been appointed as the new ski and snowboard teams director at Northstar California, the resort announced Tuesday.
Atkins will oversee structure and design of all development, semi-competitive and competitive USSA- and USASA-sanctioned ski race teams, as well as ski and snowboard freestyle programs for ages four through 19.
According to the resort, Atkins has placed three athletes on national teams to race at the Europa Cup and World Cup level and was named headmaster at the Sports Academy in Utah where he coached the race team for Park City, Utah.
He is also the former director of the race team at Sugar Bowl, where he developed ten NCAA athletes as well as a U.S. Ski Team member.
"In addition to coaching and producing athletes at the World Cup level, Aaron's ability to design and implement programs for all stages of competition skiing and riding is remarkable," Northstar Senior Director of Skier Services Andrew Buckley said in a statement. "His background reflects decades of competition success."
Born in Truckee, Atkins started skiing at the age of two and developed as a competitive ski racer in the North Lake Tahoe region. He has worked in the ski industry for 16 years, most recently as a head coach for Tahoe Racing, according to Northstar.
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He graduated from the University of Utah, where he was the former head alpine coach, leading his team to an NCAA championship. He and his wife, Nina, who is a real estate professional, have lived in Truckee the past 12 years with their young son, Aksel.
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