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The coaches at Loveland Ski Club bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to their roles. Our coaches are enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, and goal-oriented. We are proud of our leadership within Loveland Ski Club.

Each coach is screened and has completed a background check as well as required CPR, First Aid, and SAFESPORT training. Our coaching staff also participates in coaches education through the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and all LSC staff complete annual HEADS UP concussion training through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Elizabeth Booka Smith

Elizabeth "Booka" Smith

Men’s & Women’s

Alpine FIS Coach

Booka is a Level 300 USSA Certified Alpine Ski-Racing Coach with over fifteen (15) years of experience coaching all ages and abilities. Booka’s recent coaching concentration has been at the FIS & Collegiate Levels. In 2021-2022, Booka served as the Head Alpine FIS & PG Race Programs Coach at Eldora Mountain Ski Club (EMSC)(Nederland, Colorado). In that capacity, Booka coached a wide range of abilities from First Year FIS Athletes, to Collegiate Athletes with NorAm and FIS University Level racing experience. Prior to coaching at EMSC, Booka coached in the Ability Program at LSC alongside then U16 Head Coach Pat Burke. In 2022, Booka returned to LSC to coach LSC’s FIS Team. Booka is also LSC’s Head Programs Director.

Robert Burke

Rob Burke

Head Alpine FIS Coach

Rob is a Level 300 USSA Alpine Ski-Racing Coach. Rob started coaching FIS with LSC in 2017, and since that time has built up LSC’s FIS (and now PG) programs to the point where LSC has multiple athletes routinely competing at the NorAm and FIS University Race levels. Prior to coming to LSC, Rob coached FIS at Team Summit Colorado. Rob ski raced in college at Castleton University (Castleton, Vermont), competing at the National Level. Rob is highly committed to all his LSC FIS & PG athletes, and coordinates dryland activities, equipment procurement and team travel to competitions throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and New Zealand.

Kelia Zigich

Kelia Zigich

Head Alpine FIS Coach

Kelia is a trained Level 300 USSA Alpine Ski-Racing Coach with ten (10) years of experience coaching a wide variety of ages and abilities from Age Class athletes to College USCSA. From 2016 to 2022, Kelia coached at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) in the U14/U16 & Women’s FIS Programs, where she gained valuable experience coaching and training athletes at the highest level of competition. In 2022, Kelia made the move to LSC and took on the positions of Head Alpine U16 Coach and Director of U16 & FIS Programs.

Patrick Burke

Pat Burke

Head Alpine U14

& Age Class Coach

Pat is a Level 200 USSA Alpine Ski-Race Coach in training. Pat has seven (7) years experience coaching young racers (U10 to U16). From 2016 to 2019, Pat coached at Team Summit Colorado, beginning at the U10/U12 age categories and then moving up to coach his same athletes at the U14 level. In 2019, Pat made the move to LSC and from 2019 to Spring 2022, served as Head Coach of LSC’s U16 Full-Time Team. In Spring 2022, Pat was selected to take on the position of LSC’s Director of Youth Programs. Moving forward, in addition to serving in his Director capacity, Pat will also Head Coach in the U14 and Age Class Programs.


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