The Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club (AVSC) announced the new Snowboard program staff for the upcoming season today. According to Program Director Chris Karol, “This is going to be a great season. We have an extraordinary group of coaches. They are all accomplished riders and extremely well-rounded athletes committed to sharing their extensive knowledge.”

Anton Pogue comes to AVSC directly from the U.S. Snowboard Team. He has been on the U.S. Team since 1996, having won World Cup Slalom events in Mt. St. Anne, Quebec and Graechen, Switzerland in 1997. In addition, he has also won the U.S. National Championships in Slalom in 2000. Anton grew up in Northern Idaho and was an All-American racer for the University of Nevada at Reno.

Jason Troth, one of the original Team Tiehack coaches from the early ’90s, returns to Aspen as a boardercross and freeride specialist. He competed for three seasons in boardercross at the ESPN X Games and both the North and South American Extreme Snowboarding Championships. He has designed numerous boardercross courses as well as being the snowboard park supervisor at Snowmass Mountain in 1993. In Jason’s words, “year round training through a variety of sports …and extensive training in traditional Chinese martial arts has given me a strong mind, body and spirit connection. These activities combined with a natural ability to teach and share knowledge are my strengths.”

Miah Wheeler continues with AVSC Snowboarding as the freestyle program coordinator. Miah, a former AVSC athlete, graduated magna cum laude from Ft. Lewis College with a degree in Psychology and Group Dynamics. This year, Miah became the youngest kayaker to be certified by the American Canoe Association as an instructor trainer.

Local athlete Travis McClain has also joined the staff at AVSC. In his six years of junior competition, Travis won five national championship events. Travis represented the U.S. Junior Snowboarding Team at 4 Junior World Championships around the world. Out of the 13 Gold Medals garnered by the entire U.S. Team, Travis won nine of them. Travis is equally at home in the half-pipe as he is on the race course.