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Masters Coach Ryan Ritchie

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Ryan started skiing at 2 and raced with the Bear Valley Race Team through high school before leading the UC Davis Ski Team to USCSA Nationals three years in a row (and where he met his ski racing wife). He stayed on as Assistant Coach for UCD for two years while finishing his undergraduate degree in Biomechanics, and then took a break from ski racing for several years while studying and then practicing Physical Therapy, including a stint with the US Men’s Downhill team in Europe as their Physio. He tried to coach his two ski racing daughters, so turned to coaching the DPSEF Masters team instead! Ryan and his wife and two daughters love to Mountain bike, backpack, and wake surf in the off season. 

Ryan Ritchie, Masters Coach


For 19+-Year-Old advanced skiers who can ski independently in all conditions with an eagerness to learn and improve. No prior race experience is necessary, although it is helpful. 

Masters training provides a supportive, collaborative environment focusing on empowering each individual to progress their ski and ski racing skills. Our athletes provide camaraderie and fun on-the-hill training, freeskiing, and at races. Masters athletes are not required to race. Several of our athletes race frequently in Far West Masters, Sierra League, Singles League, and/or Airline corporate races, among other race series/events. 

Our program will focus on: 

  • Building on and strengthening established skiing skills

  • Creating social opportunities for team building

  • Providing social and emotional support

  • A fun, nurturing, and caring environment for adults to grow physically, mentally, and emotionally while skiing 

  • Keeping skiing safe and fun

Skill Development

Masters usually spend the first 2-3 weeks of the early season on basic skill development through free skiing. 

Progression initially focuses on body position, balance, and edge control. Continuing into the season, training typically includes slalom drills using stubbies to identify turn timing, shape, and other tactics. 

This is followed by full pole slalom and giant slalom with increasing difficulty of course sets and terrain, intermixed with free skiing and further skill-specific drills through the balance of the season. 

We will also train on the DPST Ski Simulator located in our Learning Center. 

This program has two registration selections

1) 2-day weekend option (7:30AM - 1PM).  December 12 - April 10, 2022

2) 5-day option: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (9AM - 11:00 AM and weekends (7:30AM - 1:00PM)

2019-2020 Masters Team