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AVSC Big Mountain coach leading by example

AVSC staff report
Chason Russell of the Aspen Valley Ski Club prepares to drop into Conundrum Creek from Mount Hayden.
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Chason Russell

AVSC Big Mountain Head Coach

Born and raised in Telluride, Chason Russell is no stranger to the ski town lifestyle. He started skiing at the age of 2, and it wasn’t long before he began exploring the world of freeskiing.

“I tried my first freeskiing competition in the 1997 World Extreme Skiing Championships in Crested Butte,” Russell said.

Beginning his coaching career in freestyle skiing, Russell naturally progressed to becoming the program director for the Telluride Big Mountain Team.

After moving to Aspen, he wasn’t ready to give up coaching and became involved with AVSC as a Devo 2 coach. Now in his fifth season with the Club, Russell is currently AVSC’s Big Mountain head coach.

A graduate of Montana State University with a bachelor of fine arts in photography, Russell is passionate about traveling the world in purist of skiing, kayaking and photography.

“I have been fortunate enough to drive to Alaska twice for skiing. Each successful line skied in Alaska was a culmination of years of learning, training, and experience,” Russel said. “Protect our winters, for real. This is the only planet we have. Take good care of it.”

Bolle USSA Age Class Open Slaloms

The Age Class Open Slaloms were held last weekend for U10, U12, and U14 age groups.

Jake Morgan won the U12 boys division, while Annika Johannson won the U12 girls division.

Eli Cohen had a strong performance, winning all four U10 races.

On Sunday afternoon, AVSC U10 boys swept the top five spots.

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