We are very fortunate to have such a diverse and well rounded group of individuals committed to working with the athletes of LRT. Though they all come from different backgrounds and experiences in life, they share a common passion for the sport and its healthy lifestyle. The number one goal each of our coaches shares is to help all of our athletes achieve their very best every day. Take a look at the bios and get to know the folks behind the goggles!
David Edry: David, known as 'Edry', returns for his 4th year with LRT. Prior to LRT, Edry was the Program Director and Head Alpine Coach of Stratton Winter Sports Club in Stratton, Vermont for 7 years. He was responsible for a program of over 500 athletes (Alpine, Freestyle, Freeski, Snowboard) and over 100 coaches. Prior to the Stratton Winter Sports Club he worked for Stratton Mountain School as the Head U14 coach for 7 years. Before heading to Stratton Edry ran the New Hampton School F.I.S/U.S.S.A program for 11 years and they trained at Loon Mountain, so he is familiar with the mountain and working with management at Loon. Edry is a USSA level 400 certified coach and coached several US Ski Team development camps and has helped to develop a handful of U.S. Ski Team athletes in his former programs. He has served on both the VARA and NHARA board of directors in the past. Edry was a teammate of Coach Aaron Loukes on the Plymouth State College Ski Team and was the 1990 Eastern Region Collegiate Slalom Champion. Edry is currently the Owner and Head coach of U.S. Elite Camps, which hosts training camps at Mt. Hood, Oregon, Cooper Mtn, Colorado, and Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He was a semi-professional bike racer has recently run 10 marathons (Boston x3), is a Crossfit Level-1 instructor, and enjoys golf when he has some free time. Edry is qualified, motivated, and excited to be back in NH!
Aaron Loukes: Aaron grew up ski racing at Mt. Mansfield Ski Club in Stowe, VT and raced for Plymouth State College. He raced in the national championship races all four years. Aaron is a former winner of the Governors Cup race held each year in March and has a passion for ski racing, coaching and teaching. He is currently the head coach of the Lin-Wood Public School ski teams, whose teams have won many state championships over the years. He was the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association ski coach of the year in 2019. He also directs a mid-week youth program called Kanc Carvers for athletes 3rd-5th grade. He has coached ski racing to athletes from U8 -U21 and brings a great deal of teaching / athletic administration experience to the program. He has a Masters in Athletic Administration and he has spent 5 years as a high school athletic director. Aaron coached varsity baseball for 18 years at Lin-Wood and was named New Hampshire Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2006 as well as in 2021. He is currently a K-12 Physical Education teacher at Lin-Wood Public Schools. He is a member of the NH Interscholastic Athletic Association Ski Committee and is board member of NHARA. Aaron traveled to Mammoth Mtn. to attend the National Coaches Academy and received his USSA Level 300 Certification as an Alpine Coach. His interests are skiing, hiking, baseball, traveling and spending time with his wife Kristin and kids Chloe, Lucy and Charles.
Michelle Nestor grew up skiing all over New England but found her passion for coaching and teaching skiing with New England Disabled Sports where she was a coach for seven years. At NEDS, she worked with both adults and children including tethering sit-skiers and guiding visually impaired athletes as well as other adaptive disciplines. For the last five years, Michelle has been a coach with the Development Team at Loon Mountain where she has been a head coach for kids 5-8 years old. Michelle holds both Adaptive and Alpine certifications as well as PSIA Children’s Specialist certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). She’s also pursuing formal race focused education with the US Ski and Snowboard Association now that she’s part of the LRT family. Michelle is thrilled to be part of the LRT coaching staff where she believes in building age-appropriate independence, helping kids master the skills that will help them develop into great skiers, and having fun all over the mountain!
Dana’s ski racing began with the “candy bar” races at Mt.Pisgah, NY. Once hooked, her racing career took her from Nashoba Valley to the US Telemark Ski Team, with stops along the way at BBTS, UMass, and University of Colorado. After college she spent time teaching math and coaching racers at Gould Academy before returning to Massachusetts where she joined the coaching staff at Nashoba Valley. These days Dana can be found “racing” her family around the mountain where the prize is bragging rights instead of candy. She is excited to return to coaching where she believes in bringing the best out of young athletes; helping them develop confidence, passion and lifelong love of skiing.
Colby is a former LRT and Linwood Lumberjack athlete. He grew up on the mountain and is a spirited and very skilled skier. He has experience working with young athletes at the Loon Ski School. Colby is a father of two and is finishing up his studies at Plymouth State University. He also runs a very successful painting business which he has guided to double digit growth this summer . He is really looking forward to joining the U14 team this season!
Bailey grew up in Lincoln, NH where he literally spent everyday that he possibly could skiing at Loon Mountain. When he was nine years old he joined the Loon Race Team and raced for Loon all the way up until his freshman year of college. Midweek, Bailey also raced for his High School, Lin-Wood, from 7th -12th grade. Bailey was NHIAA Div IV Skier of the Year in 2014 and is a former NHIAA Division IV GS and SL Champion. He is also a winner of the Governors Cup. Bottom line? This guy RIPS! In his free time, he loves to work on his WRX which he also races throughout the summer. When he's home he loves to go dirt biking, skateboarding, and hang out with friends. He spends summers at Lake Winnipesaukee out in the islands where he loves to sample the rope swings and cliff jumps, go sailing, water skiing, hiking and sometimes wake surfing! Bailey's other profession outside of coaching is in the real estate industry. As a real estate agent, he specializes in mountain and lakes region properties.
Ryan grew up in Bow, NH where he anchored the Falcons racing team both his junior and senior year. His coaching career took off where his USSA experience ended; at the local ski hill, Pat’s Peak, coaching JV’s for three seasons. After entering the elementary education program and also pursuing a degree in economics at Keene State College, Ryan then resumed coaching JV’s, this time at Mount Sunapee for three seasons before graduating from KSC summa cum laude. After graduation Ryan hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and then began working for Sport Thoma as a sales rep and ski technician. He lives in Lincoln in the winter and works on Lake Winnipesaukee in the summer.
Steve grew up skiing and racing at Nashoba Valley. After taking time off in High School and College to concentrate on Cross Country and Track & Field he reignited his passion for skiing by taking weekend trips to Loon and Sunday River. Most recently he coached the U8 team at Nashoba Valley to the league championship and has been with the Rut Rider coaching staff at LRT for 4 years. In 2019, Steve shifted to the U12 staff to help teach, guide, and help bring up the level of this group. He is looking forward to working with this group of kids that he new as Rut Riders! Steve believes the most important thing is to have fun and encourage kids to become life long skiers.
Caitlin is returning for her 19th season with LRT! Starting the program as a rut rider herself, she graduated in 2014 and went on to continue her ski racing career at Northeastern University where she studied Political Science and International Relations. During her five years at Northeastern she was able to race all four seasons of eligibility in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) and even stepped in as Head Coach. In 2018, she coached the Women's team all the way to Nationals at Lake Placid, which she considers her second greatest skiing achievement, right behind her 2016 Governors Cup win. After 18 years of racing, Caitlin is finally ready to retire the GS suit and is more than excited to be returning as a coach for LRT and sharing her passion for this sport with the kids.
Jesse grew up skiing at the age of 2 and began racing when he was 7 at a tiny “hill” called Mt. Peter in Warwick, NY. Though a small area, it had lights and allowed for training nearly every day. Throughout his racing career he traveled all over New England to compete at various levels of racing. In 2010 he won the New York State title in Slalom and Giant Slalom, and then went on to compete at Eastern Regionals at Attitash finishing Sixth in GS. He then went on to race at Plymouth State University but decided to hang up the race skis for a while. Last season he rekindled his love for racing participating in Loonatics and was the overall champion. Jesse currently is the Marketing Director for the NH-FUN Family of parks which includes the Whales Tail and Outdoor Adventures in Lincoln. He loves LRT!
Paul joined LRT in 2018 and is a true talent. Paul grew up in LRT and attended Holderness School during high school where he skied on their Eastern Team. Paul raced Eastern Region FIS events and moved to St. Lawrence after graduating from Holderness. Paul rips and a great model for the athletes and a fun teacher. Paul is very excited to work at the club that he called home for many years.
Brett grew up with the Gunstock Ski Club and started his coaching career there. As the Head U14 coach at Gunstock for 8 years, he worked incredibly hard to build the Gunstock U14 program and in 2020 his group of girls Won the State Championship Women's Team title and the club was 2nd Overall! Brett's innovative and creative coaching approach has led to lots of success with his athletes and he will surely add to the LRT Team and help lift the U14’s to the highest level possible. Brett raced for UNH and before college skied at New Hampton School with Edry as his coach!
Coach "Pez" grew up skiing at Loon and can remember the days when the Seven Brothers and East Basin Chairs were the only options when the gondola line was long. Pez has been with LRT for eight years; three years has Head U16 Coach. Previously he was Head Coach of the Nashoba Valley Rovers USSA Race Team. Pez has been coaching ski racing since 1999. He served as the Children’s Race Committee Chair of the Tri-State Ski Racing Association from 2012-2014. He is USSA Level 200 certified coach and a Certified Race Referee and Alpine Official. He coaches with U.S. Elite Camps at Copper Colorado and Mount Hood Oregon. Coach Pez raced and coached for the University of Lowell back in the 1980s. He and wife Deb live in Thornton NH.
Catherine has been skiing at Loon Mountain since she was only 2 years old. She joined The Loon Race Team as a Rut Rider at age 6. Her dad, Mike, was a coach for over 10 years at Loon and was known for not only his ski ability but also his tremendous passion for the sport as a part of an active and healthy lifestyle, which has surely impacted her philosophy as a coach. After leaving LRT to go to college out west, she found a love for backcountry skiing and obtained her A.I.A.R.E. Avalanche Level 1 and 2 certifications. She also carries a PSIA Level I certification and USSA Level 100. When Catherine came back from out West, she started working as the supervisor of the Scouts seasonal program at Loon. Catherine is now a registered nurse in Maine, pursuing her Master’s degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. While Catherine will miss the Rut Riders, she is looking forward to a fun-filled year with the U16s!
Tom's brings a lot of relevant experience to LRT. Tom has been skiing his whole life and was a Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smasher right up until he went to UNH, skiing in FIS and division 1 races. Tom has coached all ages from high school, to college, and masters and is now teaching his son Fin (10) and daughter Lucy (8) to race as well. Tom is an avid cyclist in the off season, and during the week, works in financial services!
Burton has been trying to go faster on skis ever since he was a kid racing in his home state of New Mexico, then as a member of the Tufts Ski Team, and through to the present as he still tries to beat his former college teammates in the Nashoba night league and occasional Master’s race around New England. For the past six years he’s helped lead the coaching for the Nashoba Buddy Werner team, and last year was a U14 coach at Wachusett. He received his Level 100 certification in 2017, and is always seeking to build his coaching knowledge. After bringing his kids to Loon to race in the Governor’s Cup a few times, Burton is thrilled to be joining LRT along with his daughter, Juniper, and son, Henry.
Harry has a long history in ski racing in New Hampshire. Most recently he has was Head Coach and Program Director for the Bretton Woods Ski Team, where he worked for a decade. Prior to his tenure at Bretton Woods Harry was the Program Director for the Sunlight Ski Team Educational Foundation in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and the Director of Racing at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Harry was also the Program Director of the Franconia Ski Club in the 1980’s. He also has coaching experience as Head Coach of Ski Valley Christmas Camp, Crotched Mountain Ski Club, Greek Peak Christmas Camp and the WVA Summer Race Camp in Hintertux, Austria. During his college career, Harry was a four-year member of the University of New Hampshire at Plymouth Ski Team where he was inducted into their Ski Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the NEISC All Conference Team. Harry was a member of the NCSA National Champions Team, a top finisher in the Masters National Challenge and spent 2 years on the New England Pro Tour. He is also an accomplished tennis player and cyclist.
Mike was an LRT staple for over 20+ years and was one of the more familiar faces throughout the NHARA community. Mike was the long-time Alpine Events Director for LRT. Outside of LRT, he was on the USSS National working group for Alpine Official Education as well as on the Technical Delegate working group that both meet in Park City every Spring. Mike sat on the NHARA Executive Board of Directors and was the NH State Chair of Alpine Officials. Mike was a Burckett-Dodge Award recipient. On top of all of this, Mike was a level 4 Technical Delegate, Chief of Race, Competition Official and Referee, as well a level 3 Chief of Course, Jury Advisor, and Race Administrator. Mike will be forever missed and his legacy will have an impact on many generations of ski racers and coaches.