Snowboard Home Coach
Aaron Hallenbeck was born in Denver, Colorado to a family that loved to ski. He began snowboarding at nine years old, and quickly became fascinated by the sport. Shortly after, he joined the original Vail Snowboard Team, and spent his high school years as one of few Vail Valley Ski Academy snowboard athletes.
During high school, Aaron competed in Halfpipe, Slopestyle, Big Air, and Boardercross at an International level. He has competed in events across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, and Korea, including the U.S. Open, Junior World Championships, and FIS World Cups.
Aaron went to Colorado College with the intention of continuing his pursuit of his Olympic dreams, but injuries forced him to quit competing and focus on school. He graduated with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, and focused his studies on concussion research. After college, Aaron returned to the Vail Valley to coach the freestyle snowboarding program. After a season with Vail, Aaron accepted an offer to coach with the International Snowboard Training Center (ISTC), which worked with aspiring and current World Cup athletes. After a season with ISTC, Aaron moved to Jackson, and has been coaching with the Freeride Team for three years.
Sport Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:
- USASA Level 200
- Wax tech for X Games and World Cup Boardercross Athletes
- 2017 Dick’s Ditch Pro Snowboard Champion
- 2007 Craig Kelly Award Recipient
- Coached at X Games, FIS World Cups, NorAms, and Nationals
Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:
- BS – Psychology, SUNY Plattsburgh, 2003
- Thesis: Returning Athletes to Sport Post Concussion
- Minor: Philosophy
Personal Philosophy or Statement:
Snowboarding has been a consistent passion and a tool for me to learn more about myself, others, and the world since I discovered the sport at a young age. I coach because I want others to find those connections too. I coach by drawing on my experiences as an athlete, and as a college student. Through snowboarding, I hope to teach my athletes that success comes from hard work, a humble attitude, and commitment to a goal. Through teaching freestyle tricks, fundamental technique, and mental strengthening tactics, I hope my athletes develop skills and habits that prepare them for success on a snowboard, and in every other phase of life. My ultimate goal is to help mold young adults who exhibit outstanding character and work ethic, and who feel the same passion for snowboarding and the mountains as I do.