Freeride Program Director & Head Snowboard Coach
Andy Lex, a Wyoming native, began his experiential educational career at the age of 17 when he
started leading trips in the Wyoming backcountry as a rock-climbing guide. After high school
graduation, Andy moved to Steamboat, Colorado to pursue his passions of snowboarding, kayaking,
and rock climbing. Andy spent two summers working for High Cascade Snowboard Camp in MT.
Hood, Oregon as terrain park builder (digger) and would sneak back to coach when not guiding in the
Rocky Mountains. While in Colorado, he worked for Burton Snowboards managing their Demo Tour
and served as a product tester. Finally, at the age of 23, Andy took a hiatus from ski-town life to attend
Colorado State University where he earned a BS in Business Administration.
After graduation, Andy fulfilled a life-long dream and moved to Jackson, Wyoming to work in the
mountains and on the rivers. Andy started coaching snowboarding for The Jackson Hole Ski and
Snowboard Club’s Freeride Program in the winter of 2008/2009. With the guidance and support of past
FRP Directors and his fellow coaches, Andy was promoted to Head Snowboard Coach – USSA/USASA
Coordinator. In the fall of 2016, Andy and his wife Nina left Jackson to pursue graduate school. Andy
earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy. Andy believes that there is no club
program better than their coaches, and emphasizes the importance of investing in coaching
development. He feels that great coaches can mentor, provoke, stimulate, and engage their athletes.
Sport Specific Background, Experience, and Roles:
High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Digger.
High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Coach.
Head Snowboard Coach – USASA/USSA Coordinator (JHSC).
USASA Level 200 Coach.
USASA Nationals coaching experience.
USSA Revolution Tour coaching experience.
Education, Professional Degrees, and Certifications:
BS, Business Administration.
M.S. Educational Leadership & Policy.
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Field Instructor.
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness First Responder.
American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 4: Whitewater Kayak, Swiftwater Rescue, and Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor.
Personal Philosophy or Statement:
Andy’s educational guiding principles include: transformational learning, peer leadership, and respect
for people, place, and environment.
Andy’s personal philosophy is gratitude and tenacity.