Eric Johnstone: Director of Mountain Operations
EJ has a long history in the Colorado Ski Industry.
Head of Vehicle Maintenance, Slope Preparation, and Snowmaking – Loveland Ski Area
October 2007 – July 2012
In charge of assembling crews and materials for injection efforts at Loveland Nor-ams.
Participated in course preparation at 2010 Whistler Olympic Games.
Helped facilitate post season training with addition of salt spreader.
EJ is an integral part of our staff and the primary reason why our surface is always World-Class.
Petter Brenna: Alpine Program Director & Head Coach
Born and raised in Oslo, Norway
Head Coach – Front Range Ski Club
2000-2008 Norwegian national team
2006-2007 4 World Cup starts and Norwegian National Champion
2008-2011 University of New Mexico Ski Team
2011-2012 Westminster College Ski Team
2008-2012 14 NCAA regular season wins
I believe in grabbing opportunities and making the best out of every day. I think people need to venture outside their comfort zone to grow. I have made many choices during my life that put me far outside my comfort zone, but almost every time I come out of it with a positive experience a newfound strength. I also believe in putting life in perspective from time to time. Way to often I find myself stressing or worrying about things that are not that important. By putting my life into perspective, it helps me re-focus and remember to see what really is important in my life.
Why Front Range Ski Club and Echo Mt:
I’ve decided to start a new chapter in my life. I want to pass my knowledge to younger athletes and Echo Mt will the perfect place to let that happen. I see skiing from a different perspective and angle than the “average” ski coach and I can utilize my skills as a ski coach to the max in Echo Mountain.
Front Range Ski Club is the most exciting thing that is happening in ski racing now and I want to be a part of this as a full time coach and as a FRSC athlete. My intentions are to create the top juniors in the nation and the world as well as ski for Norway in the next Olympics.
Broc Thompson: Event’s Director & Master’s Head Coach
Broc Thompson grew up ski racing in Northern Minnesota. He went on to race for the Colorado School of Mines, graduating in 1992. Broc then took a hiatus from ski racing to bike race for thirteen years, and excelled to Category 1 on the track, earning multiple podium finishes in National competitions. Broc then returned to ski racing and now dominates the USSA Masters ski racing circuit. In 2012, he won the Masters World Championships in the Slalom and took silver in the Super Giant Slalom. Broc continues to compete in FIS level races. Broc is a true student of the sport and loves to coach, watch, and talk ski racing. He was the head coach in the Eldora Masters ski racing program for the past six years and also has also coached in the Loveland Ski Racing Club program.
Roger Brown: Coach
A lifelong ski racer, Roger Brown comes to FRSC via New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Roger competed at the NCAA, NORAM, and World Cup levels.
2001 – 2004 Dartmouth College (2002 NCAA Slalom Champion)
2005 – 2007 US Ski Team (2006 Runner up NORAM SL Overall)
After leaving the US ski team following the 2007 season, Roger teamed up with Warner Nickerson to train and race independently. Roger and Warner organized their own travel, training and racing, organizing training camps in Alaska, New Zealand, Austria and Colorado. During the 2007 season, Roger scored his best career GS results. A torn ACL and meniscus in February of 2008 prematurely ended his season, and led to Roger’s retirement from the circuit. He transitioned from athletics to politics, and worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign and then for Vermont’s U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s in his Washington office for a year and a half (while coaching the local Liberty Mountain Race Team on weekends). In 2010, he moved back to Vermont and started a maple syrup farm, Slopeside Syrup, with his brother and two cousins.
Today, he lives in Lone Tree with his wife Jenny and five month old son, Charlie.
I think that the role of a coach is to show an athlete that they are capable of more than they believe is possible. That can mean cross blocking a slalom gate for the first time, skiing moguls on one ski, going off a big jump, carving the top of a GS turn or skiing their best in a stressful race.
I can’t imagine spending a winter without being involved in ski racing in some capacity. Echo gives my family the opportunity to be involved while still living and working in the Denver metro area. I am excited to be a part of a program that will give kids the same chance that I had to race and train competitively while living at home.
And I am hoping to get my son Charlie on skis by his first birthday (April 11).