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Elijah Teter Heads To Mt. Hood In New Role

By Andrew Gauthier
July, 10 2019
Elijah Teter
Elijah Teter in his element. (Wy’East Mountain Academy)

Coming hot on the heels of Project Gold Camp at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, an official training site for U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes, U.S. National Team freeskiers and snowboarders are arriving at Mt. Hood, Ore. for their summer training camp. On top of looking forward to getting time on snow in some of the best off-season conditions available, athletes have another reason to be excited with the news that former U.S. Snowboard Team member and famed Olympic snowboard halfpipe coach Elijah Teter will be on-site in a new position.

On July 2, Wy’East Mountain Academy and High Cascade Snowboard Camp, an official training camp partner of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, announced the addition of Teter as their Director of Snowboarding. He is tasked with setting the vision and directing the high-performance snowboard coaching program for both the academy and camps. Teter not only brings a wealth of competitive riding experience, but also successfully coached U.S. rider Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, Idaho) to an Olympic snowboard halfpipe gold medal in 2014 and Japanese rider Ayumo Hirano to two Olympic halfpipe silver medals in 2014 and 2018. Wy’East Academy and High Cascade Camp are excited to have Teter on board and rightfully so. 

“Elijah joining our academy is the next step in Wy’East Mountain Academy becoming the world’s premier action sports academy,” said Academy President Kevin English. “Not only does Elijah have the years of coaching experience and Olympic medals on his resume, but he is a true mentor to young students and his peers alike.”

The enthusiasm for the new position is shared by Teter and surely the rest of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard community. 

“I flipping love snowboarding!” said Teter. “I love teaching, I love progression in athletics, and most importantly, I love reaching your highest potential as a person. I have been part of and worked alongside some great programs around the world, and to have the opportunity to lead the direction of this snowboard program, shaping it into something I can really be proud of, it gives me goosebumps thinking of the possibilities.”

Teter was a member of the U.S. Snowboard Team from 2003-10 and also participated in U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s Project Gold development camps prior to joining the team. As previously mentioned, Elijah was not the only member of the Teter family to find success in the snowboard industry. His younger sister Hannah reached the top of the sport at the 2006 Torino Olympic Games claiming the gold medal in snowboard halfpipe and silver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Their older brother Abe was also a member of the U.S. Snowboard Team and competed in elite international level competition. If this wasn’t already a family affair, the oldest of the five Teter children, Amen, is a successful sports agent and is currently Octagon’s Global Director of Action Sports. 

During Teter’s time as a coach, he earned the 2014 Team USA Best U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe Coach Award, as well as the 2014 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Domestic Coach of the Year Award. During this time Teter served as the Head Halfpipe and Slopestyle Coach with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. In addition, he has also judged at the highest level of the sport including five years with Winter X Games. If his accolades and experience are any indicators, he will no doubt find success in his new role.

U.S. Snowboard Team alumnus and Olympian Louie Vito (Sandy, Utah) has known Teter since the beginning. They were peers, teammates and Teter has even served as Vito’s coach. 

“Elijah is someone who truly understands snowboarding and the mental aspect of being an athlete,” said Vito. “Since he has been at the top level himself, he has great knowledge and is constantly learning and challenging himself as a coach. He really pays attention to the athlete's body, mind, and of course their individual goals. He is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with.”

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area along with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard partners High Cascade and Windells Camp, who call Mt. Hood. Ore. home, have the knack for attracting the industry’s best coaches and staff from around the United States. As in illustration, in 2015 Windells Camp named Jason Arens as their director of marketing. Arens is a top tier international level freeski judge, former athlete, and overall fan of freeskiing who is currently serving as the Director of Marketing for We Are Camp, LLC, where he manages the High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Windells Camp, and Wy’East Academy brands. It’s no surprise that talent finds their way to Mt. Hood. Professional level instruction and guidance deserve professional-level facilities and that's exactly what Timberline Lodge & Ski Area and the Wy’East camp brands bring to the table. 

However, a mountain needs it’s athletes and there are plenty of amazing skiers and riders that venture towards Mt. Hood every season. One of these athletes is U.S. Snowboard Pro Halfpipe Team member Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, Colo.), who shared his thoughts on Teter’s new fitting role. 

“I met Elijah in Vail when he coached for Ski and Snowboard Club (Vail), but had always looked up to him when he was pro and competing,” said Wachendorfer. “I think Elijah will do really well at Wy’East because he’s passionate about snowboarding and is an awesome coach and mentor for up and coming riders. Elijah is one of the most positive people I know and always has a smile on his face. He’s a great person to have on the hill and never takes snowboarding too seriously.”

U.S. Ski & Snowboard wishes Elijah Teter the best of luck in his new role and selfishly are very happy he will remain as a core member of the snowboard community and a familiar face at Mt. Hood over the course of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Training Camp. 

Official Elijah Teter Press Release
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area