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USSA Names Alpine Development Director

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
April, 20 2015

PARK CITY, UT (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will welcome three-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight to its staff as its new U.S. Ski Team alpine development director. Knight, who skied on the team for 13 years, will manage the alpine development team, national training groups, regional programs and youth development programs such as SkillsQuest. He will also contribute to the USSA alpine coach education program, club development program, competition calendar development and member development.

Acting as head women’s alpine coach at Dartmouth College for the past five years, Knight will bring a wealth of knowledge about development in the sport of alpine. He has also served as director of skiing at Dartmouth since 2012, managing a variety of administrative tasks for the program. Since beginning his coaching career in 2007, Knight has been drawn to the challenge of teaching and motivating young athletes to compete at their best.

“We are very lucky to have Chip joining our staff to help lead and guide the development of the sport of alpine ski racing in our country,” said Alpine Director Patrick Riml. “Chip has been part of our organization as and athlete and a sport committee member. His experience makes him a great asset to the team.”

Knight has also served as an athlete representative on the USSA Alpine Sport Committee and Eastern Alpine Sport Committee, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council. Knight hopes to bring the leadership and administrative knowledge learned in these roles to his new position.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of strengthening and deepening our national development pipeline,” said Knight.  “We currently have great champions at the top level, but a lot of room to improve behind them as we seek to close the gap and prepare the next generation for World Cup success.”

Knight will assume his new role before the USSA Congress meetings in May.


  • Vermont native and U.S. Ski Team alum Chip Knight will join the USSA staff as the new U.S. Ski Team alpine development director.
  • Knight, who skied on the nation team for 13 years, has an extensive background in the sport, including five years at Dartmouth College as the head coach of the women’s alpine ski team.
  • He also has served as the Director of Skiing at Dartmouth College and was named 2015 Alpine Coach of the Year by the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association.
  • Knight has been an active member of the USSA Alpine Sport Committee and Eastern Alpine Sport committee, serving as an athlete representative over the past seven years.
  • During his tenure on the U.S. Ski team, Knight competed on three Olympic teams and four World Championship teams.