Meet our passionate and fun-loving team!
Brooks (co-owner and founder of Shredder) is recognized by many from The Little Gym of Boulder. He brings his passion for skiing and kids’ programs together at Shredder. He grew up alpine ski racing on Buck Mountain (aka: Buck Hill, Minnesota). He is that Shredder allows kids to learn to love skiing/boarding before getting on the mountain so they can fully enjoy the slopes. Brooks has his Colorado teaching certificate for Early Childhood Development and is a qualified Alpine Level 1 Certified and Children’s Alpine Specialist Level 1 Ski Instructor. His wife, Jen, is a Physical Therapist at Boulder Community Hospital and his daughters Ellori (age 11) and Casten (age 12) love to ski, both indoors and outdoors.
Max (co-owner) has worked at Shredder since moving to Boulder in May, 2013. He has his BS and MBA in Business Finance. In addition to teaching skiing and snowboarding, he has coached the 8th grade Basketball Team at Horizons School. He has worked with a number of other athletes in developing their athleticism. Max grew up in Stamford, CT, and his father was the Strength and Conditioning/Player Development Coach for the New York Knicks for 20 years. He played baseball at Mount St. Mary’s University (Division 1) as well as professionally in Europe. When he is not at Shredder, Max enjoys being outdoors, snow sports, golfing, playing basketball, long walks on the beach, and romantic candlelight dinners.
Rachel (co-owner) has worked at Shredder since August 2017. She has a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies, and an MS in Sustainable Development. Rachel grew up in Connecticut, enjoying sports and the outdoors her entire life. She played Division I basketball at Wofford College (in South Carolina) and played professionally for two years in Ireland while pursuing her master’s degree. She is excited to further harness her snow sports skills being in Colorado full-time.
Pete (co-owner) is from Golden, CO and enjoyed his first days on the slopes at Loveland Ski Area. After graduating from CSU in Fort Collins in 2011, he moved to Keystone, CO where he began teaching skiing. Pete worked full-time as a kids ski instructor for three seasons at Keystone before joining the Shredder Gym in the fall of 2014. He is a PSIA certified Alpine and Freestyle coach. When not skiing or teaching, Pete spends his time playing mandolin in Golden-based bluegrass band, Thunder and Rain.
Maya has been teaching at Shredder since October 2014. Born and raised in Denver, she’s been skiing for 13 years and snowboarding for 3 years around Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. When she’s not teaching or tearing up the slopes, Maya enjoys crossword puzzles, watching The Bachelor, and pursuing her rap career. She currently attends CU Boulder and studies Finance and Spanish.
Ellen was born and raised in Tampa, FL. Since she didn’t have access to any mountains growing up, she would spend her winters and springs traveling to Colorado to practice her skiing. She moved out to Colorado to go to school and to be closer to the mountains. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, traveling, and anything that involves the water.
Garren is from a small town in MA where he learned to ski and board at Bousquet ski area. He’s been skiing for 9 years, boarded for 4 years, and taught skiing for 2 seasons. Tricks are the name of the game for him, as 99% of the time you’ll find him on the mountain in the terrain park. When Garren is not skiing, he’s usually found napping on the couch or on long walks on the beach in the rain.
Chris has worked at Shredder since September 2017. He is in his last year of classes at CU Boulder, working toward degrees in both Psychology and Communication. Chris grew up in Simsbury, CT and has been skiing since the age of 3. He attended the Vermont ski-school Mount Snow Academy during his high school years, and excels at freestyle skiing in the terrain park. He has a national title under his belt that was won with the CU Freeskiing Team at the US Collegiate Ski Association Championships at Whiteface Mountain in 2016. Having competed at national and world levels, Chris knows how to coach athletes on the progressions of some pretty serious tricks. When he isn’t skiing, he enjoys sailing, surfing, playing golf, and bubble baths accompanied by the mediocre music of Kesha.
Wick is (yet another) transplant. From Cincinnati, Ohio, he grew up skiing on a river bank in southeast Indiana. He was captain of his high school ski team and raced slalom and giant slalom for the Ohio State University.
Happy to have finally made it out of the Midwest and into the promised land, you can find him skiing at Arapahoe Basin or mountain boarding at bike parks in the greater Denver area when he isn't instructing at Shredder. His other interests include sailing and DJing.