Welcome to Schweitzer Alpine Racing School


  • Mission
  • Core Values
  • Staff
  • Board of Directors

Our mission

SARS has been active at Schweitzer Mountain since the resort opened in December of 1963. Founded originally as a ski racing club, SARS has grown over the years into a ski team supporting alpine racers of all ages as well as freestyle skiers. We provide a fun, friendly environment for people of all ages to increase their knowledge and skill levels in skiing, ski racing, freestyle and snowboarding.

The SARS mission since the early years is dedicated to promoting mastery and a life-long love for the sports of competitive alpine skiing and riding through a variety of on hill programs. SARS delivers the highest applicable level of coaching and value to all ages at the Northwest’s premier ski resort.

Schweitzer Alpine Racing School competes in the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) division of the Western Region of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and has been one of the most successful ski teams in PNSA for many years. We have produced an Olympic athlete and US Ski Team member as well as over a dozen Nor-AM athletes and Divisional Champions.

We consistently send racers to Western Region Championship Events and have been regularly represented at Junior National Championships, US Senior National Championships, and Nor-AM Finals; the championship of North America’s highest level of competition.

At the youngest ages, the SARS YSL team (5-11 years old) are the reigning Inland Northwest Emerald Empire Youth Ski League champions and the U14 Team is a consistent top 3 finisher at the PNSA Buddy Werner Championships.

Click here to learn more about the various programs SARS has to offer!

What we stand for

Schweitzer Alpine Racing School is far more than just a competitive winter sports club.  SARS is a family based organization encouraging volunteer time from all participants and their family members.  In return, our members learn lifelong lessons about safety, fitness, and responsibility while refining their skiing and snowboarding skills.

Most children participate with SARS for several years, which enables us to powerfully install our core values: teamwork, discipline, health and wellness, and citizenship.  These values promote quality citizens engaging in a high standard of life.

Meet the staff

Jamie Landwehr

Program Director/Head Coach


Jason Welker



Chris Acosta

FIS Team Coach


Cathy Gidley

STARS Head Coach

Jim Landwehr

Masters Weekend Head Coach


Caleb Mullen

Freeride Head Coach

Ted McNamara

U14 Head Coach


Becca Cristando

YSL Head Coach


Michael Radford

U16 Head Coach


Sue Schwartz

Junior Teams Coach


Chris Thompson

Masters Midweek Head Coach



Meet the board

The SARS board of directors consists of up to twelve members, each of whom are 100% volunteers.  SARS prides it self on its transparency and board member diversity.  Many of the SARS board members are active parents representing the different age and user groups within the program while others provide industry experience.

If you would like to learn more about the SARS board, contact SARS program director (jamie@sars.net) and he will put you in contact with the member of your choice.

Scott Hislop

Board President

Curt Hammond

Board Treasurer



Chris Thompson

At Large Board Member

Roger Root

At Large Board Member

Heath McHenry

At Large Board Member

Brian Sturgis

At Large Board Member

Lara Wohllaib

At Large Board Member

Steve Cervi-Skinner

At Large Board Member

Brian Hickok

At Large Board Member

Mike Overby

At Large Board Member

Travis Dix

At Large Board Member


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