PV Alpine is family run by Ryan & Alexandra Shorter.

PVA was founded in 1996 by a group of High School and College aged FIS racers from Michigan who knew that there was more to the sport of ski racing than what they had been taught. They did away with coaches and bought their own gates, drills, and wrenches and began fumbling through the process of innovating and skiing faster. On the way, they developed new progressions and drills that lead to great success.

In the end, all four skied faster and won more races than they had before. Three out of four were ranked number-one in the USSA Central Division, and two went on to win multiple Mid-Am titles. Three out of four qualified for National Championships.

In 2003, co-founder Ryan Shorter ran his first summer ski camp at Mt. Hood, and first Colorado fall camp. The camps were founded on five basic principles:

  1. Learning new skills is a fun and positive endeavor.
  2. Every skill can be broken down into simpler easy-to-learn steps.
  3. Camps should be small so that courses are always in good shape, making it easier to execute new skills. That is why we still limit our ski camps to only 20 athletes per training lane.
  4. Each athlete deserves personal attention and feedback to improve. That is why we keep ratios to five athletes to one coach.
  5. Hire the best coaches possible.

2021 marks the 19th year of PV Alpine. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of athletes ski their best and reach their goals. From those just getting started racing to those athletes headed to the Olympics, we have helped them all with our ski camps in Vail and Mount Hood.

As we enter our 19th year, we are as committed as ever to providing the absolute best camp experience, and helping any level of racer achieve their goals.


PVA coaches are all selected with care. They are invested in each camper and helping them have the best experience by being a positive mentor. PVA coaches are World Class and have skied or coached at the Olympic, World Cup, Nor-Am, NCAA, and FIS level. At PVA, we make sure your child is matched with a coach who will help them improve the most possible, whether it is with one of our youth experts or an Olympic-level coach.

Ryan Shorter

PV Alpine Co-Founder

Ryan coached at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. He has helped athletes reach the World Cup, Olympics, US Ski Team, US Nationals, and Nor-Ams. Ryan’s athletes have won World Junior Championships, National Championships, NCAA National Championships, and countless USSA and FIS races. Ryan was the PNSA Coach of the Year in 2009. He is 100% dedicated to helping all PV Alpine athletes ski their very best, whether they are a beginning racer or an Olympian. Ryan Co-Founded PV Alpine in 1996, and has been running high-quality ski camps at Mt. Hood, Oregon and in Colorado since 2003.

Alex Shorter

PV Alpine Co-Founder
Alex Shorter is a career alpine ski racing coach with over a decade and a half of leadership experience at nearly every level of the sport. Alex is a head coach on the performance team for Ski Club Vail. Before that, Alex served as a head coach and alpine “link” coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In these roles, Alex was responsible for all elements of programming for 120 athletes, while concurrently providing technical leadership for the entire U10-U16 coaching staffs.  Before moving to Colorado, Alex served an integral member of the leadership team at the Mission Ridge Ski Team and Academy. She was Youth Director for seven years and Head J3 (U16) Coach for five years before that. In 2015 Alex was recognized as the Coach of the Year by the Pacific Northwest division of the USSA; only the 3rd woman ever to earn that distinction.
In her diverse background, Alex has coached athletes who have gone on to win Divisional, Regional, and National Championships, NCAA titles, and who have scored on the World Cup. She is committed to creating a culture where athletes develop superior technical skills that will serve them for as long as they remain in the sport. Alex is excited to help her athletes find their potential through positive culture, a shared responsibility to be one’s best every day, and ultimately empowerment in whatever they undertake in ski racing and beyond.
“Alex Shorter is a true star in American coaching. Her vast leadership skills and intimate technical knowledge at a broad range of the most crucial developmental stages in athletic literacy (and specifically in alpine ski racing) are unmatched in the US, and possibly the world. Alex’s track record of success, at times in unlikely environments, is simply staggering. I have seen Alex connect with athletes in an instant, and earn their trust for a lifetime in just one day. Nobody teaches that kind of intelligence or learns that kind of greatness. Alex is a much-needed unapologetic crusader for evidence-based teaching and youth empowerment in our sports culture. I am proud to call her a great friend and most respected colleague.”
– Adam Chadbourne (Coach of many Olympic medalists including Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibrecht)

Louis Otto

PV Alpine Coach

Louis Otto works for PV Alpine and Ski Club Vail and has decades of leadership experience as a coach and director in the sport of alpine ski racing. Over the course of his career Lou has played a key role in developing numerous World Cup, Olympic, and National Team athletes. While coaching in Washington, Louis was named Coach of the Year by the Pacific Northwest division of US Skiing in both 1999 and 2008; one of only two coaches to earn the honor twice in its history. A level 400 nationally certified coach, experience has taught Lou that distilling ski racing to its most core principles and always working through that lens is the most efficient and effective way to instill long term growth and skill development in athletes. Beyond the accomplishments and accolades he has earned, Lou is a humble, kind individual who loves working with children in sport.

Ready to get started? Contact us online to learn about our ski camps, and be sure to enroll to take your skills to the next level!