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.

2019 marks the 17th 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 17th 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 has coached at every level of the sport and helped her athletes win Divisional, Regional, and National Championships. Alex has coached with the US Ski Team and coached NCAA champions. She is one of the best U10 and U12 coaches in the country and is an expert at getting young skiers to properly cross-block a slalom gate. Alex is currently the head U10 Coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. In 2015 she was named PNSA Coach of the Year.

Adam Chadbourne

PV Alpine Coach

Adam Chadbourne is arguably one of the greatest alpine coaches of all time. He has been the coach of many Olympic medalists including Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibrecht. Athletes that Adam has coached in his 22 year career have amassed 154 World Cup podiums, 16 World Championship medals, 7 Olympic medals, and 16 individual World Cup discipline globes. He is quick to point out that he takes greater pride in fostering healthy human growth and development than counting medals, but that both are kinda fun. Adam has been named Alpine Coach of the Year by US Ski and Snowboard and separately, by the Vermont Alpine Racing Association. As a coach/director he has led programs to US Ski and Snowboard Club of the Year honors 3 times in just over 10 years at two seperate programs.

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!