My name is Dean Sell and I’ve been teaching ski racing for over 10 years. I began at Sleeping Giant Ski Area near Cody. I coached for 3 years there and then coached at Red Lodge Mt. for about 5 years. I moved to Colorado and was Head Coach for the Wolf Creek Ski team from 2007 to 2017. I really enjoy working with young racers. Ski racing teaches so much beyond just the enjoyment of running gates. I’ve seen kids make lifelong friends, go on and work in the ski industries and develop life skills that make them better citizens. In addition to skiing, I enjoy playing guitar, photography, and travel.
I started skiing when I was 4 at Happy Jack Ski Area and skied at Medicine Bow (Snowy Range) that year, so this year makes 47 years skiing! I started racing NASTAR in Steamboat at age 7 then got into Laramie Ski Racing Association (LSRA) at 11. We raced USSA Rocky Mountain Division and some Intermountain Division races until I joined the Laramie High School team my sophomore year. I won the state my junior year and managed low points in USSA as well. I got started coaching helping out the high school team the year after I graduated setting courses and such. I also coached some of the kids on LSRA until moving to Santa Barbara, CA for college in 1988. I also helped with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for a couple of years when I lived there. My emphasis with kids in the Club is primarily in racing and how to be faster in running gates. With this comes teaching the basics of skiing, but most importantly the emphasis is on having fun!
I’ve been skiing for 16 years in the terrain park, backcountry, and slalom and giant slalom races. However, skiing is not my only skill, I am an Eagle Scout, avid outdoorsman, musician, and a full-time student at the University of Wyoming with a major in Agroecology. I am also a part of the Army R.O.T.C. program at the university and have been through Cadet Basic Training. I look forward to training and sharing my knowledge.