The SNC Men’s Alpine Ski Team stands on the podium at the USCSA Championships every year, usually at the top. Led by world-class skiers from around the globe, the team has compiled more than twenty National Championships in Slalom and Giant Slalom. The team also competes regularly in FIS (International Ski Federation) events across North America. The team’s success hinges on talented skiiers, great coaching, and dedicated training made possible by convenient access to local training areas – Diamond Peak, the team’s home mountain, is less than five minutes from campus. Our ski team is made of champions and scholars, contributing to the core of student leadership in academics.



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Coach: Branko Zagar

Branko presides over one of the most successful collegiate athletic programs in the nation. Since he assumed the helm of the Alpine Ski program in 2007, at least one of the teams has brought home championship hardware every year.

Home Mountain: Diamond Peak, NV
Hobbies: Soccer, dirt biking, mountain biking, tennis.

Q: Where and why did you first learn to ski/ride?
A: Slovenia. In Slovenia, skiing is the national sport. Everyone skis!

  • Q: How long have you been involved with USCSA and College Racing and how did you first become involved?
    A: Since 2007. I became involved through the Sierra Nevada College coaching position.

Q: What are your current responsibilities?
A: Northern California USCSA Coordinator, Sierra Nevada College Athletic Director and Alpine Ski Coach

Q: If you could spend a week skiing at any ski resort in the world where would it be and why?
A: Val D’Isere, France. Great mountain, nice grooming, and my best ski races!

  775-881-7441  |   skicoach@sierranevada.edu