SNC is privileged to honor a few of the many accomplished skiers and boarders,
and former – and future – Olympians,
on our athletic teams.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Sierra Nevada College first competed in the NCSA (now the USCSA) in 1990. Our teams now include men’s and women’s skiing, freeskiing, and snowboarding teams who regularly compete and win the highest titles at the USCSA championships each year.

At least 12 former Olympic athletes have competed in the USCSA for Sierra Nevada College, and our teams have included athletes from Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, France, Italy, Columbia, New Zealand, and the U. S.


2017 Inductees

Lea Weyermann Lozar

Class of 2007
Major: Business Administration

Prior to her time at SNC Tahoe, Lea was a member of the Slovenian Junior Ski Team and was later selected to join the C&B Slovenian’s Women National Ski Team. During her four years at SNC Tahoe, Lea contributed to the Women’s Alpine Ski Team Overall USCSA National Championship win. She concluded her ski career at SNC Tahoe by capturing Individual Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Overall Combined USCSA Champion titles in Winter Park, Colorado.

Lea likes to share her athletic knowledge with younger athletes – having formerly coached the Diamond Peak Ski Team and the Olin/Lacasse Thanksgiving and Summer Ski Camp. In 2008, Lea moved to Switzerland and remains connected to the sports world through her positions at the world’s largest sporting goods retailer – INTERSPORT International. Currently, Lea is earning her MBA degree at IEDC – Bled School of Business in Slovenia and plans to enter management consulting.

A ski enthusiast forever, Lea can be often spotted on the slopes with her husband Michael, former SNC Tahoe and Swiss Ski Team ski racer. Lea looks forward to sharing her passion for skiing with her daughter Stella, who recently joined the family in 2016!


Spencer Cordovano

Class of 2010
Major: Environmental Science and Ecology

Originally from Sun Valley, Idaho and the Nationals Snowboard Slalom champion in high school, Spencer was recruited as an athlete to SNC Tahoe and joined the SNC Men’s Snowboard Team. Spencer had many highlights during his SNC experience; one was qualifying and participating in the FIS Junior World Championships in Italy. But mostly, throughout his time at SNC, Spencer created lasting friendships that he still enjoys today.

While at SNC Tahoe, Spencer enjoyed the feel of a small college nestled at Lake Tahoe and he enjoyed the constant support of the college and the many great benefits of its Environmental Science Program. Spencer would especially like to thank Ben Solomon for his personal support while at SNC Tahoe. Being an SNC student and athlete helped to shape Spencer’s future in many ways. His time on the mountain gave him various skills he uses while filming in the outdoors.

Spencer is currently self-employed at SCVP Media where he films and edits videos for tourism, action sports, and wildlife. Spencer spends his free time traveling – during which he makes videos and finds adventures off the beaten path.


2016 Inductees

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Petra Plajbes Holm

Class of 1994
Major: Business Administration

Skiing has always been a part of Petra’s life. She grew up in a ski family; her father was a ski coach for the Yugoslavian and Slovenian Ski Team. She travelled a lot from a young age as a ski racer, and she always wanted to study abroad. After skiing with the Yugoslavian Ski Team during high school, she became one of the first internationally recruited athletes at SNC Tahoe.

At SNC she finished second in the slalom in 1991, won the slalom title in 1992, and finished second in the grand slalom in 1993. Petra was SNC’s first USCSA All American, contributing to three national titles between 1991 and 1994.

Petra went on to earn an MA in Economics from the University of Nevada in 2001. She and her husband own Holm Electric, an electrical contracting company with offices in Incline Village and Las Vegas. She continues her family’s rich skiing tradition as a USSA certified ski coach for the Diamond Peak ski team, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the family tree. Petra’s older daughter Sophia also coaches at Diamond Peak, where her younger daughter Julia is a ski racer.


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Andreas Rickenbach

Before entering college, Andreas was a junior national downhill champion, finished in the top three for four years, and was a member of the 1987 world championship team. These successes brought Andreas to the attention of SNC coach Chris Hendrickson. After visiting the mountain campus and realizing how small and personable the school was, he enrolled and raced for SNC during the college’s inaugural NCSA season.

Andreas was a member of the first national championship team, and placed first in the giant slalom on his way to winning the overall individual title in 1990. He went on to become the US Ski Team women’s alpine downhill assistant coach from 1994-1998, a period in which  the team collected many World Cup wins, world championship medals and Olympic medals. Andreas coached many world class athletes, including the legendary Picabo Street.

Today, Andreas and his wife own and operate Rickenbach Development & Construction, building custom homes in the Tahoe region. Although he is no longer coaching, Andreas still enjoys skiing with his daughters Kasey and Tegan and his wife, former Olympic skier Kirsten.


2015 Inductees

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Josée Lacasse

Class of 1995
Major: Business

Born in Montreal, Canada, Josée started skiing at two years old and racing at six. She won her first Canadian National title at fifteen. At eighteen, she was named to the Canadian Ski Team on which she competed for seven years. Her accomplishments include capturing third place in the 1986 World Cup Giant Slalom, competing for Canada in Calgary in the 1988 Olympics, placing 11th in GS and 16th in Slalom. She even won the University World Championships in Sapporo, Japan while earning a business degree at Sierra Nevada College in 1991. Perhaps Josée’s most important accomplishment has been raising her two daughters, Zoe and Danika.

Josée currently coaches Diamond Peak Ski Team. She is fully certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and USSA. She shares her passion for skiing with coaches and young skiers.


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Keith Davis

Class of 2007

Keith grew up in the small ski town of Windham, New York. He started his snowboarding competition career at the age of 12, making the U.S. Junior Snowboarding Team at 15. He assisted in the building of the Korean National Snowboard team at 18 while he lived and competed out of Seoul, South Korea.

He began his academic and athletic tenure at Sierra Nevada College in 2004 as the recipient of the first athletic scholarship for snowboarding. After helping the SNC Tahoe Snowboard Team take 3 National Titles he has remained in Lake Tahoe, becoming a partner in a national promotional marketing agency in Incline Village that sold to NBCUniversal in 2013. He currently works as the director of brand promotions for Fandango/NBCUniversal.

Keith’s passion for the snow persists and he remains very active in the backcountry. He recently became a
trained helicopter snowboard guide in Alaska.


2014 Inductees

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Janja Lupse

Class of 1994
Major: Environmental Science and Ecology

Janja-1crLupse joined SNC’s women’s ski team in 1991, the same year Ski Racing Magazine named her “Skier of the Year.” Lupse had earned this honor specializing in the Giant Slalom event with the Yugoslavian Junior National Ski Team. In her first year with SNC, she received the NCSA All-American award and placed 8th in the U.S. National Championships. Coach Chris Hendrickson said she was “determined and focused. No one was going to get in her way.” Lupse earned five NCSA championship titles with SNC’s teams and went on to join the U.S. Women’s Pro Ski Tour.

After completing her BA at SNC, Lupse earned a MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She stayed in the field of environmental science, building a career focused on energy conservation and efficiency. Today, Lupse manages the New Jersey programs of the Conservation Services Group.


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Uros Pavlovcic

Class of 1999

Uros-2smPavlovcic joined the SNC men’s ski team in 1996 after seven years with the Slovenian National Ski Team. While at SNC, Pavlovcic earned an unequalled six individual and two team USCSA national championships. In 1998, in fact, Pavlovcic won every technical race he entered in the USCSA. While competing for SNC, he also won the Grand Slalom event at the 1997 World University Games in South Korea, earned three medals at the U.S. National Championships, won four Continental Cups, and was named an Academic All-American in 1998. After completing his college eligibility, Pavlovcic returned to the Slovenian National Team for four more years, finishing in the World Cup top fifteen eight times and competing in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Pavlovcic has maintained a career in ski racing, coaching at Mount Hood Summer Camps, Boise State University, and the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, before establishing his own UP Ski Racing Summer Camp in Switzerland in 2004. Pavlovcic has also coached the Buck Hill Ski Racing Club in Minnesota since 2006.


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