WENATCHEE — Longtime Mission Ridge Ski Team coach Claudia Yamamoto was named the Pacific Northwest Ski Association’s coach of the year during ceremonies Saturday evening.
Yamamoto is only the second woman to win the award in the ski association’s history. The Quincy resident has served as a coach for more than 30 years at Mission Ridge, 49 Degrees North near Spokane and at Alta, Utah. During her racing days, she competed in Northwest Cups, U.S. Nationals, Can Ams, and the Western Region Elite Spring Series.
The award was presented during the PNSA’s annual convention, held this past Friday through Sunday at Mission Ridge Ski and Snowboard Resort.
Other awards won by Mission Ridge during the convention:
• MRST’s Brooke Wales, the Schwabe Award for Outstanding Alpine Competitor (among both men and women skiers)
• MRST’s Alec Jones, Outstanding FIS Competitor for Men
• Northwest Cup Finals, held at the Ridge in April 1-3, Best Northwest Cup Race of the Year
• Steve Robinson, Julie Robinson, Barry Wise, Bob Wilson, Dotti Wilson, Brad Selland, Jeff Sanborn and Ryan Shorter, Unsung Hero Award recognizing volunteers.