Former VARA racer and SMS Coach Greg Needell


Former USST and Stratton Mountain School coach with VARA roots has passed away.


It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Greg Needell. A former SMS classmate of mine, VARA racer, USST coach, son, father and husband. I was lucky enough to have had the pleasure to see and enjoy a short visit with Greg at the USSA congress. Greg was a St Lawrence graduate and raced in the east and for VT in his youth. He was the ultimate coach who loved the sport of ski racing, always looking for ways to be better and help kids get better, stayed on top of the game through education and he created life-long enthusiasts of skiing.


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USST link – Ski Racing Community Mourns The Passing of Greg Needell


MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (June 7, 2016)  – Team Summit Colorado’s Alpine Director Greg Needell passed away suddenly after an accident at Mammoth Mountain, CA on June 7. Needell was involved with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) for many years. He was involved with USSA clubs around the country and served as a U.S. Ski Team World Cup coach for eight years.

“Greg exhibited a truly amazing passion for the sport, touching the lives of many athletes and coaches across the country,” states USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “His loss will be felt by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg's immediate family, his wife Shannon and son Coen, as well the Team Summit family and to all those who were touched by Greg.”

Additional information and details on services for Needell will be updated as available.


Sasha Rearick, Head Coach – Men's Alpine
Today is a sad day for all of us in the ski racing community. The loss of Greg Needell was a deep shock to me today, having known Greg for twenty-some years and to find out that he is gone is tremendously sad. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him for nine years on the National Team level, where we worked alongside each other in many different roles. Greg taught me a lot. Even the thought of not being able to sit down and chat about what's going on on the World Cup or with youth skiing is devastating. Such a talented coach, who loved the sport. Fortunately he was out doing what he loved most today. My thoughts are out to his family – Shannon and Coen. I wish them all the best.