Alex Tuttle takes a training run during FIS Snowboardcross World Cup Qualifications on December 18, 2009 in Telluride, Colorado.
Coach Alex Tuttle’s first introduction to snowboarding came at a young age. His mom had a job at the local mountain, which meant he got a free season pass as part of her employee benefits. And while no one else in his family skis or snowboards, Tuttle couldn’t get enough of it.
Tuttle competed all throughout high school, and went on to be a member of the U.S. National Snowboarding Team for border cross. He competed on the X Games and World Cup circuits, earning a silver medal at the 2014 X Games in Aspen.
“I raced for four or five good years,” Tuttle explained. “But injury kind of ended up taking me out of that.”
And that’s when Tuttle made his transition from competing to coaching. He wasn’t a stranger to coaching, however.
“I always had an interest and a passion to coach, so even while I was a competitor I would volunteer at home to coach the weekend program,” he said. “It was always a way to keep my own competitive passion going, because working with kids - their emotions are so raw and you can feel their energy. When they’re genuinely excited to snowboard everyday, it rubs off on you. It was definitely a positive for me in a lot of ways.”
Tuttle’s first gig came at the Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine, where he first worked as the head border cross coach and eventually transitioned into the program manager position. That’s where he was before accepting a coaching role with Team USA, working with the U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding team.