Teaching Kids life skills through the Love of Skiing

Coach Bios

Dave Nighswander

Program Director & Head Coach, Alpine

A Warm Hello to all young athletes, coaches and parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as KAT’s new Program Director. I had a couple of visits to Kimberley this past winter during which I truly fell in love with the resort and the town. I am, very much, looking forward to returning this winter and making Kimberley my permanent winter home. KAT has the same friendly welcoming feeling that my Ontario clubs had.

I come from a ski racing family. I have been coaching for the last 15 years for all age groups from U8 to adults. I have 4 kids who all raced and who are now all coaches. My wife has been chief of timing and race admin for many years and you will probably find me hanging out with the Rut Runners after hours this winter. To me there are 2 seasons: ski season and ski planning season.

I look forward to meeting each and every one of you both through the program and individually. I will be spending this winter getting to know the BC ski culture so that I can fit in. From what I have seen, KAT is a great family and community. I want to help the community thrive and grow by working with the club to pursue its next phase of growth.

Get ready for a fun and busy ski season. I will be at the AGM this fall and I hope to meet you there.


Dave Nighswander

Program Director, Kimberley Alpine Team


Madi Amy

Head Coach, Freestyle

My name is Madi, and I am the new Head Coach of Freestyle for KAT. I have been a club coach with the KAT for the past 6 seasons and am looking forward to being the Head Coach this season. I am excited to create a mogul-focused program that works on technical skiing, mogul, and slopestyle skills, taking advantage of natural terrain and facilities to enhance training opportunities.

A bit about me: I am a certified freestyle coach through Freestyle BC and Freestyle Canada and an IFSA Freeride coach. As an athlete I competed in Freeride for 6 years before switching into freestyle becoming a mogul skier. Since then, I have been coaching everything from u8 to u16, with some highlights including running a very successful Girlstylerz camp and being one of the Kootenay zone coaches for the BC winter games. When I’m not coaching, you’ll probably find me tearing up the moguls on the backside.

I look forward to seeing everyone this season and can’t wait to get this program started. I hope to meet you at the AGM. If not, I’ll see you when the snow flies.



Madi Amy

Head Coach, KAT Freestyle