All of our coaches at Granite Performance are USSA certified, CPR certified, have extensive backgrounds in ski racing and a general passion for working with young athletes.
Torey grew up on the East Coast racing for Waterville Valley BBTS and Holderness School before moving our West to ski for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in Colorado. After multiple injuries she decided to switch her focus to attending school to become a Structural Engineer and coaching the next generation of racers.
Torey helped develop the Abenaki Ski Team (U8-U14) at the revived ski hill in her hometown of Wolfeboro, NH where she has been Head Coach since 2014. She has also coached U16 & U19 athletes at Attitash Race Team and coached at race camps in Mt. Hood and Colorado. Torey is currently working towards her level 200 US Ski & Snowboard certification.
Torey has a passion for injury prevention and the sport psychology side of ski racing, and is a strong believer in "fast is fun, and fun is fast". In her free time, Torey can be found backcountry skiing or rock climbing.
Program Director & Coach
As a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, Julia Ford competed in 40 World Cup races, won 3 national titles, and competed in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Ford grew up in New Hampshire as the third of four Ford children. A passion for sport and competition was instilled in her at a young age, where she participated in almost every sport and thoroughly enjoyed the pursuit of bettering herself.
Throughout her athletic career, Ford developed a passion for off-season training, accumulating a range of diverse experiences through working with professional conditioners, recovering from injuries, and pursuing optimal fitness to accomplish her athletic goals.
As Ford finished her ski racing career, she attended GroundSwell Institute, where she studied entrepreneurial owner-management through scenario-based learning. Currently, Ford is the Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Alpine Ski Racing at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire.
Ashleigh is a New Hampshire native who began her ski racing career at the mighty Gunstock Mountain. After graduating from Holderness in 2010, Ashleigh packed up and moved west to study at DU in Colorado and then to pursue a gap year ski racing for Aspen Valley Ski Team. In 2012, she hung up the race skis and moved back to New Hampshire where she earned a degree in Environmental Science at UNH.
After earning her college degree, Ashleigh moved to California and joined the Squaw Valley Ski Team as a U12 alpine ski coach for 2 years, where she earned her USSA Level 300 Coaching Certification.
Ashleigh returned to New Hampshire in 2017 to join the Proctor Academy coaching staff where she currently helps coach an energetic group of U16s year- around and at camps across the globe. She is passionate about teaching young athletes how physical and mental fitness contributes to achieving their overall goals. She is a firm believer in the power of positive energy and a “growth mindset”!
In her free time, Ashleigh (and her pup, Nala!) can be found mountain biking or backcountry skiing the hidden gems of the Northeast.
Our partners provide are experts in the field and help ensure all Granite Performance programs are backed by science and experience. Partners also serve as resources for athletes and parents outside of our programs.
Margie, PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM is a renowned sports medicine researcher and practitioner. Her more than 35 years of clinical experience in sports medicine and outpatient orthopedics have been marked by excellence. Margie has recognition as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award recipient, and has been inducted into both the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association Halls of Fame. Dr. King is a founding member of the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute, a non-profit organization promoting and providing a safe sports environment for athletes (www.NHMI.net). Dr. King serves as chair of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Research Committee and as the Clinical Journal Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training. To complement her work in sports medicine and to expand her approach to patient care, Marjorie holds a Perfect Health Instructor certification from the Chopra Center. She completed additional masters work finishing an M.A. in Personal and Organizational Wellness with a concentration in Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing Spring 2017.
Dr. King also holds Level 3 certification from the Professional Ski Instructors of America and has served as the Director of Athletic Performance for the Attitash Alpine Educational Foundation since 2018.
Fitness & Injury Prevention
Dr. Jim Taylor is the world’s leading authority on the psychology of ski racing. Jim has worked with the U.S. and Japanese Ski Teams, World Cup racers from many countries, and most of the top ski academies and junior race programs in the U.S. and Canada. A graduate of Burke Mountain Academy, Jim competed internationally, captained the 1981 NCAA 5th-ranked Middlebury College Ski Team, was a member of the 1982 NCAA Champion University of Colorado Ski Team, and competed on the professional ski tour. He is also a 2nd degree black belt in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete. Jim is the author of 17 books, including Train Your Mind for Athletic Success and Raising Young Athletes, and the creator of two podcasts of the same name. Jim has developed the Prime Ski Racing series of online mental training courses. He is a regular contributor to skiracing.com. Jim has given 100s of workshops to racers, coaches, and parents in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, and New Zealand. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
Sports Psychology Consultant
Briana is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who studied nutrition at the University of New Hampshire as well as at the University of Camerino in Italy. She completed her Dietetic internship through Montana State University. Briana specializes in sports nutrition and has worked for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Organization during Spring Training in 2018, as well as acting as the current sports dietitian for Bowdoin College.
Briana helps provide nutritional resources for Granite Performance to distribute to its athletes to ensure they are fueling their bodies correctly. Briana, and the many other providers at Nutrition in Motion, also act as a resource for athletes and families who would like further nutritional guidance.