Tara Hillstrand-Lane


Tara grew up in Chicago and began skating at age 7.  Due to an injury, Tara retired from competitive skating in 1988 and began coaching. Tara competed at the Regional level for four years and at the Sectional (Midwesterns) level three out of those four years in individual figure skating.

Tara is a US Figure Skating quadruple gold medalist, PSA (Professional Skaters Association) Master Rated Coach, lSl Gold Certified judge, member of USA Hockey, and is the West Coast representative for the PSA hockey committee.  She has also earned her Senior Group, Certified Free Skate, Hockey 1 & 2 and Power Skating ratings through the PSA.

Tara coaches all ages and levels for figure skating including basic skills, freestyle, moves in the field, choreography and power skating.  She is also exceptional at coaching power skating for hockey players and teams.  She shares her passion for skating with her students and encourages all skaters to have fun.  She always recognizes that there is something positive in everything a skater does.

Tara has held many successful Power On Ice power skating clinics/camps here in the Vail Valley, coaches the MWHL training clinics, and has helped with national recognized power skating programs (Laura Stamm and Robbie Glantz) and work closely with Monty, Rocky and NHL Hall of Famer, Bryan Trottier to provide power skating instruction for summer hockey camp, 1999 – 2002.  Highlights of Tara’s coaching career include:

  • 2010 Thunderbirds Bantam AAA “Fastest Skater” 2nd place Champion

  • 2005 AAA Nationals U-16 Skills Competition; “Fastest Skater” Champion

  • 2001 Collegiate Novice Ladies National Champion

  • USFS Senior MIF

Tara’s goal as a coach is to help any skater be the best they can be, help them achieve their goals, and realize their true potential both on and off the ice.  It is her belief and understanding that all skaters learn differently, progress at their own pace and she always recognize that there is something positive in everything a skater does. She enjoys every opportunity to share her passion for skating with her skaters.  

Tara relocated to the Vail Valley in August 2006 where she continues her successful coaching career.  She also enjoys water skiing and snow skiing with her husband Matt, is a Motivational Speaker on a national level for MS LifeLines, and enjoys helping the Multiple Sclerosis Community.

email Tara at tara@poweronice.net