Mount Snow Academy Annual Benefit 2015



Mount Snow Academy

Annual Benefit


A Hot Party on a Cold Night

… a night of fabulous finger foods, festivities and frolic

Sponsored in part by

Mount Snow Academy Annual Benefit 2015


A Hot Party on a Cold Night

Tonight’s Program:

7:00 – 8:30 Hors D‘Oeuvres and Open Bar

7:00 – 9:40 Silent Auction

7:30 Live Music and Dancing All Night by

the “Mike Cusato Band”

8:30 – 9:30 Street Vendor Food

“Top of the Hill Grill”

9:00 Live Auction

9:45 Raffle

10:00 Checkout Opens

Tonight’s Live Auction Items .............................................. 4

Thank You to Our Supporters ........................................... 7

Welcome from our Chair ................................................. 10

MSA Board of Directors .................................................... 11

Welcome from Our Head of School .............................. 13

About the Academy ............................................................ 15

About the Faculty ................................................................ 16

Our Faculty ........................................................................... 17

About the Coaches ............................................................ 21

Life at the A-House ............................................................. 23

About the Student-Athletes .............................................. 24

2014-2015 Students ............................................................ 27

Mount Snow Academy: How it all works ...................... 39

February 28, 2015 Mount Snow Ski Club

Mount Snow Academy • Training Center • 25 Mount Snow Road • West Dover, VT 05356

802-464-1100 ext 4667 or 4521 •


“One of A Kind: Live Auction Items”

(Items are subject to change. Terms and conditions may apply.)

One-Year introductory membership for skiing and

golfing at The Hermitage Club in Vermont

The primary member will receive unlimited access to the Haystack

Alpine Mountain for skiing. Each member will also receive 100

complimentary ski passes for family and guests. The primary

member and immediate family members will receive unlimited

golfing at the Hermitage Golf Club. In addition, they will be given 10

complimentary rounds of golf for extended family and guests.

Finally the member will receive additional exclusive discounts

(including dining, accommodations, gift shop, cross country ski and

snowshoe trails, ice skating rink, tubing hill, etc.) and access to

other recreational activities on the grounds. Reserve $4000.

Offer only valid for One year membership. Membership is Non-

Transferrable. Activation Date is same day as auction.

-Donated by The Hermitage Club, Jim and Donna Barnes

Relax at a Waterfront Home in Westerly, RI

Enjoy a week at a waterfront home in beautiful Westerly, Rhode

Island during September or October, 2015. Located on Winnapaug

Pond (salt pond which has ocean access), you can spend the day

swimming, kayaking, clamming and fishing right out of the back yard!

Here’s your chance to relax alone or spend time as a family

enjoying the ocean breezes and the beautiful fall weather; the ocean

is just one mile away. Home is a two-bedroom (sleeps 6), one

bathroom home (plus enclosed outdoor shower) with a fully

equipped kitchen; washer/dryer is accessible in the basement.

Home has all the comforts of home as well as kayaks, gas grill,

picnic table, WiFi, and Cable/TV. All you have to do is bring sheets

and towels; blankets and pillows, etc. are provided. No pets and no

smoking please. Distances from some cities: Watch Hill, RI (10

min.), Newport, RI (40 min.), Stonington and Mystic, CT (20 min.),

Boston, MA (90 min.). “Valued at $2000”

-Donated by Patti and Rich Harper, MSA Parents

Team USA jacket worn by a member of the United States

ski team at the 2014 Olympic games held in Sochi, Russia.

Size: Men's Large. Priceless

-Donated by Erik Schlopy and the Cooperstone Family


Jets vs. Patriots … 2015 season

Football fan? You’ll love this auction item! Four tickets to a

Jets/Patriots game during the 2015 season. You’ll have access to

the Chase Club and two premium parking passes … doesn’t get

much better than that! “Valued at $1230”

-Donated by Shawn and Laura Byron

Billy Joel LIVE in concert at Madison Square


IMAGINE THIS! Four incredible tickets to see Billy Joel in concert

on Saturday night June 20, 2015. You’ll be able to watch the

concert from a luxury suite stocked all night with food and drink.

“Valued at $3000”

-Donated by Tom & Cara O’Hara, MSA Parents

Cape Cod Fall Escape

Spend a week (between Sept. 17 and Oct. 27) at the Sullivan family

retreat in Harwichport, MA. Enjoy the salt air, take long walks on

the beach, and splash in the ocean in this wonderfully restored

1800’s home built for family, parties, and fun. This seven bedroom

cape is the perfect place to extend the summer and relax after the

crowds have gone home. “Valued at $2,500”

-Donated by Jim & Lynne Sullivan

Olympic experience in Park City, Utah

Enjoy a 4 night stay in a new two bedroom condominium in

Newpark Terrace at Redstone, Park City with views of Canyons,

PCMR, and Deer Valley. This fabulous package includes two tickets

for a thrilling ride down the Olympic bobsled run …

whoosh! Included in this wonderful offering are lift tickets for two

people for three days of skiing. Have you ever wanted to ski with

an Olympian? Well, you can! Spend one day on the mountain at

Deer Valley with three-time U. S. Olympian Erik Schlopy; half day

free ski, half day ski in/ski out luxury property tour. Dates need to

be set at least 90 days in advance. “Estimated value: $7500”

-Donated by Erik Schlopy and the Cooperstone Family


Yankee tickets vs. Angels, Tigers or Red Sox!!

CHOICE OF GAME: Four tickets to Yankee Stadium either

Saturday, June 6 th vs. Angels, Saturday, June 20 th vs. Tigers or

Wednesday, August 5 th vs. Red Sox. MVP Club seats are in Section

123, Row 20; parking pass included. Enjoy waitress service with

complimentary soft drinks & snacks as well. You’ll have a ball!

“Valued at $2000”

- Donated by Tom & Cara O’Hara, MSA Parents

5 Nights in a fabulous Upper West Side NYC

apartment (Dec. 26 – 31, 2015)

4 Bedroom (1King, 1Queen, 1Twin, 1Twin), 2 Bath, recently

renovated apartment on Riverside Drive in Manhattan has all the

charm of pre-war architecture and all the conveniences of modern

life. Living room and two bedrooms overlook Riverside Park. Steps

away from Columbia University and the #1 subway. Times Square

is 25 minutes by subway, American Museum of Natural History 20

minutes by subway, the Metropolitan Museum of Art 45 minutes by

bus. $200 cleaning fee and $500 returnable security deposit are

extra. “Valued at $5000”

- Donated by Emlyn and Ivana Hughes, MSA Parents

Special thanks to all the

MSA teachers, staff, and

coaches for their hard

work and dedication!


We’d like to thank our Friends and Sponsors!

Gold Medalists ($5,000 and over)

The Cooperstone family

The Hermitage Club

Ivana and Emlyn Hughes

Mount Snow/Peak Resorts

Mount Snow Ski Club

Cara and Tom O'Hara

Erik Schlopy, Olympian

Silver Medalists ($1,500 - $4,999)

Patti and Rich Harper

Carol H. Massoni

Lynne and Jim Sullivan

Bronze Medalists ($500 - $1,499)

Jane Alexander and Graham Hill

Laura and Shawn Byron

Camp Gone To The Dogs

Cathy Cunliffe and David Lyons

Phyllis and Artie Herrmann

Hotel Vermont

James Lazor

Lori McKay and Rick Chopper

Amy and Matt Neal


Friends of the Mount Snow Academy (up to $500)

Anchor Seafood House & Grille

Anderson Surf Camps

Peter Angus for Tito's Handmade Vodka

Bloom Outerwear

Lauren Broomall

Tommy Burke

Suzie and Bill Canning

Tim and Jenny Chiang

Ann Coleman

Cottages & Gardens Publications

Deerfield Valley Dental Care, Drs. Ruhl and


Deerhill Inn

Dick's Sporting Goods

Dot's of Dover

Dover Forge Restaurant

Duncan Cable TV Service, Cliff Duncan

Janet Eldridge-Taylor

Equipe Sport

Faction Skis

Bob Fessler

Fiddleheads Boutique

Gerie Golet

Good Body Products

Green Mountain Self-Storage LLC

Incurable Romantic


JG Designs

Jim McGrath Gallery and Studio

Pam Johnson

Michelle and Donald Knuth

Steve Kwasniewski

La Toscanella Pizzeria

Launch Snowboards

Anne Lipkvich

Live 2 Shred

Nathan Lyons

Michele's Nail Spa

Mountain Styles

Nemesis Photo

Ellen & Joseph Nichols

Andrew Norton

John Ogorzalek

Bob and Mary Outtrim

Physical Therapy Plus LLC

Pickwell's Barn

Anne Press

Rideout's Lodge and Cabins

River Valley Market

Roseate Creations

Ieke and Mark Scully

Shear Impressions

Shelly and Len Sherman

Silo Restaurant

Simon Pearce

Ski Tunes

SlacKamp, Sunny Cyr

Snow Mountain Market

Snug Life


Ben Sullivan

Robby Sullivan

Jay Switzer

The Last Chair

The Marina

The Original Golf School

The Sanctuary: The Art of Nancy Noel

The Village Roost Café and Marketplace

Timber Creek Condo Owner's Association

Two Tannery Road

Joe Vanacore

Vermont Distillers

Vermont Teddy Bear

Lee Wheeler

Whetstone CiderWorks

Zoar Adventure Center


Welcome from our Chair

Dear Parents and Friends,

Thank you for supporting MSA by joining us for

our 2015 benefit!

I especially thank MSA Director Lynne Sullivan

for her leadership and devotion to MSA in the

classroom and on the mountain. Lynne pushes

for excellence from her student/athletes. She

understands that training the mind and body

results in both athletic and academic


My gratitude also extends to the MSA coaching

staff who teach our children more than skiing

and snowboarding. They help them set goals

and achieve them. They celebrate the stepping

stones as well as the podium finishes. They

instill a work ethic that becomes a part of their

lives. Thank you MSA coaches!

The MSA teachers consistently deliver

outstanding results, through a deep devotion to

their students. The one to one teaching

provides a great learning atmosphere and an

opportunity to stretch and challenge them in a

personalized way. This opportunity is made

possible through their hard work and

dedication. Thank you MSA teachers!

There have been many hours and great effort

devoted to making this night a success. I would

like to thank the MSA staff, MSA board

members and the parent volunteers; Amy Neal,

Jane Alexander, Paula Smoller, Phyllis Herrmann

and Jennifer Lohnes. A special thank you to

Tamara Allen and Anne Lipkvich for all of their

devotion, energy and behind the scenes efforts.

We couldn’t do this without you!

I would also like to thank all of the business

owners who donated to our event by placing an

ad or donating an item or service. Please

support them in return with your business.

When shopping at their locations please

mention that you saw their ad in our journal.

A special thank you to Mount Snow/Peak

Resorts and the Hermitage Club for their

commitment to providing the best training

terrain in the area.

Enjoy this wonderful evening and thank you for

supporting Mount Snow Academy!

Cathy Cunliffe

2015 MSA Benefit Committee Chair

Mount Snow Academy Board of Directors


Harry Byron, Wilmington, VT

From Shawn Byron

Shawn Byron, Chairman, Westfield, NJ

Elliot Cooperstone, Westport, CT

Heather DeLaurentis, Haddam, CT

Bob DiLeo, Treasurer, Wilmington, VT

Avery Fluck-Fero, Rochester, NY

Jay Fluck, Providence, RI

Ryan North, West Dover, VT

Rick Norton, Islip, NY

Lynne Sullivan, Head of School, Jacksonville, VT

Steven Wolff, Fairfield, CT

As we approach the end of the 2015 winter season, I’m happy to report that MSA continues to thrive as one of

Vermont’s preeminent winter sports academies. The goal of MSA has always been to give our student athletes

an environment that allows them to explore the boundaries of their snow skills while carrying over that

commitment and dedication to the classroom and community. Their performance on the hill and in the

classroom has been exemplary this year. All of this would not be possible without all the hard work and

dedication by Lynne, her staff, and MSA coaches. They provide valuable inspiration and on-hill examples for the

MSA student athletes and the rest of the Competition Programs.

We now need to move ahead and think about our future. Over the past 35 years MSA has served more than

900 student athletes who sought to develop their on-hill skills while maintaining enrollment with their home

schools. This dedication and desire has produced Olympic athletes, collegiate racers, professional competitors,

and successful students who have excelled in finance, science, technology, education, and the arts. To continue

this success, and build on MSA’s platform, we will require the support from many of you. Thank you again for

your generosity, especially as we embark upon the effort to position MSA for the future. In our evolving efforts,

we hope to be able to make you proud and also to serve and capture the hearts of new generations of Mount

Snow Academy families and supporters.



Good Luck to the Class of


Thanks to Lynne and the staff

for making Ryan’s first year

at MSA so memorable !

Rich and Pat Funke

From the Head of School

Hello to All Who Are Here to Support Mount Snow Academy,

Three years ago the MSA Board asked me how long I would continue to “man the

helm” of Mount Snow Academy. Very airily I answered “five more years”, thinking

at the time that it was in the far distant future. We are now in the middle of year

three---time flies when one is busy and fully engaged. Exciting things are

happening. As I write this, a prospectus is being created to interest “believers” in

MSA to invest in its future. In a wish list power point that I was asked to complete

earlier this year, the overwhelming need was “space”. Clearly the administrative

staff would benefit from a director of fundraising and alumni and public relations.

The 6 member coaching staff is housed in an 11 by 12 foot room. At minimum

each discipline should have its own office. A certified athletic trainer should be on

staff. Teachers need space to store their materials and literally to have room to

hang their coats. To expand beyond 25-30 students and maintain the quality program that is Mount Snow

Academy, cannot happen in the space we have. The Mount Snow Ski Club has been totally supportive in

allowing MSA to have almost total “run” of its building during the week. Last Sunday’s snow storm when many

Club members were snowed in and were “forced” to spend an extra day skiing, re-enforced the fact that space

is at a premium. Nobody disagrees with these facts. We just don’t have a place for any new people to sit.

What the staff of Mount Snow Academy has accomplished in these confines is truly amazing. This speaks to

their belief in the school as well as to their dedication and commitment to young people.

To give you a brief overview of the caliber of the MSA staff, I present the following statistics:

Teaching staff 100% BA

78% MA

13% courses toward PhD

8% PhD

Coaching staff all working on their Level III USSA certification

When I agreed to take the job to teach French I, Latin (if necessary), and English 35 years ago at the newly

revamped MSA, the office and training facility were housed in what was called the Pumpkin Patch, the vacated

24x24 foot child care cabin. That was a step up from the parking lot trailer where the program previously was

housed. The three resident students lived in the former Handle House and classes were held there. Oh, the

stories I could tell---about a week before students were about to arrive, the head coach called and asked if I

could take over a little admin work because the person who was going to do that had just accepted another

position. If I could take care of those “things”, he would pay me $20 a week more. And that’s how we began.

So many good things have happened since then---this year only we have established a Jump Start Program and

we have become corporate members of The Hermitage Club. This membership allows us to use their state of

the art fitness facility and the alpine racers routinely train there Friday-Sunday.

We moved from the Pumpkin Patch to the original Ski Club building, to the new addition, and now it’s time to

move again. Please help with this new endeavor by biding the highest ever. As always, I thank you for coming, I

urge you to visit us, and I hope you have a really fun time tonight.



Lynne Sullivan

Head of School


Calvin Lyons ...

... sporting the new MSA sweatshirt!


About the Academy

Fostering reliable independence through individual attention and community support.

An athlete in an individual sport, while counting on coaches and teammates for guidance and support, needs to

perform independently, and needs to be the primary director of her or his own progress. The ability to direct

one’s own learning is equally important in the academic and personal realms, where each person not only grows

and competes, but also needs to be relied upon as a teammate, coworker, partner, friend, etcetera. Mount Snow

Academy is organized to foster each student’s independence and reliability through individual attention and

community support.

Our uniquely individualized system of instruction challenges students to direct their own learning, because each

student takes a different class, from a different teacher, at a different school. They are ultimately responsible for

returning to their school and rejoining a class without missing a step. Each student also has a different set of

challenges and strengths on the snow, as well. The work they do here—setting goals, managing their time, taking

advantage of their own strengths, and working to improve on personal challenges—usually results in a better

relationship with themselves as students and athletes, and improved performance.

The drive toward self-reliance is balanced with an environment that values and encourages active cooperation,

caring and mutual support among students and staff. MSA teachers and coaches work together to help each

student-athlete find that fine and very individual balance, which combines a focused academic life with rigorous

training and competition expectations.

MSA’s mission is to offer a program that encourages students to become life-long learners, responsible decisionmakers,

and capable, contributing members of society, while helping them develop as competitive snow sport

athletes. We expect our students to act with integrity as they become reliably independent in their intellectual,

personal, and athletic growth.


About the Faculty

Teaching at Mount Snow Academy is a special kind of

experience, and it has brought together a special

group of educators. The academic model is a one-toone

system, making each class session an interactive

dialog between student and teacher. Both

participants must be intellectually present and

engaged. There is, after all, no place to hide.

To carry out this teaching program, MSA has built up

a faculty of seasoned and caring instructors who are

able to effectively share their academic passions with

their students. Most have advanced degrees, and all

have a real enthusiasm for encouraging and challenging

their students. Excellence and creativity are valued

here. The opportunity to work with motivated

students in a stimulating and collegial environment brings teachers back year after year to share their expertise.

Although numbers and lists can’t begin to capture the ambiance, a few facts about the faculty as a whole give a

sense of the richness of knowledge and experience that students can expect to encounter at MSA. At present,

the Academy has 25 academic faculty. Most (68%) hold one or more degrees beyond the Bachelor’s level. They

are an intellectually active and community-minded group. Amongst them they have, in the last five years,

participated in and led conferences and seminars, taught or taken college courses, exhibited art, published

poetry or prose, judged writing and photography contests, started or built up small businesses, and completed

additional degrees and certifications. Virtually all are involved in community service or volunteer work – serving

on non-profit boards, leading public discussions, serving on restorative justice and diversion boards, contributing

their time to museums, hospitals and public school enrichment programs. They play music in rock bands,

bluegrass bands, classical orchestras, and at nursing homes. In addition, at least half of the faculty are serious

enthusiasts or competitors in snow sports, while others are involved in canoeing and kayaking, ice hockey,

rowing, rock climbing, mountaineering and horseback riding. In short, the faculty is made up of interested and

interesting people who exhibit and model for their students, a life of intellectual engagement and community


With the support of this quality faculty, Mount Snow Academy students have assembled a tradition of solid

academic accomplishment and success over the last thirty-five years.


Our Faculty

Allen, Tamara

2011 VBA Social Media, Dover, VT

1995 PR Course BCC Boston, MA

1990 B.S. Marketing, SNH University, Manchester,


Behringer, Michael

1978 New York University, New York, NY

Courses toward a PhD in Math and Physics

1973 M.S. Lehigh University, Economics

1971 B.A. Lehigh University, Arts/Engineering

Broomall, Lauren

B.A. Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics,

Rowan University, NJ

Eldridge-Taylor, Janet

1985-1988, School of the Museum of Fine Arts,

Boston, MA Continuing Ed

1973-1984, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston,

MA Continuing Ed 1970-1971,

M.A. (Art Education), University of Massachusetts,

Amherst, MA

1967-1970 B.F.A. University of Massachusetts,

Amherst, MA

Goldstein, Janet

B.A., Psychology, Lyndon State College, VT

Mediation Certificate, Woodbury College,

Montpelier, VT

Golet, Geraldine

1972- 30+hours advanced coursework in

education, science, and administration

1967 B.S. Elementary Education, Springfield College

Heile, Cal

M.A. Deaf Education, Eastern Michigan University

M.A. English, The University of Michigan

B.A. Education, English, Simmons College

Heile, Ken

1973 M.A. Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1958 Universidad de las Americas, Spanish, Mexico


1955-1956 United States Armed Forces

1954 B.A. Classical Language, Xavier University,

Cincinnati, OH

Joudry, Hugh

1962-1963 PhD Program in Analysis of Complex

Variables (Topology), State University of New York

at Buffalo, Graduate Teaching Fellowship

1961 B.A. Mathematics major, Physics minor, State

University of New York at Buffalo

1959 B.S. Science Education, State University of

New York at Buffalo

Academic Grant for Sculpting at Johnson Atelier


Kluge, Meg

Graduate study in Higher Education Policy,

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

M.A. Lesley University, Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate study in Anthropology and Geography,

University of Texas at Austin

B.A. History, Bates College, ME

Landis, Michael

M.A. Great Books, St. Johns College, Annapolis, MD

B.A. English, University of Massachusetts at Boston

Lipkvich, Anne

1985, B.S. Business, concentration in Marketing,

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT

Mueller, Joseph

1998 Masters/Fine Arts Writing, Goddard College,

Plainfield, VT

1993 B.A., Literature, Summa Cum Laude, Southern

Vermont College, Bennington, VT

1992 Intense Learning Program Literature &

Writing. Oxford University, Oxford, England

Noguera, Manuel

Universidad Computense Madrid (Spain), Master’s

degree in linguistics of Spanish language

Universidad Nacional Bogotá (Colombia),

Bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature

Ècole Polytechnique Paris (France), Baccalaurat de


O’Deane, Travis

Pursuing Master’s Degree in

Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural Education with a Teacher

Licensure, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

TEFL Certificate, University of Chiang Mai, Thailand

B.A. English, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Ogorzalek, John

2013 M.S., Environmental Studies - Conservation

Biology (upon completion of Master's thesis),

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

1973 B.S., Business, minor mathematics, Worcester

Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA

Pereira, Pedro

2003 M.Ed. Vermont College of Union Institute and

University, Montpelier, VT

1984 B.M., Manhattan School of Music, New York,


Pokras, Ned

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Columbia University,

New York, NY

M.Phil., Geological Sciences, Columbia University

M.S., Geology, University of Wyoming, Laramie,


B.S., Geology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Pouliot, Ian

Hallmark Institute of Photography, Turners Falls,



Rice, Barbara

M.A.T., English, Keene State College, NH

B.A., Social Relations, Windham College, Putney, VT

St. Pierre, Lindsay

Doctorate in Environmental Studies, Antioch Univ.

New England, Keene, NH (candidate 2018)

M.S., Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology,

Antioch Univ., Keene, NH (candidate 2015)

2008 Masters of Education, Massachusetts College

of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA

2002 Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science,

Simmons College, Boston, MA

Steckler, Marcia

Ph.D., French, University of Massachusetts at


M.A., French, University of Missouri, Columbia

B.A., French, Smith College

Sullivan, Lynne

Graduate study, University of Massachusetts at


B.A. English, Regis College, Weston, MA

Sussman, Annie

M.A. English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,


A.B. English (Honors) and Theatre, Smith College,

Northampton, MA

Weisbrich, Alfred

M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer

Polytechnic Institute

M.S., Management/Business Administration,

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professional Engineer (PE) certification

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer

Polytechnic Institute


About the Coaches

Ben Sullivan, Head Alpine Coach

As a young ski racer, Ben attended the weekend Competition Program at Mount

Snow. Later, at Deerfield Academy, he balanced Eastern Cup racing under the tutelage

of former Canadian Ski Team coach Jean Francois (JF) Belanger with interscholastic

racing. He trained for a post-graduate year at MSA before joining the Middlebury

College Ski Team. He interned under former French Ski Team member Isabelle Fabre,

became assistant head coach at Mount Snow Academy, and assumed the Head Coach

position in 2005. At MSA, Ben has coached beginners through Eastern Junior 3

Olympic champions, as well as competitors at the Tropheo Topolino, the Whistler

Cup, and the British National Championships in Meribel, France. Off-season Ben has

directed MSA’s training camp at El Colorado, Chile. He also directs the Stone Horse

Yacht Club’s sailing program on Cape Cod, teaching children aged seven through high

school and directing a staff of ten college students.

Andrew Norton, Alpine Coach

Andrew began his ski racing career in the weekend Competition Program at Mount

Snow. He attended MSA as an Eastern Cup racer. He, too, trained under former

Canadian Ski Teach coach JF Belanger and former French Ski Team members Sam

Bertacchi and Isabelle Fabre. Andrew was a member of the Colby-Sawyer Ski Team,

where he earned a place at the USCSA Nationals in each of his collegiate years. Since

becoming an Alpine Coach at MSA, Andrew, too, has helped students earn spots at

the Whistler Cup, Topolino, the Junior 3 Olympics, and Eastern Cup races. He was

the coach for the newly-initiated CanAm race for J4 athletes, and has directed MSAsponsored

training camps in Chile and in Colorado as well as private coaching in New

Zealand and Australia. Andrew is an avid surfer, and continues to travel the world

when he is not coaching.

Steve Kwasniewski, Head Snowboard Coach

Steve has been coaching at the Academy since snowboarding became a part of its

snow sport curriculum in 1998. He has coached athletes in major snowboard

competitions including X-Games, Grand Prix, U.S. Open, World Cup, and USASA

Nationals. Snowboarding has taken Steve from Switzerland to Canada and across the

United States. He has trained national champions, including Olympic gold medalist

Kelly Clark. Steve is accredited by USSA as a coach, official, and trainer. A former

competitor, his true satisfaction comes from working with young athletes to help

them achieve their dreams.


Tommy Burke, Snowboard Coach

Tommy started coaching/instructing snowboarding at Mount Snow in 2002. He

worked with all levels of riders from instructing first timers to coaching athletes

through their Slope Style runs at the US Open. He has been a coach for the weekend

programs at Mount Snow and also has experience as a private coach. In addition,

Tommy helped build an elite program and has overseen multiple programs as head

snowboard coach of Sierra at Tahoe. Tommy joined Mount Snow Academy as a

snowboard coach in 2014. He currently holds the following accreditations: Level II

AASA certification, Level 300 USASA coach and Level A judge. Over the course of

numerous summers, he was a skateboarding instructor at Woodward. Tommy is also

passionate about nutrition; he interns at organic farms in the summertime. When he is

not working as a volunteer on an organic farm, you will find Tommy out surfing.

Robby Sullivan, Head Freeski Coach

Robby joined MSA with a lifetime of experience as a competitive skier and ultimately a

coach. Robby was raised in New Hampshire near his home mountain (Attitash).

After competing in alpine and moguls, Robby found his passion in freeskiing

(slopestyle, big air, and halfpipe events). Shortly after, Robby was asked to ride for

the Attitash freeride team (similar to the C team here at Mount Snow). After

competing at a high level, Robby returned to his home mountain to begin coaching.

Robby has since been coaching for nine years, working for Cranmore’s and Attitash's

weekend programs and then full time at Carrabassett Valley Academy. His experience

ranges from the fundamental basics of USASA athletes to AFP (Association of

Freeskiing Professionals) elite athletes and world cup level athletes. Robby continues

to build his wealth of knowledge as a coach and follows his passion for freeskiing. He

looks forward to a long a successful career here at MSA.

Joe Vanacore, Freeski Coach

In 2013, Joe Vanacore joined Mount Snow Academy as a freeski coach. Joe spent his

early years in the Catskill Mountain town of Shokan, New York. With a ski instructor

for a father, it’s not surprising that he began skiing shortly after he began walking. His

childhood career included attending a weekend development program at his local

mountain, Belleayre. Ski racing throughout high school included the New York State

Scholastic Championships, and a gradual shift in interest from alpine racing to freestyle

skiing. After high school, Joe went on to coach freestyle, first at Belleayre, then with

the freestyle development program at Mount Snow, and now with the Academy. In

addition, Joe is working toward his degree in environmental science.


Life at the A-House

It’s a short walk from the Training Center to the A-

House, a home-away-from home for MSA students.

For many, the A-House provides their first

experience with dorm living. Alpine coach Andrew

Norton and his wife, Deby Pessy, are the house

parents. Working in close cooperation with Head of

School Lynne Sullivan, Andrew and Deby provide

guidance, support, and structure for the thirteen to

fifteen student athletes who reside there over the

course of the season.

Whether the need is for encouragement for an

athlete nursing an injury, or a no-nonsense approach

to the mandated study time, or someone to talk to

about the travails of being a teen, Andrew and Deby make the A-House a home where the students learn selfsufficiency

as well as the cooperation that’s necessary in a group living environment.

A day usually starts with breakfast and either Qi Gong or warm-up runs. (Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health

care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Tai Chi and King Fu

are some examples of different styles of Qi Gong.) One student said that Qi Gong really helps get her ready

for her day. For most in the A-House this is their first exposure to Qi Gong. Academic classes or training on

the hill follow. Dinner brings everyone back to the house for food and companionship. Most evenings include

mandated study as well as some time to hang out with housemates or communicate with family and friends at

home. Most residents enjoy having roommates, who are often from other snow sports disciplines.

Deby is the primary cook, Andrew is co-cook and sous chef, and the residents say its hard to choose a favorite

from among the delicious (and healthy) meals they dish up – including occasional specialities from Deby’s native


All of the students at the Academy develop close ties, but living together at the A-House adds a special

dimension to those bonds. Residents walk to and from the Training Center every day for training and/or classes.

They all study at the same time in the evenings, so kids may ask other kids for help with homework, like


If you go to the A-House, you will have to leave your

shoes down in the mudroom amongst the impressive

collection of boots of all sizes and types. You will see

that pride of place is evident. As an entire group, they

honor each other in a communal display of the

medals and trophies the student-athletes each earn on

the hill.

We are proud of all our student-athletes, but there is

something special about this community within the

community. The A-House is its own unique brew of

cozy comfort, support, fun, and purposeful



About the Student-Athletes

MSA student athletes are unique. Not only do they develop

their individuality and personality, their athletic

determination rises to a completely new level. Each week at

the all-school Monday morning meeting, the athletes report

on their accomplishments from their weekend performances.

Whether they make it to the podium, accomplish a new

trick, or have a “character building run”, all present

appreciate the athletes’ efforts. As teachers will attest, “we

watch the students excel not only in their academics but on

the hill as well”.

MSA contributes to teaching students self-discipline, time

management, and the importance of setting and achieving

goals. Students move on from MSA having been exposed to

these attributes, (to perfect them is a life-long task). Most have exceeded the expectations of their set goals.

The logical next step is college (collegiate ski teams) and many have pursued bachelor and advanced degrees in

math, science, technology, languages, and the arts. Some still choose to follow their dreams based on a life-long

passion in the snow sports industry and have gone on to:






Represent companies (promoting their products)

Create movies

Compete in X-Games/Grand Prix/Dew Tour

Partner in company ownerships

Coach, with some returning to Mount Snow and MSA

MSA athletes pursue a rigorous physical development program. Coaches design a wide variety of dry-land and

trampoline workout regimens that are incorporated into the daily on-hill training schedule. By implementing a

comprehensive goal achieving, integrated physical program, our staff instills in the student-athletes confidence

and self-assurance while building strong and healthy bodies and minds.

MSA athletes’ academic program is equally demanding and stimulating. These athletes not only delve deeply into

subject areas, but also develop skills in public speaking, team building, and self-discipline thus building individual

confidence. MSA recognizes academic achievement

with our “Academic Podium”. To reach the podium

students must earn A's and only one B+ is allowed.

Our student-athletes are congenial and vibrant. They

like each other; they motivate themselves and others;

they strive for MSA's success as much as for their

own individual triumphs. Here's to another year in

which our kids are as ambitious academically as they

are on the slopes, parks, and terrains.


2014-2015 Student-Athletes

Tess Beyer

Grade 6

Alpine Racer

West Dover, VT

Hi, I am Tess Beyer. I am 11 and in 6th grade. I used to go to school in North Salem,

New York, however, my family moved to West Dover, Vermont last year. This is my

second year at Mount Snow Academy as an Alpine Skier. Attending MSA is always so

much fun. The fact that you are able to ski 6 out of 7 days a week is awesome. Ben

and A1 are so much fun to ski with. It’s so much fun to train every day. Ben and A1

are always ready to get to work. They can always find a way to adapt to your working

technique. There is not much fooling around, only sometimes in dry land. It is always

fun when we go to a race because Ben or A1 always have a way to get you pumped

for your race. You get to the starting gate and have no worries in the world.

MSA is always great. You meet so many new people and make new friends. The one-on-one working technique

is so helpful. You can ask the teacher as many questions and you don’t have to rush the lesson. You always have

time to go back and break it down.

I love coming to MSA in the winter. I can always leave in the spring knowing that I benefited in both my skiing

and academics. Mount Snow Academy is so much fun and I wouldn’t want to spend my winter anywhere else.

Ariana Welter

Grade 7

Alpine Racer

Babylon, NY

Hi, my name is Ariana Welter. I live on Long Island and I’ve been skiing at Mount

Snow for 10 years and racing for 5 years. I’ve been at Mount Snow Academy since I

was 11 years old and I’ve been here for 3 years. Being at Mount Snow Academy has

really helped me become a better ski racer. The one on one teaching is great because

there are no everyday distractions of a normal class and it is easier to get all the work

done at the Academy. I hope to return to Mount Snow Academy next year because I

enjoy being in Vermont.


We are in awe of your tenacity, your

independent spirit and the intelligent,

amazing person you've become. Continue

to follow your dream. The sky's the limit.

With much love and admiration,

Mom and Dad

Thank you MSA!


Andrew Ceriello

Grade 8


Allendale, NJ

I am in the 8th grade at Brookside School in Allendale, NJ. Ever since I was 2 years

old, I have been snowboarding and enjoying every day of it. When I started to

compete in USASA competitions, I heard about Mount Snow Academy. My goal here

at Mount Snow Academy is to excel in snowboarding, school, and life in general. I’ve

made good friends and I am learning a lot about myself. I hope to make this

experience as good as I can and hopefully come back next year. In the summer, I surf

at Manasquan, New Jersey and skateboard anywhere I can.

Jenni Hill

Grade 8

Alpine Racer

South Orange, NJ

My name is Jenni Hill, and this is my third year at Mount Snow Academy. I am 13

years old, and I am an alpine skier. When I'm not skiing, I'm in school, sleeping, eating,

on my phone, singing on the chairlift, watching Doctor Who, unicycling, swimming, or

trying to get my hat back (because I will never take it off).

I love skiing, except when the weather report says it feels like negative 23 degrees.

And on days that it's warm, training is so much fun. In all honesty, the coaches give me

the chance to prove what I can do. This year, I have already improved a lot, and I am

working to improve more. I plan to make it to state championships.

I'm pretty sure the best part of being at MSA this year is staying at the Academy House with Andrew and Deby.

I had known A for two years before, but had never expected Deby and him to be running the A- House. So far

it has been lots of fun. Qui-gon in the morning has been great, and it's nice to be able to always know what's

going on the next day in skiing.

Inge Hughes

Grade 8

Alpine Racer

New York, NY

Hello, my name is Inge Hughes, and I am 13 years old. I am from New York City, and

this is my first year at MSA. Last year I was racing with the Mount Snow Ski Club, and

I only got to train two days a week, so I have had a lot of fun being able to train six

days a week now. I am also staying at the A House, which I am really enjoying, and it

has given me the opportunity to make some great friendships.

In addition to skiing I enjoy ballet. Up until last year I did ballet very seriously. For

example, I have danced with the New York City Ballet and have trained at Gelsey

Kirkland Academy. Although I continue to enjoy ballet, I have decided to focus my

energy on skiing, which I also find exciting and exhilarating. In addition, MSA allows me to excel in my academics.

Whenever I can I also enjoy running, playing tennis, swimming, and traveling.

I am so thankful that I am able to be here, working with great coaches and teachers, who help me, work on

reaching my potential in skiing and academics.


John Lohnes

Grade 8


Amherst, NH

Hi, my name is John Lohnes. I am a 14 year old freestyle skier and student at Mount

Snow Academy. I previously rode at Crotched Mountain, another mountain owned by

Peak Resorts. I have been skiing since I was three and have been hooked ever since. I

have been riding rails and boxes and catching big air since I was nine. The reason I

came to MSA was not only to reach my goals of becoming a professional skier, but

also to excel in the class room and one day graduate from college. MSA is not only a

terrific school for me to train in my sport but it is also an excellent atmosphere to

make new friends that I will grow through the sport with. I believe that I have

improved greatly with the little time I have been here and I am ecstatic to push myself farther in my discipline

and academics.

Ryan O’Hara

Grade 8


Little Silver, NJ

Hello my name is Ryan O'Hara. This is my second year at Mount Snow Academy. I am

from Little Silver, New Jersey. I have been riding at Mount Snow since I was five years

old. I would come up on the weekends and ride then make the five-hour journey back

home. I heard of MSA from my brother, Thomas O'Hara, when he was trying to get

better at snowboarding. I wanted to follow in his footsteps because I was his little

brother. Coming to MSA is a great experience, and I wish I can come back next year.

Emma Nesson

Grade 9


Newton, MA

Hi, I’m Emma Nesson, and I’m 14 years old. I reside in Newton, Massachusetts, and

this is my first year at Mount Snow Academy. I snowboard and have been enjoying my

time here, despite a recent injury that has prevented me from participating in the

program. Although I have missed much, I still have been amazed with MSA. The

coaches here are fantastic, and through building my rider confidence they have

enabled me to take my riding to the next level. I have accomplished more personal

goals in such a short period of time than I ever thought possible. Although

snowboarding can be a male-dominated sport, I have found through the support of my

coaches and teammates that I have a place in this community as a female rider and can really thrive.

I am also learning a lot through the one-on-one teaching system. I enjoy my classes because they are catered to

my learning style and interests. I love being able to spend half-days working hard in school so I can have time to

ride as much as I can. In my spare time, I enjoy watching Law and Order SVU on Netflix, long car rides, eating

pasta, patting my dog, and being with my family.


Trace Beyer

Grade 10

Alpine Racer

West Dover, VT

Hi, I’m Trace Beyer, I am fifteen years old, and I am an Alpine Ski Racer. I used to live

in North Salem, New York, but I recently moved to West Dover, Vermont. This is

my first year at Mount Snow Academy. I used to ski and have a lot of fun with the

weekend program, but I was not getting the race results I would have liked. I hoped

MSA could get me back to the top.

I race stock cars at Stafford Motor Speedway in the Dare Stock division during the

summer, and won 2014 Rookie of the Year. I guess you can say I like to go fast. I have

worked with the MSA coaches before, so I knew they could help me go as fast as I can

on skis. In just my first week on snow at MSA, I felt like my skiing had totally changed for the better. I have also

met many new friends on and off the slopes.

Not only do I think my skiing will benefit, but so will my academics. Working one on one with the teachers so

far has helped me understand my schoolwork better, since it is now easier to ask questions and ask for help.

When I am not in the racecourse or on the racetrack, I am either working on my car, on the lake fishing, or just

hanging out with my friends. Because even someone with the word “race” in their name likes to take things slow

every once in a while. I am very grateful to be attending MSA, and I am looking forward to the rest of my time


Ian Bryce

Grade 10


Wilmington, VT

My name is Ian Bryce, 16 years old, a freeskier from Wilmington, Vermont. I learned

to ski at 3 years old from my dad and started freestyle skiing when I was 10 years old.

It all began when I decided to ski down the park one day to see what it was because I

didn’t quite understand freestyle skiing at the time. While skiing down though, I saw

people doing all sorts of tricks on the features and I immediately wanted to know how

to do tricks like the ones I saw. From that day on, I started skiing in the park more

often and eventually taught myself jump rail tricks and features. From the day I started

skiing park, I always dreamed that one day I could turn my passion into a career. My

friends who I ski with told me about Mount Snow Academy explaining that it is a high school for athletes that

want to improve their skills.

This is my first year at Mount Snow Academy, and I already can tell how much of an improvement I have made

academically and athletically. MSA is great because of the one-on-one tutoring and the coaching. The close

interaction between student and teacher helps me focus on my work so I can maintain good grades while skiing

six days a week. I hope that I can attend MSA through the rest of my high school years because I feel that MSA

is path that will lead to my dreams of becoming a professional skier.


Cole Chopper

Grade 10


Highland, MD

Hi my name is Cole Chopper. I am a 15 year old sophomore and I snowboard. I have been

snowboarding since I was seven, but this is the first year I decided to do freestyle and hit

the terrain park. I was born and raised in a small town near Baltimore MD. My home

mountain is Liberty PA. I came here not only to progress in snowboarding but in school

and overall life skills. MSA is helping me achieve all of these things, from training hard on

the mountain, to working hard in school, to just simply making my lunch every day. The

teachers and coaches here are fantastic. They are well educated in their certain field and

know how to teach very well. I have progressed a great deal on and off the mountain. The

coaches can even act like a friend at times. If the park is icy or not fun, they will take us to

go and free ride. Overall I love MSA which is why I plan to come back next year.

Benjamin Hojnoski

Grade 10


Westminster, MA

Hello, I’m Ben Hojnoski. This is my first year attending Mount Snow Academy. I am

from Westminster, Massachusetts. I taught myself how to snowboard when I was five

years old. My local ski area is Wachusett Mountain, and before coming to MSA I used

to ride at Carinthia every weekend. My favorite days at Carinthia were the ones that

I took off from school since weekends were pretty busy. Now, riding Carinthia’s

amazing parks with no lift lines during the week is amazing.

I have always known about MSA, but didn’t think it was an option for me. My long

time Mount Snow friend Andy Ceriello has been attending MSA this season and he

told me how great it was. Luckily, I was able to take a couple of runs with the MSA athletes. I showed off my

best and Coach Kwaz gave me his card and said that I could really use some more training. I feel MSA will

advance my snowboarding and also my academic success.

My goals for this season are to learn some double back flip and double cork variations. I also want to go to

Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado. I have already won two competitions this year. MSA will help me

refine my skills to make me a better rider so I can excel in the future.

Devin Mulgrew

Grade 10


Oceanside, NY

My name is Devin Mulgrew. I am from Oceanside, New York. I am 15 years old and

first snowboarded when I was 5 years old. I grew up snowboarding at Hunter

Mountain with my first coach Pablo. I participated in a weekend program for 3 years,

and quickly realized at competitions that most of the best riders went to an academy.

Pablo encouraged me to go to Mount Snow Academy to get better. Even though this

is only my first year at Mount Snow Academy, I feel welcomed by all the other kids at

the A-house (where the resident students live) and have a lot of fun on and off snow.


Thomas Neal

Grade 10


Wallingford, CT

Hi, I’m Thomas Neal, I'm sixteen, in tenth grade and from Wallingford Connecticut.

This is my twelfth year skiing at Mount Snow and my fifth year attending the Academy.

When I first heard of Mount Snow Academy it seemed like a fantasy, a place where

you could ski six days a week while still getting a good education. My first year here I

was just a young lad who could barely make it down the mountain; over the years I

have grown and so have my skills. I learn more every day and am constantly improving

myself. During my time here I have made many great friends and watched them

graduate and do amazing things with their lives, like going to college or being the top

fifty in the world at skiing. The academics here are second to none, and the teachers really care about the

students and love to watch them improve. MSA really gives me the opportunity to do what I love while receiving

a good education.

Alexandra Welter

Grade 10

Alpine Racer

Babylon, NY

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Alexandra Welter, Alex for short. I’m 15

years old, a sophomore in high school, and this is my third year at MSA. I am an

alpine racer, and I’ve been competing for five years now; however, I have been skiing

for about 10 years. Due to my three years of experience, I’m pretty accustomed to

life here at MSA. Having stayed in the Academy House at times as well as with my

father and sister, you could say I’ve been around.

My first year here, my goal was to simply qualify for state championships and actually

do well. My goals have become more challenging and demanding as years passed,

making my current goal to not only podium at a race – but win, and to qualify for the

Junior Olympics as well as Nationals. Clearly, the latter will take a lot of hard work and dedication to get there,

and thanks to Ben Sullivan and Andrew Norton (A1), my goals are definitely within reach.

During the off season, I travel to Mt. Hood, OR in July and Copper Mountain, CO in November for more

training. However when I’m not training, I simply enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. I go biking, hiking,

swimming, kayaking, rafting, among other various activities, but I always love to just hang out with my family and

friends, of course.

I’m excited to be at MSA this year because, although my goals are demanding, I believe that Ben and Andrew can

definitely help me reach them, as well as my teachers helping me in school. With the help and guidance of MSA

staff, I hope to one day reach my long term goals of getting a skiing scholarship into UVM and pursuing my

career as a neurologist.


Ryan Funke

Grade 11


Fairport, NY

Hello, I am Ryan Funke. This is my first year at MSA. I am from Fairport, New York.

My home Mountain is Bristol Mountain, and last year I only skied about three days a

week. I heard of MSA from a hometown friend, who was planning on coming but

couldn't. I knew that coming to MSA would push my abilities to the furthest possible. I

enjoy attending MSA because it allows me to not only focus on my academics but also

my skiing. MSA allows me to be riding one of the best parks on the East coast six days

a week. The one-on-one teaching allows me to focus more on my academics and

responsibilities. My goal in skiing is to push my abilities as far as possible both on and

off the mountain. My coaches help me on my technicality as well as learning new

tricks. The supportive environment at Mount Snow dramatically differs from my home school in many great

ways. I’m approaching this year with excitement and an open mind, hoping I may be selected to compete in


Bradley Harper

Grade 11


Simsbury, CT

Hello, my name is Bradley Harper. I am from Simsbury, Connecticut, 16 years old, and

a snowboarder. This is my second year at MSA. I first strapped into a snowboard at

age 8 and fell in love with it immediately. I came to MSA because I wanted to

snowboard as much as I possibly could, while still focusing on academics. I’m happy I

came to MSA because it has allowed me to pursue my passion of snowboarding. I

enjoy snowboarding in all its forms, and have fun competing in a variety of disciplines.

One of my goals for this season is to finish with a podium spot at nationals.

During the off season, I like to skateboard, go cliff-jumping, and visit the beach in

Rhode Island. Recently I have been getting out to Mount Hood, Oregon, for summer snowboard camp. After I

graduate from high school, I surely plan on going to college in a mountainous area so I can still snowboard. I

hope I can push my snowboarding for as long as possible, and MSA is helping me do this.

AJ Herrmann

Grade 11

Alpine Racer

Massapequa, NY

Hi my name is AJ Herrmann and I am an alpine skier. I have been skiing at Mount

Snow since I was 3 years old and am now in my fourth year at MSA. Starting when I

was in 8th grade and in my first year at MSA, I learned that each skier had his or her

own strengths and weaknesses. MSA’s coaches exploit these strengths and help you

build on them to make them elite abilities, while taking your old weaknesses and

working on methods to make them better and maybe even elite. This being my junior

year in high school I find myself being a U18 and working this year on my point’s

portfolio to hopefully ski race in college. As important as my athletics are, MSA has

helped me to be more of an individual and to be a better, well-rounded student. I have

had the pleasure of keeping some of the teachers I started MSA with and continue to learn with them, while also

being taught by new teachers and being able to be exposed to new teaching perspectives. I look forward to

building on my academic and athletic abilities this year at MSA.


Austin Knuth

Grade 11


Harwinton, CT

Hi my name is Austin Knuth, I’m 16 and I’m a junior at Lewis S. Mills High School. I’ve

been skiing since I was 4 years old and it is what I love to do. I grew up skiing at Ski

Sundown in New Hartford, CT. Before I made the transition to completely freeskiing,

I was on the Ski Sundown race team for 8 years. I have done all the local rail jams

around my area as well as a couple slopestyle events that I enjoyed very much.

In addition to skiing I also do Martial Arts at a high level both nationally and

internationally; I have traveled to Ireland numerous times as well as to Canada and

Puerto Rico. Due to all this hard work and commitment I have won 4 world titles and

numerous national titles as well as my junior black belt and I’m still working for my adult black belt. In addition

to karate I have been playing lacrosse since I was 12, soccer since I was 4. I like to skateboard in my free time I

have actually gone to Woodward East 3 times for skateboarding. Another thing that I do quite often is go a

gymnastics place to get private lessons for flipping so I can take those skills to the mountain.

I decided to come to Mount Snow Academy because I want a challenge. I know that this will help me progress

with skiing greatly due to the fact that I will be skiing with extremely high level coaches and will be on the slopes

every day. I am very hard-working and I take pride in my work because I know that you need to work to be

successful. During my time up at Mount Snow Academy, I have met new people which is always good because

you can take advice from them that you may have never heard before. I was also pulled towards Mount Snow

Academy because I know that it will give me brand new opportunities that I have never been exposed to before,

such as competing in slopestyle at a very high level. The school program at Mount Snow Academy is great

because it helps me to be self-reliant, bringing my school work to a new level, as well as having responsibility due

to the fact that the assignments will be done on my own much more than at home. I also believe that Mount

Snow Academy will help in the long run, preparing me for college.

Calvin Lyons

Grade 11


Marlboro, VT

MSA gets me onto the hill six days a week, giving me time to train and film. Recently I

have podiumed at several rail jams throughout the east coast and in Colorado. This

season at Mount Snow Academy, I am taking a less traditional approach to skiing. I am

finding myself wandering away from the norm that is competing and into the streets

with a generator, floodlights, and a camera. My main goal this ski season is to film a

sick season edit of myself skiing street rails and in the park.

My main academic goal is to graduate even though I am still a junior. All of my MSA

teachers are very supportive while pushing me, to set and achieve goals. The teachers

at MSA are fantastic to work with because each one of them is an expert in their own discipline. When I am not

skiing or doing schoolwork, I am usually skateboarding, playing guitar, or building and riding my motorcycles. My

plan after graduating is to take some time off and focus on myself, and my passions including skiing.


Joseph Montano

Grade 11


Putnam Valley, NY

Hi, I’m Joe Montano, sixteen years old, from Putnam Valley, New York. This is my

first year at MSA, although I’ve skied Mount Snow every weekend since I was eight. I

have gone through various weekend programs at the mountain, and saw MSA as the

next step in my progression to be the best freestyle skier I can be. I have developed a

great relationship with my coaches and teachers, as well as with my fellow student

teammates. The one-on-one teaching allows more in-depth exploration of my class

work, and enables me to learn more quickly than in a traditional classroom. Being able

to ski every day with excellent coaching has allowed me to progress as a skier much

more rapidly than had I been skiing just weekends. The support I receive from my team complements the

coaching, and is another factor that aids in advancing my skiing. Overall, I feel that I have benefited greatly from

the MSA experience, and have had a swell time while doing so.

Chili Graves

Grade 12


Walkersville, MD

Hey, what’s up? My name is Charlton Graves, although a lot of people refer to me as

Chili (it’s a long story). I’m a senior in high school and am part of the snowboard

program here at MSA. Growing up in Maryland, where mountains are practically

valleys, my home mountain was Liberty, PA which offered only 300 vertical feet of

terrain. Consequently I always dreamed of living closer to larger mountains. In order

to snowboard more seriously I have spent the last seven summers at High Cascade on

Mt. Hood, Oregon, where snowboarders come to make turns on one of the only

glaciers in America. So far Mount Snow has been a really valuable experience. This is

my first year at the academy and unfortunately my last, but so far it has taught me many valuable lessons. I am an

only child and the A-house has given me brothers that I never had. The snowboard program gives team

characteristics to an individual sport giving athletes the support system needed to succeed. Did I mention the

school? Alright, the schooling is phenomenal, and the teaching allows for a perfect balance of academics and

athletics. Being strapped into a snowboard almost every day has greatly improved my riding and has exposed me

to the sport as a whole. I am thankful to be here!


Perry Legg

Grade 12


West Wardsboro, VT

My name is Perry Legg. I am local to Vermont and have been skiing since I was three

years old and switched to snowboarding when I was ten to follow my friends. Since

there isn’t much else to do up here in Vermont, I spend all my free time riding which

used to be every day I didn’t have school. Mount Snow Academy is giving me the

opportunity to take my riding to a whole new level. I was one of the lucky recipients

of a scholarship and without it I would have never been able to afford to pay for this

amazing school; what an incredible experience this is for me. I also work at the Valley

View Saloon when I’m not competing or doing school work. I am a senior so this is

going to be my last and only year at MSA but it has been the best winter at school I’ve ever had. Without a

scholarship, it wouldn’t have been possible.

Joseph Nichols

Grade 12


Granby, CT

Hello, I am Joseph Nichols. This is my first year a MSA and I couldn’t be more

enthusiastic. I am from Granby, Connecticut. I used to ski at a small mountain called

Ski Sundown in Connecticut where I would try to ski as much as I could with every

opportunity I could get. Four days of skiing just wasn’t enough for my love of skiing. I

grew up skiing with Bradley Harper learning freestyle. It was always a friendly

competition until I saw him do a flip so I had to step it up and do something even

cooler. Last year when he told me he was going to MSA I was bummed I couldn’t ski

with him that year, but I also knew he would thrive there. He told me I would too. I

knew that MSA was where I wanted to be and I’m so glad that I am at MSA this year.

Jump Start Program

The goal of the “Jump Start” program is just that---to give young athletes the opportunity to understand serious

training and to entice them to a full time program. The athletes participating for the 2014/2015 season are:

Alex Bornstein, Charlie Coffin, Brendan Schoff, and Rachel Smoller.


Mount Snow Academy:

How It All Works

Each year, MSA’s student-athletes attend their home schools for the first and last quarters of the

academic year. They arrive at Mount Snow Academy in November and stay until the end of March.

Curricula are developed between the home school and MSA teachers. Students return to their home

schools well-prepared, intellectually engaged, and often having gone into far greater depth than their

peers. For developing first-year athletes, MSA also offers a half-season program.

Mount Snow Academy’s athletic and academic programs are built around individualization. In the first

years after the Academy’s founding in 1972, students attended Wilmington High School for half of each

day and skied for the other half. This system provided fine athletic training, but too much

fragmentation of the academic experience. In response to this weakness, in 1980 MSA instituted a

personalized, one-to-one instructional mode which matches highly qualified instructors with individual

students for each academic discipline. Using this system, Mount Snow Academy has grown into one of

the finest educational institutions of its kind.

The concern for individual needs is as evident on the slopes as in the classroom. Our coaching staff is

deeply experienced and dedicated to developing successful athletes. They customize a training and

competition program for each student, and work to maximize each athlete’s individual growth in their

sport. They also encourage a strong sense of cooperation and teamwork among the athletes.

MSA is the only slope-side sports academy in the Northeast. The Training Center is steps from the

lifts at the main base of Mount Snow. Students have access to a broad array of terrain, including

Carinthia, the Northeast’s only all-park face, and Haystack’s slopes and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Mount Snow Academy ● Training Center● 25 Mount Snow Road ● West Dover, VT 05356

802-464-1100 ext. 4667 or 4521 ●


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