Mount Snow Academy Annual Benefit 2012


Mount Snow Academy

Annual Benefit


An Evening of Fun, Food and Country Elegance benefiting Flood

Relief for the Deerfield Valley and MSA Student Athletes


Mount Snow Academy Annual Benefit 2012

An evening of Fun, Food and Country Elegance

Tonight’s Program:

6:30 ~ 8:00 Cocktails and Hors D ‘Oeuvres

6:00 ~ 10:00 Silent Auction

8:00 Dinner

9:30 Live Auction and Wine Raffle


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

Thank You to Our Supporters ............................ 6

Welcome from our Co-Chairs ............................ 9

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

Welcome from Our Director ........................... 13

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

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

Our Teachers………………………………...17

About the Coaches ............................................. 22

Life at the A-House .............................................. 24

About the Student-Athletes ............................... 26

2011-2012 Students ............................................. 29

February 11, 2012 Grand Summit Hotel

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

802-464-1100 ext 4667 •

“One of A Kind: Live Auction Items”

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

Kelly Clark Signed Snowboard

Own the snowboard of a legend! Kelly Clark, the most progressive,

successful woman in snowboarding and a Mount Snow Academy

Graduate Class ’01, is an Olympic Gold Medalist, X-Games Gold Medalist

and current member of the US Snowboard Team. This rare, signed

Burton snowboard is guaranteed to impress your friends and inspire the

Olympian in you! PRICELESS -Donated by Adam Palmiter

Sunset Dinner Cruise – for eight.

Tour the Norwalk Islands on a 52’ Luxury Yacht. Enjoy cocktails while

dining on gourmet appetizers as we cruise the harbor with its many

islands. Sunset is a magical time when hundreds of nesting birds return

to their tiny islands for the night. Dinner is served just a few feet from a

historical 1800’s Lighthouse. Choose a mutually agreeable Friday in the

month of June and a choice of dinner menus. Departure is from

Norwalk Marina. “Valued at $2,000”

-Donated by Friends of Mount Snow Academy

Camp Woodward

Awesome, dude! Preparation is the key to success in any sport.

Freestyle and snowboard enthusiasts can spend a summer week at

the world’s premier action sports camp. Woodward’s impressive

Pennsylvania facilities allow the athlete to improve aerial awareness,

balance, flexibility and strength. Your child can train with renowned

coaches and meet leading professionals. “Valued at $1,100”

-Donated by Noelle and Mia Edwards

Mount Snow Preferred Parking Pass

FREE PARKING! A winner every time, just like Monopoly. No more

crowds, no more searching for a space. No more long walks, juggling

equipment. With this pass, you park at the front door! With preferred

parking at the Base Lodge, you’ll be out of the car and on the lift in 30

seconds. Yeah. Be that guy or gal! Valued at $250, but PRICELESS!

-Donated by Mount Snow

Cape Cod Fall Escape

Spend a week (between Sept. 17 and Oct. 30) 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 $2,000”

-Donated by Jim & Lynne Sullivan

Door County Getaway

Enjoy a summer weeks stay in a lovely, rurally located cottage at the tip of the Door

County peninsula in Wisconsin. With two bedrooms and a pull-out couch, it can sleep

up to six people. Door County is often referred to as "The New England of the

Midwest". With its 250 miles of shoreline, it has more state parks, lighthouses and

and shoreline than any county in the country. Punctuated with charming small towns

and beaches, the shoreline follows the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. It has

a thriving artists' community encompassing music, theater and numerous

galleries. Also included are breakfasts for two at two local restaurants, two hours of

sailing, weather permitting, several gift certificates to local stores and restaurants and

two tickets to the American Folklore Theater, an outdoor theater in Peninsula State

Park. “Valued at $1,500” -Donated by Sara Nerenhausen & Jim Woods

The Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow

Enjoy a delightful weekend at The Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow! This

fabulous package includes a two night stay at The Grand Summit, dinner for two at

Harriman's Restaurant, two complimentary treatments from the NatureSpa. The

NatureSpa at The Grand Summit features a year-round heated outdoor pool, hot

tubs, health club with full gym, fitness programs, steam room and sauna. The hotel

also has kid's activities, an arcade and a deli. It has been designated a Green

Vermont Hotel, using sound environmental practices.

“Valued at $800” -Donated by Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow

Knicks Tickets

Four tickets to the one of the hottest events in New York just gets better when

viewing the game from the comfort of a party suite. Madison Square Garden boast

first class suite accommodations plus food and beverage for you and your

guests. Take the kids. Take clients. Make it boys/girls night out. You decide.

Choose either the KNICKS vs. MIAMI HEAT on Sunday April 15th at 1:00 pm. Or

KNICKS vs BOSTON CELTICS on Tuesday, April 17th at 8:00pm. GO KNICKS!

“Valued at $ 2,000”

- Donated by Friends of Mount Snow Academy

Weekend in Nantucket

Spend a weekend, Friday through Sunday, any time in July on gorgeous

Nantucket Island. As a guest of the Gilbey family, Deena and Bob will meet you

dockside on Friday and bring you to their home for drinks and dinner Nantucket

style. You will enjoy 2 nights in a lovely guest suite in their beautiful Nantucket

home. You will also have use of their jeep for the weekend, so you can tour the

lovely beaches and enjoy the many downtown stores and restaurants. Weekend

includes 4 return tickets on the Hyline Fast Ferry.

“Valued at 2,500”

-Donated by Deena Gilbey and Bob


Yankee vs Mets!!

Tickets to the New YANKEE Stadium for four people at one of the most exciting

games of the season on Saturday June 9 th @ 7:15pm. Choose from either section

224, which is along the third base line, or section 112, the first base line. Either

way you can’t go wrong. Start your afternoon with a fabulous lunch at the RYE

HOUSE, in the flat iron district of New York, just 9 miles away from the stadium.

A $200 Gift Certificate to this turn of the century pub style restaurant is just the

ticket for a pre game meal.

“Valued at $700.00”


- Donated by Friends of Mount Snow Academy

We’d like to thank our Friends and Sponsors!

Gold Medalists ($5,000)

Mount Snow/Peak Resorts

Mount Snow Ski Club

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

Lynne & Jim Sullivan

Friends of Mount Snow Academy

Kristen & Joe Farrell

Bronze Medalists ($500 - $1,499)

Camp Woodward

Crotched Mountain

DeJoseph Family

Equipe Sports

Grand Summit Hotel

Kim & Steve Montello

Mediterrania Oriental Rugs

Mia & Pete Edwards

Shawn Byron

Sharon & Joseph Richards

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

Friends of MSA (up to $500)


Ann Coleman Gallery

Bartleby's Books

Carson Packer

Culture Magazine

Deerhill Inn

Diane Baxter

Dover Forge Restaurant & OMT

Down In the Valley

Dean Jenard

Elliot Cooperstone

Four Seasons Inn

First Trax Sports Shop



Invasion Snowboard

Janet Eldridge Taylor

Janet Goldstein

Joan Kaplan

Local Motors

One Stop Pet Supply


River Valley Market

Sara Neurenhousen

Shaw's Grocery Store

Silo Restaurant

Solar House

Suzanne Bauer Photography

Swan Electric

Technica/Blizzard Products

The Great Outdoors

The Last Chair

The Spirits of Wisconsin Gift Basket

Timber Creek –Sugar House

Two Tannery

Twyla Wallace Message Therapy

Vermont Country Deli

Vermont Country Dog

West Dover Inn

Wilmington Candle Company

WW Building Supply

Mountainside Gallery

North Star Pizza Bowl


Welcome from our Co-Chairs

Dear Parents and Friends,

Tonight is special! Tonight the Mount Snow

Academy community comes together to

celebrate remarkable achievements. As part of

the Deerfield Valley community, MSA is keenly

aware of this year's devastation from Irene and

will donate a part of the tonight’s proceeds to

Valley Flood Relief.

We especially thank MSA Director Lynne

Sullivan, for the vision and leadership that has

made MSA a success in the classroom and on

the mountain. A true educator, Lynne pushes

for excellence among her student/athletes. She

understands that training the mind and body in

unison results in both athletic and academic


Our gratitude also extends to the outstanding

MSA coaching staff who teach kids more than

skiing and snowboarding. They instill a work

ethic that becomes a part of all areas of their

lives -- a drive for excellence and honest


The MSA teachers consistently deliver

outstanding results, through a deep devotion to

their students. The one-to-one teaching

provides opportunities to go beyond rote

learning and spark students to critically examine

the universe around them. Thank you MSA


Tonight can only happen when committed

volunteers donate time and expertise. We have

had the pleasure of working with a fabulous

group. Specifically, we thank these Committee

Chairs: Silent & Live Auction: Kim Montello &

Amy Neal; Journal: Pam Holt; Decorating: Mia

Edwards & Phyllis Herrmann; Ticket Sales, Sharon

Richards. We thank Tamara Allen who has

devoted so much time and energy to tonight's


We also thank the Valley's businesses for

their donations and advertisements. Please

support them in return with your business.

When shopping in the Valley mention that you

saw an ad or a donated item at the MSA

Benefit. And a special thanks to Mount Snow &

Peak Resorts for their commitment to providing

the best training terrain in the area.

Enjoy this wonderful evening and thank you

for your support of Mount Snow Academy!

Nancy Lobell & Liz Fryer

2012 MSA Benefit Committee Co-Chairs

Mount Snow Academy Board of Directors


In the last 12 months, our Vermont

community has been challenged first

by a generally weak economy and

then by the devastation of Tropical

Storm Irene. While MSA deals with

our share of struggles, this year we

thought it very important to share

funds raised from the Benefit with

the broader Dover and Wilmington

communities. On behalf of the staff

and students at MSA, thank you very

much for your Benefit contributions

and thank you also for helping us

extend a generous hand to those

around us in need of support.

Harry Byron, Wilmington, VT

Shawn Byron, Westfield, NJ

Robert DiLeo, Treasurer, West Dover, VT

Linton B. Fluck, Providence, RI

Avery Fluck-Fero, Rochester, NY

John Ianiri, Easton, CT

Frederic Norton, Islip, NY

Lynne Sullivan, Director, Jacksonville, VT

Steven Wolff, Fairfield, CT

Elliot Cooperstone, Chairman,

Westport, CT

From the Director

Hello to All Guests and Friends of Mount Snow Academy,

I write this as the Competition Season is just beginning, so to

speak of results and how well MSA athletes will do is a bit

premature although our coaches have high hopes for the

season. I can say that we have a wonderful group of student

athletes this year, a wonderful group of new teachers to add to

the wonderful faculty that we already have, and our wonderful

house parent, Annie, has returned. The repetition of

“wonderfuls” is deliberate. Mr. Webster defines wonderful as

exciting, marvelous, astonishing, unusually good, and admirable.

Spend a day with us and understand why each of these

adjectives applies.

One of the gratifying parts of my position is to visit with former students. Many drop in over the

holiday season. Our three time Olympian, (Gold, 4 th , and Bronze), Kelly Clark, continues to dominate

the podium nationally and internationally, while our “soon to be Olympian”, Devin Logan, is preparing

for 2014. I exchange emails with Kelly and I just saw Devin this week since she is home for a few days

preparing for the Dew Tour at Killington. Look for her face on local RSN. Our very recent graduates,

Dillon Wilson, University of Colorado, Boulder, Ali Kaplan and Wyatt Mosher, University of Vermont,

and Ian Wolff, University of Connecticut, Honors Program, spent time at Mount Snow during the


This year the Deerfield Valley experienced great devastation because of Tropical Storm Irene. Our

students arrived in November ready to add community support to their busy schedule. The Freestyle

Team helped a local business with last minute cleaning to facilitate an opening date, while the entire

student body participated in the setting up of hundreds of luminarias around Snow Lake to signify and

celebrate the recovery of the Valley.

When I became involved with this educational model, one to one teaching combined with snow sport

competition, I found that the academic standards were not as high as they should be. I was determined

to create a program that could hold its own with any public or private school. MSA has reached that

goal with the help of our excellent faculty and coaching staff. Our students work diligently all season to

maintain the balance between academics and athletics Two years ago MSA established an Academic

Podium that has rigorous qualifications. We have great respect for those student/athletes who earn this


Mount Snow Academy is unique; individual attention in every aspect of a student’s life is foremost. As

mentioned above I invite you to spend a day with us and see Mount Snow in action.

As you know, a portion of tonight’s proceeds will be donated to the Deerfield Valley Relief Fund. Please

be generous and to coin a phrase, “Make tonight a night where amazing happens”. Thank you for

coming, enjoy the evening and please make those bids “Amazing”.


Lynne Sullivan, Director, Mount Snow Academy

About the Academy

Individual Attention ~ Self-reliance ~ Community Support

These three characteristics represent the core values of MSA’s academic and athletic programs. MSA

fosters both self-reliance and active cooperation among students and staff. Through our uniquely

individual academic instruction, our students learn self-discipline, time management, and the importance

of setting and achieving goals. In our slope side environment, Mount Snow Academy teachers and

coaches work together to balance focused academic life with a rigorous training and competition

program. This strong presence of both on-slope and classroom instruction improves our students’

participation in their community while developing a solid sense of themselves.

The Mount Snow Academy experience challenges each student to approach their academic and athletic

lives with self-confidence, self-discipline, and determination. MSA engenders the very qualities it

demands, all within our caring and supportive environment. Mount Snow Academy’s mission is to offer

challenging and comprehensive academic and athletic opportunities that will enable our student-athletes

to become life-long learners, responsible decision-makers, and capable, contributing citizens in our

competitive and rapidly changing world. We expect our students to act with integrity as they embrace

new challenges for intellectual, personal and athletic growth.

August 28, 2011 Our Valley Changed

On August 31, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene, the most damaging storm in Vermont history, ripped through

the Deerfield Valley devastating businesses, farms, and homes. Worse than the physical damage, Irene

took lives and uprooted families.

There has been an incredible recovery effort. Neighbor helped neighbor, in the Deerfield Valley and

around the state. These extraordinary acts of individual and community generosity have led us to adopt

the motto “Where Amazing Happens”.

As a member of the Deerfield Valley community, Mount Snow Academy wants to do its part to help. A

portion of tonight’s Benefit proceeds will be donated to

About the Faculty

Mount Snow Academy’s academic tradition is centered on a one-to-one teaching model which

provides a host of advantages for the students. Every class is interactive. The student is engaged in a

variety of learning activities - discussion, reading, writing, asking and answering questions, as well as

listening and taking notes.

To carry out this teaching program, Mount Snow Academy has assembled a strong cadre of highly

effective and experienced teachers. This year, among our faculty of twenty-seven, seventy percent hold

a masters or doctoral degree. Most return year after year because they love teaching in a stimulating

and collegial environment that encourages excellence and creativity.

As a result, Mount Snow Academy students have built a strong history of academic accomplishment

and success over the past thirty-three years. Our teaching faculty makes Mount Snow Academy one of

the finest learning institutions of its kind.

Our Teachers

Allen, Tamara

2011 VBA Social Media, Dover, VT

1995 PR Course BCC Boston, MA

1990 B.S. Marketing, SNH University,

Manchester, NH.

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

Belcher, Melissa

M.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, University

of Massachusetts at Amherst

B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, University

of Vermont

Carta, Davida

B.S., Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, MI


Cummings, Carroll

2004 Certificate, Grant Writing, Keene State

College, Keene NH

1996 Fordham University AP English Teacher


1994 Masters work in Early Childhood

Education, City College of New York

1989 Masters Work, English Education,

Columbia University Teachers’ College, New

York, NY

1986 Certificate, Publishing, New York

University, NY

1986 BA English, Minor: Political Science

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Daigle, James

1969 M.A. Mathematics, Boston College,

Boston MA.

1965 Advanced study in mathematics analysis

and computers, Case Institute of Technology,

Cleveland, OH.

1960 B.A. Mathematics, minor physics,

University of Maine, Orono, ME.

DiLeo, Carolyn

1968 B.A. Education The College of New


1968 Permanent New Jersey Certification K-8.

Dix, Colby

B.A. Berkley School of Music, Boston

Golet, Geraldine

1967 B.S. Elementary Education, Springfield

College, Advanced course work includes

graduate work in Education.

Goldstein, Janet

B.A., Psychology, Lyndon State College,


Mediation Certificate, Woodbury College,

Montpelier, Vermont

Heile, Cyril

1973 M.A. Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1958 Universidad de las Americas, Spanish,

Mexico City

1955-1956 United States Armed Forces

1954 B.A. Classical Language, Xavier

University,Cincinnati, Ohio

Heile, Carolyn

M.A. Deaf Education, Eastern Michigan


M.A. English, The University of Michigan

B.A. Education, English, Simmons College

Jourdy, Hugh

1962-1963 PhD Program in Analysis of

Complex Variables (Topology), State University

of New York at Buffalo, Graduate Teaching


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

Knight, Alex

B.A., Literature and Writing, Union Institute

and University

Krane, Steve

1969 M.S. Biology, University of Pennsylvania

1966 M.A. Biology and Education, Brooklyn


1960 B.A. Biology, Brooklyn College/CUNY

Kluge, Margaret

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, Maine

Landis, Michael

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


B.A. English, University of Massachusetts at


Merriam, Kathryn

B.A., Art History, Wellesley College

M.A., History, University of Massachusetts at


Ph.D. History, University of Massachusetts at


Mueller, Joseph

1998 Masters/Fine Arts Writing, Goddard

College, Plainfield, VT

1993 BA, Literature, Summa Cum Laude,

Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT

1992 Intense Learning Program Literature &

Writing. Oxford University, Oxford, England

Pokras, Edward

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Columbia,

University, New York, NY

M.Phil., Geological Sciences, Columbia


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


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

Pulci, Monica

M.A. International Education, School for

International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont

B.A. Political Science, International Education,

University of Perugia, Italy

Rice, Barbara

M.A.T., English, Keene State College, N.H.

B.A., Social Relations, Windham College,

Putney, Vermont

Saltman, Jason

M.S. Environmental Studies, Green Mountain

College, Poultney, VT

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems,

Penn State University

Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University,


B.S. Optometry, minor Biology, Indiana

University, Bloomington

Steckler, Marcia

Ph.D., French, University of Massachusetts at


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

B.A., French, Smith College

Sullivan, Lynne

1969-1972 graduate study, University of

Massachusetts at Amherst

1963 B.A. English, Regis College, Weston,


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,


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

Amherst, MA

Weisbrich, Alfred

Polytechnical Institute

M.S., Management/Business Administration

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer

Polytechnical Institute

M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer

lytechnical Institute

M.S., Management/Business Administration

1970-1971, M.A. (Art Education), University of

Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

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

Amherst, MA

Weisbrich, Alfred

B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer

Polytechnical Institute

M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer

Polytechnical Institute

M.S., Management/Business Administration

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 MSA-sponsored 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.

Will Rivera, Snowboard Coach

Will has been coaching at MSA since 2003. A USASA certified coach, he is

experienced in all disciplines. Will, a former competitor himself, has helped lead

MSA athletes to top finishes at many prestigious competitions including the USASA

Nationals, the Revolution Tour, and the U.S. Open. Off-season, he coaches at

snowboard training camps at Mount Hood, Oregon, and trains snowboarders and

skateboarders at Woodward Skate Camp in Pennsylvania. Every season, Will looks

forward to working with athletes to help them achieve their personal best.

Richie Paradise, Head Freestyle Coach

Richie took over the freestyle team in 2010. Under his leadership, the team has

doubled in size, and members have reached the podium in about 90% of the events

they’ve entered. Richie hails from New Hampshire and, as a young skier, trained at

Attitash. No stranger to Mount Snow, Richie won the Anti-Gravity Grail Half pipe

in 2002-2003 and earned second place in Big Air. In 2003-2004 he stood on top of

the podium at Mount Snow’s Snow style and took second place in the Big Air

contest. Over the next few years he also won the New England Free ride

Championships at Sunday River, Maine, the Dead Presidents’ Rail Jam at Killington, and Mount Snow’s

Anti-Gravity Grail Mega Mother Hucker event. Richie has worked for Fischer Skis since 2002. He has

directed numerous camps and clinics for them and he is a Fischer International Free Ski Team member.

Until moving here to take over the Academy team, Richie headed the Cranmore Mountain USSA

FreeSki Travel Team

Dan Maguire, Freestyle Coach

I was born in Massachusetts and I moved to South Newfane, Vermont with my

mom, dad and older brother when I was 6. I started skiing one year later, and I've

loved it ever since. During high school I worked as a mountain bike teacher and

camp counselor at Mount Snow. After high school, I lived in Mammoth Mountain,

California, for a winter where I worked as a ski school instructor. Following

that I lived another winter here at Mount Snow before going to school at the

University of Vermont in Burlington to study film, geography and education. While

in college I taught in the ski school at Stowe and was a park ranger in the terrain

parks. After graduating I travelled a lot including a winter in Summit County, Colorado, where I gained

much of my technical experience with ski equipment working at a repair/rental shop. This is my first

year back at Mount Snow and it has been great. It's also my first year coaching at the Academy which

has also been great. The kids love skiing so much here! I have been teaching and coaching kids in some

capacity since I was sixteen years old and it continues to be my favorite way to make a living.


A short walk from the Training Center, the

A-House sits atop a hill and provides what

is, for many students, their first experience

with dorm living. House parent Annie

Heymsfield works closely with the Director

and the students to establish and implement

guidelines for academic study and group

residence. She bridges the gap between

home and dorm with a loving hand.

Students are aware that the A House is

special. One says, “it isn’t a dorm, it is a

house”. Another, “the A-house isn’t really

a house. It’s a home”. Freestyle skiers,

alpiners, and riders alike have been caught

racing. Indoors! They race to stake their

claim to the biggest, softest couch in the

living room upstairs. It is fun to hang out

together there, they all say. First come,

first served in this race to the top.

By providing insight to help students learn

from their challenges as well as from their

successes, Annie develops a close bond

with her residents and cares for them as a

surrogate parent. From encouragement for

an athlete nursing an injury, to a nononsense

approach to study time, Annie

and her crew of lively residents make the

A-House a home where the students learn

self-sufficiency within a group living


While all of the students at the Academy

develop close ties with each other,

residents at the A-House have the added

bond of living together. In addition to

keeping their rooms tidy, the students are

assigned kitchen, garbage and shoveling duty

and they are expected to do their own

laundry. Often younger kids have asked

older kids with help with homework, like


Pride in themselves and their community

is evident. As an entire group, they honor

in a communal display the medals and

trophies the student/athletes earn on the

hill. With the hard but hardly glorious work

involved in keeping the house clean (yes,

even the mudroom with its impressive

collection of boots of all kinds and sizes),

shirkers are admonished “not to mess it up


At the A-House, blending is home-style.

There's work, there's play, there’s the

building of friendships that will last a

lifetime. The A-House is its own special

brew of cozy comfort and purposeful


About the Student/Athletes

Mount Snow Academy provides a wonderful

environment for our student athletes. They

excel academically; they compete and perform

passionately on snow. In all settings – at school,

on the slopes and in everyday life - we nurture

our young competitors. The Academy is a

beacon for skiers and riders who pursue the

rewards of the Academy’s competition


It does not end with the Academy, though!

MSA graduates have had success as junior

racers, winning the Vermont Cup multiple

times, and participating at the world Junior

Championships at Topolino, Italy. Many have

advanced to ski at the NCAA and USCSA

National Championships. The Revolution Tour

is an arena where a number of our

snowboarders excel. Grand Prix events, where

amateurs and pros compete together, have also

seen a number of MSA athletes earning finishes

in the top 15. In addition, a few elite alums

have gone on to success at the Dew Tours, the

Winter X Games in both the US and Europe,

and, most excitingly, the Olympics.

MSA athletes pursue a rigorous physical

development program. Coaches design a wide

variety of dry-land workout regimens that are

incorporated into the daily on-hill training

schedule. By implementing a comprehensive,

integrated physical program, our staff instills the

student/athletes with confidence and selfassurance

while building strong and healthy

bodies and minds.

The academic program is equally demanding

and stimulating. A recently-instituted feature for

showcasing the achievements of top performers

is MSA's "Academic Podium". A place on that

podium is earned by students whose grades on

the mid term and final reports are all A's. One

B+, but only one, 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.

Ken Lady Jessica Kain Debi Bradshaw


Route 100, West Dover, VT.

2011-2012 Student-Athletes

Ryan O’Hara


Grade 5, Little Silver, NJ

I started snowboarding when I was five years old and qualified for Nationals

for the first time when I was seven. Since then I have gone to Nationals

every year, and have competed in slope style, boarder cross and half pipe

with placings as high as third. If it wasn’t for my older brother Thomas, I

would never have accomplished all this. I look up to him and want to be just

like him! I chose to come to Mount Snow Academy because I wanted to train

and get better at school. This is my first year at MSA. I want to get A's and

B's in all of my subjects, but I really only want to get A's. My goals for

snowboarding are to get back 720 and cab 540 every time. I also want to land

a front 720 and switchback 540 because they are hard for me. When I get

older, I want to be a roller coaster designer. If that doesn't work, I want to be a professional baseball


Ali Hsueh


Grade 6, Closter, NJ

Hello, my name is Ali Hsueh and this is my first year at Mount Snow

Academy. I am a sixth grade snowboarder, and this is my second year

competing in USASA events. MSA is a great experience for me. I’ve learned a

lot both academically and on the slopes, and I’ve also made a lot of friends. I

love the park features of Carinthia, especially the rails. The snowboard

coaches have helped me build up my confidence and my speed on the slopes.

Living in the academy House is like having cool brothers and sisters. Everyone

gets along and helps out when needed. I hope to compete in USASA events

this year. Slope style is my favorite event, and I also might try half pipe for the

first time. While off hill, I enjoy running and exercising. I am one of the few

students who actually enjoys dry land training. Sometimes it’s tough, but I’m up for the challenge. Having

a healthy body is important for a young snowboarder like me.

Leah Montello

Alpine Skier

Grade 6, Stamford, CT

Hi everyone! I am a first year J4 racer. I basically learned to walk and ski at

Mount Snow and rode the Seasons double with my first skis at a year old. I

have participated in Mount Snow ski programs since I was two. I started in

Cub Camp, progressed to Snow Camp, went on to Devo, and then spent

two years in J5 Comp. Here I am in my first year at MSA and I love it! The

coaches and teachers at MSA are awesome! They really push us to do our

best and I think I am making progress. I can’t wait to start racing! I am so

glad I decided to come to MSA.

Danie Edwards

Alpine Skier

Grade 7, Stamford, CT

Last year I joined the flex program at MSA and I couldn’t wait to get to

school at Mount Snow Academy. Now I’m finally here and loving it. My goals

for this year are to make top ten at every race and to make it to States again.

I like MSA because I get to ski all week and the teachers and coaches are

really nice. My first slalom race is coming up and I’m really excited to be a

second year J4!

Jordin O’Hara


Grade 7, Little Silver, NJ

I started out skiing with my family when I was very young, but once my

brothers started riding it didn’t take long for me to make the switch. This is

my fifth season riding at Mount Snow and my first season attending Mount

Snow Academy. For my first year I chose to compete in giant slalom and

slalom. I hope to qualify for Nationals. When not at Mount Snow Academy, I

have many other interests. I play soccer, lacrosse and softball, I’m on my

school track team, and I love singing and dancing. During the month of

January I worked very hard at raising money for a cause called “make some

noise” that supported a friend who has cancer. I raised over $1500 in just a

short amount of time. Mostly, I really love just hanging out with my family and friends, and I’m

determined to do my best!

Otto Richards

Freestyle Skier

Grade 7, New Paltz, NY

This is my first year at MSA. I started skiing at age three and started to

compete last year. This year I hope to get better at skiing and learn new

tricks. I’m looking forward to the competitions this year. I like MSA because

we ski every day except Monday. When I’m not skiing, I like soccer, baseball,

rollerblading and biking.

Thomas Neal

Freestyle Skier

Grade 7, Wallingford, CT

My name is Thomas Neal and I am a freestyle skier who shreds at MSA. This

is my second year here. I came here because skiing is my passion and going

pro is my dream. If that fails I would like to become a personal filmer and

movie editor. I am hoping to place in the top three at most of my

competitions. My family supports me in so many ways. They come to most

of my competitions, a drive of two hours every week, and give up all their

free time. My little sister gives up so much so that I can be here, like only

seeing one parent every week. I love this school, I love my family, but most

of all I love skiing and winning.

Emily Fryer

Alpine Skier

Grade 8, South Salem, NY

My name is Emily Fryer. This is my second year at MSA. I am in the eighth

grade at South Salem, NY and an alpine skier. Before I came to MSA I was on

the weekend ski team here at Mount Snow. I decided I really liked ski racing

and wanted to improve my skills, so I came to MSA. After having a very good

year last year and improving a lot, I decided to come back for a second year.

This year, as a first year J3, I hope to do well in the races and also improve the

technical aspects of my skiing.

Mason Gilbey


Grade 8, Nantucket. MA

My name is Mason Gilbey and this is my second year at MSA. I am 14 years

old and a snowboarder. I’m from Nantucket Massachusetts. Last year was my

first year in the park but it was cut short from an injury. While riding I

ruptured my spleen on February 17th. This year now that I’m back I’m

competing in USASA for slope style and half pipe. Being at MSA I hope to

learn gnarly snowboard maneuvers and get better at jumps and rails. On

jumps I would like to learn bigger spins and better grabs. On rails I would like

to learn bigger spins on and off of them. From hitting the jumps this season,

I’ve learned that spinning front side is easier for me than backside. Not only

am I learning on the mountain, I learn in the school too. My favorite part of

school is math and science because they are fun and exciting. Outside of MSA my hobbies are long

boarding, skateboarding, surfing, wake skating, wake boarding, and surfing.

AJ Herrmann

Alpine Skier

Grade 8, Massapequa, NY

Making the decision to attend MSA was an easy one for me after being part of

the flex program last year. Having Coach Ben and A1 full time only meant one

thing…better results. Racing this year as a first year J3 after three prior years

or racing, I knew I needed to bump it up to the next level. I presented a deal

to my parents five years ago. The deal was being able to divide my time

between New York and Vermont while achieving my academic goals. I have

fulfilled my end of the bargain so I decided to push the envelope by asking to

attend MSA. I love skiing; there is no other feeling than the cold wind blowing

in your face with the sun bounding off the snow to catch your goggles while

looking for the next gate. I hope to make myself proud in both areas at MSA this year. I look forward

to learning everything MSA has to offer on and off the hill. While in New York I enjoy baseball, deck

hockey and drawing and my newfound sport, dry land training.

Caleb Kamins


Grade 8, Litchfield, CT

To me, Mount Snow Academy is an opportunity to strive and meet my best

potential, both academically and athletically. With this great experience, I

hope to develop my snowboarding skills greatly. I also hope to gain much

independence through this program. I live in Litchfield, Connecticut and I am

an eighth grade student at Litchfield Middle School. My other interests include

soccer, track and field, art and music! I thoroughly enjoy French because it

offers a whole new sense of communication. I spend my summers at Camp

Woodward, Pennsylvania, training for the upcoming winter.

Calvin Lyons

Freestyle Skier

Grade 8, Marlboro, VT

In fourth grade, I discovered freestyle skiing. Last year was my first year at

Mount Snow Academy, and it is exactly what I was looking for. With no

mogul skiing and a very loose coaching style, I found I was progressing quickly.

Some of my goals for the season are to get first at least once in a slope style

and a rail jam competition. I also want to learn the misty flip, spinning all four

directions, and cork sevens. Off the snow, I enjoy playing guitar, painting, and

riding BMX.

Mary Pettit


Grade 8, Southport, CT

My name Is Mary Pettit and I am 13 years old. I'm from Southport, CT and I

go to Tomlinson Middle School. When I'm off the snow I am usually boating,

fishing, or playing field hockey. I came to Mount Snow Academy to pursue my

snowboarding dreams. Last year was my first year doing boarder cross, slope

style and half pipe. Some of my goals this year are to get out of the half pipe,

spin jumps, hit larger jumps, and make it to Nationals. Probably my best

accomplishment so far this year was when I took second place in both pipe

and slope at the USASA Southern Vermont Series competition at Mount

Snow in late January. Every day I come to the Academy it's like the first. Being

in MSA has been a dream of mine, and this year it came true.

Matt Emanuelson

Freestyle Skier

Grade 9, Madison, NH

As it is my second year of freestyle skiing, but first year at MSA, I've found it

a great place to ski, and also a great place to make new friends. In addition,

MSA provides an interesting educational program with their one-to-one

teaching method that works for me. I'm from Madison, N.H., with a home

mountain of King Pine Ski Resort, and Cranmore in North Conway. I started

skiing when I was five at King Pine and have been skiing ever since! I also

attended Carrabasset Valley Academy (CVA) last summer for a week to

improve my skills in the air and on wheels. When I’m not shredding you

could find me skateboarding or playing lacrosse. I have set several goals for

myself while here, such as spreading out my talent both on jumps and rails, and learning new tricks off

jumps. I love the park but it can never hurt to go hit some pow in the glades or just go shred. In the

future I hope to get into the skiing industry somehow with designing outerwear or skis. While I'm here

this winter, I hope to get better at skiing, and learn a lot of new stuff on both the slopes and in school.

David McCarthy


Grade 9, Pawling, NY

I am a first year student at MSA. I chose to come to MSA because I love to

snowboard. It is the only place I get to snowboard six days a week. I have

been snowboarding for about ten years but competing for three. I am

looking forward to learning a lot of new tricks. So far this season, my best

placement was a bronze at the USASA Southern Vermont Series slope style

event at Mount Snow in late January.

When I am not snowboarding I am playing soccer. I also like to play lacrosse

and go long boarding. In the summer I go to Lake Placid to do ramping and

tramping training. I enjoy the sport of snowboarding a lot and never want to


Austin Cole


Grade 10, Saratoga Springs, NY

Hi, I’m Austin Cole. I’m new to MSA this year. I am a snowboarder, and

have been since third grade when I started at West Mountain in upstate New

York.. I like MSA a lot, it’s awesome. We get to ride midweek as well as on

the weekends. It’s good because I progress a lot due to the coaches. I’m

learning a new trick, a switch front board two out. It’s a challenge for me

because of the body maneuvers. This will be my first time competing in

USASA this year. I will be riding slope style and pipe. I hope to learn a lot

and progress as a rider, so I can ride any park with good technique. My other

major interests are skateboarding and lacrosse.

Max Lyons


Grade 10, Marlboro, VT

I am a snowboarder from Marlboro, Vermont who started riding six years

ago and has been competing for four years. This is my second year at MSA

and I would like to finish in the top ten in slope style at Nationals. I think

MSA is a great place because I get more on-snow time to learn gnarly

maneuvers. I have done very well in competitions so far this year, coming in

first place at three different rail jams (two at Mount Snow and one at

Stratton), as well as placing second in both pipe and slope at the USASA

Southern Vermont Series event at Mount Snow. I’d like to learn how to ride

halfpipe better this year, as well as get straight A’s in school. I do not yet

know what I want to do in the future, but I’ll be looking for a fun and

interesting job. I’m a determined snowboarder, and will occasionally crack a joke or two. Off-season, I

like to skateboard, watch snowboarding videos, and edit videos.

Julia Melnikova

Alpine Skier

Grade 10, Moscow, Russia

I am fifteen years old. This is my first year in Mount Snow Academy. I came

from Russia after my coach, Greg Gurshman, suggested for me to study at

MSA. He was a teacher and coach in the Academy a long time ago. I was

shocked when he said that to me, but I was also happy and started to

prepare. I have been skiing for eleven years and this is my first year at FIS

level. Now I am getting ready to compete and apply my technique. I like to

work hard in skiing and also in school. During this year I hope to improve

my English and my skiing, and to compete well. Usually I have trained in

Europe – Finland, Austria and Norway – and this year is my first experience

in the USA.

Thomas O’Hara


Grade 10, Little Silver, NJ

I began riding six years ago at Mount Snow, and have been competing for four

years. This is my second year at the Academy and I hope to have a repeat of

my great first year. I’m a snowboarder who works hard both on and off the

snow. I really benefit from the one-to-one teaching because I feel it makes

everything more clear and easy to understand. I am looking forward to

Nationals with hopes of making it again and having the great experience of

riding out west. I think my coaches think of me as inquisitive and intrepid,

fearless on the snow. I think that the coaches and riders at MSA are like one

big family, always sharing laughs and working hard as a team. My future plans

are to become an architect and work in the field of construction and engineering.

Andrew Powell

Freestyle Skier

Grade 10, West Dover, VT

I’m Andrew Powell, I live in Dover Vermont, and this is my second year at the

Academy. Over the time I’ve been at the Academy I have progressed a lot in

skiing with my friends. This year I want to do rodeo 9s and cork 7s. I am

competing in USSA A events instead of B events this season. I’m going to have

to train extra hard to keep up with those around me. Outside of skiing I

skateboard, bike and trampoline. I look forward to learning more with the

people I love skiing with at the Academy.

Dana Sundell

Freestyle Skier

Grade 10, Nantucket, MA

My name is Dana Sundell and I am from Nantucket, Massachusetts, currently

in 10th grade at Nantucket High School. There are no mountains in

Nantucket, so this is a great opportunity to ski and have a balance of school

as well. I found out about the Academy from another kid on Nantucket,

Mason Gilbey. This is my first year at the Academy and my first year in

competition as well. The coaching is very good because everyone is at their

own skill level. The coaches respect that and individualize their teachings and

help you every step of the way. This is also my first year skiing in general, but

skiing is something I enjoy very much. In my off-season I play soccer,

lacrosse, and tennis back in Nantucket. I enjoy hanging out with friends and

skiing, in addition to most sports.

Although I am only in school one full day a week and then half days, I am getting as much information, if

not more, than a full day student would at another school thanks to the one to one tutoring.

Aidan Woods


Grade 10, Sturgeon Bay, WI

My name is Aidan Woods, a snowboarder all the way from Sturgeon Bay,

Wisconsin. This is my second year at MSA, returning as a sophomore. After

graduating from high school, I plan on going to college. I plan to continue to

compete in snowboarding events throughout my schooling, and am interested

in landing a spot on a park crew at some point for the experience. I’m happy

with my riding so far and my level of academic achievement. My goals this

year are to have all 360s down and the make Academic Podium. My mom had

come across MSA when looking for a snowboarding camp for me. Mount

Snow Academy has been, and continues to be a great experience for me. It

has built me physically and mentally, in the classroom and on the slope. The

teachers at MSA are super. I especially appreciate their sincerity in wanting you to be the best you can

be. Beautiful.

Chris Abel


Grade 11, Keene, NH

I’ve been snowboarding and competing since I was nine, first at Sunapee, then

the Okemo Mountain School, and now I’m in my second year at Mount Snow

Academy. I love snowboarding. I compete in both slope style and half pipe.

My best trick right now is a front 7, and I’m working on adding more

technical runs and doing all four kinds of spins in competition. Last year I

competed in the Burton Global Open, and this year so far I’ve competed in

two Rev Tours and finished in the top third in both pipe and slope. My best

placement this year was gold in the half pipe at the USASA Southern

Vermont Series event at Mount Snow. My athletic goal is to podium in

another major competition. I like the people here at MSA. The one-to-one

teaching works for me. My public school classes are easier but I don’t learn as fast because they keep

reviewing for the class. My long-term goal is to get into a good college and study hydroponics.

Jon Caplan

Freestyle Skier

Grade 11, Wilmington, VT

I’m Jon Caplan. I’ve been at the Academy for four years and I live in

Wilmington, Vermont. This has been the worst weather winter so far since I

have been at the Academy because there has been little snow. The freestyle

skiing team has been making the best of what we’ve got and still killin’ it.

My best accomplishment so far this year is placing third in the K-Town

Showdown, a rail jam at Killington. I’m hoping to do well at the events

coming up - freestyle opens, A Comps and the Junior Olympics. I’d like to be

able to do cork 10s and double cork 10s by the end of the season. My other

interests are skateboarding, slack lining, and tramp training at Woodman’s in

Brattleboro. But I’m not looking forward to summer…no snow!

Christina DeJoseph


Grade 11, Palmyra, NY

My name is Christina and I am a seventeen year old junior at Mount Snow

Academy. This is my second year going to MSA for the snowboard program.

Last year was the first time I ever really rode in the park and pipe, so I was

stoked on how much better I got. I definitely owe thanks to my coaches. I

still have a ways to go, but it was a great season. The 2010/2011 season was

also my first year of competition, and I placed in every regional event I

competed in. A big accomplishment for the season was making it to Nationals

for boarder cross, slope style, and half pipe. But my biggest accomplishment

for the entire year was not only having a great time there, but placing third in

the half pipe at Nationals. This year I am competing in two venues of the

Revolution tour, Southern Vermont USASA events, and a few rail jams. In late January, I had a great

weekend, taking gold in both pipe and slope style in the same weekend at the USASA Southern Vermont

Series event at Mount Snow. Although I am extremely dedicated to my snowboarding, I still manage to

keep up with a full school schedule. My goal is to push my limits in order to really improve my riding in

all aspects

Boo Strachan

Freestyle Skier

Grade 11, Freedom, NH

Hailing from Freedom, NH; I aim to redefine freestyle skiing on the East

Coast; and after vigorously training in Mt. Hood, Oregon for a month, the

transition to Mount Snow has been seamless. The previous winter, Mount

Snow Academy had enabled me to gain the talent eventually resulting in the

sponsorships from HMK Outerwear, Colorado Ski Shop, and Outdoor

Technology. This year, my progression will continue, and I, competitively aim

to make it as far as far as I possibly can. Outside of skiing I enjoy videography,

and spending time with my girlfriend. Monthly edits highlighting our team’s

progression will be produced and can be found at

Matt Kaplan


Grade 12, Lido Beach, NY

I am Matthew Kaplan from Lido Beach, NY. I am a snowboarder. I am a

senior in high school. This is my third year at MSA. My favorite trick is a

backside 360 tail grab. I am looking forward to starting a college life next

year. I have placed twice in contests while here. I came in third in slope style

and in boarder cross in the Catskills region. Over the three years that I have

been here I have taken my riding to new levels. I will miss being able to ride

every day, and just being at MSA.

Robert Bittner

Freestyle Skier

Grade 12, Freedom, NH

Hi I’m Robert Bittner and I am 18 and a senior at MSA. I am a freestyle skier

who skis mostly at Carinthia but I love the occasional cruise over at Sundance

or The North Face. I am attending MSA to increase my skills in freestyle and

do even better in school. My goals for the season are to get top ten in a

slope style competition with over 50 kids, and to make at least $1000 in total

prize money. My coach for this season is Richie Paradise. Richie is an

awesome guy who is super helpful and fun to be with. We have already had

some awesome experiences and there will be easily more in the future. He’s

always ready to go out on a nice day and capture us on film. I can use those

pictures to make videos, both for fun and to show to potential sponsors. It has been a great year so far

and I'm super stoked for the remainder. I’m planning to take a gap year before college. I want to spend

that year out west, snowboarding and training in the Breckenridge or Keystone area, before I continue

my academic education.

Cam Holt

Freestyle Skier

Grade 12, Lyndeborough, NH

Hi. My name is Cameron Holt and I am a senior from Lyndeborough, New

Hampshire. This is my first year at the Academy and I am a freestyle skier. I

came to MSA to spend every day on the mountain improving my skills. In the

future I hope to get sponsored and continue to compete. One of my best

tricks is a double back flip, and I hope to learn new tricks. Next fall I plan to

move out west to continue skiing and to attend college. Here at MSA, I love

the one-to-one teaching, and the close relationship with teachers helps me to

get my work done. During the summer I spend most of my time in Rye, New

Hampshire, sailing and enjoying the ocean.

Marshall Lobell


Grade 12, Middletown, NJ

This is my third and final year at Mount Snow Academy. I am graduating from

Middletown High School South and am very excited for the adventures of

college. I have already been accepted to schools such as the University of

Vermont, West Minster, and Sierra Nevada College. This year, I competed in

the Revolution tours across the country, including California and Colorado.

My snowboarding has developed nicely over the past three years; I’ve

learned the progression of difficult tricks, doubled my amplitude, and honed

many skills. I intend to continue snowboarding until I am no longer able. I

am grateful for being given the opportunity to succeed at Mount Snow both

academically and athletically.

Mount Snow Academy:

Intimacy, Focus, Success!


Each year, MSA’s accomplished student-athletes participate in

their home school activities and athletics for the first and last

quarters of the school year and attend Mount Snow Academy

from early November through early April. For developing

first-year athletes, MSA offers a half-year program. Curricula

are developed between the home school and MSA teachers.

Our students typically return to their home schools wellprepared

and intellectually engaged.


What distinguishes MSA’s academic and athletic programs is

individual attention. In the early years after the Academy’s

founding in 1972, students attended Wilmington High School

for half of each day and skied for the other half. Although this

offered fine athletic training, it tended to lead to a fragmented

academic experience. Since 1980, Mount Snow Academy has

experienced great success with a personalized, one-to-one

teaching model. Highly qualified and experienced teachers

are matched with individual students, making Mount Snow

Academy one of the finest learning institutions of its kind.


Our coaching staff is deeply experienced and singularly

dedicated to the success of their athletes. MSA is the only

slope side ski academy in the Northeast. The Alpine Training

Center is located steps from the lifts at the main base area of

Mount Snow. Among MSA’s unique benefits are experienced

coaches and trainers, a customized training program for each

athlete, and access to a broad array of terrain, including the

Northeast’s only all-park face.

Mount Snow Academy ● Alpine Training Center● 25 Mount Snow Road ●

West Dover, VT 05356

802-464-1100 ext. 4667 ●

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