Alpine Skiers at MSA train for competition in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super G. While we foster a team environment in which each student/athlete is respectful and supportive of one another, we also focus on helping each student/athlete achieve his or her individual goals.

Unlike many ski academies, MSA athletes are not limited to a particular trail or type of terrain for training. This allows us to customize our daily training according to the competition schedule and weather conditions.

Alpine Coaches

Dave Gregory

Dave Gregory is a year round ski coach with more than 35 years of experience. He keeps abreast of the latest rules and regulations of the governing bodies—USSA, and FIS—while maintaining relationships with many national coaches and ski equipment manufacturers.

Dave has served on various committees in USSA/East including the Development Committee and the Alpine Coaches Council. Dave was named the 2005 NH Alpine Coach of the Year and he led the Mt Washington Valley Ski Team to the 2012 USSA Alpine Club of the Year award. Dave is currently the Director of Athletics and Recruitment at Mount Snow Academy. He is the former Progam Director of the Mt Washington Valley Ski Team. Former Head Women’s Alpine Coach, Dartmouth College. Former Program Director, Holderness School. Former Assistant Head Coach SDSA Coronet Peak, New Zealand. USCSA and PSIA certified.

He has coached numerous athletes to the US Ski Team, including multiple NCAA and USCSA All-Americans. Dave is most proud of installing a lifelong passion for the sport of skiing in his athletes. Over 90% of his athletes have gone on to ski in college at some level.

Head Alpine Coach – Ben Sullivan

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 and last summer in New Zealand.

Head U 16,19 and FIS Coach – Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith has been a member of the PPSC staff since 1985. He has been the Head Alpine U-16 Coach for Mount Washington Valley Ski Team since 2010. Shawn’s experience also includes: Director of Resort Services, Stevens Pass Resort, WA August, 2002-2010. Director of Ski/Snowboard Education, Racing and Events, Copper Mountain, CO. Director of Training, Copper Mountain, CO. Professional Ski Instructors of America: National Alpine Demonstration Team, Assistant alpine team coach, Alpine team coach, Staff member of PSIA National Academies.

Head U-12 Coach – Brian Wyckoff

Brian grew up ski racing in the Mount Snow valley and continued on racing through college at Syracuse University. After he was finished driving his three children around to their ski races, Brian began coaching at the Mount Snow Training Center. He spent six years coaching there in a variety of age groups ranging from u14’s to u19’s. While there, he coached two girls in the same season to top ten finishes in u16 Vermont States and top 15’s at Eastern’s and Can-Am’s. Brian joined the Mount Snow Academy coaching staff in 2016 and serves as the Head u12 coach. He is a level 200 certified USSA coach. When he is not on the slopes, Brian can be most likely found somewhere on a tennis court.

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