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.
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. 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.
Alpine Coach – Andrew Norton
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.
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