Winter Academy for Alpine, Freeskiing and Snowboarding

Season of championships, Carinthia Open and Alumni updates

MSA U12 alpine skier Tess Beyer (North Salem, NY) was at Gunstock, NH, to compete in the Francis Piche Invitational Championship, an event which commemorates a local skier, coach and businessman who promoted the sport of skiing in the Lakes region.  The Piche brings together highly competitive skiers for slalom and giant slalom races. Beyer finished fourth in slalom and fifth in GS in a field of approximately 90 girls.  Her teammate Ariana Welter (Babylon, NY) placed sixth and second in MSA Ryan Funke at Carinthia Opentwo runs at Bromley, giving her a third overall placement in slalom.

Despite rainy conditions, the Carinthia Freeski Open took place this weekend.  Ryan Funke (Fairport, NY) took the gold in the amateur division,  and Ian Bryce (Wilmington, VT) placed fourth.  With teammate John Lohnes (Amherst, NH), Funke and Bryce are on their way to Park City, Utah, where they’ve qualified to compete in the USSA Free Ski Junior Nationals this week..

Stratton hosted the Vermont Open for snowboarders this weekend, and MSA math teacher Lauren Broomall took fourth place among women in the rail jam.

MSA alums remain active in snow sports at many venues on the state, national and international levels. This past week, Chris Logan and Parker White were among an international group of twenty-four skiers at the B & E Invitational in Les Arc, France.  This event provides a unique “skatepark on snow” as its playground, and high-level competition.